August - Yokohama Country & Athletic Club

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August, 2011

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Join the YC&AC! Connect!

Established in 1868, YC&AC is Japan’s oldest international

sports and social club. It is the birthplace

of most modern sports enjoyed today in

Japan, including rugby, soccer, baseball, tennis, hockey

and cricket. It is a living, breathing monument to

Yokohama’s foreign founding fathers and the main hub

for international interaction in the community today.

Benefits of YC&AC membership include:

• Great companionship

• Fun for all the family

• FIFA-certified all-weather pitch

• Open-air swimming pool and playground

• Tennis and squash courts

• Badminton and basketball courts

• Table tennis tables

• World-class lawn bowling green

• Billiards room, 10-pin bowling alley and real darts

• State-of-the-art fitness center

• Dance, yoga and massage studio

• Highly qualified instructors, trainers and physios

• Superb international dining at Mollison’s restaurant

• Alfresco dining on the Roof Deck and Patio

• Members Bar and Sports Bar

• Countless fantastic events

Book Our Facilities!

Most of our facilities are available for private bookings.

In addition to the above sporting and dining amenities,

the Club has three rooms of varying sizes which may be

booked for parties, meetings or conferences. We also

have on-site childcare and child development facilities.


For a guided tour, and/or details of our range of membership

packages and booking fees, please e-mail Lloyd

Nakano at, or call him on

(045) 623-8121.

YC&AC hosted the 8 th Footy Japan Cup Final on

July 10, with the YC&AC’s own First Team facing

the Kanto Celts in what would prove a game

of considerable quality. Sadly for the Firsts their superior

skill and pace were not enough to overcome the more

robust approach of the Kanto Celts, who ultimately prevailed,

2-1. Credit to the Celts for an excellent team display,

and better luck next year to the Firsts. You can

read a review of the YC&AC First Team’s season on

pages 16–17.

Footy Japan, which runs the Cup competition in tandem

with the Tokyo Metropolis League, also operates

the well known coaching brand the British Football

Academy. The BFA holds sessions on weekdays at the

Club and at other venues besides, and will again be

holding a football camp on the YC&AC grounds this

summer. Please see the advertisement on the inside back

page for details.

If you or the company you work for would like to

join the ranks of advertisers in reaching out to the

YC&AC and wider Yokohama community, please contact

Lloyd Nakano at or on

(045) 623-8121.

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The active involvement of members is essential to the successful

running of our Club. So, if you thought the Great

Easter Egg Hunt sucked, or think chicken balti should be

added to the Club’s range of pies, or have a great idea for

a money-spinning event, anything, get on a committee

and start influencing things. The Club presently has seven

committees—Entertainment, Finance, Food and

Beverages, House and Facilities, Marketing and

Communications, Membership and Rules, and Sports—in

which members play a role in shaping the direction of

the Club. Joining a committee is also a great way to meet

fellow members. Please contact Marketing and

Communications Chair Bob Hackett (bob.hackett@ for more information.


Marketing and Communications Committee

YC&AC CONNECT August 2011 1



General Manager’s Message

Summertime and the livin’ is easy…”

Here in Yokohama, far from the urbanity of the

23 wards up north, life is different – human-scaled,

down-to-earth, sane, and relaxed. To the naked eye,

much is no different than in years past. But, at a closer

look, nothing has remained the same.

Japan has changed; a huge innocence has been lost and

one of our greatest fears realized: “What if a major disaster

strikes?” Not one, but three; all at once! Even now the

fallout (pardon the pun) continues, yet life is returning to

normal. It must be a human need – to restore routine and

expectations into one’s daily regimen; to eliminate uncertainty;

to insulate oneself and loved ones in security and

safety. “Exogenous factors” is the label experts now attach

to any occurrence “outside” our expected models for

life and living.

With the end of the rainy season

and the observance of the

U.S. Independence Day, YC&AC

is fully into its summertime activities.

Green Hills’ Child Care and

summertime Child Development

programs for toddlers and preschool

are underway. Our own

weekly Summer Day Camp has

also started as of the middle of

July. In another week or so, we’ll

be celebrating our host culture’s

Obon season, hosting the neigh-

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borhood’s Bon Odori festival on our grounds.

Is there a noisier reminder of the merciless heat of

summer in Japan than the raucous thrumming of the

cicadas? I noticed them first on Saturday, July 16 walking

up to the Club from Yamate Station. “Ugh! We’re

into the dog days now…” I thought. But here at the

Club, the folks at poolside were right at home enjoying

the flawless blue skies and poolside hospitality of Rod

and his team of swim and water safety instructors.

Chef Tim Larimer was preparing for this year’s St.

Andrew’s Society Scottish Country Dancing & Music

Barbeque, and Lina Flores was sorting through photos

of last night’s monthly wine appreciation dinner hosted

by Jeff Natori – a sampling of our new wine menu in

Mollison’s. Pastry Chef Ken has a new display case to

show off his mouth-watering desserts! Afternoon tea is

Members enjoyed their fun and games long into the night on U.S. Independence Day.

positively delightful! We’re breaking out of the doldrums

ourselves and gearing up for the end of summer and a

fantastic new school year!

Both Yokohama International School and St.

Maur’s will be starting their own new academic year

in a few weeks and we look forward to joining St.

Maur’s Vendor Fair and to welcoming back returning

families and friends. Hopefully, there’ll be robust demand

for new memberships, sports, and social events

as the waning weeks of summer give way to the early

weeks of autumn.

