Round 1 – Richmond v Carlton: Unexpected

Thursday, 24 March 2016
7:20 pm (5:20 pm at Coolabah, Osaka)
Melbourne Cricket Ground

Before the match

8ish in the morning: I was told it was my day off unexpectedly. It was hard to set sudden Plan B for the day but I decided to watch footy even it was not my St Kilda boys playing.

Around 2:00 pm in Kyoto: I was in an Optimist to get my glasses fixed before the game but had to leave because of unexpected trouble at an inn. My plan to wander shops and possibility shopping in Osaka became an uncertain plan. I was worried of being able to see the first bounce for the season opener.

At Umeda Station in Osaka: I saw an American family struggling with finding train fares to Kyoto. I helped them and then still had ten minutes to wander through a shop where I thought I would be able to get my underpants as I had bought from the same chain store in Sapporo. But it was a ladies shop there.

At Coolabah

Carlton Dominated: Fellow patrons were mainly Carlton supporters and no Richmond supporter was there.

Possessions: The same as the dominant in number of supporters at the footy pub, Carlton got more possessions and led the ball well. Carlton scored more in the first and third quarters. I had not expected Blues to be in such positions because of how games were played in the preseason competition.

Marks and only behinds: My mate for the game (Adrian, the Bluebagger) said Casboult had issues with scoring goals. He took nice marks inside 50 and the goal posts were in the straight line. But he was unable to score any goal. He ended up scoring two behinds. Then Adrian says Casboult is a forward. How can he play in the forward line? The Bluebagger was so frustrated to see him kicking the ball. He says he placed the ball too high. I had never seen such a player before.

Score: My Bomber diehard mate invited me to the footy tipping. I had predicted Tigers would win by 85 points. How the season opener was played was opposed to my prediction indeed. Even Carlton dominating possession was out of my expectation. And seeing how Blue players handed with the ball (kicks, handballs and etc) was disappointment for Bluebaggers. I could not believe these ball handling from such good possessions.

Jack Riewoldt at Last Quarter: I admire him as an individual because he is a good player and my Nick’s cousin. He took a mark inside 50 with a good angle, but missed. Oh Jack!

Potential Penalty: Adrian ordered me to call Mark Fine to speak up on his Final Siren show if Carlton won. I was so excited to take it, but Carlton lost so I did not ring SEN. I wish I could talk to my favourite radio presenter.

Post Game

Another Carlton Supporter: I talked to another very passionate Bluebagger at the pub after the final siren. Surprisingly he lives in Kyoto and has a Japanese wife. Another western bloke and Japanese lady couple. I should get an Australian girlfriend under the ‘swapping program’??

Final Siren Show (on the train coming back to Kyoto): Listening to Final Siren show on SEN has been my favourite activity post footy games since last year. A Tiger tragic called Finey saying Richmond was a young team. I was surprised because I thought that they were quite experience club compared with my St Kilda or Western Bulldogs. Finey said Jack Riewoldt’s one to two kicks from 50 metres out was a gift. The caller said Richmond boys needed to step up to get higher position.

Now (My Back Office Home): I reckon many Almanac readers will not expect me to write the story of the Carlton vs Richmond game because I am a crazy St Kilda supporter. But I have a passion of writing as well and need to write as much as possible to be a rising star in the Almanac!

RICHMOND 4.1 7.2 10.6 14.8 (92)
CARLTON 4.4 5.7 11.9 12.11 (83)

Richmond: Vickery 3, Menadue 2, Riewoldt 2, Lloyd 2, Lambert, Edwards, Vlastuin, C. Ellis, Miles
Carlton: Wright 3, Everitt 2, Lamb, Gibbs, Kreuzer, Murphy, Cripps, Phillips, Walker

Richmond: Rance, Martin, Vickery, Lambert, Menadue, Lloyd
Carlton: Cripps, Murphy, Wright, Gibbs, Kerridge, Docherty

Our Votes:
Riewoldt (RIC H) 3, Murphy (CARL) 2, Walker (CARL) 1.

Umpires: Stevic, Fleer, Mitchell

Official crowd: 75,706

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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. jan courtin says

    If only I could read and write in a foreign language as well as you do!

    I’m sure you’ll be a rising star in the Almanac, if you’re not already.

  2. Don’t bother to learn the rules as only the umpires actually have any idea what is going on. If you start to argue over an umpires decision and can actually quote the Rule everyone will think you strange.

  3. Good on ya Yoshi. Good seeing you back in print.

    I’ve lost touch with your columns. I recall you were based in Wellington for along time, but alas no more. Were you homesick, or did your time in Wellington finish?

    The Saints didn’t play young McMartin in the season opener. Like Hogan for the Dees he’s a superstar of the future. Do you envisage him returning to the Saints side for this weeks match, a match to celebrate Nick Reiwoldt’s 300 th game?


  4. Thanks for your all comments and sorry for commenting back so late!

    Jan – Can I take your comment as compliments? I like expressing my thoughts and communications with people from different cultures. That’s why I am here. I was about to be on Soap Box on the SEN’s Run Home today, but the phone call was disconnected after being asked my name. Thanks for your warm wishes on the rising star!

    Phil – Adrian, the mate at the game day taught me why free kicks were awarded, why the umpire did throw in, and the ball up was done. It was good to learn rules indeed!! Even I am not perfect in rules, I am against the umpire’s decision on the Carlton vs Geelong match last year or two years ago when a Geelong runer crossed a Carlton player while the time was counted.

    Glen! – Thanks for welcoming back me. Hope you are doing well. I wanted to live in NZ forever but had to leave because lost my job and my visa was expired. I should have got a Kiwi girlfriend to allow me to stay there forever. I hope McCartin to be a gun like Hogan, but we should allow him sometime to break away. Even the mighty Saints lost, seeing great midfielders such as Armitage, Steven, Newnes, Montagna and Gilbert was good. I hope good skills in kicking and handballs create more goals in Round 2. We need to do attacking to be competitive against hot dogs.



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