In Australian rules football, if a player takes a mark or is awarded a free kick shortly before the siren sounds to end a quarter, the player is allowed to take the kick after the siren. Often, the result of this kick is of little consequence, but if the player is within range of goal, any score will count towards the final result.
Below is a list of occasions where game results have been decided by set shots taken after the final siren. These are highly memorable and often go down in football folklore.
Goal to win
Goal to draw
Behind to win
Behind to draw
A list of instances where a player had a shot at goal after the siren to win or draw the game but missed, resulting in a loss, or instances where a player has had a kick after the siren with scores level but missed the lot.
Goal to win
Goal to draw
Behind to win
There have been some cases of a kick after the siren which cannot be properly classified into one of the above tables due to extraordinary circumstances surrounding the outcomes of the games.
Note that in the 'Score' column, the score listed in bold represents the official final score of the game in question; the other scores given were at one time official, but have since been changed.
||56-51 (No result)
||North Melbourne trailed 51–56 in the semi-final, and Considine had a shot after the bell from 30yds out. Fans stormed onto the field, and prevented Considine from taking his kick. The players eventually left the field, the match was declared a no result and a replay was held the next week.
||Tasmanian State Premiership
||North Hobart (TANFL)
||92–91 (No result)
||North Hobart trailed 91–92, and Collins had a shot after the siren from 20m out. Home-team Wynyard fans stormed onto the field, and prevented Collins from taking his kick right up until the Wynyard fans had taken down the goalposts, making a set shot impossible. Collins never got to take his kick, the match was declared a no result and the 1967 state premiership was withheld. For more details, see 1967 Tasmanian State Premiership Final.
||In a passage of play that occurred after the siren sounded inaudibly, Baker scored a behind to tie the game, and received an illegal bump. He elected to cancel the behind and take a set-shot, which (with the umpires having now heard the siren) was a true after-the-siren kick. He scored another behind, drawing the scores level 94–94. However, four days later, Fremantle successfully challenged to have the result of the game amended to 94–93, reflecting the scoreline when the siren originally sounded. This decision cancelled Baker's kick. For more details see AFL siren controversy, 2006
- ^ Ted Collins received a free kick within range but passed the ball to Schmidt with seconds to go. "Schmidt had his shot, placed it high and fairly between the posts..." The Argus 04.08.1913 p12
- ^ "...Gordon marked half-foward(sic). Before he could kick the gong sounded but he did not hesitate, and with the confidence of a veteran kicked for goal, and got it..." The Argus 11.08.1913 p10
- ^ Smedley was running towards an empty goal square but the bell sounded before he kicked it through. The goal stood because the umpire hadn't heard the bell, even though the ball left his boot seconds after it rang. Full Points Footy
- ^ "..Strang was in position, and, marking, went back to take his shot. Before he could kick the bell rang, and he coolly punted the goal which gave Richmond the match." The Argus 08.08.1932 p11
- ^ Hawthorn's first ever win against Collingwood at Victoria Park
- ^ Kicked into man on the mark from his first kick, then was allowed a second
- ^ Blight kicked three goals in time-on in the last quarter, the last of them 70 metres out after the final siren
- ^ Roberts debuted in this match
- ^ Got a controversial free kick after the siren
- ^ Intercepted a chipped kick across goal by Collingwood defender Graeme Allan The Age 04.06.1984 p24
- ^ Clarkson made his debut in this match
- ^ Goal put Hawthorn into the Grand Final (due to a 15-metre penalty against Jim Stynes for running across the mark) Melbourne recovered from the heartbreak to make the Grand Final in 1988.
- ^ Free kick paid to Eddie Hocking but the kick is taken by Jameson
- ^ First Qualifying Final
- ^ Goal put Geelong into the Grand Final
- ^ Marked a Brayden Lyle kick and goaled after the siren
- ^ Set shot from 30m out at eastern side of the MCG.
- ^ Was Hall's last game for St Kilda; the only time St Kilda were in front during the entire game was after the final siren sounded
- ^ Kicked a goal to win after a free kick against Shannon Motlop moments before the siren giving the Swans their first lead of the final quarter.