There’s a bright side to the self-imposed jishuku (selfrestraint)

and setsuden (electricity conservation): the

skies are truly clear and you can see Fuji-san from the

Bay View Room in flawless symmetry nearly every evening

now. How many years has it been since that happened?

Let’s see… We were established in 1868; the

Industrial Revolution happened at the turn of the twentieth

century, and Fuji-san disappeared into the inversion

layer shortly thereafter.

I’m making it up, to be sure, but it certainly has been

some time!

Come visit the Club if you haven’t been back for a

while. I’m sure you’ll be pleased at the renovations,

improvements, and change in everyone’s mood now that

we’ve all acclimatized to the “new” Japan!


Lloyd Nakano, General Manager

Yokohama Triennale 2011

Enjoy Jeppe Hein’s “Smoking Bench” installation at

Yokohama Triennale 2011.




It’s time again for one of the great events on the

Yokohama calendar, the Yokohama Triennale. The 2011

Triennale will be held from August 6 to November 6 at

two main venues—the Yokohama Museum of Art and

BankART Studio NYK—and to judge by the exciting

international line up promises to be another feast of

contemporary art in all its forms. This year’s edition will

focus on “works that allude to the magical mysterious

powers in our daily lives and world as well as those that

refer to mythology, myths and legend” and, we are

told, will be accompanied by programs that encourage

participants to “look, nurture, and connect.” We like

that last word. Don’t miss it!

For more information:

President’s Message


am writing this message on vacation in an unusually

sunny U.K. With the benefit of e-mails and

text messages, it is easy to keep in touch with the

Club’s Management and stay briefed on progress in all

areas of the Club, including daily F&B sales figures

and staff reports.

Many of you will know that our General Manager

Paul Murakami left us in June and that we immediately

took steps and appointed Lloyd Nakano to replace

him, giving us time to search for a new permanent

GM. This search is ongoing, and I hope on my

return to Japan next week to embark on the interviewing


In addition I can announce that Stuart Air has finished

his sabbatical of five months at YC&AC helping

us turn around the F&B operations. I would like to extend

my personal thanks to Stuart for all his hard work

and help since January. We have appointed Tim

Larimer as Head Chef to replace Stuart. Tim hails from

California and has previous experience of living and

working in Japan.

Another addition to the team, in the Marketing and

Membership Department, is Lina Flores, who hails

from Guam. Most of you who frequent the Club will

no doubt have seen her smiling face around.

On the sports front there has also been a change in

personnel, with Shingo Mishima leaving us to move to

Australia and Chris Kelly taking over the reins as head

of Sports and Children’s Activities.

I am disappointed that we have been unable to

field a cricket team this summer for perhaps the first

time in the Club’s history. This is particularly sad

considering YC&AC’s origins as the Yokohama

Cricket Club. If any member would like to help resurrect

the cricket section for 2012, please contact

Chris Kelly.

During the months of July and August, YC&AC

initially goes quiet as families leave the area for their

summer holidays. At the end of July the Kids Summer

Camp brings laughter and buzz back to the Club, before

in August we see families return and numbers in

the pool and around the Club growing steadily until

mid August, when the international schools’ new

year begins. Welcome back to all those of you who

went away!

Late August and September is traditionally our

busiest time in terms of new member registrations,

and hopefully this year will be no exception. We are

always happy to offer temporary guest passes to

those who wish to try out the Club’s facilities before

joining, so if you have friends or colleagues you

think may like to join YC&AC, please put them in

touch. We are offering parents of international

school children a 50% reduction on acceptance fees

until the end of September.

YC&AC is a members club, so the more people who

join and use our facilities, the better. Please enjoy yourselves

with us.

Simon Litster, President

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“Old World” Wines

The Wine Subcommittee has sought to bring our fellow members the best cost-performance wines available in Japan. This

has led to a wine list that appears at first glance as “New World” heavy. Fear not though, European wines are well represented

on our list; you just have to look!

What better way to start any meal, or day for

that matter, than with a glass of champagne.

Though James Bond has been recently “playing

the field” in terms of champagne selection, more

often than not he is calling room service for a bottle of

Bollinger. In addition to the “Bolly” Special Cuvée, the

list includes the Moët & Chandon Brut Imperial and

the popularly priced Spanish cava, Freixenet Cordon

Negro Brut.

To show that the New World does not have exclusivity

on cost-performance, the Club offers three great

summer quaffing whites at 3,000 yen. Last month we

mentioned Calatrasi’s Catarratto from its Terre di

Ginestra Estate—a classic Sicilian white. Perhaps the

most easy drinking of the “3 @ 3,000” is the Concilio

Pinot Grigio from Trentino. From the southern part of

France, our last recession busting white is 100%

Viognier from the Ile La Forge Estate of up-and-coming

winemaker Paul Mas. The Estate is located in the

Languedoc-Roussillon area and this Viognier is aged

25% in oak barrels (10% new) and 75% in stainless steel

to maintain its freshness.

From one of the best sites in Chablis comes the

“Beauroy” from Domaine Margueritte Carillon. Fresh

and clean, this Premier Cru has good fruit concentration

and the mineral elements that all good Chablis exhibit. A

Kevin Stephen selection (of whom more later).

Last month we talked about drinking for a good

cause with the Montepulciano de Abruzzo “Yume.”

Italy also provides us with two more great deals in red

wine. The Barbaresco “Fratelli Levis” from Piedmont

is a steal at 4,300 yen. The Sartirano family has been in

the wine business since 1871, with the present owners,

cousins Paolo and Guido, representing the third generation.

They own estates in the famous Langhe region,

specifically in the villages of Monforte d’Alba, Novello

and Barolo.


