Round 6 – Hawthorn v St Kilda: Where is the game plan?

Hawthorn v St Kilda
7:25 pm, Saturday April 28
University of Tasmania Stadium (York Park), Launceston

 

 

Having known the final score on Saturday after my shift, I chose to watch the replay on Sunday to see how my boys were playing.

 

But unlikely the usual watching, I didn’t take any note. I had realised I was doing too hard on everything. I practised footy a lot. Every time I was watching my Saints were in action, I took notes for Almanac pieces. Hardworking is good, but I scattered enjoyment somewhere. So I had decided to just enjoy watching footy and then I would create ideas what to write here.

 

Poor ball handling has been seen many times during the game. Kicking to wrong space or a wrong player often happens. Wasting opportunities followed.

 

Our ball handling was better a few years back. Good midfield works were what I described in my past match reports and a part of our game plan.

 

I started wondering where St Kilda’s game plan was now.

 

Nick Riewoldt ran hard to take a mark and tricked opponent players.

 

Leigh Montagna ran hard too to collect footy and handpassed and kicked the ball. His ball works were accurate.

 

We relied on those two champions, but both retired at the end of 2017.

 

Then the game plan should have been revised or the club should have trained young blokes to be like Saint Nick and Joey.

 

Maybe the boys need to improve basic skills of kicking and handpasses. They need to practise these skills under the pressure.

 

Also a core leadership should be established. I think Nick and Joey should have stayed the club as advisors to leaders.

 

The current oldest and most experienced player is Sam Gilbert, three years younger than Montagna. Gilbert is less skilled comparing to two legends.

 

The other day, I have watched the Captains Run segment of AFL 360 programme on Fox Footy. They talked about Nick’s close friend of Brendon Goddard. His actions on the field were to be debated in footy media. Riewoldt says that BJ’s attitudes are both his strengths and weaknesses. St Kilda need someone like BJ to motivate and express passions to young players.

 

The former St Kilda captain also make a comment that values of playing footy between his long term teammates such as Hayes, Montagna and Dal Santo, and young players including Jack Billings are so different.

 

I think age blanks created thanks to Ross Lyon and trades of McEvoy and Stanley affect the club, unfortunately.

 

However Riewoldt and Montagna can train young players at the club to be stronger.

 

I wish my life would be easier with good detailed advice and a game plan. But I admit my life is unbalanced like player list at the St Kilda Football Club. I guess our young players need advice like what I need to get.

 

On Sunday night, I was at a single party, but have not got any contact detail from any of participants, while others have done. Even I sensed it was not a party that was meant for singles. It was another excuse to have drinks…

 

However playing footy would improve my life. And I am happy to do kick to kick with nice Australian guys who see me practising on my own and join me naturally. They might be surprised to see the Japanese bloke practising the unique Australian sport.

 

After the poor off field performances on Sunday night, Geelong supporters pointed my St Kilda gear (a cap and a polo shirt) back in Kyoto and talked to me. We sang Cats song and danced on the pavement. It was an interesting experience.

 

I am much different to majority of Japanese men. Then it’s easier for me to talk to such people. I hope my playing footy brings me a good romance eventually.

 

Let’s blossom talents and skills, my St Kilda boys and for myself.

 

HAWTHORN 3.7 4.9 7.9 13.11 (89)
ST KILDA 0.4 3.7 5.10 7.12 (54)

GOALS
Hawthorn: Smith 4, Breust, Gunston 3, Howe, Impey, Morrison
St Kilda: Billings, Hickey, Long, McCartin, Membrey, Sinclair, Steele

BEST
Hawthorn: Smith, Mitchell, McEvoy, Morrison, Howe, Gunston, Breust
St Kilda: Steven, Webster, Savage, Carlisle

OUR VOTES
3. Smith (HAW); 2. McEvoy (HAW); 1. Carlisle (STK)

Official crowd: 15,741

 

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. Steve Hodder says:

    Yoshi san,

    Both you and St.Kilda, ganbatte ganbatte!

    ‘arn the mighty Hawks.

    onya

    Steve

  2. Cheers Steve. I guess you and Jeff Kennett smile a lot this year.

Leave a Comment

*