Main content

Recommended videos

Highlights: Richmond v Carlton

11:17pm Mar 27, 2014

Malthouse rues costly mistakes

11:44pm Mar 27, 2014

Recommended articles

Sunday football as it happened

Sunday football as it happened

Recap Port's Showdown upset, plus big wins for the Hawks and Tigers

11:45am Apr 14, 2013

St Kilda v Richmond as it happened

St Kilda v Richmond as it happened

 Recap Friday night's MCG clash as the Tigers make their best start to a season in 16 years

04:00pm Apr 5, 2013

Carlton v Collingwood as it happened

Carlton v Collingwood as it happened

Recap Friday night's blockbuster as the Blues capitulate in front of 78,000 at the MCG

10:36pm Jul 5, 2013

Saturday football as it happened

Saturday football as it happened

Recap a day bookended by two major boilovers

01:00pm Mar 30, 2013

Fantasy review: round three

Fantasy review: round three

It was a tough round for AFL Fantasy coaches, Warnie writes

10:42pm Apr 6, 2014

Football world sends off Hafey in style

Football world sends off Hafey in style

Tom Hafey remembered as a great coach and a wonderful man

06:15pm May 19, 2014

Show me the money: Young Hawk's debt to star Bomber

Bruce Matthews  March 21, 2017 3:56 PM

Sorry Pie, Watts waits, Cripps confident Tuesday Footy Feed with Matt Thompson, Nat Edwards and Peter Ryan
AFL 2016 Rd 18 - Photographers Choice

James Sicily is in debt to Brendon Goddard

ACE ESSENDON midfielder Brendon Goddard and young Hawthorn forward James Sicily will likely exchange a knowing nod and a smirk when they cross paths before the opening bounce at the MCG on Saturday night. 

It will be the pair's first reunion since they forged a lifelong link by achieving an extraordinary sporting double during the off-season.

Both had a hole-in-one playing in the same group in a mid-week golf competition, the odds of the dual aces akin to winning the lottery. 

Playing on opposing teams, Sicily hit the perfect shot with a seven-iron at the 161m par-three 12th hole at the prestigious Huntingdale course in Melbourne. And just three holes later, Goddard incredibly matched the feat when his eight-iron shot at the 141m 15th-hole took one bounce and hopped into the cup. 

Sicily, who had only officially been a Huntingdale member for three days, played with friend and fellow member Michael Choi, an Australasian PGA tour pro, against Goddard, who plays off scratch at top-ranked courses Metropolitan and The National. Goddard had been invited to play by his manager Craig Kelly, Collingwood's 1990 premiership defender.

With Goddard square with the card when he pulled the eight-iron from his bag and just four holes to play, he and Kelly, also a Huntingdale member, had already clinched the side bet on the match, the winnings traditionally used to buy first drinks in the clubhouse. 

Unfortunately for Sicily, he didn't have any cash on him when he and Goddard met socially for the first time on Huntingdale's first tee. 

Brendon Goddard is pretty handy with a golf club in his hand. Picture: AFL Photos 

"I've still got that up my sleeve. James actually pre-warned us that he didn't have any money with him when we talked about what we were playing for prior to teeing off," Goddard said.

"At the end of the round after Ned (Kelly) and I won, I just reminded him not to forget my $30 and to have it in his sock when we played each other in the first round. I told him he had to hand it over before the centre bounce."

Sicily, who had only seen Goddard on the football field before that freakish four-ball in summer, is content to remain in the Bomber's debt until there's a more appropriate time to pay up. 

"I actually do owe him 30 bucks and he did joke about that. He told me to make sure I have the 30 in [my] sock," the Hawk said.