Round 5 – St Kilda v Essendon: When the best laid plans come unstuck

Round 5
Essendon vs St Kilda 3:20 pm,
Sunday 3 May 2015
Docklands Stadium


My previous plans had been:

1. As having missed watching the Anzac Day clash in Wellington, I would watch the game against the Bulldogs.

2. I am likely to go on a date on the game day, so I would watch the game against the Dons instead.

3. I realised that I would miss the opportunity to do a long bike ride if I did not do on Sunday so I would not watch the Round 6 game. Then my thoughts came with riding a bike in the morning and then watching footy.

On Sunday unexpected situations happened. I witnessed a car accident just before getting back home while cycling.

On the train I started wanting to watch how Paul Roos was coaching, so I wanted to watch the Dees vs Freo game before my game. But the Aussie pub in Osaka offered a boxing game. I started being anxious of my footy.  At last I got the St Kilda game on time so I was relieved.

We were playing well with good number of possession and kicked good goals. I felt so great.  But at the second quarter, another unexpected circumstances happened. A guy wanted to watch a rugby league test match. Due to their system, my footy HAD to be interrupted. I was so frustrated!!

Then the system did not work. Then I missed the commentator’s sound thanks to effing rugby league and its fans (a couple of an Aussie man and a Japanese woman). A single Japanese bloke (I) had no power. S#@t.

Josh Bruce kicked great goals but Adam Schneider missed opportunities to score goals twice. We showed efforts and kept balls well. My excitement was huge. The pub owner described me being crazy.  Saints ball works were awesome but sadly we lost by two points. I am so sad to miss such a close and good game.  On the other hand, if I were able to be with St Kilda for the entire game, the mighty Saints would win the game, I believe. I feel guilty about it to the club.

I do not think I am watching the Western Bulldogs vs St Kilda game, but my passion is very strong and I wish to tell the boys how I love the Saints.

What I do not change are: a. I am a loyal and passionate St Kilda supporter; and b. My thought that being single is less advantage than being in a relationship. Saints’ second flag and having a lovely western girlfriend are my big wishes.


St Kilda    2.6  6.7  10.10  11.14 (80)
Essendon 3.2  6.6  9.11   11.16 (82)


St Kilda: Bruce 5, Billings, Lonie 2, Steven, Dunstan
Essendon: Carlisle 4, Zaharakis, Ambrose 2, Goddard, Gleeson, Colyer, 1.


St Kilda: Steven, Armitage, Bruce, Hickey, Dempster, Geary, Lonie, Newnes
Essendon: Watson, Carlisle, Fletcher, Ambrose, Howlett, Gleeson, Goddard


Umpires: Chris Donlon, Ray Chamberlain, Jordan Bannister

Our votes: Ambrose (ESS 3), Bruce (STK 2), Billings (STK 1)

Official Crowd: 29,869

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. matt watson says

    I love your simplicity.
    You want a second Saints flag and a western girlfriend.
    In that order…
    You are a true football fan!!

  2. jan courtin says

    Just as well you missed seeing the shots at goal by Adam Schneider. I loved this guy when he played for us (Swans) and I still hold a soft spot for him – BUT, he lost them the game. Absolutely inexcusable , especially that last attempt. I was really angry with him after the game, as perhaps St Kilda fans were too. He should have been better.
    Good performance by your guys.

  3. Great to see you back Yoshi and great to see that you’re finally able to find some time to post about the Saints.

    We stole that game and I think the muted celebrations by Essendon players after the game probably illustrated they knew how lucky they were to win.

  4. Neil Anderson says

    Welcome back Yoshi.
    You are indeed an Aussie-rules loving Australian- Japanese. No wonder the bar-tender was confused.
    You qualify as an Australian first and Japanese second by wishing for the Saint’s flag first and girlfriend second. So very Australian.
    And there is your display of proper Australian language when swearing at the TV. Classic! You will be able to pass the Australian immigration questionnaire easily.
    I will watch the Saints versus Bulldogs match and report maybe through your eyes or at least with you in mind.

  5. Wendy Stapleton says

    Great job again Yoshi, it was a very exciting game sorry you didn’t get to see all of it. The atmosphere at the ground was fantastic. Keep barracking hard for our boys..I was very proud of them yesterday even though they lost.

  6. Hi guys,

    Thanks for all comments with warm welcoming back words. I am glad that I had the opportunity to watch the game and to write the article. Travelling to Osaka from Kyoto for 45 minutes on the train was so worth.

    Matt – I am a crazy footy fan. I also like watching games other than St Kilda ones.

    Jan – I watched Schneider missed two goals. It was so bad and frustrating but I did not criticise him. Today before work I listened to SEN and Tim Watson and his co hosts talked about Schneider.

    Steve – it was just a game but I am very sad to see Saints were not able to gain four points for the season. While making a post, I was unable to copy and paste body in the system and tried to fix during the lunch break. Thanks for fixing the issue and publishing the article.

    Neil – It is great that your beloved Doggies are doing so well. I listened to the Saturday game against Swans on SEN and was surprised the win. I think appointing Bob Murphy as a captain was the right choice and the Bulldogs will play in September. Thanks for your comment that I will pass the immigrant tests. I have picked up slangs and languages through good mates.

    Wendy – thanks for your compliment. I wish I could be at the stadium to feel warm atmosphere. We are a small community but have loyal and passionate supporters. Like you, I am proud of a St Kilda fan. Not sure when I can watch another game, but my heart is with St Kilda. Go the Saints!!

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