Am I Obsessed With Footy?

St Kilda’s bye round doesn’t mean I stopped footy related activities. I guess you all know.


Rains distracted some my own drills, but I still managed a couple last week and turned up the club training one hour prior to the official starting time as always. I am practising footy everyday this week thanks to good weather apart from humidity.


At the club training on Sunday, handballing, kickings, contested marking and goal kicking were our programs.


My good teammates complimented my developments and improvements on the footy field. I am happy and appreciate them for the positive feedback. They are great mates.


At the contested marking drill, I found it hard to do and I was worried of being able to do nothing. But I reminded myself that I would not be a good player if I didn’t overcome. I tried hard to take a mark, but couldn’t. However I tried to punch the ball to put much pressure to opponents.


No good outcome followed, but I am happy with the efforts. I just need more experiences in that field.


On the footy field, I told Matt number of hours I practise the sport on my own in Kyoto on weekdays and Saturdays. He thinks I am doing too hard. And he advises me that not doing too hard will bring me better outcome.


I practise one to two hours a day before getting to work when not raining or getting tired. Mostly three to five days a week are spent to my own drills. Goal kicking is the main area of my own drills, and runs and kicks, and marking follow.


As an amateur player, is my practice too much?


In my opinion, it’s not and I appreciate my efforts and enjoy footy. Also I would like to present the point that around four kilograms have been dropped since I had started footy in February.


My practices affect my health positively both physically and mentally. Also I am able to forget negative events. I feel I am stronger mentally through playing footy.


I want to be like Stephen Milne on field, but Lenny Hayes’ hardworking is what I admire of him and adopt, and Nick Riewoldt’s competitive mind set is essential on field. I always remind myself of these three St Kilda legends’ attitudes.


I would love to hear your opinions on my attitudes towards footy that we all love.


My footyholic continues to Round 15 where I am watching & following four games.


Richmond vs Sydney
Western Bulldogs vs Geelong
Adelaide vs West Coast
Melbourne vs St Kilda


However I would have to leave the St Kilda’s one at half time to my weekly Dingoes training. It’s important as the last one before our big tournament following week, the IMPACT Invitational Cup Tournament.


11 days after the big footy tournament, I am off to Melbourne and arriving there the following day. Then on 20 July, I will be attending the MRV Match played by St Kilda and Richmond.


I am staying in Melbourne until 25 July. I would love to catch up and meet up Almanackers. Don’t be shy to arrange the meet up.


In any case if I don’t get a respond from footy clubs for joining a training, contacting a footy club so that I can join a training while I am in Melbourne would be appreciated. I would like to join a footy training during my stay in Melbourne.


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. Hi Yoshi,
    Great piece – i love the detail.
    You might be interested in the ‘one touch’ training equipment from Ross Faulkner, which helps with reflexes etc etc, and it can be used while training alone. see:

  2. Hey Yoshi,
    I have spoken to the coach of Williamstown CYMS 3rds, he is happy for you to come and have a run with them. The only issue is that you are staying in Camberwell – but we can sort that out if need be.

  3. Earl O'Neill says

    Ten hours a week for yourself doesn’t seem like too much, Yoshi. Matt Zurbo wrote a series a few years back about training, reckon there’s one about ball drills you can do alone.
    Twenty years back, I’d go to the local soccer ground, kick and chase from end to end.
    You’ve dropped some weight, gained fitness, that’s a positive already. So you can’t take a contested mark? We can’t all be Glen Jakovich. Go for the punch.
    Good luck, mate.

  4. Hi guys.

    Thanks for comments!

    Andy – Also your compliment is much appreciated as well as your great tips. I will have s look at later as I am about to watch the Richmond versus Sydney Swans game live soon.

    Smokie – Thanks a lot for contacting the footy club and getting back to me with their response. Hope we can have beer while I am in Melbourne.

    Earl – I love your passions on footy and soccer. I am so happy to hear my footy is not too much. I practise more and more to be like Stephen Milne. Thanks for your warm wishes.



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