St Kilda: Being based in Seaford cost games

Being based at Seaford was controversial and cost many games for the mighty Saints.


St Kilda champion Nick Riewoldt reveals publicity that moving to Seaford was the wrong decision. He mentions us that socialising with teammates at Seaford was hard.


Then recently retired St Kilda midfielder David Armitage was on RSN Breakfast Club earlier in the week. He said the same thing as did Saint Nick.


Armo made an interesting remark. The Seaford facility had a kitchen and cafeteria where players had lunches together. Over there, footballers stared at their phones rather than interacting with teammates.


Now I understand how hard for St Kilda players to perform well on field.


In my opinion, players need to have strong connections both on and off field in order to perform well as a team.


If they barely communicate, it’s hard to establish core relationships.


Many fans think players need to take responsibilities for on field performances. Coaches have responsibilities but players themselves too.


But if players have less opportunity to hang out, how can they have good relationships?


Although I think players could have put phones away at the cafeteria in Seaford.


Our good friend and fellow Almanacker Yvette Wroby took me to Seaford two years ago. Then training base was isolated and we had to drive to town for lunch. I feel sorry for players not having opportunities to socialise in the far south suburb.


She also took me to Morrabbin. It’s much better because it’s much closer to the city and nice cafes are located around the current training base.


Armo mentions us that players have lunches in cafes near Morrabbin Oval (RSEA Park).


Now we have a good coach, Brett Ratten and have recruited five good players during the trade period.


Let’s see the bright future. Saints will go marching in more and more in 2020.


Go the mighty Saints!!




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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. Everyone who was involved in the decision to move to Seaford needs a big kick up the arse, the AFL included.

  2. Spot on Smokie!

    Why was the contract with the city council broken at first? Moving to Seaford and then re-developing Morrabbin was wasting money too. Why not developing Morrabbin in 2010?

    We lost Grand Final and then Ross Lyon left the club following year.

    However we cannot change the past. Based in Morrabbin again strengths the club.


  3. Earl O'Neill says

    Yoshi, interesting point about the fones. GWS players banned fones from groups, I can’t recall all details but included bus and plane rides.
    Seems a basic part of bonding to us old codgers.

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