Almanac Footy (Opinion): A Matter of Will

‘One of the most underrated qualities that AFL recruiters overlook is the capacity of a player’s will.’ So says Ian Wilson in an argument that is hard to refute.

St Kilda Friday – 123rd anniversary of the first VFL/AFL match and fighting COVID-19 threats

Yoshi’s passion for the Saints is well known; his club has launched an initiative to boost that same passion that thousands of Sainters share with a pledge to the club and all it has provided over the years – an initiative he could easily take part in from Japan online.

Yoshi published on St Kilda’s website: ‘From the Faithful’

Recently Yoshi wrote a heartfelt piece for his beloved Saints, it has been published on the club’s website for all of us to read.

Almanac Lunches: Canberra, Lenny Hayes, Britt Tully, QTRBCK, the National Press Club and Manuka Oval

The Footy Almanac Canberra Lunch, hosted by QTRBCK, will be held at the National Press Club on 3 April (before the GWS v Western Bulldogs game). All welcome.

Yoshi – My response to Scott Watters on Herald Sun’s Sacked Podcast

Yoshi takes exception to negative commentary on his beloved St Kilda. He also has a distinct preference when it comes to Melbourne newspapers!

Round 2 – North Melbourne v St Kilda: St Kilda boys unlikely to add my footy audiobook

Yoshi’s Saints disappoint him against the Roos on Good Friday. He is hoping for a better showing next week, and forever the optimist, Yoshi believes the Saints can win the flag in2018!

September Specialists

Phil Dimitriadis has selected his team of finals champions. Over to you for your thoughts.

Round 2 – GWS v Gold Coast: My thoughts on Gary Ablett

The guessing game around Gary Ablett’s club of choice for next season is getting big media attention. Yoshi gives us his thoughts

Being a good coach – the possibility of being both good player and coach

Following examinations of Premiership coaches Luke Beveridge and Alastair Clarkson, Yoshi explores the possibility of great players blossoming into good coaches.

St Kilda Season Review: Great team works and thanks to Rooey

For Yoshi, the Saints 2016 season was better than expected but would like to see some areas in their game improved.

Yoshi’s Soap Box

I stay loyal to the mighty Saints – Yoshi gives us the Kyoto version of The Run Home.

The lack of greats to wear the #7

Dennis Gedling and his mate discussed on Saturday night about the number 7 jumper and the lack of stars to wear that particular number.

AFL Season Review – Sainters: What’s the frequency, Lenny?

Patrick O’Brien brings a revolution to Shoreham Beach and considers the Saints season; a season which makes him think of floods, rainbows, Lenny Hayes, the petulant strops of Supreme Beings, Cormac McCarthy and Will Self, Zac Dawson and our own Saint Yvette. [Classic Almanac stuff – JTH]

AFL Round 23 – Adelaide v St Kilda: farewell in the City of Churches

After a hell of a Saints season, Braham Dabscheck says farewell to some seasoned Saints.

Very small tribute

From the Doc, from Stewie, the Cowboy, Big Carl,  from Barcs, Plugger,  Harves and Nick. From the bottom of my grandson’s heart, who, when he sees a game of football, asks where’s Lenny.  It has been an pleasure  to watch you play, it has given so much enjoyment to all who have the luck to [Read more]

AFL Round 23 – Adelaide v St Kilda: The Fat Lady and the Crows are the only ones left singing

Yvette Wroby signs off on a St Kilda season of tears and torment, but she hopes that the young players have learned lessons in effort and character from the retiring Lenny Hayes.

AFL Round 21 – Sydney Swans v St.Kilda: In a Buddy-dream daze

Writing from her sick bed, Saints fan Yvette Wroby is still optimistic. There is always something to look forward to, she says, even if it is just the end of the season.

Life after Lenny

Saints fan Megan Sloley pays tribute to Lenny Hayes and pens possibly the best line of prose you might read today: “I cry when your eyes are bruised like violets on the football field”.

AFL Round 20 – St Kilda v Western Bulldogs: Graduating with Honours

Shane Warne, Dannii Minogue – neither of them could hold a candle to St Lenny says Neil Anderson.

AFL Round 20 – St Kilda v Western Bulldogs: Memories of Love and Lenny Hayes

Yvette Wroby joins thousands of Sainters and footy lovers everywhere in joining in the love for Lenny Hayes. Has anyone ever said a bad or critical word about the bloke?