Yoshi’s Soap Box

Before I start speaking up, here is a delighting news from Kyoto. Around a Starbucks cafe in downtown, a bloke pointed my St Kilda in New Zealand t-shirt and we talked about the mighty Saints and then sang the club song.

Here is the writing version of the Soap Box on SEN’s the Run Home program.

Brendon Goddard’s Relationships with Teammates

On Monday, I read the Age article telling readers about BJ’s comments on relationships with Jake Carlisle and Paul Chapman.

Goddard admits he had fall outs with Carlisle and offers no apology.

This kind of relationship with fellow teammate(s) and/or a coach exists. I do not blame.

According to Chapman, BJ expressed frustration in the footy field when the Bombers played against Geelong. I understand how Goddard felt as it is easy for me to get frustrated because my thoughts or opinions are not understood or respected.

It seems not good as sport teams deserve to win matches. But expressing opinions is important to improve on field performances.

Also arguments and bad relations with colleagues happen at workplaces. Recently my boss told me that having negative relations with workmates affects customer services negatively. I understand, but just no is not enough to improve relationships.

I reckon players and coaches will discuss game plans including how to improve on field performances at footy clubs. But only guessing. Do you have any idea what happen at sport clubs?

Loyalty and Self-worth

“Loyalty unites us” was the slogan for St Kilda’s membership campaign.

Loyalty is important for team play, I think. It applies not only to sport clubs but also to workplaces.

Former St Kilda coach Grant Thomas created loyal culture at the club by telling players importance of investing for the future. Loyalty is important to deserve the flag, Thomo said.

He is right, but faithful and respecting each other are essential to create great work culture. Indeed a balanced life is needed too.

Opposed to many St Kilda players including Hayes, Riewoldt and Montagna, Goddard sought winning the flag so he joined Essendon to achieve. A year before, then coach Ross Lyon left the club abruptly jumping on the ship for Fremantle.

If individuals are not well respected, re-evaluating self-worth would be important. But staying in the same club and seeing up and down would be great life experience.

Which way to go through is depending on individual’s personal values. There is no right answer. It sounds choosing from patience and instant solution.

I wish I can be loyal to a one workplace, but seeking a balanced life is important as a person and to be happy as well as having more time to get involved in the Almanac and to study Italian more.

No matter if I stay at the current work or not, I stay loyal to the mighty Saints

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. Hello Yoshi, hope you are well. I hear the Saints are not playing again in Wellington. Have you heard that? I don’t know if they are heading to Christchurch or if the experiment across the ditch i s finito. If you are any the wiser can you please update us.


  2. Neil Anderson says

    An interesting discussion regarding loyalty in the workplace or seeking a more-balanced lifestyle else-where.
    So far the Bulldogs have retained a core of loyal senior players who combined with the talented young players with great success this year. The present group reminds me of Geelong from 2007 that stayed together resulting in three premierships.
    The players who did jump ship were Lake, Cooney, Griffen and Higgins for various reasons but it only made the players that stayed even more determined to be successful. If someone like Murphy, Boyd or Morris left it would have really destroyed the spirit of the Club.
    I suppose Lake is the best example of success by changing Clubs for a balanced life-style which turned into three premiership medallions and one Norm Smith medal.

  3. G’day Glen and Neil,

    Thanks for your comments!

    Glen – I am doing okay thank you. I hope you are doing well too! Yes I have heard that the Saints will not play in Wellington any more (I have written an article about this issue on the Almanac). My understanding is that the club tried to attract Christchurch for the next New Zealand destination, but Auckland is more likely because they are upgrading North Harbour Stadium. To be honest, I hope the Saints will play in the garden city (Christchurch).

    Neil – You made a good point of view for your Bulldogs. Having seen players leaving the Whitten Oval made other boys to stay strong. Murphy is a good model in the kennel. I am sure he is a bulldog of Nick Riewoldt. His columns in the Age show us how loyal he is to the club. He is striving what he is dreaming. It is really sad that your Doggies were not able to win the second flag this year. I hope my Saints form strong cultures soon following your Bulldogs.

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