Molly McDonald will forever be remembered as the first AFLW Saint to kick a goal.
The crowd erupted as the No. 1 marked inside 50, played on and fired through the big sticks with her reliable left-foot.
But rewind a staggering 147 years ago to 1873, and McDonald’s moment echoes one almost forgotten memory in St Kilda’s rich history.
James Middleton Macdonald (spelled McDonald in some historical records) became the first ever Saint to kick a goal in the club’s foundation year, over a century-and-a-half apart from Molly’s ground-breaking major.
He was just 16 when he jotted his name down in the history books, and was one of three goalkickers as St Kilda comfortably ousted Carlton Second Twenty on Saturday 31 May.
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After stints at the Saints, Albert Park, Melbourne and University with his brother, John, Macdonald emigrated to England and was ordained as an Anglican clergyman in 1885.
He was later chaplain at Oxford University and then Senior King’s chaplain in Dacca, Bengal and Northern India (now Bangladesh) before returning to Australia to serve as a vicar at Cranbourne.
For Molly McDonald, it’s an uncanny coincidence that she mirrored her namesake’s historic achievement.
And while the future is yet to be written the 19-year-old youngster, the path she’s on shows that it is going to be an exciting chapter.