Praising Nick Riewoldt

Checking the Age footy articles on Sunday morning, the headline of one of them got attention from me.

It is about inspiring St Kilda skipper, Nick Riewoldt. I was excited to read later as I was working at the time.

Later when I needed ‘fresh air’ at work, I read the article. I had thought that I would read Roo’s comments, but it was reported with Maverick Weller’s comments on captaincy at the club.

Weller who has been traded to the Saints after three seasons at the Suns reckons Riewoldt would remain as a skipper until he retires. Also he admires his leadership skills with encouraging boys.

It is said that some clubs are seeking new leaders. Carlton’s Marc Murphy has not been guaranteed to be given the top job in 2016.

As Riewoldt has been serving as a captain for 10 seasons, he could hand over the job to a new boy. Even that he could have done to Brendon Goddard. But why not see him playing 200 games as a captain at Round 1 next season against Port Adelaide at Adelaide Oval? And then his 300th game is in the following round against the Western Bulldogs at Docklands. The latter game will be held as Maddie Riewoldt Match. I would like to see Roo playing these games as the great skipper.

I understand that the club needs to have a young leader for the long-term, but young blokes can learn from him a lot to keep strong and loyal culture.

Riewoldt is not just a good player in the competition, but also a wonderful leader having positive attitudes and being strong and passionate. And he is a good chef too as he was on Channel 7’s Game Day program showing audiences cooking pasta. Roo is a good role model both on and off fields.

And I am sure he will hand over captaincy to a great young player who is in the leadership group when he retires. Possibly the future captain will be David Armitage, Jack Newnes, Jack Steven or Jarryn Geary.

Hopefully I can watch him playing as a captain at the stadium in 2016. I must travel to Melbourne to watch a St Kilda game!

Also great Christmas present has been given to the Saints. The mighty Saints marching back to Moorabbin as the home. The new (once again) training home will be on my list to visit in the future.

Then the Saints are on the way to win the second flag. As Weller comments, my favourite footy club will rise up the ladder to the top 8, like did the Bulldogs in 2015.

Go the mighty Saints!

About Yoshihiro Imagawa

Love, passion and pride are seen on the footy that is the biggest part of my life. 1. St Kilda Club member: I am a passionate and crazy Sainter. Just hope we will win the second flag soon, especially after Dogs and Tigers having ended long premiership draughts. 2. The Osaka Dingoes Player and Public Relations Officer: Player number 44 that I chose to honour Stephen Milne with my wish being like a small forward like him. Lenny Hayes' hardworking attitudes are adopted on my trainings and practices. Nick Riewoldt's great plays are in my player audiobook too. 3. Writing: Here on the Almanac and also on the World Footy News. My skills utilise on great footy websites.


  1. Neil Anderson says

    Your writing is getting even better Yoshi and you must head to Melbourne hopefully to work and see the Saints play at the Stadium.
    Nick Riewoldt reminds me of Bob Murphy regarding his value to the team. Perhaps one more year before they select a new captain and after he plays his 300th against the Dogs, which I hope to attend.
    Moving back to Moorabbin is the best news for Saint’s fans. Seaford was such a long way out of town and the logistics of running a Club from there must be a nightmare. Even getting to the airport north of Melbourne from Seaford would have been a problem.
    As the Bulldogs started to see some success it coincided with having a stand-alone VFL side playing out of the Whitten Oval in Footscray. All of the Bulldog’s administration is centred there and it’s about a fifteen minute drive to the stadium at Docklands.
    Everything looks set for a great 2016 for both our teams.

  2. Jennifer Muirden says

    Hey, Yoshi loved this piece full of praise for the Saints remarkable El Capitán Nick Riewoldt! I will admit that it took a while for me to truly admire and respect Roo. Up until recently my favourite Saints player has been Lenny Hayes who wore the number 7 made famous previously by another Club legend, Nicky Winmar. Prior to Lenny, my first favourite St Kilda footballer was Trevor Barker who sadly passed away in 1996. Two years later, Hayes started playing with St Kilda which turned out to be two years ahead of the start of Nick’s illustrious footy career. This may explain why Lenny remained my preference for all those years. But really, when it comes down to it, both Lenny and Nick are born leaders who have always been well respected by their teammates making them both legends in my books. Since Lenny’s retired playing career, my reverence for Nick Riewoldt has grown in spades particularly in the way he handled the tragic death of his beautiful young sister Maddie and continues to spread her message with his ongoing support of Maddie Riewoldt’s Vision. If I were to view both club champions in terms of what cars they would represent Lenny would be a Land Rover or Lexus while Roo would have to just come out on top as a Range Rover or a Rolls Royce.

  3. HI Neil and Jen,

    Thanks for your comments and sharing your thoughts.

    Neil – Thank you for your compliment on my writing. Actually I had been worried of not writing good pieces as numbers of feedback have been slumped. But I appreciate your warm words and need to gain confidence. It’s good to hear how you see Bob Murphy. Same as Riewoldt, he is a respected captain in many fields. Murphy is a loyal and encouraging leader. I hope both your club and my Saints meet in the September campaign in the near future. To be honest I am afraid I will not be able to see his 300th game in Round 2 next year. I hope you will enjoy the game at Docklands Stadium.

    Jen – Everyone has different favourite players and points of views. Lenny was a good player too as well as a great leader. He was a player everyone respected and loved. Thanks for sharing your passion on players. It’s really sad that Nick’s sister ended her life too short. I hope Maddie Riewoldt Vision is helping organisations well to seek treatments for rare same disasters. I wish I could be at the game to celebrate Nick’s 300th game and to honour Maddie. It’s great to see your metaphor of players to cars.

  4. Very thought-provoking and interesting article, Yoshi. Let’s hope the Saints can use Nick Riewoldt’s 200th game as captain and 300th all up a week later as motivation to start 2016 with a bang. I know we’re Just taking it one season at a time, but he’s not that far from Carlton’s Stephen Kernahan’s 226-game record as skipper. I’ve never met Nick, and likely never will, but he strikes me as the type of bloke who cares little for individual milestones.

  5. G’day Fitzroy Pete,

    Thanks for your compliment on my article. Roo’s little care about individual milestones shows that he is a team player as well as a great leader. But I wish he can take over Kernahan’s record. He has taken over the club record over Danny Frawley, so why not taking over the AFL’s one? I am sure the boys get motivated to honour our champion and leader.



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