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Australia Day Weekend in Jakarta

27 Jan 2014 Written by

As part of AFL Asia’s mega Australia Day Weekend, the Jakarta Bintangs faced the Indonesian Garudas and Borneo Bears in Jakarta.

Below, Adam “Drip” Bray, Club Coach of the Bintangs has filed the following match report.


With Jakarta in the grip of a fairly nasty wet season, plans for the Australia Day event were made with some trepidation. Well the big man upstairs is obviously a fan of the Bintangs, because the sun was shining, the birds were chirping and there was not a single drop of rain all day!

Over 130 people attended Asia’s finest football field, Cibubur Oval, for a fun family day packed full of Aussie sport, food and music! The most pleasing thing was that perhaps a third of the attendees were at their first ever Bintangs event, a sign that AFL Indonesia and AFL Asia are on the right track and moving forward! As is customary, the Jakarta Bintangs number 1 ticket holder – the Australian Ambassador, Hon Greg Moriarty – was in attendance to offer his support for the day.

aus day 9First there was a 20/20 Cricket match between Australia and India, which sadly India won convincingly. After the cricket there was an Auskick Football clinic with roughly 50 boys and girls of all ages participating in various footy games and activities. At the same time two teams of ladies battled it out in perhaps the fiercest competition of the day, a ‘social’ Netball match on a court marked out on the sacred Cibubur deck.

Three footy matches were scheduled for the day between the Jakarta Bintangs, the Borneo Bears and the Indonesian Garudas. Each match would have 2 x 20 minute halves.

Game 1: Indonesia Garudas 7.10.52 def. Borneo Bears 4.1.25

The footy kicked off at around 2pm, with the touring Borneo Bears facing off against the Indonesian Garudas. This was an interesting clash as many of the Bears players are Indonesian nationals and will be training hard to join the Indonesian Garudas team when they travel to Melbourne in August to compete in the AFL International Cup. Both teams gave 100 per cent and were fearless in their attack at the ball, but in the end the Garudas were able to come out as winners. Several Bears players went a long way towards cementing their spot in the Garudas side for the Australian tour.

Game 2: Jakarta Bintangs 13.7.85 def. Indonesia Garudas 1.3.9

The spoils of victory: a trophy made from a Bintang Beer stubby!
The spoils of victory: a trophy made from a Bintang Beer stubby!

Game 2 saw the Jakarta Bintangs face off against the Garudas. Best summed up as ‘Stronger and older’ Vs ‘far quicker and far younger!’ This too proved to be a fierce contest with the Garudas throwing themselves at the ball with speed and in numbers – often coming out of contests in possession. Ultimately it was experience and size in some key positions that helped the Bintangs come out on top in what turned out to be a score line that did not do justice to the endeavour and spirit shown by the Garudas. With only 2 weeks training under their belt there were some good signs for the Bintangs, but still a truck load of fitness and skills work to be done before they are ready for any international contest. A huge sigh or relief could be heard as the new Coach of the Bintangs came away with his first win.

GAME 3: Jakarta Bintangs 9.8.62 def. Borneo Bears 3.3.21

The final game was between the Jakarta Bintangs and the Borneo Bears. With the Bintangs showing signs of fatigue, a few jaws started to drop when the Bears ‘acquired’ a few key Garudas for the final game. This would be a real test of will. The Bears & Garudas started of fantastically working together as though they were a team that trained & played together regularly! Great signs for the International Cup campaign. The first half really was neck & neck and felt as though the Bears could take over the game at any stage. With the Bintangs bench dwindling to 3 players and the Bears seemingly endless running ability – the half time break called for some serious re-focusing. After the break, again it was the experience of the Bintangs that enabled them to pull it together for what was indeed a hard fought victory.

Miilestones on the day:

Brenton Harris played his 50th game and also kicked his 50th Bintangs career goal
Diggler played his 50th game
The 400th Player in Jakarta Bintangs history, Craig Pederson, took to the field
Eight players made their debut appearance as a Bintang
The day concluded with the Hon Greg Moriarty making presentations of medals and trophies to the best players.

BEST FOR BEARS: Timboel Kukuh
This was a fantastic family day and an awesome start to 2014 for the Jakarta Bintangs AFC.

Bring on the (Malaysian) Warriors and (Vietnam) Swannies in March!

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