As Adam Treloir prepares for his 200th AFL game, the Western Bulldogs star cannot help but think that the hardest decision he has ever made in his life, not just his career, has turned out to be the best.
It was a call to live in a separate state for his partner, netball player Kim Ravalion, and his daughter Georgie, a decision made amid his brutal departure from Collingwood, his second AFL club, in late 2020.
Both have succeeded in their sports pursues, guided by each other’s constant and unwavering support.
Georgie will be in Balarat on Saturday afternoon at one of the most proud moments in Treloir’s life when the Bulldogs fight the Gold Coast Suns.
“Georgie is coming down, she has never been with me on the oval and will break through the flag with me, which will probably be the most honorable moment for me. There will probably be a few tears, ”Treloir said Wednesday, reflecting on the full challenge of the road to the milestone.
“Having the opportunity to watch Kim, watch her flourish and find that form (from Queensland Firebirds) … it gives me great peace of mind that it was the right decision.
“It was a great decision for our family, for her to do what she does, and for her to support me. She has her problems, but with the people around me, and the same with her, it’s not as hard as people think. ”
Treloir, who started his life in the AFL at GWS after moving to Sydney at the age of 17 and then moving to Collingwood and now to the Bulldogs, said he would “always have a connection” with all three clubs.
But he made a revealing comment on the importance of the Bulldogs in his career and life, forming strong ties to the club.
“It’s kind of like that bias lately, if I were retiring now, who would I support? Probably, it would be Bulldogs just because I will finish my career here, ”he said.
“I feel like I will always have a part of myself in three football clubs, but I don’t want to play for football clubs anymore. I want to finish here. “
Last week, Treloir was the best on earth against his old Collingwood team after a season that he admitted was inconsistent both personally and for the Bulldogs after reaching last year’s grand final.
But the 28-year-old believes the win over the Magpies could be a “starting point” for the Ninth-ranked Dogs, with a record 4-5 this season to bring them back to their best football.
“I think we (see this as a launching pad),” he said.
“We had some good wins this year, a really good win over Sydney (in the 3rd round), we thought it would be a starting point, but we were still trying to find the best players.
“Whether you call it a turning point or not, I feel it could be a launching pad where we ultimately want to go.”