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Premiership Tigers still hungry: Jack Riewoldt (7Sport)
« on: October 26, 2017, 11:41:57 PM »
Premiership Tigers still hungry: Riewoldt

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Jason Phelan
26 October 2017


The pure elation of Richmond's AFL grand final win hasn't faded for Jack Riewoldt a month after the Tigers' drought-breaking victory over Adelaide.

And he's counting on that feeling to help ensure there is no premiership hangover in 2018 at Punt Road.

"The emotion that you experience, post that siren going, is the thing that I've focused on," Riewoldt said on Thursday.

"That 30 seconds of celebrations with your teammates is what every player plays for and that's what will be driving me through the long runs over the pre-season.

"(And) we've got a young group ... you've only got to look at our list demographic to know that we've got big improvement there - we're excited.

"We've achieved the ultimate goal but we're firmly focused on 2018."

Riewoldt added that the players who contested the losing VFL grand final side and missed out on the AFL premiership would spur the group on.

The 28-year-old will return on December 4 for pre-season training and is intent on continuing to bask in the afterglow of the Tigers' first premiership since 1980 until then.

And so he should, according to the refreshing approach to the game adopted by coach Damien Hardwick that released the shackles and created the environment that allowed the Tigers to succeed.

"The thing that we focused on - not just at the end of the season but during it - was actually celebrating (playing the game)," Riewoldt said.

"You can't define an AFL season as successful or unsuccessful by that one result at the end of the year.

"The Adelaide Crows had a fantastic year and they played some great footy - you don't look at their season and say that they failed.

"We're still fresh off the win and still enjoying ourselves as you should when you're on holidays, but we'll get back to work (soon enough)."

Riewoldt admitted it was disappointing one of his teammates was the subject of an AFL integrity unit investigation over the circulation of a photo of a topless woman.

But he refused to comment further.

The star Tiger appeared at a Coles supermarket in Melbourne where Flavorite Tomatoes pledged to donate up to $100,000 from sales made during November to Maddie Riewoldt's Vision charity.

"We're excited to be involved in two really big brands and, hopefully, they can help us to continue to grow," Riewoldt said.

"We were built from a family tragedy and this started from the family wanting to get out there and make a difference.

"It's all about eradicating bone marrow failure syndrome ... finding a cure."

Riewoldt's cousin Maddie suffered a form of the disease, aplastic anaemia, and died in February, 2015.

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