Nicholas Riewoldt (// REE-volt; born 17 October 1982) is a former professional Australian rules footballer who played for the St Kilda Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL). He was the first draft selection in the 2000 AFL draft. He was the captain of St Kilda in 2005 and from 2007 to 2016. Riewoldt holds the all-time record for most marks in VFL/AFL history, surpassing Gary Dempsey in Round 15, 2017. His cousin Jack Riewoldt plays for Richmond.
Riewoldt in June 2017
|Full name||Nicholas Riewoldt|
|Date of birth||17 October 1982|
|Place of birth||Hobart, Tasmania|
|Original team(s)||Southport (QAFL)|
|Draft||No. 1, 2000 national draft|
|Height||193 cm (6 ft 4 in)|
|Weight||92 kg (203 lb)|
|2001–2017||St Kilda||336 (718)|
|International team honours|
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2017.
2 State and international statistics correct as of 2004.
|Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com|
Born in Hobart, Tasmania, Riewoldt and his family moved to the Gold Coast, Queensland, when he was 9 years old. He attended Robina State Primary School from Grade 5 and became the school's vice captain and UNICEF representative. He later switched to All Saints Anglican School during his high school years. Australian rules football was not offered in many Queensland schools at the time 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 for the Broadbeach Cats before moving to the Southport Sharks where he was identified as an outstanding junior talent. He played a big part in Southport's historic fourth consecutive QAFL premiership in 2000. After being kept virtually touchless for the first half, he was moved into the ruck and kicked two important goals in the 11-point grand final victory.
Riewoldt was the No. 1 Draft Pick in the 2000 AFL Draft and made his debut in 2001.
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 Team for the first time.
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. The pair were not asked to face the AFL tribunal on charges of misconduct for targeting an injured player as it was ruled that they would not have known that Riewoldt was injured, that Riewoldt had waved away a trainer that was attending to the injury and that the bumps did not contribute to the injury.
Early in the 2006 season, 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.
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.
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.
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.
Early in the season 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.
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.
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.
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.
On 1 September 2016, at the Saints' best-and-fairest awards night, Riewoldt announced that he would stand down as St Kilda captain.
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.
On 20 December 2010 a photo with a nude image of Riewoldt was posted on the social networking site Facebook by a 17-year-old girl. The girl, whose name was initially withheld in the media due to her age, stated that her actions were a result of unfair treatment at the hands of the AFL regarding an incident earlier in the year, in which she claimed she had become pregnant as a result of having sex with two St Kilda players following a school football clinic. Another nude photo, of fellow Saints player Nick Dal Santo, was also posted. In a subsequent press conference Riewoldt claimed to have never met the girl and that the photo had been taken over a year prior, during an end-of-season trip, in Miami, Florida, by teammate Sam Gilbert, and that he had asked Gilbert to immediately delete the photo. Gilbert stated that the photos had been stolen from his own personal computer, describing the incident as a "significant breach of privacy without my knowledge or consent". The girl disputed Gilbert's statement, saying that she had taken the photos and was in possession of at least 19 more images of other AFL players. The girl later admitted this to be a lie, stating that she fabricated this claim of ownership so as not to get into any trouble. She then claimed to have been sent the photos by an unnamed St Kilda player in April of that year. On 24 December 2010 a Federal Court granted a permanent injunction on the images, supporting Riewoldt and Gilbert's statement that the photos had been stolen from Gilbert's laptop computer without consent. Justice Shane Marshall ordered the images and any others be deleted from the girl's computer, with mediation between her and the St Kilda Football Club scheduled to take place on 28 January 2011.
Riewoldt is married to Catherine Heard. The pair married in October 2012 at her parents' property in Waco, Texas, United States. They have three sons, James (born in 2014), William (born in 2016), and Edward "Teddy" (born 2019). His sister Madeleine died of aplastic anaemia, a rare bone marrow condition, in February 2015 at the age of 26. Riewoldt and his family established Maddie's Riewoldt's Vision to raise funds for research into new treatments for blood cancers.
