Round 4 – Collingwood v St Kilda: Regaining Celebration Blockbuster

Sunday, 16 April 2017
3:20 pm (6:20 am York, UK; 2:20 pm Kyoto)
Docklands Stadium, Melbourne


In 2016, two clubs played in Round 3 at MCG to celebrate St Kilda’s 50 year anniversary of our only one premiership. Like the 1966 Grand Final, we won over the black and white army.

In this long weekend (obviously not here in Kyoto), celebrations are marked everywhere as regains.

Like the previous match, the game played between St Kilda and Collingwood is a huge one named Regaining Celebration Blockbuster.

Before the blockbuster

Easter is a celebration of resurrection of Jesus Christ. Christians celebrate the anniversary of God’s getting the life back.

AFL breaks the tradition of not playing any footy on Good Friday respecting Christians. The first big blockbuster has been approved to North Melbourne and the Western Bulldogs. The defending premiership team celebrated the win. But players were confused with the umpires’ decision appointing Bontempelli as a ruck after the boundary throw in. Sadly the criticism of the controversial third man up rule has been regained.

It’s the first week at my new work in a new restaurant. I have been placed in the kitchen works even if many inbound tourists dine there and other staff members don’t speak good enough English. I like talking people, especially westerners in general and enjoy hospitality works for valuable customers, but passionate of the railway has been regained and my wish to go back to be a railway signalling technician has been gained. It’s the first time to have such feelings so I rather use the term of gain for the passions of the railway.

On the footy field

Collingwood seemed to have regained the power and confidence by winning over Sydney in the previous week. They dominated the first quarter and led by nine points.

I was confident that the Saints would win, so it was surprising to see the past score board (I checked the score chart at my lunch break started just before the main break).

My turn to the lunch break was offered at quarter past three in the afternoon. My curiousness of the footy was regained as always and also was seeing any message from Katie.

Opening the AFL App, I found SEN didn’t broadcast the game and was disappointed not to hearing Nick Dal Santo’s commentating. ABC Grandstand regained my choice to stream.

Jack Billings took a mark 50 to 60 metres out the goal and my excitement regained as always but he missed so my frustration and worry of kicking issues replaced regains.

But Josh Bruce’s goal made me feeling a regained pleasure.

Having a lunch at a shrine near my work, following the game on the radio was resembled and regained.

Then my excitement has been regained by hearing Nick Riewoldt has got an opportunity to score a goal and done his job.

My celebration to Rooey has been regained as always after his goals. I made a comment on Facebook straight saying “Nick Riewoldt is the star. Go the mighty Saints!!”

Also at the third quarter, my loyal supports and encouragements on young players were regained as Membrey and Arces scored goals.

As my late lunch break only lasted an hour, I had to disconnect the live stream. My sadness to do so was regained.

Post match

As my working hours were from 10 am to late (amended to 9.30 pm and then 10.30 pm but late again eventually), I had a second break at 6.30 pm for 30 minutes.

Struggling with getting wifi, my worry of having been wrong (losing the game) came up, as well as while margin was back and forth. But my trust to the club and loyalty won. Checking the score eventually, we won by 14 points.

My relief was regained and was my celebration to the club. Later my Bomber friend sent me a congratulating message. Greatness of such a message was regained. I feel sorry for him because of the loss to the Adelaide Crows.

Being asked at work, eventually I have served customers. My strong passions of serving western customers were back and regained. I will enjoy the opportunity even I would still have to work in the kitchen sometimes and it will last only until August.

Our big passions of love are most important so my excitement living in York always is in my heart. It’s not needed to be regained as it stays all the time.

My regains of working as a railway singalling technician will bring me a job for York, we hope very much. But my dream being a professional writer is still in my heart. I hope I can do both (the writing job will be part time as the other is full time).

The following day, I listened to the part of the Easter Monday blockbuster. Cats thrashed Hawks by 86 points. We will face Geelong next week. My boys really need to gain accuracy of kicking. Riewoldt needs to mentor even if he is no longer in the leadership group. We still need him with important tasks.

Let’s celebrate Easter together and start doing our works after the long weekend to keep positive and ease negative regains.

ST KILDA 1.3 4.7 8.12 9.15 (69)
COLLINGWOOD 2.6 3.7 5.8 7.13 (55)

St Kilda: J Bruce 2, T Membrey 2, B Acres, J Billings, J Gresham, L Montagna, N Riewoldt
Collingwood: W Hoskin-Elliott 2, A Fasolo, H Schade, J Blair, J Crisp, J White

St Kilda: Roberton, Ross, Geary, Riewoldt, Newnes, Webster
Collingwood: Adams, Sidebottom, Howe, Reid, Grundy

Our Votes
Ross (STK 3), Roberton (STK 2), Riewoldt (STK 1)

UMPIRES: Hay, Nicholls, McInerney

CROWD: 36,650

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. bob.speechley says

    I don’t believe that Geelong is as good as the 86 point winning margin over Hawthorn suggests. Hawthorn have fallen off badly in the 2nd half in all their games this season and they really “fell over” yesterday. If the Saints can kick straighter they will be in the contest against The Cats. I for one would like to see St Kilda get up.

  2. The Saints looked really good in patches, yesterday, Yoshi.

    They are a huge chance against the Cats. Especially if they can keep Hawkins quiet.

  3. G’day Bob and Skokie,

    Thanks for your nice comments guys!

    Bob – Exactly! We kick a lot, but inaccurate kicks killed the first two matches. If we kick straight, no worries to Geelong. They kicked 11 goals at the last quarter on Easter Monday so we need to act to win over the Cats this weekend!

    Smokie – it’s nice to hear mate. I had no chance to watch the game live as was working. I believe we work hard against Geelong like did on Sunday plus kick accuracy. Then we win over the club on the top of the ladder. We did last year against Geelong, so I really hope we do again on Sunday. Then we have a big chance to beat Hawthorn a week later.

    Cheers and go Saints!


  4. Yoshi as always love your passion and yep goal kicking should be the most practised part of the game well and truly all the best !

  5. G’day and thanks for your comment Rulebook!

    Yes goal kicking skills should be practiced as we play attacking footy. Your Crows are doing well this year.

    Here is a great place to share our passions of footy!



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