2018 will be The Year of…

1. The Saints


The Western Bulldogs won their second flag in 2016 and Richmond ended their 37-year premiership drought last year.


After witnessing the Tiger time, my thought came up ‘why not St Kilda next year (now this year)?’


Billings and Dunstan will be breaking out, and Ross and Jack Steven will keep performing well in the midfield.


Bruce and Membrey will be booting more and more goals, I hope. If McCartin has less injury this year, our forward will be strong.


Armitage will be back on the great midfield.


Back line will be strong thanks to Geary, Mitchington and Carlisle.


2. Osaka Dingoes


The Japanese footy club is back on track to be a competitive team.


Matt has been doing terrific jobs to be stronger.


I am so proud of the club board member as well as a player at Dingoes.


3. Yoshi


Thanks to Matt, I am utilising writing and translating skills at the footy club, and taking new challenges in the public relations.


My talents and skills are more contributing now.


I hope you have a wonderful year in 2018.


What do you think 2018 will be the Year of…


About Yoshihiro Imagawa

A Japanese Saints diehard with huge passions. The Western Bulldogs won the flag in 2016 and Richmond followed in 2017, so why not St Kilda in 2018? Like my St Kilda, I strive and work hard to achieve my life goals both in profession and my private life. Sadly I missed watching footy while my favourite Nick Riewoldt was playing and when St Kilda had Anzac Day clashes in Wellington. But I am excited to be back in Melbourne in July 2018 for two St Kilda matches. Now I am a player for the Osaka Dingoes Footy Club, as well as a public relations officer. My stories of footy in Asia including the Dingoes news can be found on World Footy News.


  1. Neil Anderson says:

    Hi Yoshi,
    A great article for us diehard fans who can’t wait for the season to start.
    Far too early to try and pick which teams will be successful…but what the heck, we’re diehard fans.
    All teams look good at this time of year and as at least one newspaper keeps telling us, ‘footy never sleeps’. Also the footy-clubs are busy showing us how well ‘the boys’ are training. The new recruits are on show and players we may have forgotten about briefly are back in training after injury, hoping they should be right for Round One.
    I think the teams with the most depth are the ones to watch. The Bulldogs are looking good in this regard as well as their mix of tall, medium and short players, combined with savvy recruiting.
    So I’ll go first with a top-eight selection before finals when it is a whole new ball-game:
    Port Adelaide
    * Osaka Dingoes to be the bolter and play finals.

  2. Hi Neil,

    Thanks for your comment. Haha we are passionate footy diehards, eh? It’s good to see your prediction on top eight and picking the Saints is appreciated as well as your so positive comment on the Dingoes.

    All the best to you and your beloved Bulldogs.



  3. Neil Anderson says:

    Hi Yoshi,
    The team that I forgot for the final eight was Sydney. They would have to be contenders again this year.
    There’s an article on Facebook talking about the teams with the best depth which I will forward to you.

  4. Luke Reynolds says:

    Yoshi, reckon the Saints are finals bound in 2018.
    All the best for the Dingoes, look forward to those stories.
    Hope you have a great 2018. I’m hoping it will be the year of the Pies!

  5. G’day Neil and Luke,

    Thanks for your comments and warm wishes guys!

    Neil – I have found the article you mentioned me. Thanks a lot. It’s interesting.

    Luke – I will write some stories of Dingoes here and you could also check our club website and the World Footy News where I will be writing for (footy in Japan and Asia will be subjects on the World Footy News). Thanks for your wishes for the Dingoes and good luck with your Pies.



  6. Matthew Thomas says:


  7. Cheers Matt!

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