Round 3 – St Kilda v Collingwood: First, Exciting, Fun and Passionate

Saturday, 9 April
1:45 pm (12:45 pm in Kyoto)
Melbourne Cricket Ground

It is my first game to watch my St Kilda live in 2016.
It is my first time to watch footy through AFL Global Pass as well as in Kyoto.

It is exciting to see how we celebrate 50th anniversary of our only one premiership.

It is fun to enjoy my lunch break watching footy.

Passionate always exists when supporting the mighty Saints.

Recently upgraded my St Kilda membership allows me to watch any AFL game live or replay. Then this game becomes the first to watch live.

I am sitting at a table at local Macca’s where I can access free wifi. A woman next to me moves to another table once I sit there. Why do many Japanese ladies behave it? Is she my rival? Probably because my lady situations are like Ross Lyon coaching style (unbalanced).

Before the first bounce, flares are exchanged. St Kilda and Collingwood are strong rivals. It makes me excited and brings me more passionate.

After the first bounce, the ball was not handled perfectly and we allowed the opponent to score two goals in a row in the first three and half minutes. Where is St Kilda’s new attacking footy?

At 0-13, McCartin takes a mark inside 50 and passes the ball to Steven who kicked our first goal.

Our midfielders and back men including Roberton, Montagna, Fisher, Armitage, Dempster are doing well with passing ball.

Again McCartin takes too long to pass or run and then is tackled. His footy is labelled as school boy footy by commentators. But out gun Bruce narrows the margin by two.

Then young McCartin starts his show scoring his first goal in 2016. St Kilda are in front. My mind is tight rather than relax because of the bad end at Round 1.

Our ball work is not yet as our usual business, but improving.

Meanwhile up in the box, Richo seems calm and relaxed.

Our Nick tries to take a mark but dropped the ball as the opponent hits him. Then Rooey is awarded a free kick leading his goal. His passion is strong as usual. We are leading by 10 points.

St Kilda extends the margin to 19 points at the beginning of the second quarter. Then Saints get good space and handle the ball well, and more blokes are around the ball.

Finally we form our footy and are doing well. However our Nick is leaving the field at the second quarter with a club doctor. He faces concussion. Even it seems not a hard hit, he sits on the bench in the rest of the day. Sadly McCartin follows Rooey.

No Riewoldt or McCartin at the third quarter, can we keep up leading the game? It is a bad news, but my faith is still alive.

Good ball work continues and Gilbert kicks a goal at 14:51 remaining at the third quarter. Other boys cover absence of the skipper and young forward.

We kick six goals in a row and extend the margin to 31 points at the last break.

Saints keep showing efforts at the last quarter that is opposed to Round 1 when we slowed down allowing Power to win. We do not slow down as the Channel 7 commentators urge us.

Putting a lot of pressures to the opponents and creating a lot of space to lead the ball bring us the first win in 2016. Around the last five minutes reminding, I hear St Kilda supporters singing our club song. Party starts.

Final siren sounds and we win by 29 points. It is a long way since the previous win at Round 17 (26th July) last year against Melbourne at the same venue.

Saints go marching in the ‘G. Hearing the club song at the stadium is what I had been longing.

We show great efforts and keep playing good footy. I want to see such wonderful footy next week against Hawthorn in Tasmania.

It is fun to watch my St Kilda with newly adopted AFL Global Pass and passionate of supporting St Kilda is strong as always.

As I have to work on that evening, I cannot hit the pub for celebration, but party is held inside my spirit that I hope shared with fellow Sainters.


ST KILDA 6.3 9.6 15.7 18.11 (119)
COLLINGWOOD 4.3 9.4 10.6 14.6 (90)

St Kilda: Steven 3, Weller 3, Billings 2, Bruce 2, Riewoldt 2, Gilbert 2, Armitage, Lonie, Sinclair, McCartin.
Collingwood:Fasolo 2, de Goey 2, Pendlebury 2, Cloke 2, Oxley, Aish, Crisp, Howe, Adams, Langdon.

St Kilda: Montagna, Steven, Billings, Fisher, Hickey, Ross, Dempster.
Collingwood: Adams, Greenwood, Oxley.

Montagna (STK, 3), Steven (STK, 2), Hickey (STK, 1)

UMPIRES Hosking, Hay, McInerney.

CROWD 50,903

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 – “party is held inside my spirit” must be a contender for best line of the year.

    Love it.

  2. Yvette Wroby says

    Great game and great report. Agree with David’s comment. Love the line.

  3. jan courtin says

    Sorry, this is directed to Yvette.

    I was thinking of you Yvette, when watching the game and wanting the Saints to win. Also thinking of you and your Mum, and how you must have been feeling – the happiness, the sadness, and everything in between!

    Great game by the Saints, especially beating Collingwood!

    Good article Yoshi.

  4. Phillip Dimitriadis says

    Congrats Yoshi and Yvette. Saints were superb. Bright future ahead with exciting brand of football and young talent. Liked Weller’s game and a vintage effort from Montagna.

  5. Thanks for your comments with warm words.

    David – Your compliment makes me smile. I wish I could celebrate with fellow St Kilda supporters though!

    Yvette – The game was wonderful. I imagine you enjoyed watching the game at the ‘G very much! Thanks for your compliments and I look forward to reading your report.

    Jan – Thanks for your positive words too! I enjoyed reading your writing about travelling to Melbourne to watch your Swans playing Carlton at Etihad Stadium.

    Phil – Thanks for congratulating the win. Our young talents gathered well to create such good entertaining footy. Our young team is rising with veterans’ experienced play. I agree with you about Weller and Montagna



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