‘The boys club is alive and well’: Fresh twist in AFL superstar Adam Treloar’s ugly departure from Collingwood as netball team lashes out at treatment of his wife
- Collingwood Magpies blamed departure of AFL star Adam Treloar on his wife
- Kim Ravaillon signed with Super Netball club Queensland Firebirds for 2021
- List manager says move wouldn’t have gone ahead if Kim remained in Victoria
- Treloar has since expressed disappointment in his former club, saying it hurt
- Super Netball Club NSW Swifts has slammed treatment of rival player Ravaillon
A Super Netball club has publicly slammed the Melbourne media over the treatment of the wife of an AFL star in the messy club exit.
Collingwood Magpies midfielder Adam Treloar, 27, was traded to the Western Bulldogs in a last minute deal on the final day of AFL trade period on Thursday night.
The deal ended weeks of rampant speculation after Treloar’s wife Kim Ravaillon signed with Super Netball club Queensland Firebirds for next year.
Despite Treloar’s wishes to see out his career with the Magpies when his contract ended in 2025, Collingwood list manager Ned Guy claimed the club wouldn’t have considered offloading Treloar if his wife, who has played for Australia, continued her netball career in Victoria.
Super Netball club NSW Swifts took aim at a Melbourne newspaper after a social media post played up Ravaillon’s role in the saga and described her as WAG.
New Western Bulldogs player Adam Treloar has spoken out about his messy exit from Collingwood. He’s pictured with wife Kim and baby daughter Georgie on Friday
‘Good to see the boys club is alive and well Hang your heads in shame Melbourne football media… Time we all called this out,’ the Swifts posted on Saturday while sharing a screenshot of the post, which has since been deleted.
The Swifts were flooded with support from fans of both genders.
‘Well done for calling this out when Kim isn’t even playing for you. Women competing on court supporting off court,’ one woman wrote.
Another wrote: How absolutely disgusting. To denigrate a man’s partner for having a life and career of her own that in no way impinged on or impacted his life and career. It is appalling in this day and age, and smacks of petty revenge and mean mindedness on Collingwood’s part.’
Former Australian netballer Bianca Chatfield showed her support by retweeting the post.
Super Netball side NSW Swifts fired up with an angry post over the treatment of a rival player
The Swifts took aim at a Melbourne newspaper over this social media post describing the netballer as a WAG
Many men also commended the Swifts on taking a stand.
‘Well done Swifts for getting behind Kim. As we experienced with the drama surrounding Adam Goodes, the Melbourne football media are egotistical dramatists & the Collingwood president is one of the worst. I’m so happy to be a member of such a fine club as the Swifts that are proactive in supporting ALL athletes,’ one wrote.
Netball New Zealand board member Shane Harmon added: ‘We have a long way to go if this is how Melbourne’s major media outlet belittle women in sport. Her name is Kim Ravaillon. She is a world champion netballer having played 60 times for her country. Be better than this.’
Treloar expressed his bitter disappointment in how things at the Magpies played out externally when he faced the media on Friday.
‘The way they went about it kind of hurt,’ Treloar told reporters.
‘I wish I could have finished my career at Collingwood, that’s the honest truth.
‘They were adamant that they had to move me on… they genuinely thought I wasn’t going to manage being away from my family.’
He also claimed Magpies coach Nathan Buckley called him to inform him the senior playing group no longer wanted him at the club, which Buckley has previously denied.
Collingwood claim Adam Treloar wouldn’t have been traded if his wife Kim (pictured together) chose remained to stay in Victoria
The NSW Swifts were inundated with support (comments pictured) for taking a stand
‘That was told to me in no uncertain way and that did hurt, because I know how close I am with the players,’ Treloar said.
‘To be told that, when I don’t think that’s the truth, and to be told that there’s some players that don’t want you there when I know the majority of the players love me and care for me, that did hurt a bit.
‘But they were adamant on moving me on so no matter how they were going to go about it, it was going to happen. It was a fight up until the end, because I wanted to be at Collingwood.’
He also hit back at Guy’s comments made hours earlier about his family situation, adding he wishes things had not played out so publicly.
Treloar wore the red white and blue colours for the first time at Western Bulldogs club headquarters on Friday, where he was joined by his wife and their eight-month-old Georgie.
He also posted a video message for Bulldogs fans.
‘It’s been a crazy, crazy 15 hours for me. I’m excited to be here at Whitten Oval as a Western Bulldogs football player,’ he said.
‘I couldn’t be more pumped about chucking on this Bulldogs polo and eventually getting to know everyone.’
