Round 20 – St Kilda v Western Bulldogs: No more wasting please!

St Kilda versus Western Bulldogs
Saturday, August 4, 2018, 7:25 pm
Docklands Stadium, Melbourne


Previous performances for two weeks would have predicted St Kilda would win. Also Saints’ percentage was better than Doggies’ one.


I had been confident to see the Saints go marching in.


On Saturday, I went to the Suma Beach in Kobe socialising with two Dingo teammates. It was a sunny and hot day. Having started drinking and then done kick to kick. Foods and drinks followed and eventually Dezza and I went into water.


It was nice spending Saturday at the beach, but sadly could be the last opportunity to see Dezza for a while as he is going back to Australia this month.


He left the beach over 3 pm as he was watching firework displays with his family. Andrew and I left there around 5.30 pm and got on the JR train to Osaka.


We parted at Osaka Station and then I got on the Osaka Metro subway heading to Blarney Stone Shinsaibashi to meet other friends.


Footy had already started and I couldn’t wait watching, so I tuned in Watch AFL App on the subway platform.


Sadly St Kilda were a point behind when I tuned in, but demonstrated quick ball passes and found open space for goals. Ross, Newnes, Lonie and Membrey have done top jobs.


I raised my arm on the train with passions of supporting my boys. Indeed I was so excited.


The Club President Peter Summers had informed Yvette that he would offer something special at the game if I were in Melbourne. So our players answered to Peter for his generous on a behalf of the crazy Japanese supporter (me).


Saints kept Bulldogs in kennels so that they had a goalless quarter.


Meanwhile I arrived at our sponsor’s premise and Paul, Wendy and Aislinn joined. The second drinking session for me started.


We talked about their trip, Aislinn’s life in Osaka and my footy at the Dingoes. All seemed to go well.


But our small forward Jade Gresham missed an opportunity to score a goal at the beginning of the second quarter. Then Seb Ross kept doing the top work.


My excitement climbed up to see Saints winning since Round 17 against Carlton.


Scray’s coach Luke Beverage put his hands on his face expressing anxiety and disappointment in the coach’s box.


Then Greene kicked the Dogs’ first goal for the night and they started snarling.


But Lonie answered and I was still happy to see how my boys performing.


However the tide was changed. Bulldogs kicked three goals in a row – Jong, Macrae and Schache.


Billings tried to ease my worry of losing the game, but his long kick missed putting through main posts.


Ross’ next goal eased for a while.


Then Hunter and Dickson kicked a goal each before the main break. Saints still led by four points.


I still expected my boys to bounce back and to see Saints go marching in at the end.


But our wasting opportunities continued. Even our big midfielder Jack Steven’s good kick only hit the post. My worry was getting bigger.


Then the star Bulldog midfielder Bonti scored a goal with a beautiful kick. That’s when I couldn’t watch the game any more.


I was in a shock, but enjoyed talking to the new family friends.


Against my expectation, wishes and appreciation to Peter, Saints lost by 35 points at the end.


It was extremely disappointing. Why couldn’t we keep 27-point lead marked at the beginning of the second quarter? Once again I can’t stand seeing our boys wasting opportunities.


Did we slow down at the second quarter as we led by 27 points? Why didn’t we show faster and more attacking footy? How come did we give way these positively to the opponents?


I wish I could end this match report with joys, happiness and big thanks. Sorry for being harsh, but Richo and the leadership group need to explain to fans.


Even it was the worst game to watch live in 2018 because we fell over from the 27-point lead to the 35-point loss.


Thinking about Bob Jane’s T-marts after watching their TV ad on the Bulldogs versus Port Adelaide game too much could cost the game. I should have thought more about AVJennings, sorry Peter…


Disappointment and stress deepened on Sunday because of work conflict. Then I realise that I wasted my energy and passion to get angry with nasty people and negative issues and events.


Writing is one of my passions. Entertaining is what I love to do. Demonstrating Chris Judd’s chicken wing at the North Fitzroy Arms Hotel last year and singing Essendon, West Coast and Hawthorn club songs at the Sportsman’s Night after the Osaka Dingoes’ IMPACT Invitational Cup are proofs. Indeed footy is the biggest part of my life.


