My Excitements of St Kilda’s Anzac Day Clash in 2015

At first, I express what are in my heart. I always appreciate you for welcoming me in this wonderful footy community, positive feedback and comments on articles, encouragement and wishes. Also my thanks are to people who run this webpage for wonderful jobs and Yvette, my new good friend for inviting me to the great footy community.

Now let’s start with the topic.

As I mentioned you that hosting matches in Wellington led me to support St Kilda in my first article for the Footy Almanac (How a Japanese Guy Became a St Kilda Fan, 22 October 2014), St Kilda’s Anzac Day clashes in Wellington bring me excitements.

The first home and away match played outside Australia, St Kilda took Sydney Swans in 2013 and the following year the Saints played against Brisbane Lions.

2015 will be a hundred-year anniversary for the day when the Anzac Army landed Gallipoli in Turkey in 1915. St Kilda had requested the AFL to bring a Victorian club to Wellington for next year’s big clash.

Then media has reported that Melbourne Football Club were likely to take the Saints on Anzac Day next year.

But my mind was filled with wish to take Carlton rather than the Demons.

St Kilda and Carton have played Monday night footy a day after Mother’s Day for five seasons. The AFL wanted to promote Monday matches played by two clubs.

I have watched a reply of the St Kilda-versus-Carlton game played at Round 7, 2012 at Etihad Stadium. The match was so exciting and players had a flare during the match. I felt a bit rivalry towards the Blues through watching the game.

As we have been having such blockbusters (but not as big as games played by two big rival clubs – for example, between Geelong and Hawthorn or between Essendon and Collingwood) and Monday night matches were unpopular in the 2014 season, my thought has been reinforced that it would be good if a St Kilda home game against Carlton was held in Wellington.

But as two of big clubs (Essendon and Collingwood) have annual Anzac Day clash at MCG, bringing Carlton, another big Victorian club who are big rivals of Essendon and Collingwood, could not be realistic.

Then when I was in a clinic waiting room for physio therapy on Friday, I saw surprising news on my Android.

It says “The Anzac Day clash between St Kilda and Carlton for 2015 has been confirmed.”

Saint Yoshi Excited

A passionate and excited Sainter

I was very surprised to hear this news and felt like wanting to scream! My wish to see an Anzac Day clash against Carlton becomes realistic.

To be honest I was about to leave my wish for the Anzac Day footy match somewhere else as I didn’t think about it. Then here comes!

Adrenalin was running on my body system, indeed. And is now because I am writing an article about the game which I wanted to happen.

Sorry Carlton fans, but I am sad not being able to see presser dramas between Carlton coach Mick Malthouse and Channel 7 chief football reporter Mark Stevens in Wellington because only Foxtel is on air. However I have been so excited for the game already!

No matter where I will be, I will watch the Anzac Day clash in any way (at the venue, on TV or a pub). But I hope I will be at Westpac Stadium in Wellington as the best option, or in Melbourne. What about you? Where will you watch the game?

Go the Saints. I wish mighty Saints will get four points for the first time in my favourite Wellington.

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. Yvette Wroby says

    Hi again Yoshi,

    you are now officially addicted to the Footy Almanac website! Just tell me when you will next watch a game in New Zealand and I’ll come across to meet you. Won’t be next year, perhaps the next.

    Be well


  2. Hi Yvette,

    Thanks for your comment with a ‘doctor diagnosis’. Yes, I am an Footy Alamanaholic. But it’s much better than drug or alcohol abuse, isn’t it? As my financial circumstances have not been well at present, I have no idea when I will travel to New Zealand to watch our Anzac Day clash. But I am trying to get an Australian or New Zealand job so that it’s easy to get to the game. Indeed, I will tell you when I decide to watch a Wellington game.

    Take care to you too.


  3. Saints need to win this game to build the franchise in NZ. Disappointing to lose 2 close ones so far. A huge tick for the game being played in the daytime…..that dew on the grass against Brisbane meant the game was at times unwatchable.

  4. Hi Guru Gus,

    Thanks for your comment and I agree with you. Mighty Saints need to impress Kiwis to increase numbers of New Zealand members and to make me happy! Moving the time slot to the daytime is a good opportunity for St Kilda to win in Wellington for the first time in the third year for our New Zealand adventure!


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