Riewoldt dad knew son was set to fire

Sunday Tasmanian - - News - SHAUN McMANUS

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.”

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