Osaka Dingoes President Matt Gale interviewed by Rohan Connolly

Matt Gale, the president of Osaka Dingoes Footy Club was interviewed by Rohan Connolly on SEN on Tuesday night.

Firstly he expressed his good efforts and passions of resurrecting the footy club after the tough post Grand Final loss in the AFL Japan top competition in 2013. Matt’s kicking nine goals didn’t bring Dingoes the flag that was awarded to Tokyo Bay Suns.

He has re-established a good relationship with AFL Japan and agreed with Queensland-based IMPACT for the sponsorship. What Matt had to say were all positive for the Osaka Dingoes Footy Club. The club is back on track to compete in the top league. And now AFL Japan is drawing a big picture of the national competition.

Hosting the Anzac Day Tournament is the significant move for AFL in Japan and Asia.

Having been asked by Connolly, Matt mentioned audience that footy in Japan was slowly developing since the exhibition match between Essendon and Hawthorn in 1986, and Essendon players’ visit to Japan in recent years.

Two university based clubs in Japan are recruiting well in the old student style and Osaka Dingoes try to do in the same way.

Japanese players have soccer and rugby backgrounds, and pick up skills quickly even though they are small. In a point of view of a coach, the language barrier is the issue. But he mentioned to the audience that the footy club had recently hired a Japanese board member (it’s actually me) to improve communications in the club.

Matt is also the president of AFL Asia. Rohan asked him about developing the footy population in Asia.

Last year’s Home and Away Season match played by Port Adelaide and Gold Coast was significant in Asia and introduced China to a new sport that has increased the number of people involved in footy.

Connolly asking about more potential development in Asia as Essendon are seeking a Home and Away Season match in India, Matt expressed his point of view that it would help boost the number of players in Asia.

Rohan wondered about the access to AFL matches in Asia. Matt responded that Australian pubs subscribed to Watch AFL so that they were able to provide live coverage to patrons. Connolly was happy to hear it and both gentlemen were positive about the future for footy in Asia.

It was a great and positive interview. I am a proud board member as well as a player at the Osaka Dingoes. Having important roles at the club, I am so motivated to make the club stronger. Indeed it will be a great experience with opportunities to gain new skills and develop existing skills.

Full interview can be listened to here.

Meanwhile, I have completed the first duty on translating documents. Also I started going to a state owned gym to do exercise to play footy.

Bright paths are awaiting us and AFL Asia.


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About Yoshihiro Imagawa

Love, passion and pride are seen on the footy that is the biggest part of my life. 1. St Kilda Club member: I am a passionate and crazy Sainter. Just hope we will win the second flag soon, especially after Dogs and Tigers having ended long premiership draughts. 2. The Osaka Dingoes Player and Public Relations Officer: Player number 44 that I chose to honour Stephen Milne with my wish being like a small forward like him. Lenny Hayes' hardworking attitudes are adopted on my trainings and practices. Nick Riewoldt's great plays are in my player audiobook too. 3. Writing: Here on the Almanac and also on the World Footy News. My skills utilise on great footy websites.


  1. Neil Anderson says

    You really have found the perfect outlook for you Yoshi as a communications- officer for a footy club!
    They are lucky to have found you as well. A footy expert/fanatic who can translate the Aussie footy lingo such as ‘kick it up the guts’ and ‘long bombs to Yoshi’.
    Congratulations on what you have achieved so far.

  2. Malcolm Ashwood says

    Good stuff Yoshi all the best couldn’t get the link to work unfortunately would have liked to listen to the interview

  3. G’day Neil and Malcolm,

    Thanks for nice comments!

    Neil – Yes, the footy club is perfect to blossom my skills in communication. Writing and translating are also my tasks. Plus playing footy will gain knowledge of how footy is played and develop my writing about the sport. I can’t wait joining the training that starts early next month.

    Malcolm – Oh no! Did you see any error message when you tried to listen to the interview. I sometimes have the similar issues when trying to listen to SEN segments on their website. Refresh the webpage and it might work. I hope you are able to listen to eventually!



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