Round 17 – St Kilda v Essendon: Standing by


Friday, 14 July 2017
7:50 pm
Docklands Stadium, Melbourne

Stand by Hird; Essendon supporters showed their support for club legend and senior coach while Essendon saga was going on.

This year, St Kilda has been standing by us. Even the club issued a statement  regarding  a controversial comment made by a Footy Show panel member. Sadly my club has been fighting against the trash journalism this year. The most annoying one was on Sean Dempster’s career made by a hated journalist who is on Footy Show.

St Kilda and Essendon have no rivalry, but this match has been named as the Standing by Blockbuster. Let’s play hard and show sportsmanship.

At work on the game day, I am a model of photographs. No stand by is given; only a very short notice is handed to me. I am like an emergency player on the field, but do tasks without any problem. It’s a good call that I will have a paid media work in the future, even if the formats will be different from now.

I hope some people recognise my ‘Saints in New Zealand’ t-shirt by the way! On game days, I always wear this t-shirt or 2016 St Kilda Football Club member polo shirt to show my boys how I want to be with St Kilda.

Finishing work at 5 pm, I go to McDonald’s in town where free wifi is available so that I can tune in to the live radio coverage through AFL App.

The ball is bounced, but we don’t dominate footy. Where is our good midfield work? How is Tom Hickey?

St Kilda players are heard, but Essendon players have taken over. It seems we allow the Bombers in by turning over the ball that we didn’t against Richmond in the previous match.

The Docklands Stadium is set up for Joe (Daniher) shows. The game should play my favourite Nick show instead!

Hickey has an opportunity to score a goal from 35 metres straight in front, but misses. Sadly he is a subject to discuss on St Kilda supporters’ Facebook pages after the game. Some people think he plays so bad and should go, and James Holmes should play if Billy Longer is unavailable for a few weeks. I didn’t watch the game he played this year, but I think he needs the third man to help his hit outs. Longer played well as I witnessed last week. Probably Josh Bruce needs to fill in ruck for a while, but we need an alternative forward player…

At the last quarter, Riewoldt kicks a goal, but he is only a sub character in the theatre of play today. As already mentioned, the hero is Daniher.

Today’s only positive news is Josh Battle kicking the first goal in his career. I even didn’t know he still attended school until I saw SEN’s Facebook post during the match. I hope he breaks up soon to help us.

The disappointing night ends with Essendon’s club song. I need answers from my footy club.
– Where were efforts that we showed in the previous match against Richmond?
– What caused so many misses?
– Were there any issues on ruck and handballing in the midfield?
– Why can’t we kick many goals?

I am heartbroken from footy. Last week I had the one from my personal circumstances.

Friday night games losers are easy to see on footy meme Facebook posts. The Bulldogs have been said they have a  hangover from last year’s flag. This weekend, Saints are said to still have  a hangover from 1966 premiership. And Richo wishing we have Tigers back.

We are having two continuous interstate away games the next. The next week’s Pride Match against Sydney is a must to win to be top eight. Otherwise we would get electrical shocks by Port Adelaide at Adelaide Oval following week.

I can’t play footy, but want to play good writing games here. So can you guys please help me?
– What can I do to write interesting stories so that I get more feedback?
– Are there some grammatical errors in my writing? If so, how can I improve?
Your advice would be important and much appreciated.

Heads up boys! Beat Swans and Power!!

ST KILDA 0.2 2.6 4.11 7.15 (57)
ESSENDON 2.5 6.10 13.12 17.16 (118)

St Kilda: Gresham, Carlisle, Bruce, Riewoldt, Battle, Sinclair, Lonie
Essendon: Daniher 4, Green 2, Bellchambers 2, Zaharakis 2, McDonald-Tipungwuti 2, McKenna, Hurley, Hooker, Colyer, Myers

St Kilda: Savage, Roberton, Carlisle, Steven, Newnes
Essendon: Zaharakis, Daniher, Merrett, Hurley, McGrath, Bellchambers

Daniher (ESS 3), Zaharakis (ESS 2), Newnes (STK 1)

Umpires: Margetts, O’Gorman, Nicholls

Official crowd: 47,156

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. Neil Anderson says

    Writing a report after a big loss takes courage Yoshi. Some of us wait for at least a win before we write anything while others give up once their team is out of final’s contention.
    So the best thing is to keep up with your volume of work and you will be rewarded with quality as well as quantity like you have done already.
    I really liked your comment about StKilda still having a hangover from 1966. It was very Australian to make a joke about your team when things aren’t going so well. Maybe humour is the missing ingredient for your future reports. I admit it’s pretty hard to inject any humour when your team’s had a bad day at the office.
    Keep on writing Yoshi. I’m sure John Harms appreciates his Japanese correspondent.

  2. Your a true committed saints fan Yoshie, going to McDonalds after work, to listen to the broadcast is inspiring. Your articles are an honest and interesting compared to a lot of mainstream articles, that are repetitive and mediocre. Keep up the good work, and have faith in Hickey, he will dominate Sydney ?

  3. G’day and thanks for your comments Neil and Rob!!

    Neil – Thank you for your compliment on writing stories even if on lost games. I want to be honest with how I feel for the Saints and I should suggest what our boys have to do to improve. As for having hangover from the 1966 Premiership, it was actually what Footy memes say on Facebook. I need to be a good creator of humours lol It sounds like only hardworking is the way to be rewarded. Indeed I keep writing.

    Rob – Thanks for your compliment on my writing and how much I support our Saints. I just keep ‘playing on’ and showing my honesty. And I hope Hickey plays well against Sydney on Saturday.



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