Thanks Fishion Chips

Can you imagine what I am talking about? You guys (Aussies) would joke how I pronounced fish and chips as fishion chips.

Actually I am writing to thank Sam ‘Chips’ Fisher who announced the retirement on 31st October. He was a great defender for the mighty Saints.

Chips didn’t have so many opportunities to play in recent years due to the injury, but I was always impressed with his great skills on the field when he played. He passed the ball to the midfielders to bounce back the games.

He was drafted in 2003 as the mature age draftee. In December that year, I left my first full time job as a railway signal engineering work to move to New Zealand.

Fisher made a debut in Round 7 the following year against Fremantle. At the time I had a big hopes to settle down in New Zealand, but faced big walls to get a job over there afterwards.

His career was great like a fisherman catching big fish in the ocean. His honours are:

– Best and Fairest 2008, 2011 (runner-up, 2007, 3rd in 2006)
– All-Australian 2008
– All-Australian nominee 2007, 2011
– International Rules Series 2006
– Pre-season premiership 2008

While St Kilda were in good form, Chips helped the club to place it in the good positions. His team-first attitudes were reflected on it.

Having played 228 games, average disposal hit 19.3 with average contested possession of 5.4 and 7.0 marks per game (as the average).

Being tall at 193 centimetres high must have created such records and helped our back line.

I’m sad to see him go but it would be the right time to end his playing career.

Early in this year, he was on cooking video clip on the club website and app with fellow players. Could he be a cook / chef in the post footy career? It can be from his surname too?

On the other hand, Brett Harvey has been offered a mentoring position at North Melbourne. Sam could step into the same career?

When the retirement was announced, I had the last day as a paid worker at the inns. We both started and ended the life circumstances at the same time, even if Chips was a one club player while I have been a nomad.

I want to be a legend like Fisher, Lenny Hayes and Nick Riewoldt. But I seem to need to gain skills to unleash my hidden talents so that I can contribute to the work most. I wonder if I can start a new career at the age of 43 or not. Can I get a writing or translating job? I hope so.

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. Neil Anderson says

    Be brave Yoshi like Rooey flying back to take a mark with the pack bearing down on him. Most people these days have a few different careers. When I started work in the 1960”s the pressure was on to stick to the same job for life, even if you weren’t particularly happy with what you were doing. This was the thinking of parents like mine who had survived the Depression years. No wonder my father was shocked when I kept leaving a permanent Government job every few years to travel around Australia.
    It was that travel and discovering new experiences that gave me the material to write short stories and plays much later in life. Too late for a new career in writing but I discovered what I really enjoyed doing and that was writing.
    A new writing and perhaps translating career sounds like it would be right for you. Best of luck.

  2. G’day Neil,

    Thanks for your comment with warm wishes on my future.

    Your suggestion of being brave like Rooey is great. Also keeping Bob Murphy’s never give up attitudes should be added.

    Be honest, I thought that sticking only one job for life only happens here in Japan and hearing the society’s such pressure in the 1960s in Australia is surprising. Sadly this expectation still exists in Japan. And ruling out a secured job is likely to get negative image of them by other employers and surrounding people.

    But your leaving secured Government jobs to explore Australia is a good attitude. I’m sure you widened your views through travels. Have you done backpacking and travelled in the other world? Even it’s hard for me to get a new job here, I don’t regret to live in New Zealand for four years because I saw different culture, widened my view and improved my English skills.

    Sadly hospitality works seemed not the right ones for me, but I need to embrace myself for the services and contribute good work experiences to the next career in writing and/or translating. I would like to write travel stories for magazine(s).



  3. Thanks Yoshi a interesting point about,Sam Fisher is there are people associated with golf who believe that he would have made it as a professional

  4. G’day Rulebook,

    Thanks for your interesting point that Chips can be a pridessional golfer after playing footy.

    As some people switch sport to another sport for career, it’s possible. We will see what happens…



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