Open Letter to Jake Carlisle from Yoshi

Dear Carlisle,

As a St Kilda member who has just renewed my membership, breaking news on SEN made me unhappy. It was supposed to be a very happy day as a friendly membership staffer helped me well over the phone to renew my membership which made me very happy. We finished our conversation with saying “Go Saints!”

In the evening, I saw SEN’s Facebook post. The sport radio station broke the news that you were late for the training session on Tuesday. Happiness turned into anger (not exploded though).

What you did in the US is totally inappropriate. Who wants to see such behaviours on TV? Maybe Caroline Wilson who is seeking to report bad off field news? Maybe rival players?

I am really furious to see such news on the day you arrived at the mighty Saints. Instead we should have had positive news welcoming you and predicting a bright future for our club.

At the time, many fans tried to forgive you expecting you to grow up. Even though I doubted you, I respect other fans’ opinions and wishes. I tried to trust you with big hopes.

Then you were late to training. Being late is inappropriate in any workplace, unless an accident occurs. As you had already done wrong, you should have been on time to turn up your workplace.

As a person who is strict to punctuality, I do not tolerate people being late. What made me angry was not only failing to turn up at training on time but also breaking a promise. I really hate breaking promises because I have had them broken so many times in my life and am strict with rules.

Be thoughful for others!

You have to respect players who wanted to play for the mighty Saints but have been traded and have left the club voluntary. Nick Dal Santo wanted to be a one club player but chose to move to North Melbourne so that St Kilda would be able to rebuild. You wished to come to the club. I do not understand why Dal Santo is not here but you are.

To be honest, I do not want you in my club. I want Dal Santo back. Even it would be good if Brendon Goddard comes back to St Kilda. Are you angry with me? If so, keep your promises and show some good footy on the field. You have to behave good and play good footy to change my mind. It is safe to assume I don’t like you.

Also listen to other players’ voices and see what St Kilda supporters wrote on Saints Express News Facebook post. Normally Sainters write positive stuff on the Saints Express News, but they had very strong opinions regarding today’s news. And you must listen to what David Schwarz and Mark Allen on the Run Home program (SEN). I agree with the Ox. What Garry Lyon says is also great and you should follow Gaz.

I hope the skipper, Nick Riewoldt, will teach you the importance of loyalty and being faithful to players and the club. Then you need to be committed. Otherwise you will not be able to play footy.

And you should know how I feel for the mighty Saints.

2011 was the year I started following footy. What I heard about the Saints first was the school girl scandal. Having read the Age articles, I had a negative image of the club and I thought I could not support St Kilda. Then I was shocked with Ross Lyon’ departure from the club.

What changed my mind was that the club would play footy in Wellington, New Zealand. As I wasliving in New Zealand for four years and Wellington is my favourite New Zealand city, I settled on supporting St Kilda Football Club.

Unlike the majority of Japanese people, I have a strong passion of supporting my favourite sport teams. I am very crazy when watching and listening to sports games. I yelled at a footy bar in Osaka when Leigh Montagna kicked the winning goal at Round 11 against Melbourne Demons.

You should know that you cannot play footy or feed yourself without loyal and passionate St Kilda supporters. Taking drugs and breaking promises made us angry and broke our hearts.

Wake up young man! Focus on footy and then you will be admired.

If you call me a bastard or hate me or swear at me, that is fine. But do not behave stupidly or break promises. Otherwise, I will ask the club to delist you.

I do not have any positive image of you at this stage, but wish you all the best for the club.

Yours Sincerely,

Yoshi Imagawa

Recently renewed St Kilda Member

Kyoto, Japan

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. Well played, Yoshi !!

    You would think that Carlisle would be attempting to impress his new team-mates being the first to arrive and the last to leave.

    He has much ground to make up.

  2. Neil Anderson says

    As you know the Bulldogs were thinking of drafting Carlisle, but I think the President said he failed the right -personality test. Bulldog fans are now saying we dodged a bullet even though we were desperate for a tall centre-half back.
    Think happy thoughts Yoshi like having your article printed in the 2015 Almanac ( I hope your free copy is dispatched to you OK) and look forward to some good draft picks next week.

  3. Good on ya Yoshi, I love the passion. Jake Carlisle clearly has white line fever but it’ s off the field, not on the oval.

    It’s sad to hear the Saints are no loner playing in Wellington. I hoped there might be a match(es) in Dunedin or Christchurch but sadly it seems there will be no footy across the ditch. Let’s hope you get a chance to see some Saints wins in 2016. Remember, “The future is unwritten !”


  4. G’day Smokie, Neil and Glen,

    Thanks so much for your comments!!

    Smokie – I would not attempt to think Carlisle comes to the ground first and leaves last. I just want him to behave well because he had ruined our club, especially because he had just moved from Essendon.

    Neil – Your President has done a great job! He is smart and could have advised us about Carlisle. Yes you are right. I should see positive future and look back what I have achieved. Thank you for your positive words. My writing would not be published in print without your comments or compliment. You are a gentleman! I bet you enjoyed the Almanac launch on Thursday night with Yvette, JTH and other great authors. I wish I could attend the big event for us. And let’s have big hopes for young talented blokes who will be drafted soon. With my wishes for your beloved Bulldogs and my Saints!

    Glen – Thanks for your compliment. Well… He has done very wrong off the field and failed to meet standards on the footy field. He just lets himself down and made us unhappy and being frustrated. Even I am not sure how he will be, but I agree with you that future is unwritten. Let’s hope to have St Kilda games on the South Island in New Zealand!

    Have a good weekend folks!!



  5. Got to respect a man with his heart on his sleeve, Yoshi.

    I once ate a European continental breakfast at a restaurant in Delhi, India, where they were playing Johnny Cash on the stereo. It made me think about cultures coming together and making the world safer. I reckon watching Aussie Rules footy with you in Kyoto would be terrific fun.

    I hope big Jake wins over the Saints fans with some consistent football. Kooun wo inorimasu.


  6. G’day Tim,

    Thanks for your comment and I agree with you about mixture of culture.

    I have lived in New Zealand for four years and always socialised with locals and other western people over there trying to gain a New Zealand permanent residency visa. But sadly my job situations led release from the country. It is good to mix with nice people and I learned many things. However I still face reverse culture shock even if seven years have passed since I had had to leave New Zealand. Kiwi experience is good to make western friends but makes me hard to make Japanese friends.

    Recently my friend has said that I seemed to meet women who were leaving Japan too soon. These words stuck me and made me worry. I have less opportunity to meet western women other than travellers. As I strongly believe dating a western woman is the best for me, I am so worried of not being able to date any woman in my life (I am 42 but have never had a girlfriend in my life that really SUCKS), Where is my Miss Right??

    Back to the footy topic, what Carlisle can is getting a position by showing effort and playing good footy. Then fans will be impressed. That is what we want, I think.

    Thanks for writing a Japanese sentence. Are you studying Japanese language?

    All the best


  7. Wish I had a simple answer to that conundrum, Yoshi.

    Here’s some good news for you though:

    As for my Japanese…

    Watashi wa sukoshi nihongo ga hanasemasu.

    I studied Japanese at school but didn’t get a chance to use it for several decades. I have visited Japan twice now and have decided to study again so I can converse better next visit.

    Best wishes, Tim

  8. Hi Tim,

    Thanks for answering my questions and mentioning me the Age article.

    As a St Kilda member, I have got an email about signing 20,000 members before the end of November from the footy club.

    I hope your study in Japanese goes well. Please remember that we are happy to have you at one of our inns in Kyoto even if I am very sorry it is not free.

    All the best.


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