Marsh Series Week 1 – St Kilda v Hawthorn: Heartland – the Saints fire at Moorabbin but Yoshi is still seeking a Japanese city to call home


Thursday 20 February 2020
7:10 pm
Moorabbin Oval, Melbourne


After my evening shift ended, I checked the final score on the St Kilda Football Official Club app. A big win made me smile. The headline of the match report, “Saints rise, Skunk stars back in the heartland” brought me happiness with the win but other sentiments arrived in my mind.


Footy coming back at the club’s heartland had already happened with women’s league. This time St Kilda’s men’s footy came back to Moorabbin. The Saints were reborn under Brett Ratten with five new recruits. The boys performed well at our spiritual home.


On the other hand, earlier in the day, I felt the need to find a true heartland for myself due to what happened at a park. As I was running and kicking footy, I was told not to do. As a dedicated footballer, I have to, it’s a disease, because I want to improve and develop my footy skills. When I asked a park warden for an alternative place, he said “huh?”


I thought it was very rude, and I got annoyed and very angry. Then my attitude turned into like a player arguing with the umpires. A communication breakdown happened and I dropped off using the F-word at the end.


My feelings of disliking Kyoto came back to me. Let me to explain why I don’t feel this city is heartland for me.


– I have not been welcomed by some international bars because I have talked to strangers (western people). I guess they are jealous about my attitudes and want to kick me out. That is their problem!


– The city’s infrastructure is terrible. The City Council’s narrowing a main street in the city centre and widening footpath is a disaster. It causes traffic congestion and is a bad decision as bikes are banned part-time. I think private motor vehicles should be banned 24 hours a day, seven days a week.


– Buses in Kyoto are a nightmares for travellers. I don’t want to travel on overcrowded buses. And how the City Council operates services is horrible. Buses are delayed a lot.


– And there is a lack of parks and public spaces for sports players. City Council should listen to peoples’ voices. Park plans should never be set by people in offices. If they demolish schools, they shouldn’t establish commercial buildings in demolished sites. Instead they should build parks or even footy fields (ovals)!


– Plus public park grass areas should never be used for schools’ activities. They should do these at their school or hire a stadium. Public spaces should be accessed to individuals.


– I really think not allowing people to do sports activities in public parks should not tolerated. People playing Pokémon Go at the park and blocking footpath/passage and grass areas annoy others more than kicking a footy into empty space on grass areas, I reckon.


For me, Kyoto is like or worse than Seaford as a metaphor of the St Kilda Football Club’s base. I want to find my Moorabbin now.


Having tourists is both good and bad in this city. I could help them by guiding or serving, but I now prefer to write tourism content online and/or in print articles to help western tourists. I would even be happy to work in Osaka covering the Kansai region for my writing work. As I like smaller cities more (Wellington in New Zealand is my ideal city to live), I would be happy to live in one of the neighbouring cities of Osaka City. Currently I am seeking a new job and trying to move on.


Opposed to such feelings, the Saints performed well with attacking footy. New recruit Bradley Hill demonstrated good ball skills in the midfield. His kicking and handpasses delivered well towards the forward line. Tim Membrey took great marks and kicked accurately with set shots. And his selfless action in the first quarter was incredible. He could have taken a set shot but instead assisted a goal with a handpass to Lonie.


Lonie’s sneaking and running in the forward line were magnificent. He scored goals with good skills, too. Max King showed his talents with good marks and kicks and is very welcome at the Saints heartland. Hunter Clark’s running and kicking skills were impressive, too. He is a rising young gun. Alongside Clark, Jack Billings and Jade Gresham were disposal champions. Without them, the boys would not score goals.


Our heartland brought Saints supporters smiles on Thursday night with a 21-point win. We have high hopes for the 2020 AFL Season.


I want to rise like the St Kilda boys. Together we will rise as passionate St Kilda supporters and for my self development.



ST KILDA 7.2 9.2 13.6 17.9 (111)
HAWTHORN 5.3 8.8 10.10 13.12 (90)



St Kilda: Lonie 4, Membrey 4, Marshall 2, Kent, King, Gresham, Dunstan, Butler, Clark, Marsh
Hawthorn: Breust 3, Patton 3, Smith 2, Lewis 2, O’Brien, Puopolo, Scully


St Kilda: Membrey, Gresham, Dunstan, Hill, Butler, Lonie
Hawthorn: Mitchell, Smith, Breust, Ceglar, Scully, Patton


Umpires: Gavine, Findlay, Harris, Dore


Official crowd: 8187


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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. Saintsmania says

    Yoshi, great win and performance by St Kilda last night against Hawthorn in the JLT practice match at Moorabbin. I can see the mighty saints having a very good year, around 13 to 14 wins. St Kilda now has a big 4 in Hill, Billings, Gresham and Carlisle. Max King will be a brilliant player in the years to come. King has speed and leads well. He can take a good mark and is a useful kick for goal. I also like that when he doesn’t have the ball, he likes to tackle the opposition. He is the complete package and I hope that his body can hold up for years to come. The other recruits from the AFL trade period are only going to help St Kilda’s rise up the ladder. Tim Membrey on his day can also make St Kilda have a big 5. As long as Brett Ratten’s game plan continues to evolve, I can see St Kilda winning their 2nd flag sooner rather than later, or sooner rather than never. Like many other St Kilda supporters, I want to see the Saints Go Marching In many times this year. Carn The Mighty Saints!

  2. Thanks mate for your comment and my apology for not getting back sooner!

    Max King is very talented and as you say has all skills. Marking, goal kicking and tackling are so skilled.

    Having Bradley Hill creates the best midfield line. Collaboration with Jack Billings would bring us more opportunities to score goals, I reckon.

    And Lonie has good skills in goal kicking as well as Skunk.

    We are ready for attacking footy.

    And Brett Ratten would guide us into the second flag, I can feel.

    Go the mighty Saints!


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