‘I’m just thrilled to be here for the rest of my career.’
The Magpies were concerned Adam Treloar wouldn’t cope with being separated from his wife Kim Ravaillion and baby girl Georgie (pictured together)
Treolar also addressed the saga on social media.
‘Never thought in my wildest dreams that I was going to be somewhere else other then the Pies but here I am and I couldn’t be more grateful and our family is so happy to be here,’ he posted on Instagram.
‘I’m so grateful and cherish the five years I spent with the Pies, I met some life long friends and played in front of such a passionate fan base that I’m going to miss so much.
‘One chapter closes and another one opens. I cannot wait to represent this club that I now love and be apart of something special.’
Adam Treloar’s wife posted a Instagram story regarding his move to the Western Bulldogs
The saga came to a head on Thursday night Guy claimed the Magpies wouldn’t have considered moving Treloar if his wife hadn’t decided to move north.
‘We had some conversations with Adam and (his manager) Tim [Hazell] originally around whether his family was going to move to Queensland and whether he wanted to do that and it evolved from having that conversation to he thought he’d look at another opportunity,’ Guy told Fox Footy.
He said the move wouldn’t have been considered if Treloar’s wife continued her netball career in Victoria.
‘That was the catalyst for the discussion. We wouldn’t have looked to have that discussion… it wouldn’t have evolved from that, I wouldn’t have thought, no,’ Guy added.
However, Treloar wasn’t even sent to a Queensland club near his wife as neither Brisbane nor Gold Coast expressed interest in taking on his whopping contract worth $800,000 a season.
It’s understood Treloar only met with Bulldogs coach Luke Beveridge this week.
Collingwood has traded star midfielder Adam Treloar to the Western Bulldogs. He’s pictured with wife Kim Ravaillion at the 2019 Brownlow Medal
Collingwood boss Eddie McGuire addressed the saga on his Triple M’s Hot Breakfast radio show on Friday morning.
‘It’s the toughest thing when you’re a supporter, because you love your players and your players love you,’ McGuire told listeners.
‘We got the end of this campaign… and you either say, ‘Ok, do you make the moves that need to be made to go through there?’
‘These days it’s really tough … it’s been a very hard year for everybody.
‘I hate this period.’
Magpies coach Nathan Buckley described Thursday as one of the toughest days of his career.
‘Managing contracted players who love the environment out of the club is a lose/lose situation in the short term. The decisions aren’t popular but they were necessary,’ he tweeted.
Adam Treloar (pictured with wife Kim) is said to be brokenhearted about leaving Collingwood
Kim Ravaillion (pictured in Super Netball action) is a talented sportswoman in her own right
Numerous AFL journalists reported in recent weeks that Collingwood were keen to offload Treloar, amid concerns he’d be unable to cope being away from his young family in 2021.
Treloar has also been open about his previous anxiety and mental health battles throughout his career and previously credited his partner for helping him find his way through it.
In August 2019 he told Fox Footy: ‘If it wasn’t for my partner Kimmy, for Nick Maxwell, Bucks, Jacqui [Louder] who is my psych/really, really good friend and my family, I probably wouldn’t be playing footy, to be honest with you.’
Ravaillion, 27, has played 57 games for Australia and previously played the last three Super Netball seasons with Collingwood.
She took 2020 off following the birth of her first child Georgie Olive in March
Collingwood was slammed by past and current players over the Treloar move.
‘Would love to chat to some of Ned Guy’s former school mates, just wonder how his lunchbox swaps went,’ former Collingwood and Carlton star Dale Thomas tweeted.
Treloar was keen to stay at Collingwood, despite the prospect of being separated from his wife and baby girl (pictured together)
Treloar’s former GWS teammate Sam Darley added: ‘One day all will be revealed but all I can say is Ads is one happy man to be a Western Bulldog but as much as it’s a business the way he was treated was embarrassing. Understand it’s a business but wow hope it’s all told one day.’
The Magpies on Thursday night thanked Treloar for his services and said the trade gave the 27-year-old ‘the opportunity to make an impression at his third club’.
‘For some time we have held the view that this year’s draft represents an excellent opportunity to address some of our needs,’ Guy’s statement read.
‘We think in the short term we can improve from within but we can also now strengthen the profile of our list for the medium and longer term. This deal improves significantly our ability to do that.’
Treloar played 94 games over five seasons for Collingwood.
He joined the Magpies in 2016 after four seasons with GWS Giants.
Adam Treloar has lashed out at his former club Collingwood after they blamed his wife Kim’s move to Queensland as the reason for his departure