Kicks after the siren in Australian rules football

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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, a play similar to the buzzer-beater in basketball. These are highly memorable and often go down in football folklore.


Goal to win[edit]

Player Club Opponent Year Score Details
1 Billy Schmidt St Kilda Carlton 1913 70–69 [1]
2 Jimmy Gordon Essendon University 1913 62–60 [2]
3 Eric Fleming Geelong Fitzroy 1924 68–65 [3]
4 Bert Smedley St Kilda Melbourne 1928 82–81 [4]
5 Doug Strang Richmond Carlton 1932 91–86 [5]
6 Terry Brain South Melbourne Collingwood 1933 89–83 [6]
7 Ron Cooper Carlton Essendon 1939 78–72 [7]
8 Jack Wrout Carlton North Melbourne 1939 79–73 [8]
9 Bill Wood Footscray Richmond 1946 99–93 [9]
10 Jock Spencer North Melbourne Geelong 1949 61–55 [10]
11 Bill Nolan South Melbourne St Kilda 1952 44–38 [11]
12 John Peck Hawthorn Collingwood 1960 58–57 [12]
13 Blair Campbell Richmond South Melbourne 1966 72–71 [13]
14 Bill Ryan Geelong Collingwood 1967 91–90 [14]
15 Doug Wade North Melbourne Collingwood 1973 76–71 [15]
16 Malcolm Blight North Melbourne Carlton 1976 81–76 [16]
17 Alan Stoneham Footscray Fitzroy 1976 35–34 [17]
18 Robert Elliott St Kilda North Melbourne 1978 124–121 [18]
19 John Roberts South Melbourne Geelong 1980 88–85 [19]
20 Paul Sarah Richmond St Kilda 1981 71–65 [20]
21 Simon Beasley Footscray Collingwood 1984 100–95 [21]
22 Alastair Clarkson North Melbourne Melbourne 1987 112–110 [22]
23 Stephen Kernahan Carlton North Melbourne 1987 129–125 [23]
24 Gary Buckenara Hawthorn Melbourne 1987 80–78 [24]
25 Rod Jameson Adelaide Fitzroy 1991 50–47 [25]
26 Billy Brownless Geelong Footscray 1994 106–101 [26]
27 Gary Ablett Sr. Geelong North Melbourne 1994 109–103 [27]
28 Quenton Leach Fremantle Brisbane Lions 1997 98–93 [28]
29 Peter Burgoyne Port Adelaide Carlton 2000 88–83 [29]
30 Ben Dixon Hawthorn Carlton 2001 96–93 [30]
31 Barry Hall St Kilda Hawthorn 2001 89–87 [31]
32 Daryn Cresswell Sydney Kangaroos 2002 103–100 [32]
33 Jeff Farmer Fremantle Melbourne 2002 94–89 [33]
34 Peter Riccardi Geelong Carlton 2002 100–96 [34]
35 Jared Poulton Port Adelaide Sydney 2002 94–92 [35]
36 Chris Tarrant Collingwood Adelaide 2003 114–109 [36]
37 Barry Hall Sydney Brisbane Lions 2005 87–81 [37]
38 Justin Longmuir Fremantle St Kilda 2005 80–75 [38]
39 Jordan McMahon Richmond Melbourne 2009 86–82 [39]
40 Karmichael Hunt Gold Coast Richmond 2012 90–88 [40]
41 Tom Hawkins Geelong Hawthorn 2012 118–116 [41]
42 Nic Naitanui West Coast North Melbourne 2013 90–88 [42]
43 Ashley McGrath Brisbane Lions Geelong 2013 103–98 [43]
44 Sam Lloyd Richmond Sydney 2016 101–100 [44]
45 David Mundy Fremantle Richmond 2017 72–70 [45]
46 Gary Rohan Sydney Essendon 2017 86–85 [46]
47 Luke Shuey West Coast Port Adelaide 2017 78–76 [47]
48 Zach Tuohy Geelong Melbourne 2018 100–98 [48]
49 Jeremy McGovern West Coast Port Adelaide 2018 62–58 [49]
50 Robbie Gray Port Adelaide Carlton 2020 64–61 [50]
51 Jack Newnes Carlton Fremantle 2020 40–36 [51]
52 Zac Bailey Brisbane Lions Collingwood 2021 73–72 [52]

Goal to draw[edit]

