Aussie netball star Kim Ravaillion has slammed the Magpies over their ‘sh***y lies’ while pushing her partner Adam Treloar out of the club during last year’s AFL Trade Period.
The 27-year-old was hitting out months after Collingwood suggested her decision to play netball with the Queensland Firebirds in 2021 meant it was best for the star midfielder to exit the club.
The club made the assessment that Treloar, who was set to earn up to $900,000 per year for the next five years at the Magpies, wouldn’t be able to cope living away from his young family.
Ravaillion has now set the record straight following her partner’s move to the Bulldogs, claiming Collingwood simply wanted to clear salary cap space and saw her as a convenient person to blame.
“All those sh***y lies were not the reason they got rid of him, there was another reason (the salary cap),” Ravaillion told News Corp.
“It was an emotional rollercoaster.
“They (Collingwood) started to say to Adam, ‘it’s bad for your mental health’, ‘you won’t be able to handle the move’ and Adam said, ‘that’s up to me, it’s not up to you to decide.’
“Then they started to blame it on me. They were making excuses for why he’s going when in actual fact they just wanted him gone.”
The netballer explained that Treloar, who recently turned 28, had been nothing but supportive ever since she told him that she wanted to continue her career after having their baby.
“I knew he was 100 per cent going to back me, which made me feel so much more ready to do it,” she said.
However she says she’s found the backlash to that decision confusing, to the point where both she and Treloar have just tried to block it out.
“We can’t change the opinions of people but to be honest we don’t care what people think of us,” Ravaillion said.
“We know we’re happy and doing what we want. We want good careers and good lives so eventually (baby) Georgie grows up and has us as role models for what she wants.”
Ravaillion has previously criticised the club’s treatment of her partner, telling News Corp late last year that she wishes Treloar was shown more respect during the ugly saga.
“I think it could have been handled a lot better,” Ravaillion said.
“Ads absolutely loved playing for Collingwood and he loves all his teammates and he had nothing bad to say about them.
“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.
“But in saying that, he’s now at a club that will now treat him with that respect.
“He didn’t want to leave. He loved Collingwood, he loved the fans, he loved everything about the boys. They have all reached out to him and they are all shocked.
“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.
“We got to this point where we are now and we couldn’t be more relieved.”
Treloar shines in Bulldogs practice match
Treloar has given himself a huge shot of a round-one Western Bulldogs debut against his old side Collingwood after starring in a second-tier AFL practice match
Treloar has battled persistent calf muscle tightness during his first pre-season with the Bulldogs since being forced out of the Magpies during last year’s trade period.
But the midfielder eased fitness concerns ahead of the March 19 MCG blockbuster with an impressive performance for the Bulldogs’ reserves on Monday.
Bulldogs coach Luke Beveridge said Treloar had done everything he could to recover from the setback.
“I’d say, health-wise, based on today he would be right,” Beveridge told reporters.
“Then we’ve got to make the call on whether we pick him on a limited game time.
“Case-by-case because of his history, he’ll definitely be a consideration if we can get him through training.”
In his first appearance in the tricolours, Treloar had about 20 disposals and six clearances in two-and-a-half quarters as the Dogs registered a big win over the Casey Demons.
He now has 11 days to prove he can run out a full game at AFL level.
“Physically, you want to be right and you want to go into those games, especially at the start of the season, making sure you’re in good nick,” Treloar said.
“Today was a massive indicator to see where we were at physically and I feel great.
“I well and truly could’ve played the rest of the game out, but I understand the managed minutes and the risk versus reward.
“There will be a plan put in place for the rest of this week and then fingers crossed I get the call-up to play the game (in round one).”
– With AAP