Incredible moment Collingwood stars Josh and Nick Daicos scatter their grandfather’s ashes at the MCG after playing with his remains on their boots during the comeback win over Geelong
- Josh and Nick Daicos paid tribute to their grandfather
- The Collingwood brothers scattered his ashes on the MCG lawn
- The touching moment resonated with many soccer fans.
Collingwood brothers Josh and Nick Daicos warmed the hearts of AFL fans across the country when they scattered their grandfather’s ashes at the MCG moments after beating Premier Geelong on Friday.
In highly emotional scenes, 20-year-old Nick removed his boot, grabbed the ashes and kissed her hand and the rose petals she had hidden in her shoes before hitting the turf of the famous course.
Moments later, his older brother, Josh, 24, followed suit.
“Just taking a look at the Daicos guys…it’s obviously personal,” James Brayshaw said in a commentary for Channel 7.
“(What a) special night for the Daicos family.”
Josh Daicos of Collingwood shakes his grandfather’s ashes from his boot in the middle of the MCG on Friday
In highly emotional scenes, Nick Daicos also took off his boot, grabbed the ashes in it, then kissed her hand before touching the hallowed turf of the famous ground.
The heartwarming scenes continued in the Magpies’ sheds as Peter Daicos, the brothers’ father, and a great player for the club, hugged the players and reflected on what has been an emotional week for the family.
‘That was for my dad. That was for my dad, dude,’ Peter told Seven’s Brian Taylor as he played his heartbeat.
“Tonight’s game was in honor of him for us,” added Nick.
Mr. Daicos’ funeral was held on Thursday, and the brothers missed the captain’s run before the game against the Cats in order to attend.
“Unfortunately, we had our father’s father pass away, so it’s been a really difficult week for the family,” said Josh Daicos.
“It’s been very difficult for us, but tonight (the win) made it worth it.”
Nick (2nd from left) and Josh (3rd from left) celebrate the Feet’ victory over Premiers Geelong on Friday night.
Club legend Peter Daicos, father of Nick and Josh, embraced the Collingwood players in emotional scenes in the dressing room after the game.
The great football commentator Jordan Lewis was impressed by the brothers’ ability to play despite the tragic loss.
“Not just dealing with the passing of their grandfather and the emotion associated with that, yesterday’s funeral, they would have been mentally and physically exhausted,” he said.
“When their mom and dad look at that, they should be absolutely proud of them, not just for the players they are, but for the youngsters they’ve become,” added Magpies legend Nathan Buckley.
Both brothers had standout games, with Josh racking up 27 possessions and Nick recording 35 disposals, as he was involved in nine of the Pies’ goals.
Dozens of football fans were impressed by the touching gesture of the Daicos boys.
“Couldn’t love this more if I tried,” one follower tweeted.
Another said: “The best way to pay your respects to your grandfather was to play the games of your lives against the prime ministers and they did.”
They made him proud. A couple gems there, Pies fans,’ wrote another.