Exciting young striker Kysaiah Pickett played for Melbourne as the Demons made their first 2-0 start in an AFL season since 2005 with a win over St Kilda.
After a moving pre-match tribute to former captain Danny Frawley, the Saints held a 16-point lead midway through the second term, before Melbourne missed by 12. 19. (91) to 11. 7. (73) winners at Marvel Stadium.
Pickett, who played 14 games in his first season in 2020, was at his electrifying pre-game best for Melbourne, scoring two sensational goals to accompany 17 touches.
Stunned fans of the 19-year-old and AFL greats, with former Hawthorn and Melbourne star Jordan Lewis and former Cats skipper Cameron Ling both in awe.
“His agility and understanding of goals is just great to watch,” Lewis said on the Fox Footy coverage.
“He is a player who will provide many highlights over the next 10 years.”
“Demons fans are going to love it for a long time,” Ling added on the cover of Seven.
“The talent, the ability but also the desperation … he’s going to become a fan favorite in a rush.”
Pickett was far from the only demon playing a leading role in the victory, with skipper Max Gawn (17 assignments and 40 strikes) combining with Clayton Oliver (37 assignments) to lethal effect in midfield.
Speaking after the win, Gawn admitted he and his teammates were moved by former captain Garry Lyon’s moving tribute to Frawley ahead of the opening rebound.
“Garry almost got me before the game,” he told ABC Radio.
“It really made me think about my loved ones and the people I want to call on the way home.
“It was a great week for us too with Angus (Brayshaw) who was really part of the Frawley family.”
Saints captain Jack Steele fought all night and did his best to inspire his team to a second-half victory by finishing with three goals and 24 assignments, while Dougal Howard notched the top 29 assignments. in defense career.
Melbourne was also boosted by performances from Christian Salem and Christian Petracca, with both players finishing with 30 disposals on the night.
The Demons will hope to continue their undefeated start to the season in Round 3 when they travel to Canberra to take on the GWS Giants, while the Saints will aim to rebound against the winless Essendon at Marvel Stadium.