Passionate footy lovers turned up to the Fiji bar in droves as the Dingoes put on thier annual AFL grand final party.
The drinks flowed, Aussie burgers were sold by the truckload, and a range of fantastic prizes were handed out. Several live feeds through the Fiji Bar Facebook page ensured that Dingoes all over the world could join in the event.
Although the result didn't go as everyone had planned, everyone in attendance had a fantastic day. The Osaka Dingoes would like to thank Yogi and the Fiji bar for their continued support, and encourage anyone who is in the city of Osaka to stop by for a few beers and a great time with Yogi.
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The Osaka Dingoes have released an updated schedule for the remainder of the year. The list of events includes increased numbers of training sessions in Kobe, another joint session with the Osaka NRL team, a potential tournament in Sendai, and the end of year party in December.
If you are interested in joining in any session and need any assistance or extra information, feel free to contact the club at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are hoping to get more numbers on the track as we chase our goal of rejoining the top leage in 2018! Get your arse trackside!
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The Dingoes travelled to Miyazaki to participate in a developmenet session with the recently formed Miyazaki Grandswells. Although the weather was typical of the rainy season in Japan, the event was a fantastic success. The Miyazaki team were fantastic tourguides and a lot of fun both on and off the field throughout what was a very enjoyable weekend. The Miyazaki team are looking to attend a tournament in Osaka in the near future.
The Osaka Dingoes AFL Footy Tipping Competition Season Wrap-Up
The Osaka Dingoes would like to thank everyone who participated in this year's competition and look forward to doubling numbers next year with our easy to play online competition.
This year's overall winner was Matt Gale - Big G 🇯🇵, who has donated his winnings back to the Club. Travis Wilson, the old Clydesdale from Tokyo finished up in 2nd place, whilst there was a tie for 3rd place between the Kobe Kid Jayd Green and the Tasmanian TazDingo.
|Final standings for 2017|
|1||Big G Japan||134|
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The Dingoes joined in a joint training session with the Osaka NRL team in an initiative to develop ties between the two clubs. The teams will hold joint training and other social activities in the future.
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The Dingoes president was invited to share the Dingoes with the city of Osaka and put a show on in true Gale style. One of the goals of the club is to get more involved in the local community, and with continued involvement in activities such as this, the Dingoes are hoping to grow their brand.
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Dingoes players flew to Shanghai to participate in the biggest football event ever to occur in Asia. Several Dingoes and ex Dingoes represented Japan in the Shanghai Cup, playing with the Japan Goannas, and other Japanese players played in the Asian AllStars team against the Chinese prior to the AFL game between the Gold Coast Suns and Port Adelaide Power
Many famous AFL faces were in attendance, and the event was a fantastic success, thanks in no small part to the efforts of Matt Gale who is now serving as a representative of AFL Asia.
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Teams travelled from all over Japan to participate in the 2017 ANZAC Cup in Osaka in April. Matt Gale put a huge amount of effort into what was a very successful day at the Canadian Academy.
Teams stood for the national athems of both Australia and Japan and paid respect to those who sacrificed so much so that they could be standing there that day.
Although the combined Samurais team was the eventual winner, the big winner on the day was footy in Osaka as players both old and new came together to put on a fantastic performance.
The Dingoes are looking to make this an annual preseason event.
The Osaka Dingoes had been on the look-out for a new training venue in recent times and our prayers were answered when we came across the Naniwanomiyaato Park (難波宮跡公園） (Tanimachi-4-chome Station, Exit 10/11). The club had been training on some grasslands besides the Yodogawa River near Nakatsu, but the quality of the surface hadn’t been managed by the Osaka City for over 6 months and we had been competing against an Ultimate Frisbee club for the use of a small section of the ground.
The Dingoes have enjoyed many years based at the Nakatsu-based grasslands, but have literally moved onto greener pastures, with the Naniwanomiyaato Park having an enormous amount of space and a far better training surface. The boys are also excited to try out the many Izakaya’s that exist along Tanimachi-4-chome after trainings.
The Osaka Dingoes faced one of it’s toughest periods in our club history when we released from the AFL Japan Top League early on in 2014, after playing off in the Top League Grand Final only months earlier in November 2013. The exact details and reasoning behind the club being dumped from the AFL Japan Top League is best to be left out of our website, although we can say it was totally out of our control and there was no wrong-doing on the Dingoes behalf.
The Dingoes have had a relatively dormant period of existence since, playing in the odd game or tournament and training occasionally until August 2016. Although the club would like to wind back the clock and change its course in the history books, we can happily announce that the Osaka Dingoes are back on its feet and are successfully functioning and operating again and are looking forward to bouncing back to our glory days.
