Round 19 – Port Adelaide v St Kilda: Painful and getting upset


Saturday, 29 July 2017
4:05 pm (7:35 am York, UK)
Adelaide Oval


The result is too painful and I am shocked and upset.


Seeing footy memes on Facebook the following day gets me upset more. I want to cry like a baby boy.


Reading Rohan Connolly’s match report on the Footyology website is also painful. I express sadness and shock on his Facebook page and mention the article is fair and reasonable.


Feeling gutted is the proof how much I love St Kilda.


Pains have been caused at games against Port Adelaide for three years now.


On 2 August 2015, I went to Coolabah to watch the game against Port. I had been distressed at then work and tired from heats and work. It was supposed to be a small and good relief to watch my favourite sport and the club. But I ended up with arguing with a grumpy Chinese bar lady. Then I was on the injury list and sidelined for all St Kilda games in that year.


We led the first match of the 2016 season against Port, but the last quarter was painful as we got tired and they fired up. It was so hurting to follow the last quarter and I was shocked with the result at then work.


As we have been defeated in the last two games against Essendon and Sydney, my prediction was hard to win, but I have never given up the hope as we ended the six-year Subiaco drought.


And I just wanted to play like Richmond have done to Port.


But this kind of wish can be wrong. Instead our ending was like how Richmond faced at MCG against Fremantle. Now I feel the same as what Tiger supporters had weeks ago.


While the game was played, I was working mostly as always. When many people came in the restaurant at the same time, dockets were put in the kitchen. I felt under the pressure as seeing such number of dockets.


Then a manager who normally works in the headquarters mentioned me many dockets. My pressure was bigger and I got annoyed and stressed. I hate being put under unnecessary pressures that causes me to get in a panic.


I asked him not to make me hurry or put me under that much pressure. He had done before and I had asked not to do before. It is not joking at all.


And then I got upset a lot and dropped off some beef onto the floor. The manager criticised my mistakes.


I am not a fast pacer or a highly paid footballer. High pressures in my childhood made me miserable and feeling insecure.


At the workplace, my regret of having undertaken a university course in engineering and not following my talents of media works from the broadcast council at primary school came up in my mind.


This incident might influenced my boys’ performances on the footy field.


Having been asked to work at the usual workplace after the scheduled shift at a busy town restaurant for the game day, I left the workplace earlier than the scheduled time so that I would start at the extra work at the usual workplace earlier.


Opening the AFL app, I found we were only seven points down. I hoped we would upset Port.


Only in a minute or two, Gresham scored a goal and Saints pushed hard, following by Sinclair, Dunstan and Membrey.


Even I was ready to get excited to the win. Later I heard Port supporters left the stadium only five minutes before the game ended.


Then a kick was scored by the opponent and I started worrying. I just hoped the time cut their fights back.


Live radio coverage didn’t work well with my iPhone and the app indicated that the Power led again. What a nightmare.


Sadly a bad day continued. At the second workplace for the day, I got grumpy because of staff shortage. Only three including me were on duty in the evening on Saturday! I was worried of too much workload.


As I had been tired from Thursday’s heavy workloads coming from the staff shortage and Friday’s long day (workplace crawls at three premises including the extra time at the last one). I couldn’t play in a high role as an injured player. Instead I should have been on the bench / medical room.


Then I have got the second extra time. At first, I was asked to work until 9 pm, but as the manager had something to talk to me, I had to stay until 9.30 pm when he would be back from another premise. Once again, I was asked to close the restaurant before he talked to me.


Even my healing process was interrupted. After we had closed the restaurant at 9.30 pm, I tuned in the Beatles in their music channel, but the very young manager changed it to bloody Japanese pop channel. I hate Japanese music very much and got very annoyed. I am not respected in this country at all!


Such workloads worsened my painful and upset from the loss. I should not have had extra times at work and instead had a draw, like the Saints had in 2010.


I wanted the Saints to surprise fans by winning matches, like how we did against Richmond and how I do to some Australian tourists coming here.


Kicking skills need to improve to play attacking footy.


I need to act to achieve my life goals including getting a writing job and moving to York, UK permanently. Saturday’s pains at work are sad but have to transform into motivations to get a job what I really want.


Meanwhile I am excited to go back to York for two weeks at the end of August to meet Katie.


And the mighty Saints are urged to do the same. Don’t lose any game this year. Otherwise we can’t win the flag soon.


PORT ADELAIDE 2.3 3.5 5.7 9.9 (63)
ST KILDA 1.3 2.8 3.12 8.13 (61)


Port Adelaide: Westhoff, Amon, Impey, Polec, Trengove, Dixon, Ebert, Young, R Gray
St Kilda: Membrey 3, Lonie, Sinclair, Acres, Gresham, Dunstan

Port Adelaide: R Gray, Wines, Hartlett, Ryder, Byrne-Jones, Jonas
St Kilda: Dunstan, Carlisle, Ross, Roberton, Acres


I am too sad to see a match highlights video and to decide who played well.

Umpires: Stephens, Kamolins, Findlay

Official crowd: 30,335

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, it’s certainly a horrible feeling when your teams loses a game that it appears to have all wrapped up.
    It’s been that type of season – apparently, only 1928 has had more games decided by less than a goal than we’ve seen in 2017.
    Fingers crossed your Saints can recapture the brilliant form they showed against the Tigers and win their last four games to sneak into the eight.
    Glad to hear that things are going well with Katie and that you have a York visit planned later this month.

  2. G’day Pete,

    Thanks for your nice comment!

    Yes this season is so even in the competition. Then how couldn’t we keep ten points up at the last a few minutes? It could be because we had only young players on the field? Riewoldt to rest and Montagna and Gilbert to be injured…

    We really need to play hard at the last four matches to be top eight and honour the Saint Nick. I want his hardworking to be honoured this season. My boys should keep in mind.

    I need to change my life and want a positive future. Going on a holiday to York will be awesome and I hope I can move there in the near future for good.



  3. The Saints could easily win their last four games, Yoshi.
    They should beat the Eagles at Docklands and have plenty of incentive against the Demons after putting in a shocker in Round 1.
    If they don’t defeat the Kangaroos – as competitive as they’ve been – they don’t deserve to be in the finals.
    Now if (and it’s a BIG IF) they win those three they’ll have plenty of confidence against the Tigers, given the result in Round 16.
    Just a shame the Saints took the foot off the gas in the last quarter of that game, as they cost themselves valuable percentage.
    Good luck on an eventual move to York (a nice little city).

  4. G’day Pete,

    Thanks for your preview of up coming St Kilda games. I think we will beat Eagles on Sunday too. Hope we show efforts to re-establish streaks towards Demons. And the game against Kangaroos should be win too even they are up and down (beat Crows and Dees).

    Then facing Richmond and showing efforts and hungry spirits.

    Go the Saints!


  5. Matthew Thomas says

    WHAT A GAME!!!! OH MY!!!
    Membrey was fantastic for your Saints.
    Sorry about the loss Yoshi, but you must admit it was a very interesting game.
    I am also sorry to hear about your heavy workloads at the moment, it is impacting your opportunity to watch and enjoy footy! Your writing appears to match your current life stress. I hope it improves for you.


  6. G’day Matt,

    Yes Membrey is the gun and great. It was a good game but losing such a game is so painful. I had mixed feelings on that Saturday.

    Re: heavy workloads – I could think I was in the wrong place at the wrong time. I want a bounce back in a long term. Only foucusing on building the bright future is the option for me.

    Enjoy the showdown today.



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