The AFL star’s heartache over moving from Melbourne to the coronavirus center and leaving his wife and daughter
AFL superstar Jack Riewoldt revealed that he ‘cried like a baby’ after leaving his wife and one-year-old daughter in Melbourne so he could travel with his team.
All ten Victorian clubs will spend at least 32 days interstate as their home state battles a second wave of the virus, locking Melbourne back in from midnight.
Some Richmond players chose to stay at home due to family commitments, but 31-year-old Riewoldt decided to travel to Queensland with his team on Sunday.
The drastic movements allow upcoming matches to continue without the players contracting the deadly respiratory infection.
Riewoldt said he has doubts about staying with his team rather than his wife and daughter, as the decision left a “burden” on his shoulders.
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Riewoldt (pictured with wife Carly and daughter Poppy) said his decision to leave his family in Victoria was one of the hardest things he’s ever done
Striker Jack Riewoldt, 31, (photo right), decided to travel to Queensland with his team – leaving his wife Carly (left) and daughter
“Leaving yesterday was really difficult because Poppy was very young and so was Carly,” said Riewoldt Fox Sports.
“Just leaving her at home and knowing what she’s going through on her own as a single mom is certainly a burden on my shoulders.”
Riewoldt said his decision to go with Richmond was a decision his family had taken together, but parting with them was one of the most difficult things he’s ever done.
“I cried like a baby, which is unashamedly the only thing I will struggle with more than anything,” he said.
“I think I will be constantly wondering here all along” “Why am I here? What do I actually do while leaving my young family to come here and play a game? ” ‘
Riewoldt (pictured with his daughter Poppy) said he has doubts about staying with his team rather than his wife and daughter because the decision left a “weight on my shoulders”
Riewoldt said that Richmond has given him so much throughout his career and is deeply indebted to them (photo, Riewoldt and Dustin Martin board a flight from Melbourne on Sunday)
Riewoldt is seen holding his daughter Poppy’s hand as he prepares to say goodbye and leave Victoria (photo)
Although it was difficult to leave his family, Riewoldt said that Richmond has given him so much throughout his career that he is deeply indebted to them.
Melbourne Demons and Geelong Cats players also headed to Sydney on Sunday evening and were seen kissing and hugging each other.
Several players will spend four weeks separated from their families, with demons Alex Neal-Bullen and Sam Weideman among those spotted in romantic farewells at Melbourne Airport.
Several teams from Melbourne also flew on Monday, including reigning Prime Ministers Richmond Tigers, Essendon Bombers, Western Bulldogs and North Melbourne Kangaroos.
All ten Victorian clubs will spend at least 32 days interstate while their home state battles a second wave of the virus (photo, Western Bulldogs player Mitch Wallis and wife Emily and daughter Charlotte)
Richmond player Trent Cotchin is seen with his family after arriving at the Gold Coast Airport on Monday (photo)
Tiger superstar Dustin Martin seemed in a good mood when he boarded the plane to Noosa on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland.
Two Richmond premiere stars chose not to join the hub and will therefore be unavailable for weeks: Bachar Houli, whose daughter was born last week, and Shaun Edwards, whose wife is heavily pregnant.
Also seen aboard the Bombers flight was Conor McMcKenna, who tested positive after his off-season trip to his native Ireland, and will be available for selection for his first game of the season this weekend.
Western Bulldogs player Josh Bruce (right) and his daughter Poppy are seen arriving at Gold Coast Airport
Jason Johannisen, the star of Western Bulldogs (pictured with baby daughter Lola), also had father service while flying north on Monday
The Hawthorn Hawks were already in Sydney and lost to GWS Giants on Sunday.
They stay at their hub in the beachside suburb of Coogee for at least a month.
The demons also remain in Sydney.
St Kilda and Carlton had also moved north to Noosa and the Gold Coast respectively.
Geelong spends a week in Sydney before heading west to be part of the Perth hub along with Collingwood, who is also the first to head to Sydney for this weekend’s clash against the Hawks.
North Melbourne player Jed Anderson (pictured) was tasked with holding precious cargo in the form of a sleeping baby daughter Katerinah as he made his way through Gold Coast Airport
Cam McCarthy shares a moment with his puppy before Fremantle Dockers AFL players leave for the Gold Coast on June 9
Bulldogs star Josh Bruce (pictured) played loving father to daughter Poppy when they boarded the plane