In 2017, the Osaka Dingoes will host what will hopefully, be an annual event in the Anzac Day Cup and we are looking forward to playing several other exhibition games throughout the 2017 season. The club is aiming to get back into a fully-fledged competition in association with AFL Japan in 2018, which the club is very positive and buoyant about. 2017 will be a season of building up the club’s playing stocks and getting ourselves into a sustainable position financially. The club has many social and fundraising events planned throughout the season to see that goal come to fruition.
The Osaka Dingoes are excited to announce that there will be 4 teams competing at our Anzac Day Cup Tournament on Saturday April 22nd, which will be held at the Canadian Academy on Rokko Island. The Japanese National Team – The Japan Samurais headline the visiting teams along with the Tokyo Goannas, who are the AFL Japan Top League back-to-back premiers. A merged team consisting of players from Nagoya, Sendai, Hiroshima, as well as a few of the excess Samurais will play as the third visiting team and the hosts – The Osaka Dingoes round out the 4th team in what looks like an exciting event.
The action will kick off at 12:00 with an Auskick Clinic with the Canadian Academy students, followed by the 4 teams playing against each other in a round-robin series. A long-kicking competition will feature later in the day prior to the Grand Final of the Anzac Day Cup.
After the Anzac Day Cup the players, officials and fans will make their way back to Osaka to Matt Gale’s local Pizza Izakaya in Sakaisuji-Hommachi for some much needed refreshments. The celebrations will continue well into the night at the Osaka Dingoes clubrooms – The Fiji Bar Osaka, where players can reminisce on the day’s success and the plays of the day.
|2017 Anzac Day Cup Schedule|
|1||1130 onwards||Teams, players, club officials, students from Canadian Academy will arrive|
|2||1200||Setup Auskick clinic|
|4||1310-1340||Japan Samurais Vs. Tokyo Goannas|
|5||1340-1410||Osaka Dingoes Vs. Merged Team|
|6||1410-1440||Osaka Dingoes Vs. Tokyo Goannas|
|7||1440-1510||Japan Samurais Vs. Merged Team|
|8||1510-1540||Tokyo Goannas Vs. Merged Team|
|9||1540-1610||Japan Samurais Vs. Osaka Dingoes|
|10||1610-1620||Longest Kick Compeition|
|13||1700 onwards||Head back to Sakaisuji-Honmachi Station in Osaka|
|14||1830-2030||Post tournament dinner (3000 yen)|
|15||2030 onwards||Fiji Bar Osaka – Osaka Dingoes Official Clubrooms and Major Partner|
The Osaka Dingoes have got their first fundraising event underway for the 2017 season with an AFL Footy-Tipping Competition. The winner of the competition will receive 25% of the total kitty, whilst 2nd and 3rd place will receive 15% and 10% respectively. The remaining 50% of the kitty will go towards the Osaka Dingoes purchasing a new set of playing guernseys for the 2017 season. It’s simple, the more people that enter, the bigger the slice of the pie you can get upon winning. Get your mates, friends and family on board and get the Dingoes year starting off in style! The closing date is Thursday March 23rd 2017, before Richmond and Carlton kick-off the start of the 2017 AFL Season. Please see our online payment details are included below. Those living in Osaka can simply pay the club cash in hand.
Bank: ANZ Bank
Account Name: M Y Dardah (Dingoes Treasurer)
Account Number: 588062172
On March 11th 2016, the Osaka Dingoes hosted a ‘Come and Try Day Training’ with students from the Ooike and Tatsumi Junior High School Rugby Clubs. The students from these schools along with their Sensei’s – Hayashi and Sakata ventured together to the Osaka Dingoes new training facility at the Naniwanomiyaato Park for a solid 2-hour introduction to the game of AFL.
The students used their transferable skills from rugby where they best could and grew in confidence throughout the training. The Osaka Dingoes were impressed with their attitudes and ability to pick up the game quickly.
Who knows what may come of it – Development seeds have been sewn and hopefully a player or 2 may come of it in 4-5 years-time when they’re finished their Senior High Schooling.
On March 10th 2016, the Osaka Dingoes President and Playing Coach Matt Gale facilitated the Osaka Dingoes first Auskick Clinic for 2017, at the Miyukimori Elementary School, which is in the heartlands of Korea Town in the Ikuno Ward. The enthusiastic students thoroughly enjoyed themselves and picked up the skills of AFL relatively quickly.
