Round 8 – St Kilda v West Coast: Dingoes Footy Getaway



St Kilda v West Coast
7:20pm, Saturday May 11
Marvel Stadium



On Saturday, the mighty Osaka Dingoes had an Auskick clinic at primary school in Yasugi, Shimane where our Vice President Dan is currently living.


Four of us (Matt, Alby, Shane and myself) travelled from Osaka on an intercity coach for about three and half hours.


We arrived at Yonago Station in Dan’s neighbouring city at midday and were picked up by Dan. His wife and father welcomed us at his home.


Shortly after we checked in his nice home, we all headed to a local primary school for an Auskick clinic.


Over 30 pupils turned up our program that started at 1:30 pm local time.


Started with light stretching and ball uses to get used to footy, they picked skills so quickly. Dingoes encouraged kids and showed rules of the sport they had just started. Their kicks were impressive and the game played at the end of the session was incredible. Seeing goals was awesome.


Auskick kids playing footy


Pupils playing Australian Rules

We took photos at the end and some kids still played footy with Shane and me.

Dingoes and Auskick kids


Participating kids with Dingoes

Going back to Dan’s house, we were ready to fill up our stomachs with Japanese barbeque. A barbeque site is located by a lake and only several minutes walk from the house.


Nice steaks and sliced beef were served with grilled vegetables. Also beer and bourbon and coke. Dan and his wife hosted us very well. Foods were delicious and it was nice to have with lake views.


Dingoes by lake


Dingoes by the Lake

Footy was on, but we had to split to two games. Matt is a Crows supporter so watched the showdown match on his iPad.


The Eagles fan Alby and I watched the Docklands one on my iPhone. Shane, the Docker, was in between two games.


Dingoes watching footy with BBQ and beer


On a metropolitan train from Kyoto to Osaka early in the morning, we discussed about the Saturday night footy, neither Alby nor I had a confidence to win.


Seeing the Saints playing sloppy footy was not good on a good weekend getaway. Saints fell down since the game against Matt’s club.


Getting drunk by the time, no memory from watching the game comes back in my brain. Or simply we all need to take a note to write a good match report?? Or I need to watch the replay and take a note for the match highlights?


If the Saints won, I would watch the replay and provide more details. But watching replay of the losing game is so painful.


I have less experience in playing footy at the Dingoes, so others get wins over my Saints while facing each other in the professional league?


We hit local bars after barbeque and footy and had a lot of drinks. Hangovers hit us on Sunday. It was hard for me to sit down on Sunday morning unfortunately. I might have pains from the loss too.


Alby and Shane left Dan’s place before midday and Matt and I did in the afternoon. Staying in a countryside was great.


Having got on a local train from Yasugi to Yonago, we waiting the intercity coach heading back to Osaka. We talked about St Kilda FC.


I told Matt that we needed a homework to perform better, while Matt thinks we had list issues.


What do you think?


I wish I can write more interesting articles of the mighty Saints. I want the Saints go marching in at MCG on Saturday against Collingwood.


ST KILDA 2.1 4.5 6.8 10.10 (70)
WEST COAST 3.3 5.6 11.8 12.16 (88)


St Kilda: Kent 2, Billings 2, Bruce, Gresham, Sinclair, Savage, Membrey, Steele
West Coast: Kennedy 2, Petruccelle 2, Allen 2, Cripps 2, Venables, Ryan, Sheed, Darling

Best: Auskick, Osaka Dingoes and lakeside beer [Ed.]

Crowd: 24,246



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

    It sounds like you had a great trip away with your footy mates, and drank and ate your way through a lovely afternoon. Football has its ups and down Yoshi, and if you wait for the Saints to be a winning side you will waste a lot of life. Footy is good company but don’t let it rule your life in terms of mood. You had such an awesome weekend with mates, with the kids, with food, wine and beer.

    Footy bought you all together. That’s the best part of a game we have no control over.
    Have fun with your team. Go Dingoes. Go Saints.

  2. Hi Yvette,

    Thanks for your good advice. It’s a good reminder that I should enjoy footy in all aspects.

    The trip was great and we all enjoyed it. It was nice being in a small city of 38,000 people and having BBQ at the lake beach.

    Look forward to playing footy in China on the day prior to St Kilda vs Port Adelaide and to seeing you in Osaka following week.



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