Jack Petruccelle delivers ‘the moment’ at Optus Stadium

Jack Petruccelle. Photo: Getty
Jack Petruccelle. Photo: Getty

IT was the most electrifying moment in a pedestrian game of footy.

Sure there had been a couple of goals worthy of a rewind.

Luke Shuey’s break away in the second quarter was reminiscent of Peter Matera or Chris Judd.

Elliott Yeo’s final-quarter snap, where he turned Lachie Whitfield inside-out, was a beauty.

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But Jack Petruccelle, the lad who sounds like something you’d order in a restaurant, provided by far the tastiest moment in what was largely a contest defined by its mistakes.

The Eagles were up by 33 when Yeo launched a kick up to centre wing.

The ball came off Nathan Vardy’s hand and out the other side.

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There were eight players between Petruccelle, who began the sequence on the defensive side of the contest, and the ball.

Yet in the blink of an eye there were none, as he tapped the ball away from Zac Williams – then made him look like he was stuck in mud.

The kid, who turns 20 this month, bolted inside 50 and slotted the goal.

As far as moments go, there was no more exciting across the whole round.

Yes, Jordan De Goey’s mark was spectacular. So was Josh Bruce’s.

But the site of a footballer backing their pace is something extraordinary.

Think Lewis Jetta burning off Cyril Rioli in the 2012 Grand Final.

Or Chris Judd making the reigning premiers, Brisbane, look like they were using zimmer frames back in 2003.

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The word through the pre-season was that Petruccelle, who’d been noted for his explosive pace, finally had the tank to produce repeat efforts.

His moment of magic on Saturday night came half way through the final term – so that intel may be on the money.

Petruccelle delivered something special, giving the Eagles a dimension they haven’t had for a few years.

It’s an exciting time to be sitting on the wings at Optus Stadium.