AFL Pre-season – Carlton v St Kilda: Importance of getting ball and backing up

Wednesday, 28 February 2018
7:10 pm
Princes Park, Melbourne


On Sunday, I faced a circumstance to make a tough decision with good options. I was wearing Nick Riewoldt’s footy guernsey at the training and expressed my enthusiasm wanting a big small forward like Stephen Milne. 12 or 44 for my number at the Dingoes.


Eventually my decision has been made with the latter because of Milney being my on field role model. The opposition argument was being too early to wear the long serving captain’s number.


Three days later, the excitement of footy came back, even it was a pre-season game. And my passions of being a Sainter was as big as usual.


It’s really sad to hear about the Whitten Oval incident where Sue Alberti was not allowed to go through the special gate for players and club staff members. She is a patron at the kennel, a founder of AFLW and former Vice President of the club. As having listened to her presentation at the Sports Writers Festival and a chat with her, I admire her for her achievements and personality.


Club President Peter Gordon should show respects towards her and his club’s boys team captain Easton Wood.


The incident made me wishing time flying fast towards the time when the mighty Saints joining AFLW in two years. To be honest I cannot wait seeing my true Saint girls taking actions. My loyalty, faithful and passions stay with St Kilda strongly.


My work ended just ten minutes before the first bounce and I cooked a meal for myself at work. The Level one at work was the venue to watch the match.


Carlton dominated footy and St Kilda just gave away opportunities. Patrick Cripps got footy in hot spots (goal square) and was a goal kicking midfielder.


Even a pre-season match, my disappointment was big and my worries and nervousness of games were sensed in ways when I had watched Home and Away Season games in the last several years.


27 points (home) to six points (visitor) in the first break was what I had NEVER expected. Even I’d thought we would dominate.


The second quarter was the same but we bounced back later in the quarter. Watching the game live, my wonder came up; are you guys calling names who you want to handball or kick? It’s what my coach Matt instructs at Dingoes training sessions.


Thinking about my next favourite Sainter, I had picked Jack Billings because he is young and rising. But Carlisle’s good defending and marking were impressive. And he is the only St Kilda player whom I have talked in person.


Then coming back midfielder David Armitage was so impressive. His handballing and selfless kicks were so skilled. I really missed his footy in 2017.


My thought had been running around my head. The process is like picking number 12 or 44 on my back on footy field.


But Armo gets my heart now. Officially he is my favourite player now.


Jack Steven fumbled footy that was disappointing, but his good forms were back in the last two quarters.


The draftee Clark who has been handed over Leigh Montagna’s number 11 performed well on field. His chasing footy and kicks were impressive too. He is another X-Factor of the club.


McCartin took good marks and scored two goals. Membrey also kicked two goals. We have good forwards, but I want them to fire up more in the regular season.


Saints need to start attacking from the beginning. And back up and tricking the opponents are needed.


Back up has to be organised well because footy can be humbled. In open space, two boys need to chase because the opponent might get the ball before one of us grabs.


The loss was so sad as a massive passionate Sainter, but I admire impressing plays and hope boys learn from the first game in 2018. And I have to remind myself backing is important to play footy.


Negatively brings us nothing. Only positively brings us improvement and patience. I have been told by my great coach on and off field. It’s for both my playing at Dingoes and supporting the mighty Saints.


I hope we will return debit to Dees next week. Go Saints and Dingoes!


CARLTON 5.3 8.4 11.6 13.11 (89)
ST KILDA 1.0 4.7 7.10 9.13 (67)


Carlton: Cripps 2, Kreuzer 2, Dow 2, Wright 2, J.Silvagni, Garlett, Simpson, Casboult, McKay
St Kilda: Clark 2, Membrey 2, McCartin 2, Wright, Gresham, Carlisle


Carlton: Cripps, Kreuzer, Jones, Marchbank, Murphy, Fisher, E.Curnow
St Kilda: Steven, Armitage, McCartin, Savage, Ross, Lonie


Umpires: Margetts, Deboy, Brown, Pannell


Official crowd: 8098


Please note that I would vote below with the system of Brownlow if it were a regular season match.
3. Cripps (CAR), 2. Armitage (STK), 1. Kreuzer (CAR)


About Yoshihiro Imagawa

Love, passion and pride are seen on the footy that is the biggest part of my life. 1. St Kilda Club member: I am a passionate and crazy Sainter. Just hope we will win the second flag soon, especially after Dogs and Tigers having ended long premiership draughts. 2. The Osaka Dingoes Player and Public Relations Officer: Player number 44 that I chose to honour Stephen Milne with my wish being like a small forward like him. Lenny Hayes' hardworking attitudes are adopted on my trainings and practices. Nick Riewoldt's great plays are in my player audiobook too. 3. Writing: Here on the Almanac and also on the World Footy News. My skills utilise on great footy websites.


  1. Good stuff, Yoshi. Maybe ARMITAGE is about to live up to his anagram: I AM GREAT!

    Go Dingoes!!

  2. Cheers Gigs. Armo is firing up again on the footy field, I think and as Richo says. Thanks for supporting us Dingoes – Yoshi

  3. Phillip Dimitriadis says

    Nice work Yoshi,
    Only a practice match, but we never like to see our team lose. I like Billings as well. How did McCartin look? He could be something for the Saints. Cheers

  4. G’day Phil,

    Thanks for your compliment mate. McCartin has done good works – taking marks and kicking two goals. But at an occasion, he and Gilbert wasted an opportunity at our goal square. I was so disappointed to see such a fool. He is doing good for us, I believe, but we fans need to be patient.



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