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Hawthorn captain’s awesome gesture for young fan after match-winning epic


James Sicily could be excused for some selfishness after leading Hawthorn to a come-from-behind win over AFL finals hopefuls St Kilda on Saturday.

But the skipper had other ideas when he spotted a young fan holding a very specific sign at Marvel Stadium.

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Sicily was fresh from a career-best 42 disposals in the 12.16 (88) to 12.6 (78) victory when he stopped in his tracks to assess the cardboard poster.

“James Sicily can I have your boots?” it read, the latest in a growing trend of supporters seeking out a memento from players.

Sicily almost immediately removed his footwear.

“James, you star. He’s going to sign them,” Dermott Brereton said on Fox Sports.

“Well done, young man.”

Nick Dal Santo joked: “After you’ve had 42 (disposals) you’d probably keep them when you get a little bit superstitious.”

Sicily gave up his boots to the young fan. Credit: Fox Sports

Sicily had earlier been overlooked for the first post-match interview in favour of match-sealing goalkicker Luke Breust.

“I thought he’d be the one taking this interview, to be honest,” Breust said.

“He was amazing. His ability to mark, intercept mark, and pull the defence apart with his feet – it was absolutely amazing. Huge captain’s game.

“The last month of footy he’s put together has been pretty special.”

The Hawks kicked five straight goals at the end of the game to storm past the Saints and record their third win of the season.

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It came just three days after chief executive Justin Reeves resigned as the club continues to deal with the fallout from the ongoing racism inquiry.

The Saints kicked the opening goal of the last term to go 20 points ahead.

They also could have sealed it midway through the quarter when a long ball went to Jack Higgins close to goal.

But he dropped the mark and the ball was rushed through for a behind, rather than the goal that would have put them 19 points ahead.

Jacob Koschitzke marked and goalled from 45m out with less than two minutes left to put Hawthorn ahead.

A win potentially would have put the Saints in the top four, but the loss continues their patchy form of the last month..

Hawthorn took control through the first half in most areas, except where it matters most – on the scoreboard.

They had 32 inside-50s to 20, but kicked a wasteful 4.10.

Two late goals to the Saints in the second term meant scores were level at the main break, when the hosts should have been four or five goals behind.

Adding to the Saints’ problems, Hunter Clark was subbed out of the game in the second term with a knee injury.

– with AAP

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