New Wine List Format with Updated


Look in the next few weeks for a newly formatted,

more user-friendly wine list. Gone is the binder that

always seemed in need of updating. Welcome to a sleek

looking A3 size list that is still packed with information

to help you make your wine selection. Welcome also

to a bevy of new wines that will keep your palate

tantalized during the dog days of summer. More details

on those new wines in coming issues. Cheers!

Some of you may be familiar with the wines of

Tuscan winery Tenuta dell’Ornellaia. The winery’s

Merlot “Massetto” retails for US$435 a bottle upon release,

and often exceeds $800 a bottle at auction. The

flagship wine “Ornellaia,” one of the top “Super Tuscan”

Cabernet Sauvignon blends, retails for US$200 a bottle

upon release. The Club is proud to feature this renowned

winery’s early drinking “Le Volte” at the relative

bargain of 5,500 yen per bottle.

From the winery:

Le Volte is the expression of a carefully crafted blend.

The cuvée brings together the best terroirs of Tuscany and

combines the Mediterranean expression of opulence and

generosity with structure and complexity. The softness of

Merlot, the firm structure and depth of Cabernet

Sauvignon supported by the vivacious personality of

Sangiovese, create a unique blend which reflects the integrity

and style which inspire the philosophy of the

Tenuta dell’Ornellaia Estate.

The 2007 currently in stock was rated 90 points by

Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate: “The 2007 Le Volte,

Ornellaia’s entry-level wine, is especially opulent in

this vintage. A soft, generous red, the wine offers terrific

richness and depth in its ripe, perfumed fruit.

Sweet scents of French oak linger on the long finish.

This generous, seductive wine should continue to

drink well over the next few years. Anticipated maturity:


Under the Wine Advocate’s rating system, a wine with

a score of 90-95 points is regarded as “An outstanding

wine of exceptional complexity and character. In short,

these are terrific wines.”


YC&AC CONNECT August 2011 7



And now for the Kevin Stephen story! Many of us

remember Kevin as one of the founding members of

our humble Wine Subcommittee. Kevin moved from

the warmth of our fold to become the CEO of BV

Vin Saarls, Switzerland’s most successful classifiedgrowth

and en primeur merchant. Kevin can still be

seen from time to time at the Club during his occasional

visits to Japan.

Before going off to fame and fortune, Kevin introduced

us to the two Bordeauxs that grace our list, the

Bring Your Own Bottle!

Good News! Craft Beer has made a start at

YC&AC. On July 2 at the annual American

Independence Day BBQ, several craft beers were

for the first time served at the Club. While the start was

rather small, members who discovered the beer were

soon trying more than one style. Fizzy yellow Kirin and

Asahi or commonly found Bass Pale Ale produced by

Asahi and Guinness imported by Kirin were not the only

beers at the Main Bar.

To celebrate independence from big national and

global brands of beer, the Club featured a first keg of

Green Flash West Coast IPA, and bottles of Stone Pale

Ale, Bear Republic Racer 5 IPA as well as Maui Bikini

Blonde Lager and Mana Wheat Ale in cans, the last of

these being brewed with Maui pineapple juice.

What is next for craft beer at the Club? Well, the plan

is to offer craft beer and also develop and co-host events

that reward members with tasty beer. The parties we envision

are designed to utilize the Club’s fantastic facilities

and great food offerings. Since the plan is to open these

events up to the public, we are confident that the Club

will gain new members.

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“Les Fiefs de Lagrange,” the second wine from Château

Lagrange, and the “Ségla,” the second wine from

Château Rauzan Ségla. He also introduced us to the

Rioja “Julian Madrid” from Bodegas Primicia, as well

as the Premier Cru Chablis noted above. So taste some

of our “Kevin Stephen Selection” wines next time you

are in the mood for a taste of the old world.


The BYOB dinners organized by the Club's Wine Subcommittee are proving increasingly popular with members.

Keep your eye on the Flash bulletins for news of the next mouthwatering dinner.

Mike Scott of Tomei’s Wine Shop and Wine Bar in Motomachi gets things rolling in style at July’s BYOB dinner; right,

Yukie Tokunaga expects Tom Tyrell to do the collapse. (Giant Jenga will make a reappearance at the Steaks are High

DIY BBQ on the roof on August 13.)

Craft Beer Culture at YC&AC

Wine Subcommittee

So, what’s on deck? Date not confirmed,

but we have a crazy idea…



• 10 plus taps of fresh craft beer

• Total kegs: 20+

• Teams of five competing for the prize, the CRAFT


• BOWLING is optional but drinking is not. Each member

bowls two frames for one game. Elimination

rounds to the final four lanes for the King Pin

Final 4… Drinking rules will be enforced.

• BBQ with all the fixings!

• BAND: If they will play for beer, then rock on!

• When: On a Saturday in September from 12:00 to


• Price: (Provisional) 6,000 yen

• Includes: Event glass, prizes, all the food and beer during

the party time

• Target: 200 members and guests

Our goal is to bring something new and interesting to

the Club. We see this as bringing a two-fold benefit to the

Andrew and Akemi Balmuth at the Great American Beer Festival,

Denver CO.

Club and to members who love beer. We also envision

these events as annual events and have a desire to establish

an annual craft beer festival at the Club that would include

imported craft beer as well as the many well made

craft beers being brewed in Japan. Breweries like Baird

Brewing that operate the Bashamichi Taproom and

Yokohama Brewing are some local favorites, so we could

find these beers as well as COEDO, Shiga Kogen, Minoh,

and Minamishinsyu featured in future events.

