NAB Challenge 2015 – Essendon v St Kilda: New Journeys

Saturday 7 March 2015

Morwell Recreation Reserve


Previous Saturday was the day when the mighty Saints were back on the footy field as well as I made a way to Kyoto to take a new job. St Kilda’s three point loss was more shocking than a 40-minute delay on my Jetstar flight between Sapporo and Osaka.

Brand new eras started for both my favourite footy club and myself.

It is raining today here in Kyoto and would be bad conditions for footy.

Having been super busy since I had started a new job on Sunday evening, I admit that I had less energy when the ball was first bounced at 2:30 pm (Kyoto Time; 4:30 pm AEDT).

Listening to 3AW through AFL App, it was hard to make the live coverage into screen. St Kilda kicked at first, but it was only a behind.

First goal was scored by the Bombers, but the Saints took a lead.

Then our tall American ruckman Jason Holmes scored his first goal for the senior game. Wow! It was a great start for the Saints and I hope it is the sign we are improving well soon.

Then our number one new boy, Paddy McCartin dived to take a mark and scored a goal. It was another positive sign for the bright future.

St Kilda led by a point at the first break.

At the second quarter, Jack Steven grabbed a ball from mishandling for the opponent’s handballing and scored a goal. What a good goal. 3AW commentators said that it was the goal of the night.

Eli Templeton took a good mark later at the second quarter. He played well for the first five matches at the home and away season last year, but was sidelined after the injury caused at the Anzac Day clash in Wellington.

At Half Time, I had to disconnect from the live coverage to go back to work. Listening to footy brought energy for a long day (I am working between 8 am and 9 pm with a two-hour lunch break).

After work, I watched a match highlight video provied on the club website.

Ahmed Saad grabbed a ball on his foot at the third quarter scoring a soccer goal. Brilliant!

But later, Seb Ross got a hamstring injuty. Sadly our injury list was added.

However at the end of the match, St Kilda was too strong for Essendon.

To be honest, I had a mixed feeling to the game because of Essendon’s play list for the day. But I think young Saints have learned a lot and gained experience.

Bright future is waiting for both the Saints and myself.


Essendon                  0.2.2         0.3.2         0.7.2         0.8.3 (51)

St Kilda                      0.2.3         0.6.5         0.9.6         0.15.11 (101)


Essendon                  Edwards 3, Giles 3, Ashby, Kavanagh

St Kilda                      Bruce 2, Minchington 2, Steven, Shenton, Lonie, Ross, Acres, Membrey, Saad, Sinclair, Bruce, Holmes, McCartin


Crowd                        5,542

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. Neil Anderson says

    Good to have you back reporting on your beloved Saints Yoshi. You were still able to report on a football match at the same time you were starting a new job. If John Harms is describing the true essence of an Almanacker, perhaps he could use that as an example, Someone overseas listening to a pre-season match via a radio-station from Melbourne, in their lunch hour after just starting a new job and then posting the details on the Almanac.
    Hope your new job is going well. It does seem to be very long hours.

  2. Mark 'Swish' Schwerdt says

    Welcome back Yoshi, all the best with the new job and, for your sake, Go Saints

  3. Yvette Wroby says

    Hi Yoshi,

    it was lovely once again to be sharing your enthusiasm for the Saints. I hope this new job is just the beginning of a good life for you and that the Saints, and you, have only a brighter future.

    Well done


  4. Hi Neil, Swish and Yvette,

    Thanks for your comments with warm welcoming back me.

    Neil – Thanks for your compliment and warm wishes. I have been super busy for a week and made time to write last night. I slept only for five hours last night.

    Swish – Thanks for your warm wishes. All the best to you too!

    Yvette – Thanks for your warm compliment with positive wishes. Let’s hope our mighty Saints to win the second flag soon!


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