Player Team Opponent Year Score Details
1 Alan Ryan Collingwood Fitzroy 1935 93–93 [53]
2 Ron Baggott Melbourne Collingwood 1935 79–79 [54]
3 Stephen MacPherson Footscray North Melbourne 1987 125–125 [55]
4 Ray Windsor Brisbane Bears West Coast 1992 92–92 [56]
5 Ashley Sampi West Coast Western Bulldogs 2003 124–124 [57]
6 Daniel Bradshaw Brisbane Lions Essendon 2009 87–87 [58]
7 Mitch McGovern Adelaide Collingwood 2017 103–103 [59]

Behind to win[edit]

Player Team Opponent Year Score Details
1 Harry Hickey Footscray Carlton 1944 89–88 [60]
2 Ken Newland Geelong Collingwood 1972 112–111 [61]
3 Tony Lockett Sydney Essendon 1996 70–69 [62]
4 Jimmy Bartel Geelong Hawthorn 2009 99–98 [63]
5 Michael Walters Fremantle Brisbane Lions 2019 73–72 [64]

Behind to draw[edit]

Player Team Opponent Year Score Details
1 Bert Whittington Geelong Melbourne 1911 54–54 [65]
2 Gerry Donnelly North Melbourne Hawthorn 1926 70–70 [66]
3 Greg Wells Carlton Fitzroy 1982 113–113 [67]
4 Matthew Lloyd Essendon Western Bulldogs 2002 118–118 [68]
5 Tom Hawkins Geelong Greater Western Sydney 2017 68–68 [69]

Missed opportunities[edit]

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 failed to score.

Player Team Opponent Year Score Outcome Details
1 Fred Metcalf North Melbourne Geelong 1927 53–55 No score (out on the full) [70]
2 Ron Barassi Sr. Melbourne Geelong 1940 151–154 Behind [71]
3 Jack Pimm Collingwood Geelong 1948 73–78 Behind [72]
4 Fred Flanagan Geelong Richmond 1950 74–79 No score (fell short) [73]
5 Harvey Stevens Footscray Richmond 1954 45–49 No score (out of bounds) [74]
6 Ralph Rogerson Fitzroy Carlton 1964 59–60 No score (fell short) [75]
7 Malcolm Blight North Melbourne Hawthorn 1977 47–48 No score (out on the full) [76]
8 Warren Ralph Carlton Collingwood 1984 71–76 Behind [77]
9 Robert Scott Geelong Sydney 1988 111–114 Behind (hit the goal post) [78]
10 Simon Beasley Footscray Brisbane Bears 1988 71–72 Behind [79][80]
11 Steven Clark Melbourne Essendon 1991 80–86 No score (fell short) [81]
12 Stephen Kernahan Carlton Essendon 1993 132–132 No score (out on the full) [82]
13 David King North Melbourne Hawthorn 1994 91–91 No score (fell short) [83]
14 Ben Allan Fremantle Footscray 1995 96–98 No score (fell short) [84]
15 Marcus Picken Brisbane Lions Adelaide 2001 122–127 No score (fell short) [85]
16 Nick Dal Santo St Kilda Sydney 2002 56–56 No score (fell short) [86]
17 Matthew Lloyd Essendon Western Bulldogs 2002 118–118 Behind [87]
18 Jarrad Waite Carlton Port Adelaide 2005 109–109 No score (fell short) [88]
19 Matthew Egan Geelong Melbourne 2005 99–100 Behind [89]
20 Daniel Motlop Port Adelaide St Kilda 2006 60–64 Behind [90]
21 Brad Johnson Western Bulldogs North Melbourne 2008 110–113 Behind [91]
22 Jack Riewoldt Richmond St Kilda 2008 107–110 No score (fell short) [92]
23 Brad Johnson Western Bulldogs Geelong 2009 114–116 Behind [93]
24 Nick Riewoldt St Kilda Essendon 2009 108–110 Behind [94]
25 Justin Westhoff Port Adelaide Gold Coast 2011 101–104 Behind [95]
26 Hayden Ballantyne Fremantle West Coast 2011 64–65 Behind (hit the goal post) [96]
27 Adam Goodes Sydney Essendon 2011 99–100 Behind [97]
28 Hamish McIntosh North Melbourne Essendon 2012 102–104 Behind [98]
29 David Mundy Fremantle Geelong 2014 79–81 Behind [99]
30 Tom Lynch Gold Coast Melbourne 2016 64–66 No score (fell short) [100]
31 Isaac Smith Hawthorn Geelong 2016 83–85 Behind [101][102]
32 Jayden Hunt Melbourne Geelong 2018 94–97 No score (fell short) [103]
33 Harry Taylor Geelong Western Bulldogs 2018 101–103 Behind [104]
34 David Myers Essendon Sydney 2019 72–77 No score (fell short) [105]
34 Tom McCartin Sydney Greater Western Sydney 2021 69–71 No score (fell short) [106]