Who is bringing all these tasty brews?

YC&AC member Andrew M. Balmuth, an American

entrepreneur who moved to Japan in 2004, founded

NTC with a vision to build a bridge for highly crafted

goods made in Japan and the United States. Andrew

worked for two years with Japan’s largest food service

company, SHIDAX, and largest dry-goods distributor,

KOKUBU, on the logistics, importing and distributing

of American BBQ sauce, beer and wine. Independent

importing and distributing of American craft beer started

in August of 2006.

In January 2007, Akemi Ohira (now Balmuth) joined

the NTC team to head the company’s distribution business.

Akemi had five plus years of senior management experience

overseeing the importing of Irish craft beer,

Magners Cider, Irish spirits and food items. In addition

she oversaw the distribution of the imports, including

beer, for two well-known Irish Pubs in Tokyo. Akemi currently

presides over our marketing, sales and distribution

operations as COO.

The company maintains a 3°C chilled warehouse in

Yokohama for all beer. Andrew and Akemi pioneered the

importation of fresh draft beer from famous craft brewers

in California and the company owns a float of several

thousand beer kegs to keep bars on tap. All beer is “officially

imported” directly from the breweries and is pickedup,

consolidated, ocean shipped, customs cleared and

managed under reservation, chilled at 3-5°C so the impact

and quality of the beer is superior.

The company has expanded its initial handful of craft

beer accounts into a solid base of craft beer customers, all

over Japan. NTC is a member of the Brewers Association

trade section. NTC developed and employs “best beer”

practices for American craft beer, utilizing a standardized

temperature controlled logistics system, delivering beer

from the U.S. breweries to the customer’s door in Japan

in superb condition.


Available Crafts

NTC is the official importer for the following famous

American craft beers:

Stone Brewing Co., Escondido CA

Green Flash Brewing Co., San Diego CA

Ballast Point Brewing Co., San Diego CA

Coronado Brewing Co., Coronado CA

Left Coast Brewing Co., San Clemente CA

Pizza Port Brewing Co., Carlsbad CA

Bear Republic Brewing Co., Healdsburg & Cloverdale CA

Moylan's Brewing Co., Novato CA

Lagunitas Brewing co., (Sept. 2011 start) Petaluma CA

North Coast Brewing Co., Fort Bragg CA

Southern Tier Brewing Co., Lakewood NY

Maui Brewing Co., Maui HI

And so are the shrimps…

Join us on the Roof Deck on Saturday August 13

for an evening of char-it-yourself barbecue fun and

games. Pick out your favorite cut of steak (or tastiest

looking shrimp), chuck it nonchalantly onto the coals

and kick back with a glass of lemonade as you watch

it sizzle, from time to time perhaps looking up to

enjoy the view across the Club’s grounds to the Bay

or to toss a bit of lettuce onto the bowling green.

When: 6:30 p.m.

Where: Roof Deck

Family games will

be available in the

large room adjacent

to the Roof Deck,

so don’t forget to

bring the kids!

For one night only, you

can be Tim Larimer.

Pictured, our new head

chef in baby back ribs

barbecuing action on

U.S. Independence Day.

Andrew, Akemi and Hanna-chan

The Steaks Are High!

YC&AC CONNECT August 2011 9

ile number). This will ensure you are kept in the loop

about all the Club’s upcoming golfing events.

Ken Millhouse

Glynis Kallechy and Claudia Werlin enjoy one of golf’s “up” moments.

Charity Golf Competition

Ambassador of India to Japan H.E. Mr. Alok Prasad

prepares to launch a drive in July’s Charity Golf


Ishwar Chugani presents winner’s trophies to

Tsunoda Okada (left) and Bill Werlin.

Participants in the 2010 YC&AC Club

Masters (top) and Championships (bottom).

These events were won by Bill Werlin and

Hiroyuki Shimataka, respectively.

On July 8, members of Universal

Brotherhood and YC&AC held

a Charity Golf Competition at

Taiheiyo Ichihara Golf Course

in Chiba Prefecture. The event,

which was supported by the

Ambassador of India to Japan H.E.

Mr. Alok Prasad, raised ¥200,000

for the Tohoku relief fund.

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The Brave and the Bowled

The Alley Bowling Section’s Monday Night League

ended on June 6, a couple of weeks later than usual

owing to the events of mid-March. Though the triple disaster

of earthquake, tsunami and nuclear accident were cause for

sadness and concern at the time, it was not long before our

bowlers were lifting each other’s spirits on the bowling lanes.

Over the ten weeks of action in the spring season’s

Monday Night League, many bowlers scored wonderful

high games and high series, notably:

Men High Game High Series (3 games)

Phil Eymard 257 631

Nicholas Cooper 236 579

Takuma Nagasaki 234

Asao Tanaka 567


Chihiro Hall 233 555

Yuko Strzepek 219 568

Naoko Bracha 216

Miwako Fu 543

After thirty games in total, the winning team and top

individual bowlers of the Monday Night League were:


Winner: Nicholas Cooper, Mike

Strzepek, Satish Tandon and

Miwako Fu

Runners Up: George Fu, Sonomi

Tanaka, Takuma Nagasaki and

Dave Waddington.

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Individual High



Phil Eymard 184


Chihiro Hall 171

Monday Night

League winning

team (from left)

Satish Tandon,

Miwako Fu, Mike

Strzepek and

Nicholas Cooper

Congratulations to the winners!

The Alley Bowling Section held our annual Dinner

Party and prize-giving ceremony on Saturday, June 18.

