Round 16 – St Kilda v Richmond: Fighting for Maddie, future and more


Saturday, 8 July 2017
7:25 pm
Docklands Stadium, Melbourne


The match has been set up as Maddie Riewoldt Vision Match as a big blockbuster, so I don’t need to name my own blockbuster. It’s an important game for fundraising to the future research on that cost Nick’s late sister Maddie. She was only 26 when she died.


Sadly, I need a grief from my personal issue that happened earlier than week.


St Kilda had a tough win over Fremantle at Subiaco in the previous week while Richmond upset Port Adelaide at Adelaide Oval. I believed we would win, but the game would be tough.


Many experts in The Age picked Richmond that I was understandable, and I just wished we would get over these Tigers in favours predictions.


Fighting with my sadness and misery in my mind on the game day, my feelings are better in the afternoon and enough good to travel to Coolabah in Osaka from Kyoto.


Arriving there around 5:45 pm local time, the rugby international test match was dominated in the pub rather than footy. The Aussie bar is more likely international premise rather than Australasians now.


All Blacks are playing Lions in Auckland. I have mixed feelings for who to support. Tough ball movements with passing big guys. That is how union is played.


They both play the best and have a draw game with 15-15. My emotion seems influenced in the match.


Now my game starts just after the rugby union. A Geelong supporter is there who arrived after me for his game, but the barman knows I go for St Kilda and the Cat was late. He has to leave the pub with disappointment.


Nick Riewoldt takes a mark inside 50 and scores a goal at the beginning of the game. It’s a great one to honour Maddie. And to honour his milestone of marking record that hits the most in the VFL/AFL history with the game.


But meanwhile the flare occurs on the footy field after the mark. They both are fighting well. Saints fight for Maddie and Tigers are fighting fury.


Then the leading Tiger Cotchin strikes Lornie intentionally. It’s unnecessary, but puts a lot of motivations to my boys.


Ross’ tackle on Castagna and Billings’ flipping on the back after taking a mark at the goal square are other highlights at the first quarter.


Nick Riewoldt keeps taking marks to hit the new AFL records for his late sister. Then the new Saint Koby Stevens swifts opponents and kicks a goal with smooth footsteps. He is helping for his new teammate.


Then Nick’s great old friends play well for him. Gilbert collects the ball from Steele and handballs towards Montagna. He snatches a goal from 50 metres out with the wide space.


I always like Montagna kicking goals and show emotion at the pub. Still remember he picked the dropped ball and scored the winning goal against Dees in 2015 and Richo showed passionate emotion in the box.


Gilbert doesn’t lose against a tackle and tackles back to the opponent and is awarded a free kick.


Then Koby Stevens kicks towards Nick’s best friend of Montagna who kicks a long goal from 50 metres out again. I remember he was on Sunrise showing his long kicks and love him putting his arm high after goals.


After turn over, Steele and Jack Steven keep their good ball works and Steven kicks a goal in the goal square. His goal extends the margin to 82.


The Saints dominate massively in the first half. Statics are later shown on media in the match reports and on Fox Footy.


Especially we only kick goals at the second quarter – 9.5 to 0.1.


Fish and chips are for the half time break with Kirin Beer.


After the main break, Saints use coast to coast with Lornie and Riewoldt. And then Maddie’s brother finds Membrey and open space. The former Swan is done his job.


And at the pub, I hear someone saying St Kilda so approach him. We start interacting and talk about sports – footy, rugby and soccer. They are from New Zealand so know of footy but are passionate of rugby, especially union.


As I am with Kiwi blokes, I stare the desk top computer screen rather than the big screen by the entrance door. Sadly my eyes get tired to see the small screen with 45 degrees angle that is good to score goals on the footy field.


But Caddy takes a mark in their goal square and kicks second goal for Richmond.


Roberton’s great efforts collecting a ball after being slid by the opponents are reflected on how we fight today. Attacking footy influence well in the midfield and the back pocket.


Then Nick show is played again. Classic mark in the goal square and kick straight. His dad Joe is seeing his action and is so happy. The commentator says it is all for his family. The margin widens to 95.


Another St Kilda supporter arrives at the pub. He and his girlfriend are seeking a bar, wandering and end up finding the Coolabah.


It is great to watch the game with a fellow Sainter and to discuss the footy. Indeed we become friends.


Saints slow down at the last quarter, but Membrey kicks five goals in the game, tied with his records most goals scored in a game.


McKenzie’s contested mark causes concussion. Footy is a rough game, but I admire his braveness. We never end fighting and all do together for Maddie.


The last highlight is Maddie’s (and Nick’s) cousin Jack kicking a goal after the siren. Starting with Nick and finishing with Jack are all for Maddie. Great game.


The 67-point win brings our four wins in a row that we hadn’t had for six years. Another drought ends.


As no commentary is played at the pub, we miss the club song playing through speakers there, sadly. But we sing the club song at the pub.


The live ladder is shown occasionally during the coverage and once we are on the fourth. But Richmond’s fight back makes the Saints ending at fifth after the game.


The following day, Melbourne’s win over Carlton and Eagles defeated by Power put us on the seventh in the ladder. But we keep top eight on our own and the big margin climbs up towards seventh.


Show the efforts on Friday against Essendon and keep playing hard. And then the ladder follows up. Save points. No more debt, boys!


ST KILDA 5.3 14.8 19.8 21.12 (138)
RICHMOND 1.3 1.4 4.9 10.11 (71)


St Kilda: Membrey 5, Riewoldt 3, Bruce 2, Stevens 2, Gresham 2, Montagna 2, Ross, Billings, Longer, Steven, McKenzie
Richmond: Castagna 2, Cotchin, Caddy, Grigg, Martin, Butler, Lloyd, Ellis, Riewoldt

St Kilda: Ross, Steven, Riewoldt, Montagna, Stevens, Steele, Membrey, Sinclair, Longer
Richmond: Lambert, Grigg, Ellis, Edwards, Astbury

Riewoldt (STK 3), Montagna (STK 2), Ross (STK 1)

Umpires: Schmitt, Ryan, Mollison

Official crowd: 47,514

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. Phillip Dimitriadis says

    Great win by your Saints Yoshi. Hope it lifted your spirits.

  2. Thanks Phil. Saints played so well and I hope our efforts motivate me. All the best mate.

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