- ^ Kicked a goal in a come from behind win against his old club
- ^ Carlton had come back from 44 points down in the final quarter to hit the lead with 10 seconds to play. But Geelong won the centre clearance and the ball went to Riccardi whose goal from outside 50m stole the victory away from Carlton.
- ^ After marking on the lead he calmly kicked a goal from beyond 50m out as Port Adelaide escaped with a narrow win on a Sunday at the SCG.
- ^ Set shot from 40m out almost directly in front.
- ^ Became only player to twice win a game after the siren. Awarded a free kick 20m out directly in front with the score tied sealing victory for the Swans.
- ^ Scored from 30m out in the right forward pocket after a pack mark in the game that became known as the Whispers in the Sky match PerthNow
- ^ Set shot from 50 m out almost directly in front Herald Sun
- ^ Set shot from 35 m out on a slight angle. The win ended a twenty-one match losing streak for Gold Coast. [www.afl.com.au/news/newsarticle/tabid/208/newsid/141445/default.aspx]
- ^ Set shot from 55 m out directly in front. Tom Hawkins goal on the siren – AFL Official BigpondAFL video
- ^ Set shot from 30 m out on a slight angle.
- ^ One of just five goals in his career
- ^ Baggott, Melbourne's boyish full-forward kicked the vital goal as the bell rang. "The Argus" 26.08.1935 p13
- ^ Set shot 50 metres out from goal. One of only two draws the Bears would ever play in. AFL Tables
- ^ Sampi was 19 years of age at the time. His shot was from close to goal but on an angle. The Age
- ^ Kicked a goal from right in front.
- ^ With less than a minute left Ryan levelled the scores with a behind, and, pressing on the attack, the ball went to Hickey, who marked just before the bell rang. With people swarming on to the ground his 45 to 50 yards punt kick went off the hands of Chitty for a behind. There was a tense moment while the goal umpire conferred with the field umpire, and the excitement was intense when one flag was raised. "The Argus" 04.09.1944 p9
- ^ With scores level in the 1996 Preliminary Final Lockett kicked a behind from 50 metres out to put the Sydney Swans into Grand Final for the first time in 51 years. Fullpointsfooty
- ^ Marked 20 metres out on a sharp angle, and kicked a point to win the match after the siren. Cats break Hawks
- ^ Given a dubious 'holding the man' decision, kick fell short, punched through for a dubious 'rushed behind' decision.
- ^ Marked near the point post. Missed on the near side.
- ^ Missed a set shot after the final siren from 15 m out on a slight angle
- ^ Voss kicked it on the run from 40 out and the siren sounded as the ball left his boot. ABC.net
- ^ 1903 VFl Grand Final. Wikipedia The Free Encyclopedia:"1903 Grand Final"
- ^ Barassi received a free kick at half-forward after being tripped, but missed his after the siren. The Argus:"Great Finish By Geelong"
- ^ Blight kicked a point just before the siren to level the scores, but was infringed in the act. He elected to take another kick and missed everything. "The Age", 20 June 1977, p32.
- ^ Ralph was paid a free kick 20 metres out and on an angle, needing a goal to secure the draw but missed narrowly Real Footy
- ^ Hit the post with a set shot after the siren. Game stats from AFL Tables
- ^ Had a set shot from the boundary line, for his eight goal and the win but missed. Brisbane's Mike Richardson sat on the shoulders of the man of the mark Matthew Campbell which made the league change the rules. Sporting Pulse
- ^ His torpedo shot for goal, after receiving a free kick, landed in the goalsquare
- ^ Had a set shot from 40 metres out on an angle and needed just a behind to win the game but he kicked it into the behind post. Blueseum
- ^ Had a set-shot from the right behind post following a deliberate out-of-bounds free kick against Andrew McKay. The shot hit the post.
- ^ Marked on the siren a long way out but failed to score with a torpedo.
- ^ Marked fifty metres out after the siren but pushed his kicked to the left, ending Melbourne's losing streak. 
