After a heroic 22-point victory at the MCG, Collingwood’s dynamic brothers Josh and Nick Daicos took an extraordinary moment to pay tribute to their late grandfather.
Unbeknown to many, the AFL stars had played the game with their grandfather’s ashes in their boots.
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In an incredibly emotional night that was marred by a serious broken arm to high-flying defender Jeremy Howe, Josh and Nick left the post-game celebrations and wandered to the centre of the MCG.
Nick took off his boot, grabbed the ashes that were in it, kissed his hand, and then touched the hallowed turf of the famous ground.
Moments later, his older brother, Josh, did the same thing, also removing his boot and shaking out the ashes.
“Just having a look at the Daicos boys …. It’s obviously personal,” Channel 7 commentator James Brayshaw said.
“Just hearing that it might have been (their) grandfather’s ashes.”
The Daicos boys are the sons of one of the AFL’s immortals in Peter Daicos.
Peter was a legend of Collingwood and the game, and wrote himself into AFL history books with his amazing skills, including his pioneering ability to dribble kick goals from the boundary line.
“Special (night) for the Daicos family,” Brayshaw said.
Later, in the change-rooms, Seven’s Brian Taylor spoke to an emotional and excited Peter Daicos, who is obviously a proud and passionate Collingwood supporter.
Taylor also played with Collingwood in the 80s and the pair were teammates.
“Tell us what you’re thinking,” Taylor inquired.
Peter’s first response was about the game.
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“Oh mate, what a great win. What a great win. We gave them three, four goals start. They kept going forward of the ball. But we got them in the in the end,” Daicos said.
“We made them work hard off the ball. Keep them honest.”
Taylor then inquired about Peter’s sons’ moment in the middle of the MCG.
“That was for my dad. That was for my dad, mate,” Peter said as he touched his heart.
Daicos’ father died during the week and the funeral was on Thursday (yesterday).
He later embraced his sons but also got around the whole Collingwood team.
After the game, Josh said it had been “a really tough week for the family”.
“But tonight made it all worth it.”
Fans were also impressed with the Daicos boys’ touching gesture.
“I couldn’t love this more if I tried,” one fan wrote on Twitter.
And another said: “The best way to pay their respects to their grandfather was to play the games of their lives against the existing premiers and they did this.”
“They did him proud. Couple of gems there, Pies fans,” another wrote.
While another simply said: “Beautiful.”