Riewoldt dad knew son was set to fire
CHRIS Riewoldt had a feeling his son Jack was going to have a big day for Richmond at the MCG yesterday.
He wasn’t wrong — Jack kicked two goals and laid a team-high seven tackles to lead his team to a droughtbreaking 48-point premiership win over Adelaide.
“His fiance said to me this morning he was really up and about and bouncing around and I know when he’s like that, I know he’s going to play well,” Chris told the Sunday Tasmanian after the game.
The opening stages didn’t go quite according to script, with Jack scoring three consecutive behinds, but Chris wasn’t worried.
“At that stage, I’m thinking: ‘Bloody oath he’s up and about’, he was getting the ball and I was going: ‘ He’s right, he’s on fire’, and I thought he played a brilliant game,” Chris said.
When the final siren sounded, Chris was ecstatic.
“[We were] cheering, jumping up and down, singing as loud as we could, it was really special, something I didn’t think would ever happen,” he said.
“I’ve never been any prouder of anything in my life.”
Chris was a star in his own right — he played 297 games with Clarence, winning two best and fairests, three premierships, represented Tasmania 18 times and is a member of the AFL Tasmania Hall of Fame.
He lauded Jack’s ability to bring his teammates into the game on the biggest stage.
“He did everything for the team today, he just sacrificed his own game,” he said.
“It was really selfless play.
“It was something that he’s dreamed of all his life and to see him achieve it today was really special.”