Nick Riewoldt – Entertainment Bureau



Nick Riewoldt was the No. 1 Draft Pick in the 2000 AFL Draft and made his debut 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 and was selected in the 2004 All-Australian Teamfor the first time.

2005 season

Nick 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. After a brief return to playing later in the season, Riewoldt again broke his collarbone. Riewoldt later recovered in time to play in the 2005 finals series.

2006 season

Early in the 2006 season, Nick Riewoldt returned 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.

Nick 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 eight 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

Nick Riewoldt played in St Kilda’s 2008 NAB Cup winning side – the club’s third 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 ninth 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 play due to a knee injury. Riewoldt was recognised for his season with selection in the 2008 All-Australian Team as a forward player. This was his third All-Australian Team award.

2009 season

Early in the season Nick Riewoldt became a target for the fledgling Gold Coast Football Club, which was awarded the 17th licence to enter the AFL in 2011. However, he knocked back their offer to remain at St Kilda.

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.

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

Nick 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.

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

Nick Riewoldt 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. He was also St Kilda’s leading goal kicker in 2009.

2010 season

During St Kilda’s 28 point Round 3 win over Collingwood, on 9 April 2010, Riewoldt experienced a high grade hamstring tear. He underwent surgery and made his return in Round 15, playing 15 games in the season for 39 goals.

2016 season

On 1 September 2016, at the Saints’ best-and-fairest awards night, Riewoldt announced that he would stand down as St Kilda captain.

2017 season

on 31 July 2017, Riewoldt announced that he would retire at the end of the season. He played the final game of his career in round 23 when he had 15 disposals, 8 marks and 1 goal in a loss to the Richmond Tigers, his cousin’s team.

2018 season

Although being set on retirement, Nick Riewoldt has been spotted in his twighlight years playing for Bellarine Football league team Portarlington Demons. Positioned at centre half forward in the first two games, he had an instant impact on gameplay with his ‘work-rate’. Wearing the cherished number 39 he is looking to pass on his football intelligence to the younger players at the club. A heavy knock in round 1 vs Ocean Grove caused the work horse to be stretchered off. Later the injury was confirmed as a black eye.

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