AFLW Round 3 – St Kilda v Melbourne: Upset win over Demons gives early Birthday present

St Kilda v Melbourne
7:10PM, Friday February 21
Moorabbin Oval





The Saints were defeated by the Bulldogs two weeks ago at our home ground and the Dees beating the Bulldogs last weekend meant it was hard to predict our girls winning the Friday night footy.


And it was like our first match – newcomer versus old side.


But Saints are improving, that was shown last weekend in Adelaide.


The day before, our men’s side had a triumph over Hawthorn at the preseason match.


Getting ready to work the evening shift was the reason for not watching the game live.


Checking scoreboard before my work and after work was not stressing at all. St Kilda had two wins in a row and girls won for the first time in history.


My favourite club gave me an early birthday present! And beating the Demons always makes me happy.


On Sunday, I turned 47 and my birthday started watching the footy replay before heading to Osaka Dingoes training.


Friday night footy was played under breezy conditions.


We had good ball use but Melbourne put much pressure on us.


On the other hand, St Kilda champion Leigh Montagna commented that St Kilda were saved by Melbourne’s poor kicks inside 50.


St Kilda hardly got an inside 50, but when we did for the first time, McCarthy did a banana kick.


It didn’t reach to the goal posts, but Greiser picked up the footy close by and scored a goal.


Meanwhile, the visitors tried to attack and show their experience, but their kicks were not accurate. They only managed to score three behinds and one rushed behind involving Patrikios added Dees points.


Until… Scott took a mark and kicked from almost 50 metres out.


Undefeated Demons showed skills – dominated around the footy and pressed more.


Saints trailed by four points at the first break.


Fans chanted ‘St Kilda’ and the second quarter started. Tackles were laid and Greiser was awarded a free kick.


We tried to move forwards, but the Dees pushed back.


Their small player Shelly Heath had an opportunity but her set shot didn’t go through.


McCarthy’s kicking in the corridor was turned over by former Bulldog and now Demon Birch.


Even young talented Patrikios’ kick went over the boundary when she was awarded a free kick in the midfield.


Greiser went on a two-on-one contest at goal square and hit on and kicked towards goal posts. The ball was bounced by posts and picked by Guttridge. The young Saint shot directly towards main goal posts.


At the main break the Saints were leading by a point.


Scoreboard was not hit much in the third quarter. Saints had a scoreless quarter and Demons added three behinds.


Hard work didn’t get rewards for both sides.


Running fast or kicking well didn’t help us much. Attempts taking a mark didn’t work either sometimes.


Dees also missed an opportunity when Cunningham took a high mark 40 metres out.


Bulldogs great Bob Murphy said that the Demons didn’t get reward for hard work. These numbers were shown during the third quarter at different occasions on Fox Footy:


Inside 50s: St Kilda 11, Melbourne 26

Tackles inside 50: St Kilda 0, Melbourne 19



Going back on the footy field two points behind, Saints got the first clearance of the last quarter.


Greiser kicked long in the open space and the footy bounced, but went through the point posts.


McDonald’s left foot kick was unable to deliver to the goal, thanks to the Demons’ tough defensive works, and good Saints handpasses didn’t break the tough back line.


Dees were everywhere in the midfield pressing hard.


Finally Greiser has taken a good mark on the right wing. She had a set shot from 55 metres out and scored a goal.


Saints were leading by five points.


We tried hard, but Melbourne still dominated.


However they were unable to get an opportunity.


Both sides defended well.


The final siren sounded and the Saints won by five points.


Because of her fast on field performances, Greiser is now called the new G-Train at the club.


Hearing the club song and seeing girls embracing at our heartland brought tears to my eyes.


It was my first cry at the age of 47. I got emotional on the first day being forty seven!


But it was the first ever win for St Kilda girls. Then why not cry?


Thanks St Kilda Football Club for early birthday presents from both girls and boys.


Together we rise; our girls owned the game.



ST KILDA     1.0 2.0 2.0 3.1 (19)
MELBOURNE    1.4 1.5 1.8 1.8 (14)


St Kilda: Greiser 2, Guttridge
Melbourne: Scott


St Kilda: Greiser, Lucas-Rodd, Watt, Vesely, Guttridge, Drennan
Melbourne: Paxman, O’Dea, Gay, Pearce, Hore, Zanker


Our Best – (3) Greiser (STK); (2) Hore (MEL); (1) Watt (STK)


Crowd: 4,012




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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. Colin Ritchie says

    Happy birthday Yoshi! The Saints made it a good day for you!

  2. Thanks Colin!

    My girls and boys made me smiles!



  3. Yoshi, I’m a couple of days late but Happy Birthday! And what a good present for you. When I heard the AFLW score, you and Yvette, tried and true Sainters, were the first people I thought of. Let’s hope it’s the start of even better things for both teams.

  4. Thanks Ian for your birthday message and warm words on the Saints.

    I look forward to girls’ developments and men’s improvement on field. We will rise together.



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