Bowlers from all the three mixed leagues took part, although

numbers were a

little lower than hoped

for owing to the timing

and the departure of

many families at the start

of the school holidays.

The party was nevertheless

great fun, with participants

enjoying the

fine food (many thanks

again to our chefs and to

Masaki-san), party

games, and wonderful

music provided by fellow

bowler Mike Strzepek.

Trophies and prizes

were awarded as follows:

Player of the Year 2010 men: Phil Eymard

Player of the Year 2010 women: Chihiro Hall

2011 Nations Cup winners: The P Team

2011 Nations Cup Runners-up: Universal Dragons

2011 Nations Cup 2 nd Runners-up: Hot Curry

Most Improved Player, Men: Howard Ihu

Most Improved Player, Women: Sachi Riley

Come and Join Us!

Summer Bowling League (five-week) starts on

Saturday July 30, at 7:00 p.m. This is an individual

league and, as with all our competitions, all levels are

welcome. Please sign up on the sheet in the alley.

The Fall Bowling Leagues will start on Monday,

September 12. Again, all levels are welcome to join any

of our four weekday competitions, which are as listed

below. Start time is 8:00 p.m.

Monday Night Mixed league

Wednesday Night Mixed league

Thursday Night Mixed league

Friday Ladies league

Alley Bowling Section prizes

await this year’s winners at the

annual Bowling Dinner Party

on June 18.

For more information, please write to me, George

Fu, at, or speak with either

Russ or Katz, our friendly staff members in the alley.


News from the Green

Despite the hot weather, this time of year on the

green is enjoyable because the play is more casual

in advance of the leagues and Club tournaments

beginning. Returning players are getting back into

form and reconnecting with friends they haven’t seen

since the end of last season and there is always interest

from the curious who have never played before as spectators

while dining al fresco rink side or who since relocating

to Japan think they may have some time to learn a

new activity.

Participants and supporters in the Kanto Men’s Pairs Qualification Tournament on July 3.

Qualifying for the Final from the YC&AC were Vinod Kumar & Hans Pauli (front row, center), and

Marcel & Zack Niederhauser (back row, wearing red and green).

The first official event of the season, the Opening

Day Tournament, was held on June 19. Fourteen players

were randomly paired utilizing their handicaps to

play for the Don Helm Trophy. The format for this

year’s tournament was round robin with the overall

winner being decided based on the number of wins,

draws and losses they accumulated during the day.

Congratulations to Junko Wilkinson and Yoko Lum,

the winners after six matches and twenty-four ends

played over 5 1/2 hours. Toshiharu Saito and Kazuko

Yasuda were runners up.

Note: In a pairs game one player is designated the lead and

the other the skip. The lead player’s function is to draw

close to the jack, to position some back woods in the event

the jack is moved and the site of play relocated, and leave

the lanes open for the skip. The skip is generally the most

well rounded of the pair because he often has to thread his

bowl through a crowd of bowls to win the end.

On July 3 YC&AC hosted the Kanto Men’s Pairs

Qualification Tournament. A total of six teams participated,

two each from the YC&AC, Tokyo Lawn Bowls

Club and Tokyo Lawn Bowling Club. We like to think

our teams have an advantage on our natural turf green

since the other clubs play on artificial turf, a faster surface,

but because they are highly skilled players it doesn’t

take long for them to adjust.

Perhaps the most exciting game of the day was

between the YC&AC B team of Marcel & Zack

Niederhauser vs. the Tokyo

Lawn Bowling A team of T.

Matsubara & H. Sudo. At

the end of the sixth end

Marcel & Zack were down 4

points, at 0-4, with one end

to go. In the seventh end

Marcel & Zack scored four

points to end the game in a

draw. Turning this potential

loss into a draw was key at

the end of the day as Marcel

& Zack finished the day second

overall rather than third.

This will be Zack’s last

tournament at the YC&AC

for a while as he graduated

from YIS in June and will

be attending the University

of Tampa in Florida starting

in the fall. We’re glad

he and his father will have

some good memories of this

tournament and wish him

well as he begins his studies

in Sports Management.

The YC&AC A team of

Hans Pauli & Vinod Kumar

were the 1 st place team in

last year’s tournament and

repeated their performance

again this year. The 2 nd place team led by Marcel

Niederhauser with a new partner due to Zack’s departure

and the 3 rd place A team from Tokyo Lawn

Bowling Club will advance to the Japan Bowls Men’s

Pairs National Championship to be held in Hokkaido

in September. Good luck to both YC&AC teams.

Representing the Club on July 30 and 31 in Akashi at

the Japan Bowls Triples National Championship

will be the team of Toshiharu Saito, Shinya Fujiwara and

Seishi Yoda. In the next issue of Connect we hope to

have a good result to report.

If you are at the Club early on Sunday mornings

starting July 10 you will see our Sunday Morning

League playing for the next 12 weeks. While it is too

late to join the league as a regular, you can still sign up

as a substitute. Prior experience is not required. This is

a way to learn the game.

The Lawn Bowls Committee

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Iron Chief to Blue Finger: Over and Out!

The boys of summer

are back at it, with a

double-header every

Saturday, usually starting from

11a.m., through September.

The team had an excellent

finish to the 2010 season by

winning the YC&AC Baseball

Tournament for the first time in

nine years. The best part was

the fact that we beat our archrivals,

Tokyo Eagles, in the final.

