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Nick Riewoldt (born 17 October 1982) is an Australian rules footballer who is the current captain of the St Kilda Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL). He was the first draft selection in the 2000 AFL Draft.

Early life

Born in Tasmaniamarker, Riewoldt and his family moved to the Gold Coast, Queensland when he was nine years old. He attended Robina State Primary School from Year 5 and later became the school's vice captain and UNICEF representative and then went to All Saints Anglican School during his high school years. Australian Rules football is not offered in many Queenslandmarker schools but he made a name for himself as an overall sportsman, participating in the school's athletics, cross country, cricket, soccer and touch football teams at a high level. Academically, he also excelled in the studies of physics and chemistry.

Riewoldt played his junior and early senior football at the Broadbeach Football Club before moving to the Southport Sharks where he was identified as an outstanding junior talent.

AFL career

Riewoldt was the No.1 Draft Pick in the 2000 AFL Draft and debuted in 2001.

2004 season

His breakout season was 2004 when he took an AFL record 256 marks and also finished in the top ten for both the Coleman and Brownlow medals. He received the AFL Players Association Most Valuable Player Award - The Leigh Matthews Trophy, .

Riewoldt was recognised for his season with selection in the 2004 All-Australian Team as a forward player. His first career All-Australian Team award.

Riewoldt played in St Kilda’s 2004 AFL Wizard Home Loans Cup winning side - St Kilda Football Club’s 2nd AFL Pre-Season Cup Win.

2005 season

Riewoldt was rewarded for his 2004 efforts when St Kilda named him club captain for 2005 as part of their rotating captaincy policy . His 2005 season began badly as he broke his collarbone in the third quarter of the first game of the season against the Brisbane Lions. This drew controversy as he was then bumped after the injury by Lions players Chris Scott and Mal Michael when it was obvious he was hurt. Riewoldt had, however, waved away the trainers indicating that he was fine to continue playing, so no action was taken against Scott or Michael.

He was later seen crying on the sideline later in the game.

After a brief return to playing later in the season, Riewoldt again broke his collarbone at the hands of aggressive treatment from opposition players.

Riewoldt later recovered in time to play in the 2005 finals series.

2006 season

Early in the 2006 season, Riewoldt returned to close to his best form, kicking five goals against former powerhouse Brisbane in Round 3. This match seemed to have put Riewoldt's kicking "yips" to bed, but they returned during the Round 7 match against Geelong when he missed a simple but critical goal from 15 metres out. This miss was forgotten the next week when Riewoldt kicked 9 goals against Carlton and took many contested marks. Riewoldt also took a match saving mark for the Saints against Sydney in Round 11, a match the Saints won in wet conditions, and one that kept their finals hopes alive.

Riewoldt topped off the 2006 season by winning his third Trevor Barker Award. In achieving this feat, Riewoldt has already emulated some of the Saints greatest players such as the 1966 premiership captain Darrel Baldock, former skipper Nathan Burke and past champions Wells Eicke, Jack Davis and Jim Ross.

Riewoldt was recognised for his season with selection in the 2006 All-Australian Team as a forward player, his second career All-Australian Team award.

2007 season

At the beginning of the 2007 season, Lyon appointed Riewoldt Co-Captain of the St Kilda Football Club, along with Luke Ball and Lenny Hayes, both former captains themselves. Back and hamstring injuries forced Riewoldt to miss the first three matches of the season.

Riewoldt started the season well, with 8 goals in his first two matches.

In Round 7, Riewoldt dominated against the Sydney Swans, which kick started another outstanding year. Despite the Saints missing the finals, Riewoldt enjoyed a better year statistically than 2004, narrowly winning St Kilda's best and fairest Trevor Barker Award ahead of defender Sam Fisher.

2008 season

Riewoldt played in St Kilda’s 2008 NAB Cup winning side - the club's third AFL Pre-Season Cup win.

Riewoldt had a consistent 2008 season, coming second in the AFL for marks (behind Matthew Richardson) and kicking 57 home and away season goals (63 all up) to finish 9th in the competition. This performance earned him his third All-Australian selection, his first at centre-half-forward. He was also selected to play in the Hall of Fame Tribute Match, but was ultimately unable to due to a knee injury.

Riewoldt was recognised for his season with selection in the 2008 All-Australian Team as a forward player. His third career All-Australian Team award.

2009 season

Riewoldt took the most marks of any player in the league, averaging 9.7 a game and kicking 65 goals in the home and away season, averaging 3.3 a game.

He was a significant player in a St Kilda team which went through the home and away season with 20 wins and 2 defeats.

Riewoldt played in 21 of 22 matches in the 2009 AFL Season home and away rounds in which St Kilda qualified in first position for the 2009 AFL Finals Series, winning the club’s third minor premiership.

Riewoldt was recognised for his season with selection in the 2009 All-Australian Team as a forward player. He was also named captain of the 2009 All-Australian Team, his fourth All-Australian Team award.

In the preliminary final against the Western Bulldogs, Riewoldt kicked four goals, one of which was in the final minutes. He was also substituted in that game and threw up on the sidelines as a result of how hard he had pushed himself. .

St Kilda qualified for the 2009 AFL Grand Final due to its qualification and preliminary finals wins but were defeated by Geelong by 12 points. Riewoldt kicked one goal.

He won the 2009 Trevor Barker Award for St Kilda's best and fairest player, setting a new club record of five career best and fairest awards.

Riewoldt was also St Kilda's leading goal kicker in 2009.

As of the end of the 2009 season, Riewoldt had played in 12 AFL finals series matches including one AFL grand final and two pre-season cup finals.

Career highlights

  • St Kilda minor premiership side: 2009
  • St Kilda AFL Cup winning side: 2004, 2008
  • Trevor Barker Award St Kilda Best & Fairest Winner: 2002, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2009
  • St Kilda captain: 2005, 2007 (co-captain), 2008-present
  • St Kilda leading goal kicker: 2008, 2009
  • All Australian: 2004, 2006, 2008, 2009
  • All Australian captain: 2009
  • Leigh Matthews Trophy: 2004
  • International Rules Series: 2004
  • NAB Rising Star Award: 2002
  • All Australian U18 Team: 1999


References

  1. The Ugly Face of Football from theage.com.au March 29, 2005


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