Fremantle’s most exciting key forward prospect since Matthew Pavlich has kicked his first goal for the club with his first kick, just minutes into their Friday night clash with North Melbourne.
Fans desperate for some positive signs from Jye Amiss, the 19-year-old sharpshooter taken with pick eight in last year’s draft, had to wait just seven minutes.
His key forward partner Josh Treacy broke away from a scramble on the wing and delivered to Amiss, who was one-out with Kangaroos defender Aiden Corr.
Amiss, who quickly became known for remarkable accuracy during his colts stint at East Perth, had no troubles converting his first chance from 35 metres out, almost directly in front.
It sparked a wild celebration and a massive roar from the home crowd.
His second disposal also had the crowd in raptures, working higher up the ground to mark on the lead in the centre-circle.
Gun North Melbourne defender Ben McKay has started the game playing on Josh Treacy.
His maiden goal was the second time Amiss had been targeted inside 50 in the opening minutes, with Corr able to work him off the ball in the pocket.
He would then mark inside 50 again just moments later, but missed a much harder set shot opportunity.
Coming to the bench a few minutes later, he received another rousing reception.
Amiss was taken with pick eight in last year’s National Draft — the earliest the Dockers have taken a key forward since club goal-kicking leader Pavlich.
He kicked a remarkably accurate 51.15 in the colts last season.
The Busselton product’s selection became almost a necessity when Rory Lobb became the first of six Dockers to test positive to COVID and join the injured Matt Taberner on the sidelines.
The 19-year-old kicked nine goals from his first three games at league level for Peel Thunder.
Amiss said his surprise selection had meant for a whirlwind week, with Dockers players forced to train and meet outside under heavy COVID precautions.
“It’s pretty crazy, I didn’t think it would come this quick but I’m just so excited,” Amiss told the club’s website.
“It’s unfortunate circumstances to earn a debut in, but it does open up opportunities. I’ll just go out there and play my role and do my best.”