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Japan Samurais

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Address: "Australian football was first introduced to Japan in 1910, by Mr A W McLean from Melbourne, but for the next 75 years the further development of the game seems to be unknown.
In 1986, Australian Football was re-introduced to Japan when Hawthorn and Carlton played at Yokohama Stadium in front of 25,000 people. The first match in Japan was named ""Aussie Bowl '86"" and was broadcast to Australia.
This led to the first Japanese club being formed in 1987 at Keio University. Aussie Bowl '87 pitted Hawthorn against Essendon and featured the first match between Japanese teams as the curtain raiser.
The Keio Hawks defeated the Waseda Bombers and this was the start of Australian football competition in Japan. "





     
"Australian football was first introduced to Japan in 1910, by Mr A W McLean from Melbourne, but for the next 75 years the further development of the game seems to be unknown.
In 1986, Australian Football was re-introduced to Japan when Hawthorn and Carlton played at Yokohama Stadium in front of 25,000 people. The first match in Japan was named ""Aussie Bowl '86"" and was broadcast to Australia.
This led to the first Japanese club being formed in 1987 at Keio University. Aussie Bowl '87 pitted Hawthorn against Essendon and featured the first match between Japanese teams as the curtain raiser.
The Keio Hawks defeated the Waseda Bombers and this was the start of Australian football competition in Japan. "






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Brett Kirk

"It was an incredible journey. The thing that blew me away most was the passion for the game off shore and how it only took one person and their love of the game to be able to start something great."