Wednesday, April 24, 2013

"I want to play AFL": Ouji

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Tamako Kitashirakawa, the mother of Mitakihara Magi cornerback Touji Ouji, is a West Coast Eagles fan.

"I want to play AFL": Ouji

By Gilberto Rasmussen
The Daily Magi
October 16, 2041

Mitakihara Magi cornerback Touji Ouji has the body and skills to be a star corner in the NFL. But it's not the future that the son of mochi patisierres Tamako Kitashirakawa and Mochizou Ouji desires. He has plans to go...Down Under.

"My mother is a fan of the West Coast Eagles," said Ouji in a interview at Kapolei High School in Honolulu, where the Magi football team was practicing and staying in ahead of this week's match between Tatsuya Kaname's Magi and the Hawai'i Warriors. "I want to make my mother happy and play in the AFL. I think I have the body and durability to play footy and play for West Coast.

"American football is my scholarship sport, but I get myself in shape by playing in AFL Canada with the Mitakihara Town SC Australian Rules Football Team. I can play wing and centre on the team and I'm a good kicker. When I was on the high school football team several years ago, I was the backup punter and I did a lot of drop-kicking for the Angels.

"In AFL Canada, I average 29-35 goals a season, and that's only during the games I have time to play because of my commitments to gridiron. Once I finish my senior season, I want to spend one full season playing footy before declaring for one of the drafts that the AFL offers. I also plan to attend a combine that the league will be hosting in Vancouver next September.

"I'm really excited at the opportunity of playing for West Coast. I really want to play for the Eagles because their fight song is the best ever, and my mom likes to listen to it at times. My aunt, Anko, isn't much of a fan of the song. She's a Freo fan and barracks for the Dockers, so there's a bit of a rivalry. 

"Hopefully all goes well and I don't injure myself the rest of the year so that I can chase my footy dream because it's a big one. I want to be at the MCG on Grand Final day in my rookie season."

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