Almanac (International) Football – Andi Dyah: Indonesia’s First Footballer

Rob Spurr brings us the inspiring story of Andi Dyah, ‘Indonesia’s first footballer’, aid worker and humanitarian. From humble beginnings in West Java in the late 90s, Andi’s dedication and determination saw footy grow to the point where Indonesia played in the AFL International Cup less than 20 years later. (Remarkable, totally inspiring – Ed.)

Leading from the front: Neil Thompson’s journey

Neil ‘Thommo’ Thompson has a remarkable life story, ranging from over 20 footy clubs (12 of them being guided to flags by Neil) and a few harrowing tales of the Bali bombings and UN involvements. Rob Spurr has been lucky enough to know ‘Thommo’, and has produced a wonderful recount of ‘Thommo’s’ many tribulations [a must-read, this is an amazing story – Ed].

Round 20 – Hawthorn v Essendon: A view from Bali

You didn’t have to be at the MCG to witness the tight tussle between Hawthorn and Essendon, in fact Tom Harrington wasn’t even in the country – he reports on the classic from Indonesia.

The Osaka Dingoes to host the IMPACT Invitational Cup in July

The Australian Football IMPACT Invitational is being held in Kobe on 7th July, featuring teams from Indonesia, Singapore and Japan. Yoshi provides the details.

Death in Yogya

The tragic death of a young soccer supporter has caused much discussion about fan culture in Indonesia.