Round 11- Adelaide v St Kilda: My Advice to Transform Negative Result to Win

Sunday, 5 June 2016
4:10 pm (Local Time; 3:40 pm Kyoto)
Adelaide Oval


During the week, I was impressed with The Age article informing us the mighty Saints were nearly injury free. But later our veteran defender Sam Fisher was out from the team for Round 11 due to hamstring.


Then Hugh Goddard was included in the team. It would be a good opportunity for Huhie to breakout.


In Adelaide, players and coaches were happy with fan activities at the open training. It must have been friendly atmosphere.


The game day came as usual. I listened to the club song in the morning to gain energy supporting the mighty Saints.


20 minutes before my evening shift, the ball was bounced. It was time to be with St Kilda even if I am/was in Japan.


Only within minutes after the bounce, Nick Riewoldt had tensions on his knee and was carried by a club doctor to the bench.


Dunstan had a good opportunity to score a goal at the beginning of the first quarter from the left boundary inside 50. Also he missed again from the straight inside 50 later.


Not only missing opportunities kicking goals but also mishandling the ball were absolutely disappointing. Jenkins was awarded a free kick in the back and the ball was flying over Dunstan. He couldn’t take a mark. It was a big opportunity to lead the game for us. Then Jacobs caught a ball just behind the goal posts. As the forward space was all for him and no Saint was to tackle him, he scored a goal. We had errors in this short period.


Meanwhile Rooey did the high tackle on the opponent in which a 50-metre penalty was applied. It was out of his routine…


Then our young fellas hit injuries. At the second quarter, the season’s first game player Hugh Goddard tried to trick the opponent to grab the ball so played like a wresting game. But he ended up rupturing his Achilles tendon. He will be sidelined for up to 12 months. What a big injury.


30 minutes later, sadly McCartin joined the injury list with concussion. He was hit by Newnes and Brown (Crows’ defender).


Adelaide Oval gave us hard and tough lessons plus injuries.


As I had to work, I was not able to concentrate on the game fully. Sorry boys…


Unfair popped up in my head. But I should not excuse unfairness to any loss.


Just showing data for a while…


Free kicks for: Adelaide 21 to St Kilda 9


St Kilda had to travel Adelaide twice to play SA clubs. Victorian clubs travel interstate less than non Victorian clubs, but why doesn’t St Kilda host a game against a SA club in Melbourne?


The game was the worst loss against Crows in the last five years (at least).


St Kilda lost eight interstate games in a row.


The only positive thing for me is Richo’s post game comments. He takes full responsibility and reviews coaching and finds why the club was not competitive.


His attitudes not blaming unfairness on the fixture or umpiring should gain motivated in the club. Transform the emotion from the terrible games and answer on the fields.


I’m so sad to have heard some St Kilda supporters urged on the social media that Richo should be sacked. It’s unfair. We are just on rebuilding and improving.


Carlton’s Brendon Bolton has been doing great works, but I think it’s because they are playing lower clubs mostly. I don’t compare them. We have our own plans and don’t need to copy Bolton’s plans.


Richo still has time to lead our boys to the top side in the competition. It can be unrealistic, but can be possible to play the final this year.


I’m 43 and have never had a girlfriend. Having written off Japanese women as a potential partner is reasonable, I think, because of bad records. But I still hope to be in a relationship with a lovely and passionate Western lady. Richo’s circumstances are not same as my lady issues.


Keep Richo as a true St Kilda supporter’s voice. He is strong and our boys follow him.


We have strong supporter bases. Then coaches and players need to answer us.


Take a break from fun stuffs on social media. I don’t need to watch a video game competition on the club App. I want to see the win over Carlton next weekend.


ADELAIDE 6.5 11.11 16.14 19.19 (133)
ST KILDA 1.2 4.2 5.5 6.9 (45)


Official crowd: 40,896

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. More like anti-social media, really. Just one game, an awful matchup for the Saints against an opponent that plays St Kilda’s style with better players and more precision. And too many targets. A lot of winnable games left; how the Saints fare in those will be a better measure. And let’s not forget the Collingwood win or the close losses to the Hawks and Roos. I’m waiting until after Round 23 to take stock, but I know we have the right coach for this very young group.

  2. Hi Gleen,

    Yeah, in general, fans expect too much on off field funs on social media such as playing Mario kart that was uploaded the club App last week. It’s important for boys to have fun, but playing a video game for social media can be frustrated. And this week, as Richo says, we need more works to be done – coaches need to find why we were not competitive and boys need to train and simulate well for the game against Carlton.

    I agree with you that we need to think positively on the win over Collingwood and close games against Hawthorn and North Melbourne. And indeed Richo is the right man at St Kilda.

    I hope you enjoy the wins in the US while I do here in Japan.

    Go Saints!!


  3. Earl O'Neill says

    Hey Yoshi
    Given the choice, would you rather live in Wellington or Melbourne?

  4. Hey Earl,

    I want to be close to my boys, so I could choose Melbourne. But I love Wellington and miss it. Maybe change two cities every year. It’s really hard to choose. I will see what happens.



  5. Good onya Yoshi. Great to see you maintaining the passion.

    Now , some insight please. After 3 games (losses) in Wellington that experiment finished. However i hear they are talking about playing 2 matches in Auckland in 2018. ( I prefer Wellington !) Your thoughts ?


  6. Phillip Dimitriadis says

    Oh Yoshi,
    St Kilda and Western women? You really do like a challenge don’t you?

  7. Hi Glen! and Phil,

    Thanks for your comments!

    Glen! – I’m glad that the club is trying to have Kiwi connections as I have lived in New Zealand for four years. But I am wit you preferring Wellington. However it’s shame that my favourite city didn’t attract enough spectators. I wish Saints would play in Christchurch.

    Phil – Barracking for St Kilda can be challenge as we are rebuilding. But it’s easier for me to talk to and be friends with Western people. My passionate of speaking English connects with Westerners. And my New Zealand experiences bring me the results.



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