Sunday March 9 saw the TGRFC squad head to the National Japan Rugby team’s training quarters in Tatsumi for an anniversary game to celebrate 10 years of Deaf Rugby in Japan. Normally the Tatsumi ground is off limits to anyone for matches, but the Deaf Rugby crew had scored a win and gained access to the hard dry turf that made for a great running rugby spectacle.
Saturday March 8th, 2008, saw a small band of Gaijin head to Shibuya for the Shuto League closing ceremonies for the Close 2007 season (prolonged because of rained out games). There they were awarded the Shuto League Champions Cup and were privileged to have one their own named as Tournament MVP for 2007: APISAI BATI.. This comes on top of winning the Tokyo Gaijin`s MVP award for the 2007 season.
Apisai Bati, a Rishkul College product from Suva, Fiji, joined the Tokyo Gaijin club back in
A quick thanks to all who attended the AGM. Let's have it be known that Al has stepped down due to work commitments and he has done a great job over the past couple of years.
Going forward, as Captain of TGRFC for '08 I am going to be leading one of Tokyo's best teams in the game the play in heaven. Backed up ably by Vice-Captain Matthew Downer and a leadership group that can always be relied on, I am sure we have a great season ahead of us. More than sure.
In attendance: Joffa Harris, Lonnie Childress, Toru kanamori, Jesse Takahashi, Murray Clarke, Dan Salter, Steve Bull, Matt Downer, Paulo de Berriozabal, Niall Conlon, Lawrence Hii, Jerry Brady, Will Thompson, Erin Hughes, Andy Ballard, Rob Poulton, Jo Iwasaki, So Nagashima, Yoshihiro Sato, Shino Iwasaki, Kyoko Conlon, Lucie Ballard