Melbourne was playing against the bulldog, but the star demon overturned the grand final in a record-breaking effort.
Melbourne’s Christian Petracca won the Nome Smith medal for his sensational performance in the Demon’s Grand Final victory over the Western Bulldogs.
The gun midfielder made a record 39 dispositions and kicked two great goals. Both were important stages of the game and were clearly worthy of the highest prestigious awards on earth.
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Petracca kicked the first goal of the Grand Final. He has grown rapidly outside the 50-meter arc, just one step away, to get the devil to a perfect start.
Commentator Brian Taylor said on Channel 7 that “Dustin Martin talked about it just around the corner.”
The bulldog made a comeback in the second and third quarters, threatening to interrupt the match, but Melbourne counterattacked with 12 goals in the second half.
Petracca’s second goal was part of its incredible execution and helped bring momentum back to Deeds’ favor.
With only 6 points before the third semester, Melbourne collected the ball in his front pocket and kicked an insane dribble goal with a beautifully curled big stick.
Along with Clayton Oliver’s work and Bayley Fritsch’s goal-kicking prowess, his brutal attack on Footy was important in regaining Melbourne’s favor in the third quarter.
“Absolutely incredible quarter from Petracca !!” tweeted football journalist Rohan Connolly.
“This is one of the best personal performances I’ve seen from Christian Petracca,” added WWOS Sports Reporter Chris De Silva.
Petracca’s huge 39-touch haul was comparable to the record for the most dispositions ever made by players in the Grand Final set by Simon Black in Brisbane’s 2003 Premier League championship.
“I can’t really speak now. It feels like a dream,” Petracca told Channel 7 after the match.
“It’s very incredible. We’ve started the pre-season and off-season to get the club back where it should be.
“For all the fans watching at home, we did it bloody!”
After a relatively late start of his career, Petracca’s form exploded in the last few seasons, and in 2020 and 2021 he was rewarded with all Australian honors.