AFL Grand Final Miracle: From Gaol To Goal In His Very First Game

Easily the best story of AFL Grand Final week was Richmond player Marlion Pickett, who is playing is very first game in the decider.

And now, Pickett has provided the moment of the match.

Looking at Pickett play, you wonder how Richmond never found a spot for him earlier. He was incredible in the midfield, seamlessly slotting into the team and delivering silky service to the forward line.

What the footage above doesn't show is how Pickett set up the goal he eventually kicked.

It was his silver service that put the ball on a platter for Dustin Martin, and Martin rewarded his teammate by passing the ball back. Beautiful.

Image: Getty.

All day Pickett has been doing terrific things. Stage fright for this debutant? Forget it. Unfortunately the same cannot be said of the entire GWS Giants team.

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Pickett is 27 and spent time in prison between 2010 and 2012 for numerous offenses, including burglary. Born and raised in Western Australia, he has four children and has turned his life around in the most dramatic way.

From gaol to goal, you might say.

He made his way into the grand final team after Jack Graham was ruled out on Tuesday with a dislocated shoulder.

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