Forgotten Hardworking?

The Western Bulldogs forward Jake Stringer is said that he doesn’t prepare well enough to play footy. Some supporters urge that he satisfies where he is now and is lazy to train harder.


It’s an example of forgotten (or not being cared) hardworking.


Not only in footy but also other areas are hit by instant, fast and lazy acts and solutions these days, I think sadly.


Tanking is one of examples. If a team wants to perform better, coaches need to provide better training programmes to develop players. In order to do so, coaches need to see how players are developing and to advise them how to improve their playing skills and change programmes if needed.


Picking a good player in the early draft picks can help the club for a while, but it’s a very short term solution. Even young talented players need to develop. Nick Riewoldt has trained hard and copped his knee injuries. Paddy McCartin still needs to train hard to play more games.


Hardworking is essential for all footballers.


Then hardworking is found much less in media these days, unfortunately. The internet has changed the qualities and attitudes of media.


Social media has changed people’s values on news, I reckon. People in general can easily access to instant and fresh news these days thanks to the new media platforms.


Journalists can just check posts on social media and then start writing and interview third persons who have posted news, rather than being in hot spots to interview various people or witnessing what is going on.


Rumouring news are often delivered with something like ‘according to sources’. A female journalist who is working for a major newspaper and is on Monday night’s footy TV show often has such attitudes.


To win over the new age media, old board media has to deliver news as fast as the new generation. Then journalists who are good at delivering instant news are treated well and worth to stay with jobs.


But media had relied on scoops years and years. Sadly journalists who seem to rely on third persons have been awarded well and in some cases better than others who spend much more time on researches and interviews.


Even radio presenters including former footballers are required to comment something that make instant headlines. David Schwarz’s recent comment on the Western Bulldogs wasn’t based on what he saw at Whitten Oval on his own.


Hardworking seems less important in the media industry.


Rohan Connolly is very good at observing footy matches with analysing. He spends much more time watching games and researching on field records and statistics.


I just can’t believe he had to leave The Age this year. Why the broad media can’t win over new types of media by delivering good qualities of news with accuracy and reasonable stories? Maybe such instant news (rumours) would be reality eventually?


Many people (audience) are sick and tired of instant unreliable news though.


Port Adelaide President David Koch made a big headline on his controversial speech. He urged Port players to trade other clubs if they were not striving a premiership.


Players are required to play games in the best conditions, but unfortunately in reality, it’s impossible. For example, I have done the best at a short speech competition at a hostel in Auckland. Participants only had 30 seconds to prepare before making speeches. I competed against native English speakers.. I missed the top spot and Irish people there urged me that I should have won the competition.


Koch wanted his players to strive the flag and play hard, but seemed to seek instant solutions for his club. Consequently Port coach Ken Hinkley was unhappy and was said that he was set to part with the club to take up the Suns coach job.


To be honest, hardworking doesn’t bring us awards, promotions or good outcome all the time. Even jealousy overtakes other people’s hardworking and skills. It’s really sad to see happening.


For example, my English skills don’t give me a front of house work at my current job, even if others don’t speak English as good as me.


My friend reckons that others are just jealous me speaking excellent English..


It’s easy for me to lose self-esteem and motivation when I face such circumstances.


How Nick and Joey hanged in when St Kilda were struggling? How Bob Murphy stayed positive while Doggies were struggling?


How hardworking bring us positive outcome in our lives?


I need these answers to build better life. Or do I need to train harder to be a better writer?


My wish hardworking to be respected and brings positive results is always existing.


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. Fantastic article Yoshi. Very good comparison of players hard effort and results, and of your own experience developing skills.
    In Australia, young football players in high school tend to be rewarded with natural talent but not from hard work. Which is troublesome as this discourages hard work.

    I believe hard work does go a long way to get to the ability you want in a skill.

    But there are other factors. If you get time, read some of this article:

    The article reports what some scientists suggest is needed to achieve high skill. Very interesting.

  2. G’day Matt,

    Thanks for your point of view. Then the talented Stringer seems to think he just relies on his talents that had been rewarded earlier in his life?

    But even talented players need to train hard sometimes. Lenny Hayes was so sad losing the Grand Final and turned up early in the training to improve his skills.

    One thing I have to agree is that doing alone doesn’t bring much improvement or achievements. We need a coach / instructor / mentor.



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