- ^ Took a strong contested mark seconds before the siren and despite being close to directly in front of goal and 20 metres out he tugged it right. Sydney Morning Herald
- ^ Marked the ball with a second remaining, 40 metres out on a slight angle, kicked it wide for a point. Heraldsun
- ^ Marked the ball with a second remaining, 55 metres out straight in front, fell short. Heraldsun The Age
- ^ Marked the ball running back with the flight of the ball. The siren sounded and Johnson missed a banana shot from next to the behind post resulting in a point, and a win to Geelong in teammate Jason Akermanis' 300th game.
- ^ Took a mark 40 metres out on a gentle angle, and missed to the right. St Kilda's 19 match winning streak ended after this kick.
- ^ Marked the ball 40 metres out on a slight angle, kicked it to the right for a behind, resulting in Gold Coast's first win in the Australian Football League (AFL).
- ^ Awarded free kick for deliberate out of bounds, 50 metres from goal. Ball hit the far goal post for a one point loss. Eagles win dramatic Derby
- ^ Marked with 13 seconds left, narrowly missed to the left from 45 metres out.Goodes' grief, Dons by a point
- ^ Marked with 12 seconds left on a 45-degree angle and kicked after the siren, pushing the ball across the face for a behind. The Kangaroos lost by two points after a dramatic last quarter comeback. Dons at Death
- ^ Marked on the final bell and goaled from 40yds. Observer (22 June 1895). "Football – the battle for the premiership". The Argus (Melbourne, VIC). p. 6.
- ^ The Luck of Football, The Argus, Monday, 8 July 1895), p.6; The football Season, The Age, (Monday, 8 July 1895), p.6.
- ^ With scores level in the Semi-final, Thoms gathered the ball and kicked a goal after the bell began ringing. The umpire hadn't signalled the end of the game so it was allowed and booked West Torrens a spot in the Grand Final.
- ^ Controversial finish as Baldock goaled after the siren. He'd been awarded a mark by Umpire C Crowe, although ball was in air when siren sounded. Strong wind blowing across ground prevented umpire from hearing it until after his decision was made. The Advocate, 16 May 1955
- ^ Siren sounded before Good marked the ball but as the umpire hadn't signaled the end of the game Good was allowed to take his kick Australianrules.com
- ^ Ash Nugent. "Controversial finish as South Africa defeat Ireland after the siren". Worldfootynews.com.
- ^ "Ballarat Swans snare BFL premiership". Thecourier.com.au. 20 September 2008.
- ^ Mallinder, Terry (14 July 2009). "Seagulls Grant-ed reprieve after final siren – Sport – Sport – Hobsons Bay Leader". Hobsons-bay-leader.whereilive.com.au.
- ^ Prior converted his third goal of the final quarter to complete a remarkable East Perth comeback 
- ^ Converted from 40m on a 45-degree angle in terrible conditions 
- ^ First semi-final: Kiel marked with eight seconds to play then converted from 40m after the siren. King, Martn (September 2012). "Bulldogs in lot of trouble".
- ^ Marked with seconds remaining and converted from 30m out near the boundary line."Jack Riewoldt wins it after the siren for Richmond while Hawthorn reels from Matt Suckling injury". 9 March 2013.
- ^ Sunday Mail, 26 July 2009
- ^ Scarborough's set shot from in front was touched by two Launceston players before crossing the goal line. The goal umpire initially awarded no score, thinking the ball was dead once touched after the siren, but after an argument with a spectator, the behind was awarded. North Launceston Football Club history, retrieved 9 November 2010.
- ^ Earned a free kick from 50 metres out on the boundary line just as the siren sounded and managed to convert a behind.
- ^ Place kick from 40yds out directly in front in the final, taken with hundreds of spectators already on the field, missed by 6ft. A goal would have won the premiership for Essendon, but as they were minor premiers, the loss meant a rematch against Brunswick the following week, in which Essendon was victorious. Old Boy (18 September 1911). "Association Final – Magnificent contest". The Argus (Melbourne, VIC). p. 5.
- ^ 2009 TSL season#Season summary
- ^ Adam Smith (18 April 2010). "Lauderdale's upset win AFL". The Mercury.
- ^ "Football incident – when is time up?". The Argus (Melbourne, VIC). 27 September 1920. p. 6.
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