Almanac Football: Yoshi implements new footy practices

G’day Almanackers and readers,


I admit not having touched the footy upset me a lot and it took so long to feel better.


But I have to learn from mistakes and instead I keep practising footy and have implemented new practices for next playing.


Running hard, collecting footy and further actions (kicks and handpasses) had not been practised well before the IMPACT Anzac Day Cup Tournament held on 21st April.


These three areas have been implemented into my regular own footy practices afterwards. I even ride a bike for four kilometres to get to my first venue of Umekoji Park in Kyoto. I need to run fast on field to collect footy.


Then further quick actions are needed to avoid being tackled and to win over much pressures put by opponents. Once I collect footy, either I run further and kick footy, or handpass.


Running a few times to get to the other side of the grass field, it’s time to kick long for goals.


I feel I am more adopted into game situations now. And kicking distances are getting longer slightly.


But when someone helps me practising footy, I am still scared of balls sometimes. As I have been advised, I need to get used to it and hope I will overcome soon.


I think I am a person who is required hardworking to reach the top level in many fields. It applies to my English language skills too. It took years to get to the point where I speak English fluently. But I am required more works to be a good writer in professional level.


Playing footy is the same. As you are aware of, I only started playing the sport earlier in the year. Hardworking is required to be a good player.


Enjoy your footy and writing guys!







Yoshi’s Dingoes gurnsey front

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. Malby Dangles says:

    Good on you, Yoshi. Keep punchin’!

  2. Yvette Wroby says:

    Live your commitment Yoshi . When’s the next game ?

  3. Yvette Wroby says:

    I meant to write ‘love your commitment’ but you are also living it. You have just taken up footy so it will take time. Remember to have fun too. Otherwise, what’s the point.

  4. Good on you, Yoshi, I love your enthusiasm for the game – the rewards will come.
    And its a wonderfully designed guernsey that the Dingoes wear.

  5. Keep up the good work, Yoshi.

  6. bob.speechley says:



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  7. Hi and thanks for your comments guys!

    Mal – I will!

    Yvette – I will live with the compliment and also with the moment. And I love the commitment with the Dingoes. Hardworking is important as well as enjoying. I could analyse my performances but should not worry. Rather enjoying footy is needed. My next game is likely in July before going to the MRV Match between St Kilda and Richmond.

    Fitzroy Pete – Exactly and thanks for your compliment on the footy gear.

    ,Jan – Thanks for your compliment on my hardworking and indeed I keep doing.

    Bob – Thanks for your encouragement and I will be hardworking.

    By the way, Stephen Milne’s recent comment on St Kilda also tells me importance of being strong mentally. Enjoying the footy and moment will reduce the pressure, I guess?



  8. Cat from the Country says:

    Way to go Yoshi. Your commitment is awesome. With this attitude you will improve..
    If you have your own footy, can you play kick-to-kick with some friends .locally?

  9. Hi Cat,

    Thanks for your lovely and warm words and compliment :-)

    One of my teammates (a West Coast supporter) lives here in Kyoto but he is so busy. Other teammates live in Osaka and Kobe. So I don’t have an opportunity to do kick to kick other than at our training sessions. However some Australian tourists offer kick to kick when they see me practising footy.

    How are your Cats going?



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