Welcome Message to New Saints

Before starting with the relevant topic, I express sympathy to the cricketer Philip Hughes and console his family, friends and teammates, Australia and the cricket world. It is extremely terrible incident in the sports.

Now I start with talking about new Saints picked at the AFL National Draft held on the Gold Coast on Thursday night.

Christian Petracca had been the favourite for St Kilda’s number one pick, but speculation changed around one week prior to the draft.

The National Draft had not been my interests in previous years, I am afraid to say. But as an author for the Footy Almanac, the annual event makes me paying attention because I want to see what happens in the footy world.

Unlikely to AFL coaches using binoculars to get wider views on footy fields (no binocular could help me see what happened on the Gold Coast), 1116 SEN was my companion to get information of the AFL National Draft.

Our biggest opportunity for pick number one was paid to pick Patrick (Paddy) McCartin from Geelong Falcons. To be honest I wanted him to be a Saint while Petracca was said to be a St Kilda player.

Born in Tasmania, the tall key forward possesses a handy burst of pace and an accurate kick. Paddy is taller than our captain Nick Riewoldt and I have strong hopes to him that he takes high marks and scores goals like does Riewoldt. And McCartin has great gene of Tasmania, like Riewoldt and former Melbourne captain Garry Lyon.

According to the club’s website, Paddy is a type of Jarryd Roughead (Hawthorn) and not too dissimilar from Tom Hawkins (Geelong). These views add my prediction and hope on McCartin to kick goals. It may take a few years for him to be a strong AFL player, but he will gain skills from the skipper and I hope Paddy and Nick work together well to score more and more goals.

Then Hugh Goddard, the second cousin of Brendon Goddard, was picked as our second pick (Pick 21). Surveying the Club website, the 194-centimetre left-footer can boost goals, I think, as a key forward alongside Riewoldt and McCartin with having great adaptability as a genuine swingman. Not only playing in the forward line, but also back line can be his territory as a defender. He is such a talented multi-skilled player.

I hope Hugh to be a one-club player that is opposed to his cousin who left St Kilda in the end of the 2012 season to Essendon. And I look forward to seeing cousin matches between St Kilda and Essendon (Hugh and Brendon Goddard) as well as between St Kilda and Richmond (Nick and Jack Riewoldt).

Daniel McKenzie was the third pick for the Saints (Pick 22). Once again, I rely the club website for information about Daniel. My understanding is that McKenzie is an athletic midfielder with speed, endurance and agility that bring great skills to cope well with small and tall opponents. From other source, Daniel conducted 10 handballs in average per game. Then I believe he will assist goals to forwards like Riewoldt and McCartin with great handballing skills. I cannot wait seeing his handballs on the footy field.

The last pick for the Saints was Jack Lonie. To be honest I followed a social network site to keep up with the draft news as well as listened to the sport radio. One of St Kilda news pages grabbed my attention. It says small forward.

All over again, I am surveying the footy club’s website to find details of picked players and indeed to write the article. I find that Jack is good at reading situations around goals and has penetrating left foot that I hope scoring goals.

When I saw the words small forward describing Lonie, my thought was that he would be a next generation of Stephen Milne. And then details of Jack provided on the Saints website says that he plays like Fremantle’s Hayden Ballantyne. Jack also has great talents in footy. My hope to him becoming the next generation of Milne will become reality even if we need to be patient for a few years as he needs experience in senior AFL footy.

Now St Kilda’s rebuilding process is improving and the club is heading to the point where St Kilda fans want to see (winning the second flag), I believe.

But oops! I forgot the important sentence for these young talented blokes.

Welcome to St Kilda Saints, Paddy McCartin, Hugh Goddard, Daniel McKenzie and Jack Lonie!!

I wish you guys all the best and hope you will lead us St Kilda fans to win the premiership in the near future! And I want to see you guys playing in a stadium soon.

St Kilda’s future is bright and go the mighty Saints!!


P.S. It is great to see Paddy talking to Riewoldt on Skype after the national draft. Good work by Saints digital rookies.

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. Your optimism and enthusiasm for life and the Saints is infectious Yoshi. As I sit here nursing a (mild) hangover and contemplating if I can make it around the golf course, I wonder if you and Yvette have some secret monkey glands treatment going on?
    I’ll have what you’re having (minus the Saints – hair of the dog that bit me many, many times).

  2. G’day Peter,

    Thanks for your compliment on my passion of the Saints. I always appreciate you for wonderful work for us.

    I think meeting Yvette about a month ago has big meanings for both of us and our beloved Saints. We got big power, I reckon.

    I hope you enjoy playing golf and situations at your beloved Eagles improve.



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