Other leagues[edit]

Goal to win[edit]

Player Competition Team Opponent Year Score Details
Langley Victorian Football Association Carlton North Melbourne 1895 14–15 [107][108]
Jim Thoms South Australian National Football League West Torrens North Adelaide 1945 33–32 [109]
Wally Cook Victorian Football Association Camberwell Sandringham 1952 76–75 [110]
Brian Rickards VFL Reserves Melbourne Carlton 1954 101–99 [111]
Ian Fulwood Port Lincoln Football League Waybacks Tasman 1954 66–60 [112]
Darrel Baldock North West Football Union East Devonport Devonport 1955 58–55 [113]
Alex Andjelkovic Victorian Football Association (Division 2) Geelong West Caulfield 1972 120–115 [114]
Graham Cornes South Australian National Football League Glenelg Norwood 1977 98–95 [115]
Kerry Good Night Series North Melbourne Collingwood 1980 57–54 [116]
Darren Harris South Australian National Football League South Adelaide Port Adelaide 1984 117–115 [117]
Mick Cleeland Picola & District Football League Waaia Blighty 1990 114–113 [118]
Lindsay Dean West Kimberley Football Association Towns Broome Saints 2002 56–54 [119]
Simphiwe Mbhalo Australian Football International Cup South Africa Ireland 2008 33–32 [120]
Ashley Baker Ballarat Football League Ballarat Swans Darley 2008 85–80 [121]
Jarrad Grant Victorian Football League Williamstown Coburg 2009 119–116 [122]
Adam Prior West Australian Football League East Perth Claremont 2012 91–90 [123]
David Rodan South Australian National Football League Norwood West Adelaide 2012 37–36 [124]
Haydn Kiel North East Australian Football League Southport Redland 2012 69–66 [125]
Jack Riewoldt NAB Cup (AFL pre-season game) Richmond Hawthorn 2013 85–84 [126]
Jean-Luc Velissaris Victorian Football League Northern Blues Port Melbourne 2019 72–68 [127]

Goal to draw[edit]

Player Competition Team Opponent Year Score Details
1 Paul Salmon Foster's Cup Essendon Fitzroy 1990 46–46 [128]
2 Justin Mcconnell South Australian National Football League Glenelg Football Club Central District Bulldogs 2009 81–81 [129]
3 Mark Williams NAB Cup (lightning match) Essendon St Kilda 2011 38–38
4 Doulton Langlands Victorian Football League Sandringham Coburg 2018 79–79 [130]

Behind to win[edit]

Player Competition Team Opponent Year Score Details
1 Scarborough Northern Tasmanian Football Association North Launceston Launceston 1901 30–29 Grand Final[131]
2 Noel Carter WAFL South Fremantle East Fremantle 1983 128–127 [132]
3 Luke Russell NAB Cup (lightning match) Gold Coast Hawthorn 2013 30–29 [133]
4 Toby Pink SANFL Under-18s Glenelg North Adelaide 2016 56–55 Grand Final[134]
5 Aaron Ludewig Mornington Peninsula Nepean Football League Division One Frankston Pines Sorrento 2018 96–95 Grand Final[135]

Missed opportunities[edit]

Player Competition Team Opponent Year Score Outcome Details
1 Dave McNamara Victorian Football Association Essendon (A.) Brunswick Football Club 1911 63–65 A goal would have won the premiership for Essendon; the loss forced a Grand Final the following week. [136]
2 Fred Fanning Interstate carnival Victoria Western Australia 1947 102–106 Victoria still went on to win the carnival on percentage [137][138]
3 W. Hawking Yarra Valley Football Association Yarra Junction Marysville 1952 84–88 Marysville win second semi-final. [139]
4 Prior South Australian National Football League West Torrens West Adelaide 1952 49–50 West Adelaide win by a point. [140]
5 Geoff Wilson VFL Reserves Hawthorn Geelong 1960 52–57 Geelong won the 1960 VFL reserves Grand Final [141]
6 Justin Plapp Tasmanian State League Burnie Dockers Clarence 2009 100–103 Clarence make 2009 Tasmanian State League grand final. [142]
7 Jaye Bowden Tasmanian State League Glenorchy Lauderdale 2010 85–90 Lauderdale's first win ever against Glenorchy. [143]
8 Ben Lennon Victorian Football League Richmond Port Melbourne 2017 70–74 Richmond Reserves would have won 2017 VFL Premiership [144][145]
9 Joel Amartey TAC Cup Sandringham Dragons Geelong Falcons 2017 87–89 Sandringham Dragons would have won the 2017 TAC Cup [146]
10 James Parker Eastern Football League (Division 2) Ringwood Mitcham 2019 82–84 Ringwood would have won the Grand Final. [147][148]


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.

