Contributed by: Brett Northey Wednesday, January 07 2009 @ 03:15 pm ACDT
The Japan AFL recently celebrated 20 years of Australian football in that country. The origins are often traced back to a VFL exhibition game between Hawthorn and Essendon in Yokohama, and the desire to have a curtain raiser match between Japanese players.
An excellent article appeared in The Australian today, by Peter Wilson, a well known Australian journalist. He discusses his involvement as the reluctant coach of those first players, the lack of official support back in those days, and Wilson's pleasant surprise to find his early role has been remembered with an award.
The article is: Japan learns Aussie rules[*1]