AFL 2022 Demons Blues | ‘Clutch’ Pickett kicks late winner to sink Blues
A Kysaiah Pickett goal with 15 seconds left on the clock has seen the Demons lock in a top four spot with a thrilling win against the Blues.
With five to play, the Blues were eight points in front – their biggest lead of the night – before goals to Jake Melksham and then Pickett with just 15 seconds left collectively broke thousands of Blues hearts.
After the final siren, Pickett was left speechless.
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“I don’t know what to say … it’s unreal,” he said.
“It’s so good to be back on the winning list – I can’t wait to sing the song.”
The game was tight from the get go – the lead changed hands ten times throughout the match, and was never more than two goals in either direction.
The Demons victorious 11.13 (79) to 10.14 (74).
Kysaiah Pickett kicks the winning goal against the Blues (Getty)
After their loss to the Magpies last week, Demons skipper Max Gawn said the club had reviewed the footage “a lot”.
“The last ten minutes of the Collingwood game we watched a lot … we were able to hold our nerves,” he said.
“Geez it was good footy.”
“It’s a crazy season – every game has been a final since we went to Geelong about five weeks ago and there’s another next week.
“We lose we’re probably going back up there (to Brisbane) the following week and if we win, we take a top two.”
Demons coach Simon Goodwin celebrates with Kysaiah Pickett (AFL Photos via Getty Images)
Gawn praised the composure of Pickett, who kicked 2.1 and had 12 disposals.
Speaking of his second goal with just seconds left, Gawn said it was “pretty clutch”.
“Kozzy is a good player – he’s been playing some good footy this year. That was his moment.
“He did a couple of great things in that final quarter. Like I said we’ve been on the wrong end of those moments a few times this year so now to get on the right side of one is pretty great.”
The Demons travel north to Brisbane next weekend, the winner basically securing second spot on the ladder.
The Blues meanwhile will host Collingwood at the MCG.
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