Round 16 2019 – Western Bulldogs v Geelong: Notes for Yoshi’s playing No.1

Saturday 6 July 2019
7:25 pm
Marvel Stadium, Melbourne



Watching St Kilda games with passion has gone and the Dingoes team trainings have been cancelled.


Then I have decided to open another door by watching footy replays. Having already watched the Saints’ good ones during the off season, so I have searched a good one for my soft spot of the Western Bulldogs.


The Round 16 in 2019 came up and I remember the match as the Doggies upset the top of the ladder team at the time.


I was just about to entertain myself during the tough time, but have seen good actions whilst watching the replay and decided to make a player’s note for my footy career.


1. Importance of putting pressures on opponent players


At first quarter, a Bulldogs player (it’s hard to identify as I was on the train at the time) was chased and put under the pressure and ended up kicking inaccurately that caused a turn over.


That player  must have been pressed the panic button, I reckon.


His focus was releasing the ball to avoid being tackled and holding a ball.


Then as the time was ticking, he could have less time to set the right direction.


In my experience, my kicking is influenced with such psychological drives. For example, I am put under the pressure not to kick a ball towards other people in the park and then end up kicking short or inaccurately.


Chasing an opponent and laying a tackle are important to put much pressures on him or her and to create a turn over.


And when I am chased by an opponent player, I need to call a teammate delivering a message I am kicking or handpassing towards him or her. Also calming myself as much as possible is important for accurate ball uses.


2. Bont pushing hand and arm to avoid being tackled


Marcus Bontempelli has picked footy and been running at third quarter. He was chased but pushed his hand and arm towards a Geelong player (my apology for bad identifying again) and played on.


His efforts were impressive and it’s another good demonstration for playing.


However I am a small player and it’s hard to push away other players (even I am amongst small Japanese men), but could try. If I cannot do like Bont, simply I need to handpass towards a teammate.


3. Aaron Naughton leading in good forms


He kicked four goals at the match. He is a talented and skilled young forward.


Matthew Richardson commented positively on him at last quarter when Naughton led and ran into the corridor at last quarter.


He read the situation and chose the right spot to take a mark well too.


Measuring the flying ball to get the right spot to take a mark is also important.


As a small forward, I can adopt his skills well, I hope.


PS: It’s not related to the match, but Nick Riewoldt providing video instructions for missing Auskick is incredible. He is the champion of the AFL!


WESTERN BULLDOGS 1.4 3.5 5.7 10.11 (71)
GEELONG 3.5 4.8 6.11 7.13 (55)


Western Bulldogs: Naughton 4, Lloyd 3, Dixon, Bontempelli, Smith
Geelong: Dangerfield 2, Hawkins 2, Rohan, Kelly, Selwood


Western Bulldogs: Naughton, Bontempelli, Macrae, Hunter, McLean, Johannisen
Geelong: Tuohy, Stewart, Dangerfield, Clark, Kelly


One year later on Malarkey’s medal
3. Naughton (WBU); 2. Macrae (WBU); 1. Dangerfield (GEE)


Umpires: Stevic, Brown, McInerney


Official crowd: 35,641



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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. Colin Ritchie says

    Sure is a bit tough without the footy on but I suppose there are plenty replays to watch. I enjoyed a replay of the 1984 Grand Final which is always a great thrill for me. Hope the tips you are getting from watching replays will help your Yoshi, all the best!

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