The 11 th annual nine-inning

season finale, the YC&AC U.S.

versus UN fall classic, was won

by the UN, who now lead the

series 6-5, and have bragging

rights until we do it again at

the last game of the 2011

season. The fact that our team

has been fairly evenly split between

Americans and the Rest

of the World has enabled us to

enjoy this friendly intramural rivalry

for many years now. The

R.O.W over the past eleven years has included, in no particular

order, players from Japan, Korea, Switzerland,

Turkey, the Philippines, Canada, Venezuela, India, China,

Australia, New Zealand, England, the Czech Republic,

and if I’ve left anyone out, I’m sure to hear about it.

About half way through the 2011 season, the team is

off to one of its best starts in living memory, with a record

of twelve wins and four losses. This is no doubt

due to the excellent fielding and batting demonstrated

by the entire team (avg. .402!), led by Todd Wiley, the

2010 co-MVP (somewhere in the .600s!). Quite a few

uncharacteristically low-scoring games have been won

with no errors committed in the field by the YC&AC

Weekend Warriors.

But every once in a while it’s the pitching that stands

out, and that is what happened on July 2, when in Game

2 against the Eigens (who had won the opener), Yachi

Another one for the YC&AC record book: Yachi Altinbay’s

two-hit, complete game shutout on July 2. The Iron Chief is

kneeling second right alongside catcher Blue Finger.

Proud winners of the YC&AC Baseball Tournament, tamers of the Tokyo Eagles, YC&AC


Altinbay, a.k.a., the Iron Chief, in about his 30 th season

for the YC&AC, pitched a two-hit, complete game shutout

14-0 gem. After getting through the opposition’s

batting order once, yours truly called primarily for his

junk, which he threw mostly for strikes, to keep the batters

off balance. The only potential threat to the blanking

was snuffed out in the 6 th inning, when former captain

and third baseman, Chris Corron, making amends

for a couple shaky moments earlier in the game, speared

a line drive down the left field line that initially looked

like he had no chance for. Much to the Chief’s relief!

For the third straight year, YC&AC and the Eagles

have come together for a combined U.S. versus UN double-header.

This year’s midsummer classic, usually held

on one of the weekends close to the U.S. Independence

Day, resulted in a win for each team.

As we enter the dog days of summer, and the second

half of the season, with people taking summer holidays,

the team is often challenged to get enough players to

field a team with a few to spare. If you are interested in

playing, or know someone who is, please come on out

and introduce yourself or your friends, or contact

Ignacio Lara, the 2011 team captain (his contact details

may be obtained through the front desk). We are always

looking for new players of all nationalities.

And if playing is not your thing, come on out to

enjoy a game or two, or even a few innings, between

dips in the pool. And when the games are over, you can

always find the players congregating around a dice table

outside the new Sports Bar, where cold beers and other

fine foods and beverages are served by a friendly

YC&AC staff!

Play ball!

Blue Finger

YC&AC CONNECT August 2011 15



A Walk on the Wild Side

It’s been an eventful season for the YC&AC

Firsts; eventful as in never a dull moment

and end to end from start to finish.

If it’s goals that rock your boat then why

aren’t you watching YC&AC on Sunday

lunchtimes? Ninety-eight goals in our twentythree

TML League and Cup games—many,

many more than scored in games involving

any of the other Division 1 teams.

Unfortunately, opponents felt the need to

contribute forty odd of the total or we’d certainly

be celebrating the Double here, but

what’s a Captain to do: park the bus? The

fans demand to be entertained.

Way back in early September things started

out as they ended up carrying on, a 5-3 victory followed by

a 3-4 reverse to BFC, the British, who dominated the first

half of the season and looked like they would “walk it” before

blowing up in paragraph 7. A couple of easy victories

over struggling teams saw us hanging on to BFC’s coattails

until consecutive losses in the run up to Christmas derailed

our challenge. Division 1 is rarely, if ever, won with more

than two losses all season, so three by Christmas and the fat

lady was at least trying to extricate her behind from her

seat if not actually walking to the podium. Two draws

sandwiching a rare defeat to the Celts and she’s on stage

belting out a number, our number, before the end of


It was unfortunate to be out of the running with four

months of the season left, but it did leave us free to concentrate

on the extraordinarily protracted process of ex

Skipper and self-appointed Football Section Dictator for

Life, Steve Taw, hanging up his boots and leaving Japan

“for good.” That’s obviously a loose definition, as I

know he’s been back at least twice and got himself a

TML game both times. Anyway, suffice it to say that

February was a whirl of sayonara matches and hangovers

courtesy of “DOF,” the Director of Football, R.I.P.

Anyway, leaving behind Steve’s world of laced up

footballs and tackles that “wouldn’t have even been a

YC&AC line up alongside Thai Premier League outfit

Chonburi F.C. in the SCC Sixes.

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Footy Japan Division I Final Table

booking in my day”; we had the rest of the season to negotiate.

Our goals were: finishing in the top three of the

League—we’ve never finished below fourth—winning

the Cup for the first time, and putting in a good showing

on our now annual trip to Singapore in June.

Last first, as its slightly off topic. We made our third

trip to our Cousins’, the SCC’s six-a-side tournament.

This is not your average YC&AC football tour and before

we get to smash it up in Clarke Quay and surrounds

we have the small matter of having to chase round real

live pro footballers and several U21 and U23 national

team squads in the Singapore sunshine. Day 1 was remarkable:

we finished top of our group and, it transpired,

peaked in beating Thai pro side Chonburi, 3-0.

Day 2, alas, saw a reversal of fortunes and we got

knocked out early and had to watch as Chonburi went

on to win the Cup. What happened between Days 1 and

2 can never be revealed of course—what goes on tour,

stays on tour—but we did the YC&AC proud in any

event, both at SCC and Clarke Quay and surrounds…

Meanwhile, back at the ranch, BFC were busy imploding,

and the sickeningly consistent Hibs slid up on

the rail to win the League title by a couple of lengths.

