Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Brock Ebina-Doma: the next great punter from Leafa

Nana Ebina, the mother of future Leafa Spirit Gridiron punter Brock Ebina-Doma.

Brock Ebina-Doma: the next great punter from Leafa

By Naoto Suzukawa
The Spirit News
October 7, 2075


Brock Youhei Ebina-Doma, the son of Taihei Doma and Nana Ebina, is one of four new signings this week for Dan Harding's Leafa Spirit Gridiron, who will be slated for a rebuilding year next season. Following in the shoes of outgoing fourth-year Aiden Satomi won't be an easy job, but Ebina-Doma, a GWS Giants and San Diego Chargers fan, believes he has the leg and accuracy to make a real impact.

"Aiden's a good friend of me, he told me, mate you need to come check out out at Homecoming and I did," Ebina-Doma said from his house in Launceston, Tasmania, where the new signings are based from. "He got a few reps and has a really good leg, so I want to emulate his accurate, clutch work ethic. I know that the first great NFL players were punters, so I want to keep the tradition going.


Taihei Doma, the father of future Leafa Spirit Gridiron punter Brock Ebina-Doma.


"Gridiron football in Tasmania's been real popular these days, with a number of players coming from the state including Xave [Xavier Kim], so in this, the 60th anniversary of Gridiron being introduced to the Apple Isle, I decided to join the best college gridiron team in the country and make my claim to play professionally in America.

"Yeah, outside of the gridiron, the academics at Leafa are really good, being part of the Mitakihara University System, whose Canadian main campus had a really good football team themselves before they stepped down a division. I think that team has more BCS titles than any other program in history so we know what we're up against. We don't worry about them, though. The Canucks can do what they want, we're concerned about our business over here.


Umaru Doma, the aunt of future Leafa Spirit Gridiron punter Brock Ebina-Doma.


"It'll be great to get a lot of reps as a first-year next season, yeah. I don't have a lot of pressure to really make much of an impact but through some really good training and preparation, the coaches are going to make sure that there are no snags along the way and that I do what I need to do to make this team successful."