Round 8 – Fremantle v St Kilda: Inexperienced to beat scandal

Fremantle v St Kilda
6:10PM, Saturday May 12
Perth Stadium



On Friday, Ross Lyon who has coached St Kilda previously faced a press conference in regards to alleged sexual harassment.


I thought he would be gone, but later found out that his current employer of Fremantle Football Club backed him.


He guided three Grand Finals at St Kilda including an infamous replay but Saints missed great opportunities to win the second flag. A year later after the loss to Sydney at the elimination final, he left the club abruptly and controversially.


Ross created an unbalanced playing list which made incoming coaches’ jobs tough. Now I believe the club should have offered a better deal to Brendon Goddard so that he could be a one club player, and not let Nick Dal Santo to North. Then our leadership group would be stronger than current situations.


Indeed I wanted our boys to fire up against the club where Ross is coaching currently.


Before talking about the match, can I argue some issues?


Scandals are found more in Japan, especially in politics. These inappropriate behaviours are Japanese media’s favourite topics to report and ladies love to hear. Chamber loves criticising MPs of other parties rather than discussing proper political issues. I am sick and tired of these wasting time and scandals as a person who is struggling with finding a partner.


Two weeks ago, I went to Umekoji Park near Kyoto Station trying to practise footy. But the big grass field was occupied by labour unions for an event. I was extremely unhappy that a good place to practise footy was used for the collective society because it is hard to find another footy field in Kyoto.


Unfortunately we don’t have many parks in Kyoto and people want to relax and/or exercise at weekends after hardworking weekdays. Individuals should be given opportunities to enjoy days off.


Opposed to Australia, sports are not promoted or funded well in Japan. Also our society is much more collective and sadly in forcing ways (I hated collective groups, but it implemented by Paul Roos at Sydney Swans is impressive. Collective society with enough discussion is what I agree to have but I hate it without discussion. That is why I wanted to live in New Zealand forever).


My point is that these events should be held at somewhere else sports can’t be played due to trees and other hazards. Such big fields should be available for players to improve sports like myself. Politicians and the Kyoto City Council should work hard to create sports fields for individuals and never chase ladies. And groups should never f**k off individuals.


But I had two to two and half hour practices on Thursday, Friday and Saturday at Umekoji Park. I found myself easier to communicate with western people than Japanese ones. I can calm more when speaking English, I reckon.


Watching two footy matches on Friday night and Saturday afternoon was enjoyable. Hawks and Swans showed great footy chasing footy well. It was a close game and Ronke’s seven goals were stunning.


Then Carlton played hard at MCG against their old rival of Essendon. They chased footy well and their kicks were accurate. It was unexpected…


Due to the time slot of my work, I missed watching my footy live. The restaurant was busy so I was unable to check scores.


Once I had finished serving small plates into trays, I checked my phone with footy scores. Saints kicked only a goal at the first half. It was worse than the low scores of the two old Victorian-rival match (Carlton versus Essendon).


The premise was low patronised as the post weekend of the Golden Week (a ten-day long holiday season in late April to early May). I was worried of my club while I stood by the till. I was thinking about our playing list.


The last minute customers and no other previous patron brought me nothing to offer at work. I was released from work 15 minutes before the due of 10 pm. I found that Footy was still played, so tried to watch live, but my effort didn’t win. The notice of completed match came on my phone. We played hard in the last half, but lost to Freo by 30 points.


My decision not to watch the replay was made to avoid feeling pain. I guess our inexperienced players don’t know how to beat more experienced blokes even their coach was in a turmoil of scandals.


Even the premiership coach Alastair Clarkson who is in charge of the power house has been sometimes coaching on the bench these matches. Also Carlton’s Brendon Bolton coaches in the boundary line sometimes. I saw him talking to a runner directly on Saturday afternoon, and think his players were motivated. Why doesn’t Richo coach on the bench? Our boys need direct messages from the top coach.


I need to be fearless and to ask single women to go out, but should be in appropriate manners. I admit I have done inappropriately at younger age and I am feared of rejections. But I have to learn from mistakes like how my boys should, even if I need to gain skills. Also I want to develop my on field skills.


FREMANTLE 3.2 7.5 9.9 13.11 (89)
ST KILDA 1.2 1.5 7.7 8.11 (59)

Fremantle: Cerra 2, Matera 2, Ballantyne, D.Pearce, Fyfe, Mundy, Tucker, McCarthy, Neale, Sandilands, Cox
St Kilda: Gresham 2, Hickey, Steven, Gilbert, Geary, Newnes, Membrey

Fremantle: Fyfe, Langdon, Sandilands, Neale, Blakely, Mundy
St Kilda: Webster, Dunstan, Steven, Ross, Acres, Phillips

Umpires: Hay, Gianfagna, Mollison

Crowd: 41,752


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. Yvette Wroby says

    Hi Yoshi…boy you cover heaps here, girls, footy, work, society, politics, scandals, recreation, stress, loneliness and dating. Whew. And the Saints bad game. Hope this week is a better week and your life and the kicking of the Saints, improves.

  2. Hi Yvette,

    I think I am open minded here. And I like to speak up. These are reflected on my personality.

    My involvement in the Osaka Dingoes put loneliness away. I do not spend my days off on my own any more. I spend spare times on my working days with practising footy these days, or off field tasks for the footy club.

    Footy changes me positively even if I still have some works to improve myself and be happier.

    I like writing stories connecting sports and other stuffs with heart. I try to create interesting and funny ones with positively.

    Stephen Milne told the Age that he wanted to help the club he loves in kicking and urged boys needing to be stronger mentally. I agree with his opinions and am happy how much he loves the Saints.

    I hope both our boys and myself pack the gather (of talents) and blossom well for the flag and life goals.

    Go the mighty Saints!


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