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Chugoku Prefectural Promotional Play-offs

Over the weekend the play-offs took place to decide which teams from the Prefectural leagues in Chugoku will go forward to take on Iwami SC and Hitachi Manufacturing Kasado for places in the Chugoku League 2007.

The participants were as follows:

Hiroshima: Mazda SC マツダサッカークラブ and Fuji Xerox Hiroshima SC 富士ゼロックス広島SC

Okayama: Nippon Oil Mizushima 新日本石油精製水島 and NTN Okayama NTN岡山

Shimane: SC Matsue SC松江 and Matsue RM Yunokai 松江RM友の会

Tottori: Genki SC 元気SC and Tottori Teachers 鳥取KFC

Yamaguchi: Yamaguchi Combined Gas 山口合同ガス and Yahhh-man SC Ube ヤーマンSC宇部

Preliminary Round

Sat 11 Nov: Genki SC 6-1 Yamaguchi Combined Gas
Sat 11 Nov: Fuji Xerox Hiroshima SC 0-1 Tottori Teachers

First Round

Sun 12 Nov: Genki SC 0-0 Mazda SC (PK 3-4)
Sun 12 Nov: SC Matsue 3-2 Nippon Oil Mizushima
Sun 12 Nov: Yahhh-man SC Ube 3-1 Matsue RM Yunokai
Sun 12 Nov: NTN Okayama 1-0 Tottori Teachers


Mon 13 Nov: Mazda SC 1-0 SC Matsue
Mon 13 Nov: Yahhh-man SC Ube 0-2 NTN Okayama


Mon 13 Nov: Mazda SC 1-0 NTN Okayama

All of which means that Mazda SC take on the bottom team in the Chugoku League - Iwami SC - and NTN Okayama will be matched up with Hitachi Kasado in the two-legged Promotion / Relegation Play-offs, on 10 and 17 December.

All Change In Tohoku
Supporters of Tohoku League Division 2 (North) side Aster Aomori are calling upon the club effectively to start again at prefectural level next season under the name FC Aomori Astrale, following a disastrous campaign that has seen the team leak players due to financial problems - with the unsurprising result that Aster have slumped towards the bottom of the division. Indeed, the last six games saw them concede no fewer than 42 goals and they rounded off the year with a 9-0 thrashing at home by student outfit Fuji Club 2003.

All this talk of re-grouping is a far cry from 1997, when Aster were the first ever champions of the newly-introduced Division 2 (North). Previously, they had been known as Gonohe Town Hall and had competed in both the All-Japan Shakaijin and the Emperor's Cup as far back as the mid-70s, making them one of the most historically-significant clubs in the far north of Honshu. Following their 1997 title win and promotion, the team were competitive in Division 1 but never quite had enough to make the step up to the level of the Regional League's top sides, in particular TDK Akita. After four years of finishing in third position, in 2004 they ended up last and relegated back to the regionalised second tier.

13 Nov 06 - A potential collectors’ item, in the shape of a lovely FC Aomori Astrale shirt

A potential collectors’ item, in the shape of a lovely FC Aomori Astrale shirt

Despite the best efforts of supporters' groups, it doesn't appear to have proved possible in the meantime for club management to get the organisational side of things back on to an even keel. It's to be hoped that 2006 proves to be a watershed and that changes can be made to enable an Aomori team - of whatever name - to move forward longer-term and thereby bring a higher level of football to their isolated part of the country.

Further south, Tohoku League Division 2 (South) side Northern Peaks Koriyama have announced the intention to change their name to Biancone Fukushima, as part of their attempts to work towards a J-League place.
Hokushinetsu League Division 2 Relegation / Promotion Play-off
After finishing runners-up to Japan Soccer College reserve side CUPS Niigata in the Hokushinetsu Challenge League to determine promotion from the prefectures to the Regional League, Ohara School JaSRA grasped with both hands their second and last chance to win promotion in the play-off against Division 2 strugglers LionPower Komatsu. With a 1-0 win from the first leg a week ago, things at the interval during today's second leg were tied 0-0 before JaSRA accelerated away with a remarkable four second half goals to claim a 5-0 aggregate win. While JaSRA therefore move up from the Nagano Prefectural League, LionPower fall back to the equivalent competition in Ishikawa.

