Catchup on all the latest action from the, NAB Challenge squads: Hawthorn v Collingwood. Riewoldt was the No. It is lovely to see a sporting group come together to work through their grief and celebrate the lives of two amazing people. Their game on Thursday was so emotional, I was so happy they won and the tribute afterwards was incredible. She remained unceasingly strong and positive through five years of treatment, which included chemotherapy and two bone marrow transplants from donors in France, where citizens are required to opt out of being listed on a registry (unlike Australia, where people are required to opt in). [3] He is the first cousin of Richmond footballer Jack Riewoldt, who also plays as a forward.[4]. Much to the devastation of the Riewoldt family and football community, Maddie lost her five-year battle with aplastic anemia (a rare disease that causes the body to stop producing vital bone marrow) on February 23. “She loved the beach, she loved her dog Oscar, family time at home, family dinners. Yeah, hope he can get out to play.As a power girl, showdown, well *sniff*, For all of AFL faults, when tragedy strikes, the whole football world pulls together. Yahoo Sport Australia 18 Jul 2018, 4:33 pm Nick Riewoldt’s wife has opened up about the awful moment he had to be re-told his sister had died after being heavily concussed. 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Riewoldt is married to Catherine Heard. “I think the worst concussion he had was in 2015 when he was in Adelaide and (son) James was just a few months old,” Catherine said on On The Mark on Wednesday night. That is not the issue. “But as hard and fierce as she loved us, she equally hated her illness with the same ferocity,” he said. [5], Riewoldt was rewarded for his 2004 efforts when St Kilda named him club captain for 2005 as part of their rotating captaincy policy. After being KO’d and taken from the MCG on a stretcher, Riewoldt had to be hospitalised with a severe concussion. They've become even closer while setting up Maddie Riewoldt's Vision in memory of Nick's sister… Nick says his younger sister was robbed of everything she enjoyed at when she was diagnosed with the rare condition at just 21 – a time when “life’s supposed to be about opportunity and adventure”. Sunday’s St Kilda v Richmond match at Etihad stadium has been named ‘Maddie’s Match’ (her cousin, Jack Riewoldt plays for Richmond). It was just one of the several occasions on which the Riewoldt family were told to prepare for the worst. As you can see above, the St Kilda champion was knocked out in a sickening collision with Brodie Smith in a game against Adelaide in 2015. In Round 7, Riewoldt dominated against the Sydney Swans, which kick started another outstanding year. [13], 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. 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Maddie Riewoldt’s brother Nick described his younger sister as a girl who loved the 'simple things in life' including her dog Oscar. What makes a wretched time even more distressing for Nick Riewoldt is that many will want to make it about football, how it will affect his game and how long it will keep him from the field. 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.

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