Finals Week 2 – Richmond v St Kilda: Ratts’ broken record, inaccurate goal-kicking, the cost of losing three players, but a good year for the Saints

Yoshi wasn’t happy with several aspects of the Saints’ loss to the Tigers in the semi-final but he was pleased with his club’s improvement and overall performance in 2020.

Finals Week 1 – St Kilda v Western Bulldogs: Rising Saints beat more final experienced hot dogs

Sapporo in hand, Yoshi relives the highs and lows of his Saints’ victory over the Bulldogs.

Round 18 – St Kilda v GWS: Saints are finals bound after nine years and my first finals experience

Yoshi is excited that St Kilda will be playing in the finals for the first time since he began following AFL footy.

Round 17 – St Kilda vs West Coast: R U OK? It’s okay not to be okay

On R.U.O.K. Day, Yoshi watches St Kilda get beaten by West Coast. But it is ok to feel bad about the loss, he says, because he loves his Saints

Round 16 – St Kilda v Hawthorn: Good win for Geary’s 200th game and a finals hope

Yoshi is pleased 200th gamer Jarryn Geary’s favourite food is Japanese, and he is also pleased with the Saints win over the Hawks.

Round 14 – Melbourne v St Kilda: Confessing getting emotional at the last minute

Watching the dying minutes of St Kilda’s game against Melbourne was an emotional experience for Yoshi as his Saints lost the game in a thriller.

Round 13 – Brisbane v St Kilda: Losses & the past don’t change anything; we have to see positive

It wasn’t the result Yoshi wanted and there are things he wishes his Saints would do better, but he still thinks finals are on the horizon. Like many other St Kilda fans, the story of Robert Muir affected Yoshi deeply too.

Round 10,11,12 – Saints’ two wins and one loss: I am happy but have difficulty in feeling comfortable

Yoshi catches up with his reviews of St Kilda’s matches from the past three games in Rounds 10 to 12.

Round 12 – Fremantle v Carlton: A lasting love for Jack Newnes

The game might not have featured his beloved St Kilda, but Yoshi had his eye on former Saint Jack Newnes as the Blues won a thriller over the favoured Freo.

Round 9 – St Kilda v Sydney: Saints wins the Pride Match finally

It’s been a while since the Saints have won the annual Pride match against the Swans and Yoshi is pleased with St Kilda’s win.

Round 7 & 8 – Saints beat SA clubs at Adelaide Oval

Double delight for Yoshi and Saints fans all over the world as they broke their Adelaide Oval hoodoo against the Crows then followed up with a smashing of the premiership fancies Port Adelaide.

Round 6 – Fremantle v St Kilda: Saints only played the first quarter

Footy was the winner for Yoshi in Japan, but not the AFL’s version as St Kilda let a big lead slip against a tough Freo side. Osaka Dingoes training helped provide solace.

Stay strong Melburnians!

Two years ago Yoshi kicked his first goal in a game of footy! Today he fondly reflects back to that time. Yoshi wishes all fellow Almanackers well in these difficult times caused by Covid-19.

Round 5 – Carlton v St Kilda: Saints demonstrate new brand of footy and rise up to Top Four

The change of schedule suited Yoshi just fine, as did the result.

Round 4 – St Kilda v Richmond: MRV Match in 2020 is more attacking footy that is all entertainment and festival

Yoshi shares his thoughts on human kindness, recounts the history of the annual MRV clashes and then tells the tale of the 2020 match in Round 4 of the 2020 AFL season.

Round 3 – Collingwood v St Kilda: Watching powerless away game away

Unfortunately for Yoshi his high expectations for the Saints in their Round 3 match was thwarted by a dominant Collingwood.

Round 2 – St Kilda v Western Bulldogs: Saints leading through traffic accurately and demonstrate improvement

Yoshi had a full weekend of footy, watching (in part) all nine games! The pick of the bunch was of course his Saints big time win over the Bulldogs, to which he paid very careful attention.

Round 2 – Geelong v Hawthorn: Jeff Kennett seems to establish second curse

Yoshi reports from Japan of Geelong’s excellent Round 2 win over Hawthorn at GMHBA Stadium. He gave his votes to an ex-Saint!

Footy is back soon – What Yoshi missed, got and had to hold on in the last three months

Yoshi relates what life has been like for him, work and sporting wise, in Japan during Covid-19 restrictions for the past three months. He’s excited footy is back. [So are we Yoshi! Ed]

Yoshi interviewed by AFL Asia for their podcast

Footy Almanac Japanese correspondent Yoshi has been interviewed in a podcast by AFL Asia about his interest and involvement in Aussie Rules footy.