JAY Lockhart’s story is certainly unique.
He made his AFL debut just 15 days after signing with Melbourne, and now four games into his career, he finally has his first victory.
“It’s unbelievable, obviously been three losses prior to that and just been wanting that first win, and as a club we wanted to get a win as well, so it was really important for us and a great feeling,” Lockhart told Melbourne Media.
The 23-year-old was instrumental in the Demons’ five-point win over Hawthorn, racking up 20 disposals throughout the afternoon.
And he certainly enjoyed his Gatorade shower, alongside debutant Declan Keilty and volunteer Marty Dobson (on his birthday) post-game.
“It’s obviously a different feeling to the last games I’ve played,” Lockhart said.
“It was off the back of a good week to be honest. We reset and that’s what we wanted to do, and [we] implemented a few things during the week, and it came out today.”
After the Hawks slotted four consecutive goals and hit the lead in the final term, Lockhart stood up for his side.
The versatile small dived at full stretch to clunk a crucial mark and nailed the goal to put the red and blue back in front - although he played down his clutch moment.
“They (Hawthorn) got back in the game, while our basics weren’t good enough,” he said.
“Tremendous pressure and tackling in the last five minutes or so from our guys created opportunities which was unbelievable.”
Coming off two disappointing losses, Melbourne was able to get their game style back after half-time against the Hawks and gain some momentum heading into the coming weeks.
“I think we got our running game and our basics really well,” Lockhart said.
“We used the long handball which we wanted to do this week and got it going forward to good one on one contests.”
The Dees will be looking to string two wins in a row together when they face Gold Coast at Metricon Stadium next Saturday afternoon.