The Auskick Clinic was a one-off as the school semester draws to a close. The Osaka City Board of Education - English Division, Senior Supervisor Matsumoto-san, has given Matt permission to run more Auskick Clinics within the Japanese schools he’s placed in for the upcoming 2017-18 school year.
More information regarding future Auskick Clinics are expected to be announced shortly.
This year will see a new AFL Asia Tournament called the ‘Shanghai Cup’ take place for the first time, which will coincide with the first game of AFL to be played within Asia for Premiership points between the Gold Coast Suns and Port Adelaide Power. Port Power bought the rights to the Gold Coast Suns home game for $AUD500,000 and are using the game to strengthen their sponsorship and business ties and opportunities that exist within China.
The Shanghai Cup will be a showcase event for footballers from within Asia and has been opened up for registrations to also come from clubs in Australia. The Japan Goannas will be on show for the inaugural Shanghai Cup, who will be coached by Osaka Dingoes Player Coach Matt Gale and include new Dingo Andrew Banham and former Dingoes Captain Jun Oikawa.
There will be an AFL Asia All-Stars Team (Nationalists only) who will play against the Chinese National Team after the Gold Coast Suns vs. Port Adelaide Power. The AFL All-Star team will feature 6 Japan Samurais players and will be Co-Coached by Japan Samurais Coach Brett Qualtrough.
As the AFL female league kicks off for the inagural season in Australia, women's involvement in football in Japan is on the rise too. Gabby Cailotto has been announced as the female ambassador for the Osaka Dingoes in 2017.
As part of her role as the female ambassador, Gabby will work closely with the Dingoes to get more women involved in football within the Kansai Region of Japan, both on and off the field. 10 years ago, Osaka had its own female team named 'The Bilbies' which played against a team playing out of Tokyo. Hopefully sooner rather than later, it can become a reality again!
Osaka Dingoes President & Playing Coach Matt Gale has become the first Japanese representative elected onto the AFL Asia Committee. Within his position on the AFL Asia Committee, he will take on a variety of roles including; Coaching & Umpiring Development Coordinator, Shanghai Cup sub-committee, and the Local Development sub-committee. Matt will be focusing on creating opportunities for coaches and umpires to undertake specifically-related courses within 3 focus countries this year - Japan, Thailand and Indonesia.
Matt’s role within the Shanghai Cup sub-committee will see him overseeing the AFL Asia All-Stars Team, who will play against the Chinese National Team, after the first AFL game to be played for premiership points within Asia between the Gold Coast Suns and Port Adelaide Power. The Shanghai Cup tournament will be played on the previous day and will feature the Japan Goannas who will be coached by Matt.
Matt will be looking to create better opportunities and a stronger working relationship between AFL Asia and AFL Japan, as well as promote the tremendous work AFL Japan has done at a Local Development level. Matt has a very long history of involvement in the development of football both in Japan, and in his home state of South Australia where he once received an AFL Ambassador of the Year Award - For all of the South Australian Secondary Schools within the State from the AFL, for his efforts in developing Aboriginal and school-based football initiatives.
Osaka Dingoes President Matt Gale had the opportunity to be interviewed by Rohan Connolly and Kevin Hillier on Australia’s biggest sports radio station – Melbourne’s SEN1116’s ‘Sunday Sports Central’ segment.
Matt explained the current state of footy within Japan and the efforts the club are making to resurrect and reinvigorate the Osaka Dingoes. Matt made a call for support from the football community in general, and the response from involved parties has been very positive.
For many years, the Fiji Bar Osaka which is located in the heart of Osaka's nightlife hub, has been a favorite haunt of the players, friends, families and acquaintances of the Osaka Dingoes, but this year, the relationship has become more official. The Fiji Bar Osaka is now an official Major Partner of the Dingoes, and from 2017 will be our official clubrooms and home base of the boys from Dog Town. The Fiji Bar Osaka’s owner Yogi Nand is a sports fanatic and a long-term supporter of the Osaka Dingoes. We can’t wait to have an Osaka Dingoes guernsey proudly displayed amongst all of the other sporting paraphernalia within the walls and the roof of the Fiji Bar Osaka.
The Fiji Bar Osaka has undergone extensive renovations in recent times to try and increase its overall capacity and is the perfect venue for an after training beverage and a great starting point for any journey into the night. Yogi has always looked after the players, so expect plenty of food and drinks specials for all those associated with the club. The Osaka Dingoes will be hosting plenty of club events at the Fiji Bar Osaka throughout the season, so stay tuned via our website and Facebook page and watch this space for our upcoming events.