Round 4 – Geelong v St Kilda: Coincidence or Contagiousness?

Geelong v St Kilda

4:25PM Sunday, 15 April 2018

GMHBA Stadium, Geelong



My Dingoes training and the professional AFL match are going at the same time.



I have practised footy during the week and sense my kicking is improving.



The first handpass drill is going well for me with fast responses. I feel confidence.



But the reality check has to be done. At the five on two contest drill, I am under performing. Fumbling the ball and unable to collect. I am falling down on the ground to express my emotion. I feel useless on the footy field.



Also I feel being targeted by the ‘opponent’ and not a player to be trusted by ‘teammates’.



Watching the replay in the next three days quarter by quarter (I am unable to watch fully once due to my work roster and tiredness), my Saint boys kick to the wrong direction that also apply to handpasses.



These mishandling ball create turn overs for the Cats. St Kilda waste many opportunities. Seeing such footy would be frustrating if I watched live.



At the five on two drill, Matt tells me to see around the field to act accordingly with kicks and handballs. And communication is important, he advises too.



As my first match is coming soon, I start new practices collecting the fumbled and acting as soon as possible. But distractions occur due to my physical conditions and weather. I wish I could practise more.



Are Saints’ and my on field performances coincident or contagious?



Roberton’s faint is sad to see and I have short term memory issues on Monday. It’s not good…



I have to overcome weaknesses as time is ticking to the exciting IMPACT Anzac Day Cup Tournament.



On the other hand, I have to see positive sides to perform better. Seeing negative would affect my strengths negatively.

1. Turn over creates an opportunity where McCartin scores a goal just outside 50.

2. In Geelong’s goal square, Carlisle misses collecting footy, but Gearly backs up well.

3. McCartin encouraging punching footy.

4. Hickey tackles low nicely.

5. Acres chases a fumbled ball and scores a goal.

6. Dunstan does the similar to Acres. His action teaches me that a player who has more space ahead needs to run and collect. Then kick or handpass.



Get over and focus on the next match. And keep positive.



Go the mighty Saints and beloved Dingoes!!



GEELONG 4.3 8.6 13.8 15.13 (103)
ST KILDA 1.4 3.7 5.8 7.14 (56)

Geelong: Menzel 5, Parfitt 3, Cunico 2, Kelly 2, Menegola 2, Stanley
St Kilda: Dunstan 2, Roberton, Long, McCartin, Marshall, Acres

Geelong: Parfitt, Stewart, Menzel, J.Selwood, Dangerfield, Menegola
St Kilda: Carlisle, Dunstan, Brown, Steele, Steven

3. Menzel (GEE); 2. Stewart (GEE); 1. Dunstan (STK)

Official crowd: 27,338


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. Phillip Dimitriadis says:

    Nicely written Yoshi. Maybe it was contagious if you have been watching too much of the Saints over the last couple of weeks. Hang in there and keep training mate. Go Dingoes !

  2. Yvette Wroby says:

    Well said Yoshi. I think you are great taking up such a difficult challenge. And your observations about the Saints are spot on. Play well and try to enjoy yourself rather than be too critical. It’s a game. Have fun

  3. Hi and thanks for comments Phil and Yvette,

    Phil – I hadn’t watched St Kilda games fully in the previous two matches. I want to perform well on field so that St Kilda boys mimic.

    Yvette – Thanks for your positive words. Last night I talked to Matt and he advised me the same on the footy tournament.

    By the way, kicking footy on the wet conditions is hard.



  4. G’day Yoshi, how long do you chaps persevere with McCartin up forward?

    Is it that the head knocks have done so much damage to his confidence & judgement,or is he just not suited to the forward role? I acknowledge he was high a draft pick but when you’re in your fourth season playing as a key forward, and you average less than a goal a game there’s an issue. In four games this year he has two goals. A ‘gimme’ in round one when the ball was given to him in the goal square, then another in round four against Geelong where it looks like it was touched prior to crossing the line, thus should have been called a point.

    Maybe it’s a case of, in the old parlance of Jack Dyer, ‘ratbags to the backline’. Would he be better suited providing height , strength in defence ? There’s been quite a few players who’ve arrived as forwards but found better suited to defence. Two Collingwood players come to mind, Peter McCormack, Billy Picken being another. It might be worth a try.


  5. G’day Glen!

    Thanks for your comment and my apology to get back to you so so late…

    I had thought Paddy could be like Dyer. But last weekend’s his three goals at the game against GWS showed his good attacking skills. Putting him in the back line would waste his skills.

    But he needs to gain more confidence. It applies to my on field performances too.

    Paddy started firing up. I believe he can be like Tom Hawkins or even better than the Cat.



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