Round 1 – Port Adelaide v St Kilda: Surprise and Attacks

Sunday, 27 March 2016
2:50 pm (Local Time; 1:20 pm my time)
Adelaide Oval

As in my previous writing, I was surprised to see only nine points margin in the Carlton v Richmond game.

Then tuning in another match hosted by our Round 2 opponents, Bulldogs roared aloud. Doggies kicked seven goals to Dockers nil in the first quarter.

Now it sounds like attacking football has come back.

Changing the radio station from SEN to 3AW for my game, how I want to be is I place my heart into the St Kilda squad.

The ball was handled well in the footy field. Tom Hickey handled the ball efficiently that is surprising. Even at the away game, midfielders passed centre close to goal posts. The milestone maker Joey Montagna as well as Armitage, Steven, Newnes and, surprisingly, Gilbert created opportunities to score goals. Then Riewoldt, Lonie and Bruce answered towards the end of the oval.

Attacking footy is forming at St Kilda. I had expected to see (listen this time that I regret) such footy, but it was much more than I had expected before the game.

Like in the season opener game, St Kilda got more possessions. Goals and goals as our marching.

Then we were in front by 21 points and I believed we would be marching in at the toughest venue, Adelaide, with the beginning of the new era. Simply we will follow the Bulldogs who won massively against last year’s minor premier Fremantle.

Due to failure on checking the weather forecast, I decided to collect my bike at the beginning of the third quarter. So I had to disconnect temporarily as I was riding my bike.

Then the margin was getting lower. Sorry my boys for not being with you for a while.

Fortunately the boys stayed in front. However we were running out of energy to shoot guns towards the goal posts.

Sadly I had to disconnect eventually as I had to go back to work. The mighty Saints were tired. It is very regrettable that I was not able to give my energy to my boys.

I had exchanged text messages to my good friend and fellow Sainter, Yvette. She updated the score but no positive situations were given.

Like my boys, I do the hard work at the first to third quarters (actually four of six sections due to too long working hours) but get tired at the end of the day. It is my day off on Wednesday, but I am exhausted. Please forgive me for not providing more details on the match.

I should watch the entire game to make reports here. I need a balanced life but it is hard to make a decision on which employers I should apply for today…

Back to footy, young blokes need to learn how not to get tired at the last quarter. I believe they can.

More attacking and high energy are what I want to see at Round 2. Nick Riewoldt’s 300th game as Maddie’s Match will encourage the boys to play their best and attracting footy.

I do not have a Rooey’s 300th Game cap, but I take off my St Kilda cap while typing here. My hope is that my member exclusive polo shirt arrives soon before Saturday’s special match.

I want to be with St Kilda.

PORT ADELAIDE 4.1 9.2 13.9 20.13 (133)
ST KILDA 4.4 9.8 14.9 15.10 (100)

Port Adelaide: R.Gray 4, Ebert 3, Wingard 3, Dixon 3, Westhoff 2, Boak, Broadbent, Schulz, Wines, Ah Chee
St Kilda: Lonie 3, Weller 2, Bruce 2, Riewoldt 2, Gresham, Steven, Gilbert, Newnes, Acres, Armitage

Port Adelaide: Wingard, Westhoff
St Kilda: Steven, Lonie, Armitage, Hickey, Ross, Weller, Newnes

Port Adelaide: White (pectoral)
St Kilda: Dempster (head)

Reports: Nil

Umpires: Deboy, Nicholls, Kamolins

Official crowd: 43,807 at Adelaide Oval

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

    We all think we are the most dedicated supporters of our particular Clubs. And then along comes Yoshi.
    Your stories of keeping track of Saints matches on radio and at that Aussie-named bar Coolabah are an inspiration to the rest of us, coming all the way from Japan no-less.
    I’m glad I didn’t complain about my three-bus, 400 kilometre round trip to see the Dogs play last Sunday.
    Just looking at StKilda’s line-up for Saturday, I can see you have a group of young stars emerging similar to the Western Bulldogs. Like the Dogs, your veteran players have to just hang on a bit longer to help steer the younger players towards regular finals footy.
    Most neutral supporters would love to see the two teams play off in a Grand Final one day.
    I will look forward to your next match-report.

  2. Patrick O'Brien says

    Quit whatever employment you have and just get on board the Sainters. Life’s too short for working.

  3. Thanks guys for your great comments!

    Neil – Yes, we both have youngstarts to improvement! Your club shows great example to be competitive. McCartin is ready to celebrate Riewoldt’s 300th game. It’s interesting to hear Bob Murphy playing in the forward line tomorrow. I’m sure tomorrow’s game would be powerful and attractive!!

    Patrick – I’m getting out this workplace. I need to be closer to Saints and to have a lovely Western girlfriend.

    Hopefully I will get my updated membership so that I can watch footy live wherever I want.



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