Round 2 – North Melbourne v St Kilda: St Kilda boys unlikely to add my footy audiobook

Friday, 30 March 2018
4:20 pm
Docklands Stadium, Melbourne

 

Yoshi Milney is very disappointed with the Good Friday footy result.

 

I watched the first half of the match live before getting to work in the evening, and saw too much wasteful and sloppy footy.

 

The score was level with each club kicking 2.10 (22) to half-time. I was worried about losing, but hoped I would be happy at the end of my shift at 11 pm. But my worry became the reality.

 

I had planned to watch the replay of the last half on Saturday morning, but decided not to watch when I woke up to avoid being sad and getting frustrated.

 

Like last weekend, we couldn’t fire up at the beginning. We allowed Kangaroos to bring the footy to their forward line. Ruck is  hard work, but we need more accurate hit outs. Plus centre players need backing up and accurate handpasses.

 

Kicks were often delivered to the opponents rather than teammates. My notebook about our kicking was written primarily about Jack Steven’s kicking and North getting the footy. As a player, I find kicking is  hard and I need to kick accurately, but they are professional footballers. Don’t disappoint passionate supporters…

 

Also such kicks wasted some good marks.

 

Coast to coast (ball handling in the wing) was not seen during the match. The technique was what we were good at a few years back, but we fumbled the footy.

 

Riewoldt’s gesturing and collecting footy or Montagna’s running and backing up was not done by young players. We should have trained current players with such skills before they retired.

 

Inaccurate handpasses were also seen. Why didn’t we find the right player to handpass?

 

Footy is a fast-paced sport and players have to respond quickly to avoid being tackled. We worked hard but wasted a lot.

 

Here is my player note from the match.

 

1. Handpasses over opponents’ heads are important – like what Kangaroos did in the second quarter.

2. Backing up is needed, not only to collect the footy, but also to cover mistakes – it came up after having seen too many sloppy plays.

 

My enthusiasm for supporting boys and practising footy even when I have a fractured finger didn’t pass to my boys. It’s sad but happens.

 

Are we ticking back the clock to years when we struggled with winning?

 

No more Stephen Milne, Lenny Hayes, Nick Riewoldt or Leigh Montagna at the club. It’s your responsibility to be a legend like them, young boys. You need to find the way to climb up the ladder. I want you guys to be the 2018 Bulldog boys of 2016.

 

I look forward to the next round and please, please do not make me worry while watching live. I believe we can win the flag in the near future, but realise we need to work hard.

 

Boys, I promise to train and practise hard to be a good player at the Osaka Dingoes so please make  efforts like me. Thanks!

 

 

NORTH MELBOURNE 0.6 2.10 6.16 13.17 (95)
ST KILDA 1.2 2.10 5.11 5.13 (43)

GOALS
North Melbourne: Brown 6, Waite, Anderson, Turner, Hrovat, Hartung, Jacobs, Cunnington
St Kilda: Carlisle, Gresham, Steele, Steven, Acres

 

BEST
North Melbourne: Brown, Higgins, Jacobs, Macmillan, Waite, Hartung, Ziebell, Thompson
St Kilda: Webster, Steven, Armitage, Geary, Savage

 

 

Official crowd: 33,966

 

P.S. I forgot to upload the IMPACT Anzac Day Cup Tournament’s poster in my last post. Here it is.

 

 

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.

Comments

  1. Neil Anderson says:

    Hi Yoshi. Well done continuing writing about the Saints, win lose or draw. Your comment about ‘ticking back the clock when we struggled with winning’ sounded very familiar to me. The Bulldogs had 1-2 years of great footy where each week we would ‘expect to win’, or at least be super- competitive. But now we don’t look like sustaining it. Compare that to Hawthorn with decades of success or Brisbane and Geelong with their three premierships close together.
    Consequently, as I wait for the Bulldogs/ Eagles game today I can only hope they are competitive rather than expecting a win. The Bulldogs suddenly have a young list due to retirements and injuries to key players. I think all of those young players will be good in time, but once again …we wait. The Saints and Bulldogs have a similar history and we will celebrate every victory on the road to the next premiership.

  2. Yoshi,
    I promise I will not gloat. I was at the game, had not tipped my Roos, but was pleasantly surprised by their tackling and defensive pressure. I was equally surprised by how poor the Saints were on the day. Interesting times for the Saints.

  3. G’day Neil and Smokie,

    Thanks for your comments!

    Neil – Tom Liberatore’s injury is so painful for your Bulldogs. Players need experiences to be competitive. I think Hawthorn and Swans are good to keep balances of experienced players and developing young players. I wished Rooey and Joey were on the field on Good Friday.

    Smokie – Your Roos did so good. What do you think kicking so many behinds in the first two quarters?

    Cheers

    Yoshi

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