Round 6 – Fremantle v St Kilda: Saints only played the first quarter


Fremantle v St Kilda
12:35pm, Saturday July 11
Carrara Stadium



St Kilda played the fine and great first quarter kicking seven goals while Fremantle only managed one goal. I thought we would win easily.


How come the Saints lost by six points?


Since the first five minutes of the second quarter we didn’t get many centre clearances. We didn’t take on contests or chase the footy much. We were put under a lot of pressure at half forward. We allowed them to take more space. We shut down any opportunities.


Was heat (warm climate of Queensland) the reason to play for only a quarter? Was the two and half-hour bus trip from Noosa hard? Did Fremantle trick us at the first bounce as they kicked the wrong way (at least it was lucky for us because Membrey got an opportunity to score a goal)?


It was the worst game to watch since I had become a passionate St Kilda supporter in 2012.


I planned to leave home after the game for the Dingoes training as I was unsure if it would go ahead or not due to the weather. But I made a mistake in the time management so left during the third quarter.


At my local train station, I heard the loss and it was devastating. Sitting on the Keihan train, I got emotional like Jon Patton did on Friday night due to his hamstring injury. I cried on the train and was very disheartened.


Later I was told by some mates that it was just a game. Yes it’s true, but sadness I was feeling is reflected on my passions of supporting the mighty Saints. If I was not disheartened, I would not support St Kilda enough or care about the club much, right?


Meanwhile on the way to my footy training, I realised that uncertainty was likely to bring me a lot of stress and worries as well, and understood why I punched my backpack whilst watching the game.


My Docker mate Shane is happy and Bluebagger friend Dom talked about the game in front of us (Shane and myself) on the footy field. Dom asked me to rate my emotion (sadness) from one to ten. I rated ten on the train and it reduced to seven to eight at the time he asked me.


Once we started training, my unhappiness rate went down to four to five and at the end of training it was zero. We had a decent training and I did the best to catch footy after some strong kicks.


I was really lucky to be at footy training. If it was cancelled and I stayed at home, I would feel painful and devastated all afternoon and evening. Over an-hour trip to Osaka changed me positively. Plus footy training brought some other positives too.


Involvement in the Dingoes’ training also freed me from staring at social media platforms where some Saints supporters left negative comments. It’s understandable but seeing such comments would make me feel miserable. Physical activities are good both physically and mentally.


Despite an unbelievable loss, I have a strong hope we will win Monday night footy against the Adelaide Crows at Adelaide Oval. Let’s keep positive and go the mighty Saints!







FREMANTLE     1.2    6.4    9.7   12.7 (79)
ST KILDA             7.2    8.5    8.5   11.7 (73)


Fremantle: Taberner 2, Fyfe 2, Schultz 2, Darcy, Lobb, Bewley, Tucker, Serong, Banfield
St Kilda: Membrey 3, Jones 2, Billings, Kent, Butler, Lonie, King, Gresham


Fremantle: Walters, Brayshaw, Taberner, Fyfe, Lobb, Tucker
St Kilda: Steele, Membrey, Billings, Jones, Battle



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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.

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