Unfortunately I admit my language skills are wasted at my current work as I mostly do kitchen tasks these days. Cooking deep fried beef would help me a lot improving footy in gaining speed. However my hardworking is not respected and a small stuff has been pointed out massively and misinterpreted recently.


At work, I am not happy and feel I am wasting a lot of skills. If I stay working there, I would be the same as current St Kilda boys’ performances. It’s better for me to find another work where I utilise my skills and passions.


Even the Bulldogs’ bad performances in the last two seasons, I admit Beverage and former captain Bob Murphy having cared good relationships to form a strong side. Also the premiership coach Paul Roos has implemented the same club cultures.


These attitudes will make players (employees) being valued and feeling being part of the team. I want to work under a boss like Bevo, Roos and Murphy.


St Kilda also can implement the strong culture from their good role modeling. Then our supporters’ loyalty would add to win more games.


ST KILDA 4.2 7.4 7.9 9.14 (68)
WESTERN BULLDOGS 0.5 6.6 14.12 15.13 (103)

St Kilda: Ross 3, Lonie 2, Newnes 2, Membrey, Geary
Western Bulldogs: Bontempelli 4, Schache 3, Greene, Jong, Macrae, Hunter, Dickson, Lipinski, Wallis, Crozier

St Kilda: Ross, Gresham, Webster, Lonie, Billings
Western Bulldogs: Bontempelli, Johannisen, Dunkley, Hunter, Morris, Daniel

3. Bontempelli (WBU); 2. Ross (STK); 1. Johannisen (WBU)

Umpires: Haussen, Dalgleish, Fleer

Official crowd: 20,748


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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. Neil Anderson says

    I feel your disappointment Yoshi when there were great expectations for the Saints at the start of the year. I felt the same way particularly last year for the Bulldogs.
    I keep reminding people that occasionally the Bulldogs have had up to a dozen first-pick players unavailable for selection. This fact definitely excuses many of the young players’ performance when it drops off in the second half of the games. Unfortunately, in the Saint’s case they haven’t got this excuse after I saw the lists of injuries for both clubs on Fox Footy’s ‘On The Couch’.
    So that’s when you start looking at coaches and the administration. I don’t know about the Saint’s people in charge but I am happy with the Bulldog leaders. This includes, Bevo, President Peter Gordon, Chris Grant and of course Bob Murphy in the last couple of years.
    But just having ‘good’ people in charge doesn’t mean you will win a premiership. Recruiting and trading in the years just prior to challenging for a premiership is king. Luck with injuries over a long season is next. That is why teams such as GWS will struggle losing key players as they head towards the finals.
    Both of our clubs should be getting games into the 2019 ‘possibles’ for next year for the next three weeks.

  2. Hi Neil

    Thanks for your comment and you observe very well.

    It’s The player’s responsibility to perform well. However they have the right to access to advice. Easton Wood and Marcus Bontempelli have done well for captaining while Bob Murphy was out in 2016. Then I want Saint Nick and Joey to mentor our leaders at the club. And if Milne is a goal kicking coach, it would be a bonus.

    We should look back the 2015 season when we had much fewer injuries. Players need to be fit without injuries.

    I wish I don’t need to say “Next year will be better” in positive meanings.



  3. Paul Young says

    Great piece Yoshi.
    Really enjoyed the Blarney Stone, very pleasantly surprised by the band. A decent rendition of Highway To Hell finished off a big night.
    Thanks for the catch up & tour of Kyoto. Enjoying my sunglasses when the sun is out back here in Adelaide. ?
    Hopefully I can get back to Osaka when the Dingoes footy season is on.

  4. G’day Paul,

    Thanks for your compliment and it was great to see you.

    Yeah, the band was good at the Blarney Stone and it was nice to listen to after the disappointing loss; however I was sad that I had to leave early to catch a train back to Kyoto.

    I was happy to help you finding new sunglasses and it’s nice to hear you enjoy wearing it in Adelaide too.



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