Round 14 – Melbourne v St Kilda: Confessing getting emotional at the last minute

Saturday 29 August 2020
7:10 pm
TIO Traeger Park, Alice Springs


I am upset with the loss. The Saints were supposed to win and it was a must to win for us. How come we lost again?


At the last minute of the Northern Territory game, I had an extraordinary experience. I got emotional and was crying. It was the first time for me to behave like it. My previous experience getting my eyes wet was when I was chaired off after my first goal in the footy career at the IMPACT Invitational Cup in 2018.


Feeling negative doesn’t bring us anything.
Past can’t change the present.
It is just a game.
Worrying about small stuff is not worth it.


Above these are true but it’s hard to adopt for some people including me. You can see how Robert Muir is facing in his life.


I have been excited to see my boys playing final footy that I had never witnessed since I became a St Kilda supporter in 2012. I had a big hope and doubted my wish would become reality if we lost to bloody Demons.


Like last week, opponents tried to cut our corridor in the last minutes. When I saw it once again on Saturday, I started losing a hope to win the game as well as playing finals. That’s why I was over and started crying.


It can be negative sides to my mental health, but I keep positive as it is the good sign of how passionate I support the mighty Saints. I am much different to Japanese men and have unique perceptions. Even though it is (often very) hard to interact with them, I am not worried about the differences. Instead I am lucky being a Sainter and having opportunities to play the unique Australian sport.


Both teams had priorities to get numbers. Back lines put pressures on opponent forwards. But when Melbourne got chances, they handled better than us. It was another tough game.


When I tuned in Watch AFL on the subway after our good walking trek that six Dingoes participated in from nine to 46 kilometres, the Saints trailled by three goals. I was worried of not winning the important game.


My observation of the Saturday night was mostly what our forwards were doing. They hardly took marks and Steven May used height advantages in order to gain turnovers. And once again we missed opportunities on set shots. I guess that they got tired under the very warm conditions in Alice Springs.


Demons performed better than us with goalkicking chances – found space and kicked accurately. Christian Petracca was the player who demonstrated such skills. Brett Ratten reckons his last goal was touched by Howard, but our defence only focused on getting footy from the skilled Dees midfielder and no one covered the corridor. Howard’s hard running could not stop.


Even though the loss, Steele’s performances were outstanding. His chases, tackles, passions and kicks are great with huge efforts. Our forwards can learn from skilled midfielder.


Another Jack (Sinclair) was impressive for me too. His picking and kicking were great and I reckon he is breaking out in the rest of the season and onwards.


We just missed some pieces of puzzles to score goals. If forwards played smart footy in running and leading, we could gain more inside 50s.


Another sadness was some frustrating St Kilda supporters leaving negative comments on Max King on social media. I saw them but didn’t get involved until Sunday morning. I talked to some Sainter friends post match on Saturday.


Offensive language was found on the club member’s Facebook page and the person was removed from the group. And I was disgusted with someone saying that saying anything is fine and no drama. Did they understand how Robert Muir was hurt and he still carries pains? Do they want to have any player from the club they love to be hurt?


Footballers are humans, same as us, train hard and entertain us. Victorian and Sydney based players are in hubs in order to run the competition. They are away from families and friends so have hard times too. Being kind is needed to overcome this strange and tough time.


We have the strongest supporter community but I am sad there are thoughtless people. We face broken hearts in the club history. Such tough journey is supposed to create the strong fans base, I reckon.


The Saints improved much in 2020. Although we won’t play finals, my boys have been doing a lot this year. We still have three run homes. I am cheering my boys up loudly with a huge pride.


Go Saints!


PS: What a great season for the St Kilda AFLW! Four girls are awarded best and fairest. Congratulations Georgia Patrikios, Caitlin Greiser, Olivia Vesely and Rosie Dillon! Well done girls!!


MELBOURNE 4.0 5.1 7.3 8.4 (52)
ST KILDA 1.3 4.5 6.6 7.7 (49)


Melbourne: Petracca 4, Weideman 2, Brown, Gawn
St Kilda: Battle, King, Marshall, Membrey, Phillips, Ryder, Steele


Melbourne: May, Petracca, Gawn, Oliver, Langdon, Rivers
St Kilda: Steele, Hill, Jones, Coffield, Wilkie


3. Steele (STK); 2. May (MEL); 1. Petracca (MEL)


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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. Thanks Yoshi.

    I watched a bit of this match, and could not understand why there were not more goals scored. 8 v 7 ?
    Right across the competition, there are not enough goals being kicked for my liking!

  2. G’day Smokie,

    Thanks for your comment!

    I think low scoring happened because:
    a. Players have short breaks in between games so get tired easily,
    b. The game was played in warm conditions;
    c. Under the hub life, players could be stressed and may feel homesick.

    Also I am a fan of attacking footy!



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