12 Nov 06 - The unmistakeable sight of LionPower Komatsu getting done over

The unmistakeable sight of LionPower Komatsu getting done over

Sun 05 Nov: Ohara School JaSRA 1-0 LionPower Komatsu

Sun 12 Nov: LionPower Komatsu 0-4 Ohara School JaSRA
Hokushinetsu League Division 1 & 2 Promotion / Relegation Play-off
北信越リーグ 1部2部入替戦

Ueda Gentian retained their place in Division 1 of the Hokushinetsu League on Sunday in dramatic style. Trailing 2-0 from the first leg of their Play-off with FC Kanazu, Ueda tied things up on aggregate with a 2-0 win of their own before triumphing 6-5 in a penalty shoot-out.

Sun 12 Nov: Ueda Gentian 2-0 FC Kanazu (2-2 on aggregate, PK 6-5)
JFL - Round 30 (Sunday)
With four games remaining in the 2006 JFL season, Honda FC have one hand firmly on the championship crown. Their 4-1 win on Sunday over lowly Ryutsu Keizai University puts the Hamamatsu side six points ahead of Sagawa Kyubin Tokyo in second place - thanks in part to yet another goal from in-form striker Junya Nitta, his eighteenth of the year. There was disaster, though, for Rosso Kumamoto, desperately needing a win over Yokogawa Musashino in order to haul themselves back into contention, but instead they needed a late Yasuhiro Kamata goal to give them even a point in a 2-2 draw.

And so Rosso are now trailing Sagawa Tokyo by five points, although potentially they may be yet more aware of the dangers lurking just a single point behind them. For YKK AP breezed to a 3-0 win over Mitsubishi Mizushima and seem determined the finish the campaign on as strong a note as possible, having been the frontrunners earlier in the year but let things slip over the summer. Tochigi SC's 2006, on the other hand, is in danger of petering out to a distinctly drab conclusion, as exemplified by their goalless draw at home to FC Kariya. Given that the club are aiming for the J-League in 2008, to finish in their current poisition of eighth will scarcely be considered satisfactory.

Things also finished honours even between Sony Sendai and Sagawa Printing , but the other fixture of the day saw struggling FC Ryukyu pick up a vital win at JEF Club. This enabled Okinawa's finest to overtake RKU and so move away from the possibility of a relegation play-off that faces the sides finishing in the bottom two.

12 Nov 06 - The ballet of the beautiful game. Tochigi against FC Kariya

The ballet of the beautiful game. Tochigi against FC Kariya

Sun 12 Nov: Honda FC 4-1 Ryutsu Keizai University
Sun 12 Nov: JEF Club 0-1 FC Ryukyu
Sun 12 Nov: Rosso Kumamoto 2-2 Yokogawa Musashino
Sun 12 Nov: Sony Sendai 1-1 Sagawa Printing
Sun 12 Nov: Tochigi SC 0-0 FC Kariya
Sun 12 Nov: YKK AP 3-0 Mitsubishi Mizushima

1 Honda FC 71 (+34)
2 Sagawa Kyubin Tokyo 65 (+44)
3 Sagawa Kyubin Osaka 60 (+32)
4 Rosso Kumamoto 60 (+25)
5 YKK AP 59 (+33)
6 Yokogawa Musashino 51 (+16)
7 Alo's Hokuriku 50 (+22)
8 Tochigi SC 47 (+11)
9 Sony Sendai 37 (-11)
10 JEF Club 32 (-13)
11 FC Kariya 31 (-14)
12 SC Tottori 29 (-1)
13 Sagawa Printing 29 (-22)
14 Arte Takasaki 29 (-29)
15 FC Ryukyu 27 (-18)
16 Ryutsu Keizai University 25 (-23)
17 Mitsubishi Mizushima 24 (-39)
18 Honda Lock 18 (-45)

12 Nov 06 - Hiroki Kishida, YKK star striker

Hiroki Kishida, YKK star striker
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