Round 23 – Richmond v St Kilda: Rooey chaired off and Montagna no mention


Sunday, 27 August 2017
3:20 pm
Melbourne Cricket Ground


Broken heart for Nick’s retirement and cancellation of the holiday to York due to uncontrollable circumstances.


Now I feel sorry for Leigh “Joey” Montagna who was not chaired off at the match.


Rooey has done great jobs for my beloved Saints – a wonderful player, great leader and family man. Even he has not been awarded with an individual prize, he was one of best forwards in the competition.


The player who played most games with the Saint Nick was Joey. Without him, Nick would not be the same.


His good runs and leadership skills will be missed. As young midfielders are developing, he looked after the backline more in recent years. Joey’s flexibility should be admired too.


Montagna should have been honoured at the game, as he seemed to have decided to hang up the boot by the time. But he wanted his long term friend and good teammate Nick to get all attentions. His selfless is what I admire and makes him another great bloke.


As a person who was banned from the post drinking party of the thesis presentation at university in Japan, I feel Joey would have regretting feelings in the future for not having a farewell game.


* I was not invited to the party because of conflicts and arguments I had with a doctor students over how to present my thesis.


Montagna seems to go onto the media career as he was a guest commentator for Triple M at the Hawthorn versus Western Bulldogs match on Friday. I wish him all the best.


My apology to Nick: I have been too emotion so was unable to watch your last game. Even now I can’t watch the highlights because I miss you so much and feel sorry for Joey not being in a part of the match.


The oldest Saint is now Sam Gilbert who is 31. Players born in 1985 or earlier are all gone. Young Saints have to stand up for great former players who established good era in late 2000s to 2011.


I just hope new era is established next year with our man, Alan Richardson. And the coach needs to show better coaching skills to fans.


My footy reporting season is over now. But I have to keep writing to improve writing skills and to pursue what I want in the future. Like my club, I have to show efforts to open another door for my life. Plus I want to join the party after I present my final assignment at university outside Japan if they hold the party. Unfinished business is existing for me.


RICHMOND 4.1 11.5 12.7 19.8 (122)
ST KILDA 1.2 4.3 9.9 12.9 (81)


Richmond: Townsend 5, Riewoldt 3, Grigg 3, Prestia 2, Martin 2, Butler 2, Graham, Cotchin
St Kilda: Gresham 5, Billings 2, Membrey 2, Bruce, Riewoldt, Longer

Richmond: Martin, Grigg, Prestia, Cotchin, Townsend, Vlastuin, Nankervis, Houli
St Kilda: Steele, Gresham, Billings, Sinclair, Ross, Dunstan

Umpires: Donlon, Nicholls, Hosking

Official crowd: 69,104

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. Yvette Wroby says

    Well done on another great year of St Kilda reports Yoshi. I know everyone at the Almanac wishes you the best as you go forward in life. As Saints fans, we have a bright future too.

  2. Hi Yvette,

    Thanks for your warm words and lovely compliment on my reports this year. And your words remind me how nice our Almanac community is. I am proud of be an Almanacker as well as a St Kilda diehard.

    I hope you are selling more books and Women’s Foott Almanac brings us success stories. It’s great the books have been featured on media.

    Let’s have a hope for our Saints in 2018!

    All the best,


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