We had our moments during the run-in, reaching the

Cup Final, only to pull up lame in another defeat to the

Celts; beating BFC—although so did everyone for a

while; and taking a point off the Champions elect, this

hopefully a stop of the rot of them beating us easily and

often over the last two years. Our last three games of the

season ended 3-3, 4-4, 6-3 and 1-2. Are you being entertained,

yet! The 6-3 was an epic semi-final victory over

those same Hibs, setting out our stall emphatically to

challenge them and everyone else for the Season 9

League title. Runners and riders are being called to the

post in September.

Our final roll call of honours for the 2010/11 Season:

New Year’s 7s: Semi-finalists

TML League: Fourth Place

FJ Cup: Runners-up

TML Charity 7s: Winners

SCC Sixes: Quarter Finalists

TML Fair Play League: Er… dead last

Anthony Savage, Captain

Footy Japan Cup Final:

YC&AC 1 v Kanto Celts 2

YC&AC Firsts pre kick-off


Half-time, and Dickie Philo appeals for focus

Mikey Taw en route to a fine individual goal, this jinking run

ending with a sweet curler into the bottom right hand corner

Join this year’s mount fuji

‘catch the sunrise’ hike!

Wednesday August 10th

(return the next day’s afternoon)

12,000 yen for YC&AC members

* Discounts for couples/travelling with family members*

- Pre-climb training sessions

- Private bus for us!

- Experienced climb leaders

- Best price (including going by yourself!)

- Minimum 8 participants (max. 24!)

The sign-up sheet (with more information about what is included, and what to expect) is at the Front Desk

* All inquiries (including non-YC&AC rates) to Chris @*

Satoshi Mitsuda’s run down

the right is cut short by a

clattering Celts challenge

Mike Butler’s burst from the

back is cynically curtailed by

a Kanto Celt

Penalty, ref! Not given.

Suspicion of a foul here as a

YC&AC corner is whipped

into the box

Mt. Fuji “Catch the Sunrise” Hike

The time has come again, and the annual

Mt. Fuji climb is approaching.

We plan to go up on Wednesday August

10 and come home the next afternoon.

It is an overnight climb, so that we can

catch the sunrise, so please be aware that

you should be free both the Wednesday

and Thursday (you will want that day to


The price is 12,000 yen for individuals

(a much better deal than anywhere else)

and there are discounts for couples/family

traveling companions.

Please direct any inquiries to Chris at:

YC&AC CONNECT August 2011 17



Academy Review, 2010/11

YC&AC Football Academy Head Coach Mike Yeomans offers this review of the Club’s younger teams’ season.

Coach Mike debriefs the squad after a match earlier this year. Coach Kambayashi looks on.

It has been nine months since I started working with

and coaching the YC&AC football program and I

can gladly say that already we are seeing some

major progress with the players on the field. This has

been reflected in the overall results we have achieved in

the matches we have played since last October. Of the

thirty or so mini matches (8 v 8) that we have played,

we have lost only five or six, and count among our victories

a win over a Yokohama F. Marinos U10 team.

That is quite a good record, I’m sure

you will agree.

Thus far we have established programs

for the U8, U10 and U12 age

groups. Our numbers are gradually

increasing with each passing month, although

the recent tragic events in the

Tohoku region may have prevented us

from making further progress in this

regard. We will continue to work on

increasing our numbers once we resume

our program after the summer

break. We also plan to open a program

for the U15 age group from August in

order to expand the Club’s football offering

still further.

Every Sunday morning throughout

the season we worked on balance and

coordination, and the development of

technique, through the use of skill drills

and games. We also worked on tactical

YC&AC CONNECT August 2011

positioning, awareness and

team shape during competitive

matches. We develop

the players through the use

of small-sided matches

with small-sized junior

goals. This ensures all the

players have plenty of

touches of the ball and the

opportunity to try out any

new skills they have


Looking Forward

Next season we hope to

further build upon the

foundation that has been

put in place this year. We

also hope to bring on

board another qualified

coach to assist, improve

and expand the program

still further.

We would also like to

introduce periodic skills

testing for each player, culminating

in the presentation of a Player Personal Final

Report detailing the progress made over the year for

each child. Each report would contain the test results

from throughout the year, a graph break down of each

skill tested, and a coach’s comments section advising

areas for improvement while always highlighting the

positive things achieved. This is a system we have been

using at Yamate Orient FC & Academy for the past two

years with great success.

Members of the YC&AC Football Academy pitchside at Nissan

Stadium during a recent tour.

Meet Mike

Hi everybody, my name is Mike Yeomans and I am

the head coach at the YC&AC Football Academy.

I would like to give you all a little background

information on my qualifications and experience to

help show what I bring to the football program here

at our unique and wonderful club.

Coaching Experience

My first coaching appointment was with the British

Football Academy in Tokyo, where I coached fulltime

from September 2006 until March of 2008. I

coached juniors from ages 6–16 years of age and

ladies’ senior football. From March 2008 to June

2009 I was employed full-time by Total Football,

a coaching resource company and grassroots

associates for Nike Football (Japan). This meant I

got to tour the Japanese schools and coach high

school teams and clubs as part of the Nike Football

community coaching program. I also had the good

fortune to work with football academies from the

JLeague, namely Yokohama F. Marinos FC and

Urawa Reds FC, and some of the world’s biggest

football academies, including those of Barcelona,

Manchester United, Valencia and Glasgow Celtic.

