AFL Pre-season – Carlton v St Kilda: Love and Passion


Saturday, 4 March 2017

2:05 pm (3:05 am York, UK)

Princes Park, Melbourne


Love and passion are main attitudes to describe me in the week.

Eventually I have found a love and I have decided to move to York in England to be together with my British girlfriend. I left Japan on Monday, five days prior to the match.

Exciting times were ahead, but I was only allowed to stay in the UK for four nights; that was a nightmare for both of us.

Katie picked me at Manchester Airport and we got on the train to York. Our passions of the love and my excitement to be in York were found on the train.

Once we got there, I found the historical city reminded me a different version of New Zealand. Everything looks similar to the country where I have lived for four years, apart from houses. Indeed I love York and England.

People are so friendly and warm. We met up with Katie’s friends, auntie and uncle during my stay. We had precious times.

On Friday, we went to the National Railway Museum. The dining section is the model of the cafeteria carriage and patrons will feel the atmosphere of the train journey. We had a lunch there and the potato soup with leeks soothed us from hangovers.

While old passenger carriages and steam locomotives were exhibited in the main building, we saw foreign rolling stocks could be seen in the next building. Even I explained about fastest train of Shinkansen to Katie with its exhibited carriage. She had a Japanese experience there too.

Then on the first floor at the building, we talked about the poor story of workshop’s closure in York in 1995. Then I provided details of railway singnalling systems to my darling as formally working in the field. She found that I had passions of the industry and then suggests me to work as a railway signal engineer again, even she understands that I have passions of writing in English.

After the interesting time at the railway museum, I was a cook at night making Japanese curry and rice for Katie and her son. I showed my love to her and passions of cooking Japanese food to them. All of us enjoyed the dinner but it was the last one having together for a while.

The following day was emotional for both of us. It was very sad to say goodbye for a while to Katie. I really wished to stay in York. Talking about her and our time has been emotional since then, needless to say.

The footy was played while we were sleeping and when I left her house I got free WiFi at Manchester Airport where I found a message from my Bomber friend telling me my Saints smashed his old and arch rival.

It was a massive win and Josh Bruce scored seven goals; more than the entire Carlton Footy Club. The young forward showed the passions of playing footy to Sainters and fans. And my love affair with St Kilda Footy Club continues, while my feelings to Katie are strong with love and passions.

Love and passions are to describe Katie, me and footy.


ST KILDA 0.4.2 0.8.4 0.14.10 0.18.14 (122)

CARLTON 0.2.2 0.3.3 0.3.4 0.4.6 (30)



St Kilda – Bruce 7, Steele 2, Wright 2, Long, Minchington, Gresham, Newnes, Sinclair, Dunstan, McCartin

Carlton – C Curnow, Cuningham, Graham, Kerridge


St Kilda – Bruce, Billings, Steele, Stevens, McCartin, Steven

Carlton – E Curnow, Palmer, Weitering, McKay

UMPIRES: Jeff Dalgleish, Ray Chamberlain, Curtis Deboy, Nathan Williamson

CROWD: 15,485



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. Mark Duffett says:

    Ah, but what does Katie think of footy?

  2. Katie Rebecca Swift says:

    Hi Mark, I will be honest, I don’t know a lot about football and especially AFL but Yoshi is an avid supporter and we both plan on coming to Australia in the future to fulfill his dream of going to a live game. Go the Mighty Saints!

  3. Mark Duffett says:

    Great to hear, Katie and Yoshi. Hopefully you’re in for a treat (just not against my Crows, thanks!)

  4. Yvette Wroby says:

    Hi Yoshi and Katie,

    well it seems that Yoshi has got you aboard the St Kilda train. Look forward to taking you both to a game in the future. All the best

  5. Hi Yvette,

    We are talking about future travel plans and watching a St Kilda game is on our bucket list. Our boys need to answer to our passions!

    All the best to you too.


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