Clanger (Australian rules football)

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A clanger in Australian rules football is a term coined by Champion Data founder Ted Hopkins which refers to a turnover or a silly mistake made by a player.[1] Its vague description in statistical tables is "errors including frees against".

Examples of clangers include,

  • Any disposal or deliberate knock-on that goes directly to an opposition player.[2]
  • Any free kick conceded
  • Dropped marks or fumbles under no pressure
  • 50-metre penalties conceded
  • A Ball-Up Kick In (Stepping over the line when kicking in after a behind)


  1. ^ Marshall, Konrad (25 March 2011). "The numbers man". The Age. Retrieved 22 April 2011. 
  2. ^ Kings of the jungle clanger