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AFLW: Nathan Burke, Alice – fans fall in love with the picture

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St Kilda legend Nathan Burke and his daughter Alice stole the show Friday night with an image that will be remembered forever after the Saints beat the Bulldogs at RSEA Stadium.

Last night, the Saints held off a Bulldogs team that finished quickly to hang on for a nine-point win, 8.3 (51) to 6.6 (42).

Moments after the game, Burke, now coach of the Western Bulldogs AFLW team, kissed his 18-year-old daughter who had completed her first game and was celebrating victory as a member of the Saints.

Alice was the club’s first father-daughter selection and wore the No. 3 Guernsey, the sweater her father wore famous for the Saints.

The four-time All-Australian, 323-game St Kilda legend admitted after the match that he was busy focusing on his coaching duties but said he hoped his daughter Alice had impressed enough to win the selection for next week.

“Once the game started, there was so much going on that I didn’t really focus (on Alice),” he said.

“So if you ask me how she went, I’m probably going to have to watch the video.

“After the game she said she loved it so I hope she did well enough to have another chance next week where I can sit down and play the role of dad.

“I’m aware of something I might tell her to do that’s not what the coaches here (in St Kilda) want her to do, so it’s best to stay out of that and work on the mental side. “

The image, captured by photographer Michael Willson, plunged fans on social media into collapse, with many worshiping the father-daughter love shared between the two.

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