Round 7 – St Kilda v North Melbourne: Footyholic and be who I am

Sunday, 8 May 2016
3:20 pm (2:20 pm Japan)
Etihad Stadium, Melbourne

My passion for footy is described as sport addiction. My inner doctor diagnoses me as footyholic.

It’s a positive stuff as well as huggieholic. I need affections a lot and try to get hugs when possible.

Watching the Bulldogs vs Adelaide Crows in the previous night is the proof of footyholic. It was entertaining and I loved it. Congratulations on the Dogs and Doggie diehards.

One of My standards of supporting St Kilda is that I have to provide the best conditions to cheer up my boys. No compromise at all. Therefore tipping the opponents is against my moral.

It’s like a responsibility of coaches and players. I’m happy how crazy I am for footy and the mighty Saints.

Having helped some tourists from other counties outside the work and eaten spaghetti has built up my footyholic for the mighty Saints.

The ball was bounced at the centre. The exciting game started.

My boys handed the ball so well in the fashion which has been in the club for weeks. Savage showed great efforts and started by kicking the first goal for the game.

But our nice ball work didn’t last so long. And Billings and Bruce missed nice opportunities to kick goals from the good angles at the last part of the first quarter.

However my passion of supporting Saints was strong as always. I was in the footy zone indeed (or should I call St Kilda zone?).

At the beginning of the second quarter, we pushed hard towards goal posts and our cheer squad shouted ‘St Kilda, St Kilda’. But only Weller and Geary kicked behinds.

Then Riewoldt’s effort to take a mark in the midfield was hit by Atley and then Mason Wood took a mark. Our skipper was so confused. Luckily Wood only kicked a behind.

It could be the sign something wrong would happen for me.

Meanwhile the ball was moving back and forth. Finally Membrey got a ball from the congestion and kicked a goal. We narrowed the margin to eight.

Later sometime in the second quarter, my fan responsibility was in doubt. Even at my break time, my boss (the owner) came to the inn without notice.

I was very confused like Nick showed earlier in the quarter. At the same time, my feeling went down from Richo’s excitement to his Kangaroo counterpart Brad Scott’s grumpiness.

She came to the inn at the very wrong time!! Worse came. She didn’t respect my break time or watching my footy. Once again my fo-wo-tea!!!

This was not the end of the story. She told me to help her without asking if I could do or not. Then she talked and asked me about bloody job. I didn’t care because it was my footy time and I was in the footy zone. She crossed the sensitive boundary line. What the f***?

Indeed my anger rose up and my feeling was like Mick Malthouse yelling at Cameron Ling on the boundary line at SCG in 2014. It should have not happened in the close game against the top team!

Unfortunately my passion and excitement went down because I was feeling mixed. If I were a senior coach, I would get out the coaches box to go down to the bench to get fresh air and to encourage boys.

Here is an open statement to St Kilda Football Club: Dear Rooey and Richo, I am sorry for not being able to put my efforts or energy supporting you all at the second quarter. I hope I can provide the best conditions to cheer you up at the next round. Thank you.

19-point margin at the main break narrowed by Membrey at the beginning of the third quarter. Hickey grabbed the dropped ball after the bounce and the ball was handled well.

Only a few minutes later, my favourite Nick show came back. He took a mark over five men in square and kicked the straight goal as his first goal for the game.

Just short after the goal, the 300th game Kangaroo Petrie answered our goals. He is respected by Kangaroos.

But we demonstrated great ball works on the field, even it was hard to score goals. However midfield seemed not be a good position for Bruce who couldn’t take a mark and kicked to the wrong position.

Once again Rooey was back at the stage. He took a mark inside 50 and kicked the goal straight. He is so respected in the competition. Essendon legend Matthew Lloyd writes a positive column in The Age that shows how great our skipper is.

The margin at the last break was 17 points, just two fewer than the long break.

Hickey got a good hit out, but Armitage was struggling with handling with footy. Then as our former teammate Dal Santo caught the ball first, he was awarded with a free kick.

At 18:00 remaining, sadly Higgins widened the margin into 23.

In between tall Roos defend line, Bruce took a mark and scored a goal which narrowed the margin to two. My hope to win got bigger. Upset was close by.

I wanted Scott to be grumpy in the box and at the presser.

Minchington’s contested mark brought a free kick around 4 minutes left, but Billings couldn’t take a mark and instead pushed the ball to the goal post. Behind was given to us and the scores were level.

To be honest I should have chased the win (upset) rather than compromise to the draw.

Only 90 seconds remaining, Hickey’s jump trying to get a ball was called block. Goldstein got a free kick. It is another controversial decision. Once again we got disadvantage in footy. Second time. S***

We lost the close game again. My boys did better than I had expected, but loss is loss. We are better than I had thought, but we need to be more competitive.

I hope no wrong decision will be made in Perth next weekend when we play West Coast. What I want is more and more attacking footy and lead with more margins, like when we won over Collingwood and Melbourne.

My hope our boys playing in September this year still alive. That is how I want to be with St Kilda. I wish I could be with St Kilda more at the game.

I realise how much I love footy and St Kilda. To produce more for both of Saints and me, I should be close to exchange motivation and power. My life should follow how Richo rebuilds the club. I want to be happy with who I am including having a good job and wonderful mates. Then I will find a love where both of us respect each other in the way how Nick is respected.

P.S. It is funny that my English skills are rated better by nice people who speak English as their first language than Asian people. Then it makes me wanting a western girlfriend. It’s how I want to be.

ST KILDA 2.3 3.7 7.7 11.9 (75)
NORTH MELBOURNE 4.5 6.8 9.12 11.16 (82)

St Kilda: Riewoldt 3, Membrey 3, Bruce 2, Savage, Weller, Billings
North Melbourne: Brown 2, Petrie 2, Higgins 2, Wood 2, Cunnington, Harvey, Waite

St Kilda: Riewoldt, Montagna, Newnes, Savage, Geary, Gilbert
North Melbourne: Cunnington, Ziebell, Jacobs, Goldstein, Atley, Tarrant

Our votes
Riewoldt (STK 3), Montagna (STK 2), Atley (NM 1)

Umpires: Stevic, Kamolins, Hay

Official crowd: 27,254

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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.


  1. Thrilling comeback by the Saints in that last quarter, Yoshi.
    However, I thought it was a strange game.
    Go Roos,

    PS: What are your thoughts on Megumi Igarashi ?

  2. Thanks for your comment, Smokie.

    It was a good one for me, but I am sad for the loss with the same emoton to the game against Hawthorn. We just needed a bit more effort.

    But I believe St Kilda are o the right track and will find how to handle with the ball faster.

    As for Megumi Igarashi, I think she is very silly and controversial. She is not the right woman for me. Because of passionate of the love and my ‘culture’, I much prefer Western women. I want a unique relationship like have Nick Riewoldt and Paul Roos who are married to American.



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