On Saturdays I run a junior and senior football

program at Yamate Orient Football Club, which is

based at Saint Maur International School.

Although it is still too early to talk about the end

of the summer, it is never too early to talk about

a party! On Saturday, August 27, we are going to

beat the heat with an evening of games, food, fun, and

prizes. This is an evening to be enjoyed by all, regardless

of age or interests, and a perfect way to say sayonara to

the summer season!

We all know it is impossible to have a proper Pool

Party without fine food fare to feast on. So, with that in

mind, our chefs will be preparing a super-delicious BBQ

Buffet that will taste as good as it smells!

As anticipated, this night will also feature the many

games, activities and entertainment we have in store, for

kids and adults! Everyone, get involved and enjoy!

Are you a sea captain in hiding? Maybe better with

your wits than your fins? Whether you are an aquanaut,

or an aqua-NOT, you can be a part of the entertainment,

and also be entertained during the many activities

we have in store for you! All of our activities are

fully supervised with safety at the forefront of our

minds. So, feel free to let loose, feast, and enjoy the

night to the fullest!

All the best, and see you at the party!

Chris Kelly, YC&AC Sports Department



As a player I had

spells with Ryman

Premier League

clubs Aveley FC and

Basildon United FC,

as well as various

Wahl & Case Tokyo

Metropolis League

clubs including

British Football

Club and Swiss Kickers FC. I played primarily as

an outside right, or right winger as they are called

these days.

Coaching Qualifications

First 4 Sport English FA Level 1 Licence

First 4 Sport English FA Level 2 Licence (UEFA C)

First 4 Sport English FA Level 2 Goalkeeping Licence


First 4 Sport English FA Level 3 Licence (UEFA B)

First 4 Sport English FA Child Protection Licence


First 4 Sport English FA Soccer Parenting Certificate

First 4 Sport English FA Laws of the Game Certificate

First Aid (American Red Cross)

Dress Down, It’s the YC&AC Pool Party!

YC&AC CONNECT August 2011 19



Something to Ponder

The world is full of myths, misconceptions,

conflicting opinions and theories, some intentionally

put out there to sell products, some

simply misguided. This is especially the case in the

field of health, nutrition and exercise. Turn on the

TV, open a magazine, read a newspaper and we are

submitted to an endless stream of content that often

does little more than perpetuate conventional “wisdom.”

Remember the old adage: if something is repeated

often enough it becomes the accepted norm?

We are also bombarded with information promoting

the latest fad or groundbreaking research. You may

care to ask yourself, who decides upon what content

to include? Who sponsors the media source? Who

funds the study?

“One man’s food is another man’s poison.”

Take the “diet industry” as a prime example. You

may be interested to know there are currently almost

5,000 diet books in print. They can’t all be right. Are

any of them? It is abundantly clear that when it

comes to weight gain and obesity we aren’t doing too

well despite this flood of information, not to mention

the limitless supply of diet foods, pills, potions

and powders on the market. And how about the fabled

food pyramid? Does one size really fit all? The multitude

of diet books all citing success stories suggests

not. What works for one can have the opposite effect

on another.

“Oh, I know what I should eat, but…”

Let me ask you, do you really know? Seems to me

that when it comes to nutrition people are either

confused or doggedly clinging to the popular mantra

of the day. As you chill out over the summer, you

may care to ponder some of the following and ask

yourself the same question: What do you really know

about nutrition?

• The traditional cooking oil for Okinawans, the

champions of longevity, is lard. (Yes, that is

pork fat!)

• Wheat, one of the least tolerated and most difficult

foods to digest, contains opiate like chemicals

that are highly addictive. Another donut with

your coffee?

• Cows are designed to eat grass and grass only, not

soy, grains, concrete and other non-foods. We are

what we eat, and so are cows. Is eating a sick animal

really going to enhance your health?

• Pasteurization is complete only when all of the enzymes

contained in the milk are extinguished, thus

rendering the food pretty much dead. Don’t we eat

to promote life and vitality?

YC&AC CONNECT August 2011

• Levels of certain nutrients can be hundreds of times

higher in organic foods grown in truly healthy soils

compared with conventionally grown produce. How

much is your health worth?

• Up until about 100 years ago, unfermented soy

was considered an industrial product unfit for

human consumption; the oil was used in the manufacture

of paint and glue. Then the marketing

men got busy and now we have this supposed

‘wonder’ food!

Ever notice…

The less fat we are consuming, the more obese we are


As we eat less fat, cardiovascular disease continues to


Ever see…

A 2% cow? So why are we clamoring for 2% processed


An obese wild animal?

Should you be eating it…

If you can’t pronounce the ingredients on the label?

If it wasn’t around a few thousand years ago?

Maybe it’s time to start listening to your body, using

some intuition and getting back to basics in determining

the food choices that are actually right for you.

Or, better still, if you are ready to make changes, how

about taking advantage of some of the nutritional/lifestyle

services on offer at the club:

• Take a metabolic typing test to help determine

those beneficial food choices and nutrient ratios,

and receive a customized, ‘no dieting,’ diet plan.

• Invest in cutting edge functional lab testing to

take the guess work out of supplementation and

gain an insight into digestive and hormonal


• Learn how to reduce dietary stress factors and better

understand which personal blocking factors may be

holding you back.

• Whether it’s baby steps or a complete overhaul,

receive coaching and guidance throughout the


Contact Dan Mullaney, YC&AC’s personal trainer, and nutrition

and wellness coach, on 090-6986-3710. (Online video

series coming soon at

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