Monday, July 6, 2009

...mamonaku, Fukuoka, Fukuoka desu.

So we finally wrap up the trip to Kyushu at the populous prefecture in the region, Fukuoka. The most puzzling thing to me is that Fukuoka is one of the prefectures with the most people in western Japan, and yet their success at Koshien has been... well... underwhelming.

I don't know the reason why, so if someone can enlighten me, I'd appreciate it.

Anyways, to the qualifiers. Fukuoka has block with 19 teams making it to the prefectural finals. Top seeds in each regional (by block) are as follows:

Kita Regionals
  • Kaho, Jiyuugaoka, Touchiku, Higashi-Chikushi Gakuen, Kyushu Kokusaidai Fuzoku, Iidzuka, Tobata and Kokura.
Minami Regionals
  • Kurume Shougyou, Kyushu Sangyoudai Fuzoku Kyushu Sangyou, Nishi Nippon Tankidai Fuzoku, Chikuyou Gakuen, Kasuga, Oki Gakuen, Tokaidai Dai-go, Fukuokadai Oohori, Kyushu Sangyodai Fuzoku Kyushu, Fukuoka Kodai Jyoutou, and Chikuzen.
Some names are recently familiar in Iidzuka and others have gone to Koshien in the past decade (Kyushu Sangyodai Fuzoku Kyushu, Fukuoka Kodai Jyoutou). But the lack of dominating teams is surprising. The only team to go more than twice in the past decade was Yanagigawa, and they're not even seeded.

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