AFLW Round 4 – St Kilda v Fremantle: Heartbroken could have started on Friday

 

Sunday 1 March 2020
3:10 pm
RSEA Park, Morrabbin

 

On Friday afternoon while I was on my work duties, my teammate delivered a bad news into our group LINE app*. A Super Rugby game between Japan Sunwolves and ACT Brumbies on 8 March has been relocated to Australia, due to coronavirus.

 

*LINE is an app offering free messaging and talking services, like Viber and Whats App.

 

We were supposed to watch the rugby match at Hanazono Stadium and to train nearby park afterwards. Our training session has been relocated to our home ground of Namiwanomiyaato Park in the central Osaka.

 

Then our club president made an announcement just later while I was working.

 

My shift ended at 5 pm and I dropped by home and then headed to a Starbucks cafe to watch the bushfire relief State of Origin match.

 

I have got into the cafe just before the first bounce. So translation was to be done at breaks.

 

As star players from various teams were on field, fast paced footy with quick handballs and kicks were demonstrated.

 

All Stars created space well and accelerated so quickly. Victoria struggled with catching up with opponents’ fast paces.

 

But Victoria have caught up eventually and then All Stars answered. Both sides played attacking footy.

 

The bushfire relief match was worth to watch. I felt positive and really loved the game.

 

Then at half time I completed translation for my footy club and left a message on the LINE expressing my thoughts on coronavirus issues – cancellations of events and sports matches and closures of schools and theme parks – and impressions of the footy match.

 

But teammates’ responses were coronavirus related and none of them talked about Friday night’s special footy.

 

Why?

 

Coronavirus has been the world’s powerful disease these days and affects our daily lives, activities and sports.

 

We have to deal with the disease, but why the sport we love was not cared much?

 

I was sad and it could be the beginning of broken heart over the weekend.

 

On the other hand, Victoria answered well. My boy Gresham scored two goals. Dusty time has arrived too. My favourite Bulldog Bont also scored two goals.

 

Gresham took a high mark and did a good set shot as well as assisted a goal.

 

Meanwhile his usual teammate but opponent that night Bradley Hill scored a goal for All Stars.

 

Victoria won the bushfire relief match and I am happy with the result.

 

Rain had been forecasted for Saturday afternoon for Osaka.

 

I raised the weather issue on our group LINE on Saturday morning and Matt left another message on the weather.

 

He suggested us to go to onsen and asked us what we wanted on the day.

 

I placed my idea watching AFLW and going to onsen, but Matt said that I would be watching women’s footy on my own.

 

Sadness number two came up. Why didn’t other Dingoes care professional footy? Lady’s football is unattractive? State of Origin was to fundraise for bushfire happening in Australia?

 

Then no one else answered his questions and Matt has decided to stay home with his family.

 

I could have travelled to Osaka for onsen but I wondered if going to a casual premise with one-hour train trip one way was worth or not.

 

Then my thoughts came up. Other players have a partner and some of them have kids. They have something else other than footy.

 

On the other hand, I am single and have no friend outside footy club. And it would be hard for me to have new friends to hang out because I am 47.

 

I hate being behind. And I never enjoy single life. I had no alternative plan on Saturday and got bored. I hate single life.

 

Cancellation of the footy training brought me another broken heart.

 

But I set a goal getting a girlfriend by the end of the year. However I don’t think process is going well.

 

I went to a singles bar twice last month, but was unable to talk to nice women other than bar ladies.

 

At second time, other men pointed out my weakness and didn’t compliment me. I was shattered and thought these men were single because they were not gentlemen at all.

 

These men are not my mates at all. They are my arch rivals. If I were an Essendon supporter, they would be Blues.

 

People using online dating app can pretend to be someone else and can play ‘games’ rather than seeking a serious relationship.

 

Due to my past experience, I am not a fan seeking a love online. But meeting single women at pubs can be hard these days. I sense people don’t go to bars any more.

 

Do I have to be heartbroken not having a girlfriend forever?

 

I feel being in the same loop on finding a love… No one seems to want to be my wingman. I could hire Jack Newnes as he wants to play in the wing. Or my beloved Jack Billings?

 

Quiet workplace has given me a four-hour break for 10 am to 10.30 pm shift on Sunday.

 

I got online in the middle of third quarter on the women’s footy. Saints led. I was so happy.

 

Our new G-train Greiser had an opportunity 55 metres out just before the siren before the last break, but only got a minor score.

 

Within two minutes at last quarter, my girls played hard picking and controlling footy at congested goal square. Dillion released footy with handpass before being tackled. McDonald caught and shot on her left foot. Her action brought us six points.

 

Then tackles and putting pressures on opponents were seen in the game as usual on women’s games.

 

We were about to win for the second time in our history.

 

Molly McDonald could have saved us as a goal was answered after her goal. Without her goal, we would have been trailed.

 

She caught footy but went outside the boundary line. Dockers would have been handed footy from her to kick back on the field.

 

Then McDonald left ball and went back on field.

 

I was surprised to see a 50-metre penalty being given to Fremantle. Simply I wondered why it happened because I had no knowledge of the relevant rule.

 

Flood shot a goal easily that put the score level.

 

I was in shock as well as would St Kilda supporters be.

 

My girls were unable to break through Fremantle’s tough defense line. As a minor score was kicked by opponent after Flood’s goal, we had a heart broken match.

 

After the match I asked fellow St Kilda supporters why the 50-metre penalty had been given and they answered that it happened because McDonald left footy rather than giving straight to an opponent player.

 

Yvette mentioned me she was a rookie so I checked her bio on AFLW app and found out she was only 18.

 

I just hope she is learning from that mistake.

 

As I have crossed a mark and given a 50-metre penalty in my footy match, I cannot be hard on the young female footballer.

 

On the other hand, our coach Peta Searle made a good comment in a Fox Footy article in regarding with 50-metre penalty in women’s football.

 

Her points of views are reasonable and I am very happy she is coaching our girls.

 

ST KILDA 0.1 1.1 2.4 3.5 (23)
FREMANTLE 0.2 1.3 1.3 3.6 (24)

GOALS
St Kilda: Greiser, Vesely, McDonald
Fremantle: Stewart, Bowers, Flood

BEST
St Kilda: Vesely, Drennan, Watt, Dillon, Greiser, Lucas-Rodd,
Fremantle: Miller, Bowers, Grieve, K.Antonio, Seth, E.Antonio

 

OUR VOTES
3. Peta Searle (St Kilda AFLW coach)
2. Friends explaining why a 50-metre penalty has been given
1. Friends who are patient listening to my emotion being tough on getting my second girlfriend in my life (not sure if it happens or not)

Crowd: AFLW app says TBA at Morrabbin Oval but St Kilda club officials were too emotionally upset so that they couldn’t count the number?

 

 

 

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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.

Comments

  1. Yvette Wroby says

    Hi Yoshi I haven’t been able to find crowd numbers either. I loved your point that the Saints officials were too sad to count numbers… good luck with finding love… as always… your friend Yvette

  2. Hi Yvette,

    What is the ticketing system at Morrabbin Oval? No scanning?

    If old fashioned systems are used, St Kilda officials would get excited so couldn’t count on patrons’ entry. If they count on their leave, distraught supporters could exit from hidden way outs so that they could hide emotion??

    Thanks for your warm words on finding a love. I hope a fairytale story like Bulldogs men’s side winning the flag in 2016, but I will do the best!

    Yoshi

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