Darcy Moore has gone one better than his famous father, captaining Collingwood to their 16th premiership and first since 2010. In beautiful scenes, Peter Moore was on hand to present the premiership cup to his son on Saturday after the Magpies' 12.18 (90) to 13.8 (86) victory over Brisbane.
Moore's father Peter won two Brownlow medals, but didn't win any of the five grand finals he played in. Moore Sr lost grand finals in 1977, 1979, 1980 and 1981, and played in the 1977 draw with the Magpies.
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The Hall of Famer is still haunted by the losses and got so sick of coming second on grand final day that he threw his runners-up medal away after the 1981 decider. However he revealed this week that the popular myth that he threw the medal into the stands isn't actually true.
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"Well, that's actually a bit of a folklore, I just pretended ... and it wasn't into the crowd," Peter said. "That was my fourth runners up medal, so I didn't really need another one. Had enough coming second.
"Not my finest moment but I don't regret it because I was determined to back it up (and win the next year). I did see (former Collingwood coach) Mick Malthouse when we lost one of those flags against Brisbane (in 2002 and 2003). His went in the bin in the players room as a demonstration to his players of not accepting coming second."
The 66-year-old said he would happily trade either of his Brownlow medals (won in 1979 and 1984) for a premiership medallion. Moore Sr even revealed he never won a grand final at any level of footy.
Collingwood captain Darcy won premierships for fun in his junior days, but was injured during the Magpies' run to the 2018 decider. He was pivotal in the Pies' premiership triumph over Brisbane on Saturday.
"When I coached one (premiership) at Eltham after I retired, that was the biggest thrill of my career, even at a local level," Peter said. "There's going to be be a disappointed group of boys, a disappointed group of fans and unfortunately there can only be one winner."
Fans were left gushing over Moore's moment with his father after the grand final. The Collingwood captain also received plenty of praise for his classy victory speech.
What a speech our new Captain Darcy Moore pic.twitter.com/W7Q41cdynM
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Fantastic AFL Grand Final. Ripper of a game! Peter Moore handing the premiership cup to son Darcy Moore was a sweet moment. Has a father ever handed the cup to his son as the winning captain before? #AFLGF
— Kellie Skater (@ratetank) September 30, 2023
That’s so cute 💞
— WINTER MINAJᴺᴹ❄️ (@FendixMinaj) September 30, 2023
🖤 Collingwood Cap Darcy Moore with the most classy, thoughtful speeches I’ve heard for a while.
🤍 Coach announcing wife gave birth this morning (timing 😬).
🖤 Cap receiving the cup from his father.
Kind of a fairytale win, tbh
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— Ange (@AngeNMorris) September 30, 2023
Darcy Moore's speech was by far the best speech I have heard ... absolutely brilliant.
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Credit where credits due that was an exceptional acceptance speech by Darcy Moore
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Josh and Nick Daicos emulate father Peter
Darcy Moore wasn't the only famous son playing in the grand final on Saturday, with Josh and Nick Daicos emulating their father Peter. Daicos Sr helped Collingwood break another premiership drought when they won the 1990 grand final, but he revealed this week that he didn't take the time to enjoy the moment.
“The thing I’ve been touching on already is just enjoy it, take it minute by minute as they say,” Daicos Sr said on Channel 7. “I know it’s an overused line, but just enjoy the week, the attention that it does bring to the individual players and to the football club and the team, because they will clearly come away with some great memories and they will love the day and the week. I know when I did it, it was a job, so I didn’t actually enjoy it like I probably should have. So, I think just enjoy it for what it is.”
Peter said he hadn't seen any pre-game nerves from either of his sons. “I need to ask them how they are feeling but on the surface they seem pretty comfortable with things and looking forward to getting out there on Saturday," he said.
“Having said that, their temperament is pretty good considering that in a football life, football doesn’t get any bigger than this. It’s a big opportunity and they can’t wait to get out there.”
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