Round 14 – St Kilda v Brisbane: Dingoes training turning on field drills to watching horrible Marvel’s game

St Kilda versus Brisbane Lions
Saturday, 22 June 2019
4:35 pm
Marvel Stadium, Melbourne



The Osaka Dingoes had scheduled to train as a team and I got to the ground at 2 pm as usual.

Hitting the footy field on my own with runs, bounces and kicks before the team drills, Matt arrived at the venue at 3 pm.

He told me another player was expected to turn up, but he wasn’t there. No other player would come to the training, Matt added.

Then he suggested me to watch the professional game rather than doing drills, as I have only one day off a week for footy and I often miss watching live St Kilda games.

Accepting his generous offer, we headed off to his apartment.


Even I was not confident to win, I thought I would learn skills to improve my playing from the professional game.

Checking the score at an Osaka Metro station, St Kilda were behind, but it was only the beginning of first quarter. I believed we would bounce back.


Settling down at Matt’s living room, we saw Hind kicking his second goal. Only two points to catch up. The young forward is doing a great job.

But once again, sloppy and wasting opportunities were what we witnessed on his TV screen.

Good ball uses in the midfield was destroyed in the forward line. Either being taken by intercept marks or kicking inefficiently.

Missing so many opportunities to score goals annoyed me. And I got frustrated.


The visitors from Queensland led by seven points at the first break. I believed we would lead at the main break.

We kicked a goal but was answered.

Then we dominated footy whilst we were just a point down. But once again we wasted a huge opportunity. We paid turn over to the opponents.

That’s the point we fell down at the game. Saints gave Lions away space and opportunities.


At Half Time, Matt needed to get ready for his workmate’s birthday party, so I left his home and headed towards the Dingoes’ proud sponsor of the Blarney Stone Shinsaibashi.

Having ordered Coopers Ale and eventually got on the pub’s wifi, I settled down on a big table to watch the action.

But our performances got worse and worse. More wastes, turn overs and giving more space to the Lions.


My patience was over in the middle of third quarter as the Lions led by 70 points. I had to disconnect the live coverage on Watch AFL App and put my Tablet away.

An opportunity to watch my Saints playing live turned feeling horrible. It was extremely a crap game.

The game has finally ended losing by 56 points.


I was much disappointed and had no energy to get angry. But I have to express my frustration here.

What is/are your game plan/s, Richo?

How do coaches help developing young players’ skills?

Why don’t you sit on the bench entire match, Richo? ****ing coaches box isn’t your office while we are struggling.


How many players do extra drills? I am 46 and have been playing footy for only a year and half having never played any relevant sport. Therefore I do drills every morning for an hour unless raining or having a team training. I turn up to team training an hour earlier to do my own practices. You guys need to be hungry to win games.

And coaches need to be hungry to do the very best jobs.

Why do you kick to someone else in the forward line (inside 50) rather than finishing your job? It’s likely to create turn over. Don’t fear of missing to score a goal.

My patient supporting Alan Richardson is nearly over. He has no game plan and doesn’t help improving skills. Richo should start making game plans. If he can’t, then Brett Ratten could help him.


Please answer the mighty Saints. I lost patient, but my faith and loyalty stay. St Kilda need to overcome and win over Richmond next weekend.


ST KILDA 3.3 4.6 5.7 8.11 (59)
BRISBANE 4.6 7.8 16.11 17.13 (115)


St Kilda: Hind 3, Bruce 2, Membrey, Parker, Gresham
Brisbane: Cameron 5, Lyons 2, Christensen 2, McLuggage 2, Hipwood, Zorko, McStay, Rich, McCarthy, Robinson


St Kilda: Ross, Hannebery, Hind, Marshall
Brisbane: Cameron, McLuggage, Martin, Lyons, Zorko, Rich, Neale


3. Matt Gale (Osaka Dingoes)
2. New Australian friends made at the pub after the game
1. Blarney Stone Shinsaibashi


Umpires: Brown, Fleer, Mitchell, Wallace


Official crowd: 22,885



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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. Yoshi, there’s always a chance that St Kilda upsets Richmond this Saturday.
    We need only go back two years to see this scoreboard at the Docklands.
    It’s remarkable to think the Tigers then won nine of their last 10 games, culminating in a Grand Final victory.

  2. No matter how frustrated you are at seeing the team make the same old skill errors and turn overs, Yoshi , stick with the Sainters. Many times I’ve felt the same way as you about the Crows – we call it as we see it. However, love of the club always wins through. The Saints best form is pretty good – they just don’t seem to be able to maintain it for long periods.

    Just what is the answer who knows. Is it the Coach, the game plan or lack of enough good players. That’s the burning question. I’ve found that even after a rotten game, I’m looking forward to the next challenge – never give up. All the best Yoshi.

  3. Hi FitzroyPete and Fisho

    Thanks for your comments!

    Pete – Thanks for a good reminder. I watched the game at a pub two years ago. It was a good game and I met good friends there. Both Rob and I were so happy with the win.

    Fisho – I am a loyal St Kilda supporter and would not change the club. I will stick with the beloved Saints with faithful. Hope to see the second flag in a few years.

    Go the mighty Sainters!


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