AFL star Adam Treloar’s netball player wife Kim Ravaillion has broken her silence on his acrimonious departure from Collingwood.
The 27-year-old Magpies midfielder was traded to the Western Bulldogs in a last-minute deal on the final day of AFL trade period on Thursday night.
Ravaillion said she is excited for her husband’s new opportunity at a club that would ‘treat him with respect’.
‘I think it could have been handled a lot better… I wish he was a bit more well respected in what he gave to the club and him as a person, I think he was treated pretty poorly,’ she told the Herald Sun.
‘It wasn’t his choice, but in the end it got to a point where he just didn’t want to go back to a club that treated him like that.’
AFL star Adam Treloar’s netball player wife Kim Ravaillion has broken her silence on his acrimonious departure from Collingwood
Ravaillion said she is excited for her husband’s new opportunity at a club that would ‘treat him with respect’
Ravaillion and the couple’s baby daughter will move to Queensland in early January ahead of her Super Netball comeback.
Treloar said he was prepared to stay in Melbourne to continue playing for Collingwood, while having a long-distance relationship with Ravaillion.
Ravaillion said she even thought absence would make the heart grow fonder.
‘The fact they’ve (Collingwood) used me as a scapegoat because I am going to Queensland is pretty sad,’ she said.
‘That was my choice and he was fully supportive of me going to Queensland. That chat was had a long time ago. I just think it’s funny they’re trying to veer it off onto me.’
Ravaillion’s choice words for Collingwood come after Super Netball club NSW Swifts took aim at a Melbourne newspaper.
‘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.
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
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.’
Australian netball great Liz Ellis also weighed into the debate by condemning the treatment of Ravaillon.
‘She’s an absolute superstar who has been treated appallingly through this process and really devalued in terms of her contribution to Australian sport,’ she said on Sports Sunday.
‘And then there was an effort to try and blame her move to Queensland for Collingwood wanting to offload Adam Treloar.’
‘Some of the talk around this has been disgraceful. It’s made many people’s blood boil. But from a leadership point of view, I think the Bulldogs can be really certain they get not only Adam but his family.
‘Adam and Kim have worked out how they’re going to do this across state borders. He will be well supported. If I was in the Western Bulldogs, I’d be rapt I would be getting something of integrity.’
Collingwood claim Adam Treloar wouldn’t have been traded if his wife Kim (pictured together) chose remained to stay in Victoria
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.
‘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.
The Magpies were concerned Adam Treloar wouldn’t cope with being separated from his wife Kim Ravaillion and baby girl Georgie (pictured together)
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.’
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