Round 6 – Hawthorn v St Kilda: Where is the game plan?

Hawthorn v St Kilda
7:25 pm, Saturday April 28
University of Tasmania Stadium (York Park), Launceston



Having known the final score on Saturday after my shift, I chose to watch the replay on Sunday to see how my boys were playing.


But unlikely the usual watching, I didn’t take any note. I had realised I was doing too hard on everything. I practised footy a lot. Every time I was watching my Saints were in action, I took notes for Almanac pieces. Hardworking is good, but I scattered enjoyment somewhere. So I had decided to just enjoy watching footy and then I would create ideas what to write here.


Poor ball handling has been seen many times during the game. Kicking to wrong space or a wrong player often happens. Wasting opportunities followed.


Our ball handling was better a few years back. Good midfield works were what I described in my past match reports and a part of our game plan.


I started wondering where St Kilda’s game plan was now.


Nick Riewoldt ran hard to take a mark and tricked opponent players.


Leigh Montagna ran hard too to collect footy and handpassed and kicked the ball. His ball works were accurate.


We relied on those two champions, but both retired at the end of 2017.


Then the game plan should have been revised or the club should have trained young blokes to be like Saint Nick and Joey.


Maybe the boys need to improve basic skills of kicking and handpasses. They need to practise these skills under the pressure.


Also a core leadership should be established. I think Nick and Joey should have stayed the club as advisors to leaders.


The current oldest and most experienced player is Sam Gilbert, three years younger than Montagna. Gilbert is less skilled comparing to two legends.


The other day, I have watched the Captains Run segment of AFL 360 programme on Fox Footy. They talked about Nick’s close friend of Brendon Goddard. His actions on the field were to be debated in footy media. Riewoldt says that BJ’s attitudes are both his strengths and weaknesses. St Kilda need someone like BJ to motivate and express passions to young players.


The former St Kilda captain also make a comment that values of playing footy between his long term teammates such as Hayes, Montagna and Dal Santo, and young players including Jack Billings are so different.


I think age blanks created thanks to Ross Lyon and trades of McEvoy and Stanley affect the club, unfortunately.


However Riewoldt and Montagna can train young players at the club to be stronger.


I wish my life would be easier with good detailed advice and a game plan. But I admit my life is unbalanced like player list at the St Kilda Football Club. I guess our young players need advice like what I need to get.


On Sunday night, I was at a single party, but have not got any contact detail from any of participants, while others have done. Even I sensed it was not a party that was meant for singles. It was another excuse to have drinks…


However playing footy would improve my life. And I am happy to do kick to kick with nice Australian guys who see me practising on my own and join me naturally. They might be surprised to see the Japanese bloke practising the unique Australian sport.


After the poor off field performances on Sunday night, Geelong supporters pointed my St Kilda gear (a cap and a polo shirt) back in Kyoto and talked to me. We sang Cats song and danced on the pavement. It was an interesting experience.


I am much different to majority of Japanese men. Then it’s easier for me to talk to such people. I hope my playing footy brings me a good romance eventually.


Let’s blossom talents and skills, my St Kilda boys and for myself.


HAWTHORN 3.7 4.9 7.9 13.11 (89)
ST KILDA 0.4 3.7 5.10 7.12 (54)

Hawthorn: Smith 4, Breust, Gunston 3, Howe, Impey, Morrison
St Kilda: Billings, Hickey, Long, McCartin, Membrey, Sinclair, Steele

Hawthorn: Smith, Mitchell, McEvoy, Morrison, Howe, Gunston, Breust
St Kilda: Steven, Webster, Savage, Carlisle

3. Smith (HAW); 2. McEvoy (HAW); 1. Carlisle (STK)

Official crowd: 15,741


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. Steve Hodder says

    Yoshi san,

    Both you and St.Kilda, ganbatte ganbatte!

    ‘arn the mighty Hawks.



  2. Cheers Steve. I guess you and Jeff Kennett smile a lot this year.

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