Wednesday, November 26, 2014

About Leafa College

Leafa College is a comprehensive four-year research college located in Canberra, Australia. They are part of the Mitakihara University System, which includes Mitakihara University, Mitakihara University Japan and Mitakihara-Squamish. Founded in 2045 at Mitakihara University-Canberra Campus before being renamed by the first provost of the college, Suguha Kirigaya, Leafa College offers the same list of majors and sports as the rest of the Mitakihara University System.

Leafa is based in Greenway, just outside the city centre.

The football team was established in 2048 as part of its plan to incorporate sports and physical education into its curriculum. The team name is called the Spirit, and until the end of 2071, it was a participant in Gridiron NSW. Starting with the 2072-73 school year, the Leafa Spirit athletics teams will play in the Mountain West Conference of the National Collegiate Athletic Association. As one of the most endowed institutions in Australia, a good deal of its budget goes into transportation for its teams and for visiting teams from the United States and elsewhere.

Mandawuy Yunupingu Field, named after the legendary Aboriginal Australia singer and educator from the band Yothu Yindi, is the home field of the Spirit and is considered one of the best places to watch a gridiron game in the country. It was the former home of Viking Park, the home pitch of the now-defunct soccer club Tuggeranong United until Mitakihara University acquired the stadium and made it part of the newly constructed campus in 2045. The layout of the university exactly resembles that of California State University, Long Beach, with one difference: the bell tower, Leafa Tower, is in the center of the campus quadrangle, Leafa Quad.

Shaun Kirigaya, a former Mitakihara Magi linebacker, was the head coach at Leafa from 2048 until 2072. The new head coach at Leafa, starting with the 2072 college football season, is Dan Harding, the great-grandson of former Hawai'i wide receiver Scott Harding.

Shaun Kirigaya "building something fantastic at Leafa": Yuma Chitose

By Gil Rivas
The Daily Magi
October 7, 2049

The Leafa College Spirit American Football Club are the newest addition to the New South Wales Gridiron Football League in Australia. Their head coach is former Mitakihara Magi linebackers coach Shaun Kirigaya, and the attitude is winning games big. Thanks to Coach Kirigaya, there is a strong interest in gridiron in the nation's capital, and the Executive Director of Leafa College Sports and Fitness, Yuma Chitose, is excited about the hire.

"When we hired Shaun, we knew we were hiring a winner," Chitose said, watching practice at Mandawuy Yunupingu Field, the home of Leafa's gridiron, athletics and soccer teams. "He loves Australia, its hospitality and its friendliness. Shaun is the type of person you can have a beer with or watch NRL with. He's that approachable.

"When he assembled the coaching staff here at Leafa College, he had the best of everyone from New South Wales and Queensland. Jeff Ogborne, formerly the head coach at Sydney Uni, is now the offensive coordinator, while Rick Diporse, the former head coach of the Gold Coast Stingrays, is the defensive coordinator. Our offensive coaches are NSW-based, while our defensive coaches are Queensland-based."

"With that in mind, we have been able to pull out some impressive results, and that comes with recruiting the best out there. We heavily recruit players in the Pacific, Japan, Korea and even in Germany. We started the season with a 70-3 victory over the Bondi Raiders in Week 1, a 63-7 win over the Central Coast Sharks in Week 2, a 52-21 run-up over the Newcastle Cobras in Week 3, a 45-10 demolition over the Northwestern Predators in Week 4, a 42-0 shutout of the Penrith City Outlaws in Week 5 and a 77-10 slamming of the Sutherland Seahawks in Week 6.

"This week, we face Sydney Uni for the very first time, and there is a trophy up for grabs: the Friendship Shield. It's a shield that has the logo of the Sydney Lions on one end and the crest of the Mitakihara University System on the other. We will be facing them on the ninth this month, and tickets have been sold out. The bookies have as an overwhelming favorite, but Coach Kirigaya knows that oddds mean nothing and he will get the players focused.

"My hope is that we end up winning the national championship on Australia Day if we end up winning the Gridiron NSW title. I want this to be the start of our own dynasty, of our own tradition here at Leafa College. Hopefully, it will inspire our teams to also perform and win championships too, and lift their Spirit higher."