Riewoldt's player profile at AFL Tables:
|Led the league for the Season only*|
|Led the league after finals only*|
|Led the league after Season and Finals*|
*10 games required to be eligible.
|Totals||Averages (per game)|
Honours and achievements
|Brownlow Medal votes|
- Trevor Barker Award: 2002, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2014
- Leigh Matthews Trophy (AFLPA MVP Award): 2004
- All-Australian: 2004, 2006, 2008, 2009 (C), 2014 (VC)
- All-Australian: Captain 2009 ; Vice-Captain 2014)
- Australian Football Media Association Player of the Year: 2004
- Australian Representative Honours in International Rules Football: 2004, 2014, 2015
- AFL Rising Star Award: 2002
- AFL Rising Star Nominee: 2002 (Round 5)
- St Kilda F.C. Leading Club Goalkicker Award: 2008, 2009, 2013, 2014
- St Kilda F.C. Captain: 2005, 2007–2016
- Most marks in a season: Six times 
- Most goals kicked and most games played at Docklands Stadium
- "St Kilda AFL star Nick Riewoldt leaves Coast door ajar". News.com.au. 31 January 2008. Retrieved 30 April 2008.
- Blucher, Peter (30 March 2016). "A Tribute: Nick Riewoldt – 300 Games". AFL Queensland. Retrieved 7 July 2018.
- Browne, Ashley (28 May 2016). "Yo Gabba Gabba! Hawks in unfamiliar territory". Australian Football League. Retrieved 30 May 2016.
- Two of Us: Nick and Jack Riewoldt
- Lane, Samantha (11 September 2005). "Breaking new ground". The Sunday Age. p. 13.
- Smith, Patrick (13 September 2006). "St Kilda restores law and order". The Australian. Retrieved 30 April 2008.
- "Riewoldt out for at least a month". ABC News. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 25 March 2005. Retrieved 23 May 2011.
- "Lions deny victimising Riewoldt". ABC News. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 25 March 2005. Retrieved 23 May 2011.
- Hudson, Zoë; Small, Claire (2011), "Comprehensive player management", Managing the Injured Athlete, Elsevier, pp. 257–273, doi:10.1016/b978-0-7020-3004-8.00005-6, ISBN 9780702030048
- Lane, Samantha (6 October 2007). "Riewoldt wins record fourth gong". Real Footy. Retrieved 30 April 2008.
- "St Kilda wins NAB cup". The Age. 8 March 2008. Retrieved 7 November 2009.
- "Saints are NAB Cup Champions in 2008". Jeld-Wen. 8 March 2008. Archived from the original on 20 November 2008. Retrieved 7 November 2009.
- "St Kilda's All-Australian duo". afl.com.au – Alistair Hogg. 16 September 2008. Retrieved 7 November 2009.
- Barrett, Chris (1 April 2009). "Gold Coast to target Riewoldt". Brisbane, Queensland: The Age. Retrieved 24 July 2017.
- Paton, Al (4 December 2013). "Nick Riewoldt knocked back an offer from Gold Coast chasing a premiership with St Kilda". Herald Sun. Retrieved 24 July 2017.
- "2009 Season Scores and Results – Ladder". AFL Tables. 2009. Retrieved 8 November 2009.
- "Nick Riewoldt Steps Down As Saints Captain". Triple M. 1 September 2016. Retrieved 1 September 2016.
- McClure, Sam (31 July 2017). "St Kilda champion Nick Riewoldt announces his retirement". The Age. Retrieved 31 July 2017.
- QMI Agency (24 December 2010). "Girl releases naked photos of Aussie rules players". Toronto Sun. Retrieved 11 January 2011.
- Ewart, Heather (21 December 2010). "Footy photo scandal". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 11 January 2011.
- Connolly, Rohan (22 December 2010). "Gilbert sorry as Riewoldt fumes". The Age. Retrieved 11 January 2011.
- Reilly, Stephen (11 January 2011). "St Kilda on back foot as Facebook girl gatecrashes training". The Australian. Retrieved 11 January 2011.
- McFarlane, Glenn (1 December 2012). "'Adopted American' Nick Riewoldt still has burning desire to lead St Kilda to premiership". Sunday Herald Sun.
- "Nick and Catherine Riewoldt welcome baby son James". Herald Sun. 5 December 2014. Retrieved 21 June 2016.
- Watkins, Jade (16 December 2016). "Three becomes four': AFL star Nick Riewoldt and his wife Catherine welcome their second child, a baby boy called William". Daily Mail Australia. Retrieved 31 July 2017.
- "AFL star Nick Riewoldt and wife Catherine welcome third child". Mail Online. 24 July 2019. Retrieved 26 July 2019.
- Green, Warwick (24 February 2015). "St Kilda captain Nick Riewoldt's sister Madeleine dies of rare bone marrow condition aged 26". Herald Sun. Retrieved 31 July 2017.
- "About Us". Maddie Riewoldt’s Vision website. Retrieved 31 July 2017.
- Riewoldt's player profile at AFL Tables
- "AFL Tables - Most Goals At Docklands". AFL Tables. Retrieved 6 September 2011.