champion Nick Riewoldt’s mind was firmly on the future at St Kilda’s best and
fairest awards on Friday night.
dwell on his record equalling fourth Trevor Barker Award, he gave a firm and
passionate speech that challenged every person at the club.
“I thought if
I got the opportunity to speak I wanted to make a bit of an impact and make
sure we’ve got a focus fresh in our mind when we get back training for
“I don’t really
like to mention them all the time, but Geelong
is such a great example”, he reflected after his call to arms..
said the Geelong
premiership win showed what can be achieved by a football club.
highlights that we are 80 per cent there. It’s just that last 20 per cent that
you need to tweak and it just shows you need to come together as a team.
about Chris Pelchen saying in today’s paper that we had the most talented list
between 2005 and 2006. It made me feel sick in a lot of ways.
will only get you so far.”
was determined to make a point to teammates and everyone else at the club.
next week and I suppose my career is half over. It dawned on me that I don’t
want to stand by for one more second without the club winning a premiership.
means that you’ve got to say things that people might not like to hear, you’ve got
to say it.”
hesitate in throwing down the gauntlet to the new board and president-elect
got to be accountable”, Riewoldt said.
directly at the new board he said: “You’ve talked the talk - now it’s time to
deliver on what you’ve said. I’m confident you will do that “.
pointed to the team’s closeness and unity, he also said that the friendships should
not make people shy away from hard realities.
players it’s obvious we are all great mates and we all love each other and get
along really well.
think too often we let our mateship get in the way of the truth and it gets in
the way of us doing the things we need to do and say to win the premiership.”
had said that the club should not be content with just being competitive
get back on November 5 and walk through that door, we’re getting on a bus
together and we’re going down the road to a premiership. You’re either on the
bus or you get run over.
know if we get on that bus together and seriously work together then there’s no
doubt we will win a premiership. If we get on that bus together it will be the
best thing you do for your entire lives.”
did not spare himself in the quest for improvement.
to ask yourself honestly; ‘am I doing everything I can to help St Kilda win a
“I know I’m
not. I could be doing more to make sure we win a premiership, but until we have
everyone asking themselves the question and challenging each other on it, we
are not going to achieve what we want to achieve.”
said nobody could be content with the performance of 2007.
“We were a
competitive team this year, but that’s about it. There are two ways you can go
– be competitive and hover round the mark or you can go down the road to a
superstar flies out to Zurich this weekend to
catch up with girlfriend Stephanie McIntosh and family in Europe.
Riewoldt’s fourth Trevor Barker Award equals club games
record holder Robert Harvey and club champion Bill Cubbins’ tally.
Riewoldt also won the Trevor Barker Award in 2002, 2004 and
In season 2007, Riewoldt played 20 games for the Saints,
kicked 42 goals and took 194 marks.
NAB AFL Rising Star nominee Sam Gilbert took out the Most
Promising New Player Award, while St Kilda retirees Fraser Gehrig, Andrew
Thompson, Aaron Hamill, Brett Voss and Matthew Clarke were also recognised for
their services to the club.
2007 Trevor Barker Award top 10
Nick Dal Santo