Player Competition Team Opponent Year Score Outcome Details
1 Considine VFA North Melbourne Footscray 1920 51–56
(No result)
No kick 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.[149]
2 David Collins Tasmanian State Premiership North Hobart (TANFL) Wynyard (NWFU) 1967 91–92
(No result)
No kick 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.
3 Steven Baker AFL St Kilda Fremantle 2006 94–94
amended to
(Fremantle win)
Behind, but withdrawn on review 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. This incident is often dubbed as "Sirengate", for more details see AFL siren controversy.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ 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
  2. ^ "...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 p. 10
  3. ^ Fleming took a mark about 40 yards out from goal moments before the siren and was allowed three consecutive shots on goal, as after the first two occasions it was deemed that the number of Fitzroy players on the mark as well as the surrounding supporters had put off his ability to kick fairly. "Thrills in Sport THIRD KICK WINS GAME". The Argus (29, 243). Melbourne. 14 May 1940. p. 12. Retrieved 16 May 2016 – via National Library of Australia.
  4. ^ 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
  5. ^ "... 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
  6. ^ "The seconds ticked off as South tried to break through. Suddenly Brain marked in front, and the bell rang. It was a tense moment as Brain took his shot. The bail sailed through goal to a tornado of cheers." Short Pass (29 July 1933). "South win match after the bell". The Sporting Globe. Retrieved 17 May 2016.
  7. ^ Coolly slotted the set shot from 40 yards out after the siren, despite the crowds of people already having inhabited the playing field. "Dramatic Win – Goal Kicked After Bell". The Age (26, 249). Victoria, Australia. 5 June 1939. p. 6. Retrieved 16 May 2016 – via National Library of Australia.
  8. ^ Marked "right in front" as the bell rang, kicking truly to win the match. "North Melb. Angry". The Age (26, 291). Victoria, Australia. 24 July 1939. p. 6. Retrieved 16 May 2016 – via National Library of Australia.
  9. ^ "PRINCELY START: BEGGARLY FINISH". Sporting Globe (2518). Victoria, Australia. 7 August 1946. p. 12 (Edition2 : Football Section). Retrieved 15 May 2016 – via National Library of Australia.
  10. ^ "North Melbourne's desperate point-by-point recovery to even the scores at the bell and a quick winning goal by Spencer before field umpire Sawyer had heard the bell provided the last thrill". "Goal After Bell Won For North Melbourne". The Argus. 30 May 1949. Retrieved 17 May 2016.
  11. ^ Nolan "took a glorious mark in the goal square" and then converted after the siren rang out to give the Swans a six-point win, keeping them in the top four. "SOUTH SAVE PLACE WITH LAST- KICK GOAL". Sporting Globe (3142). Victoria, Australia. 19 July 1952. p. 1. Retrieved 16 May 2016 – via National Library of Australia.
  12. ^ Hawthorn's first ever win against Collingwood at Victoria Park
  13. ^ In Campbell's first game, he claims that he miscued the winning goal. "Campbell "miscued" final kick". The Age. 22 August 1966. p. 18.
  14. ^ Kicked a point from his first kick, then was allowed a second due to his opponent overstepping on the mark "Sensational kick gives Geelong one-point victory". The Canberra Times (11, 665). 17 April 1967. p. 13. Retrieved 15 May 2016 – via National Library of Australia.
  15. ^ Received a 15 metre penalty to enable him to kick from the goalsquare Speelman, Paul (23 July 1973). "North's Doug and Sam show – what a winner". The Age. p. 22.
  16. ^ Blight kicked three goals in time-on in the last quarter, the last of them 60 metres out after the final siren Sheahan, Mike (7 June 1976). "Some Goose". The Age. p. 24.
  17. ^ A kick from an acute angle, but close to goal Piesse, Ken (23 August 1976). "One way to squander a great day of gardening". The Age. p. 22.
  18. ^ North Melbourne claimed that the ball was touched, but it was paid as a goal. Carter, Ron (10 July 1978). "The shot that left the Roos hopping mad". The Age. p. 1.
  19. ^ Roberts debuted in this match Comerford, Damien (31 March 1980). "Mourning after the plight before". The Age. p. 30.
  20. ^ Got a controversial free kick after the siren
  21. ^ Intercepted a chipped kick across goal by Collingwood defender Graeme Allan The Age 04.06.1984 p24
  22. ^ Clarkson made his debut in this match
  23. ^ Set shot from 20 metres on a wide angle. The win secured the 1987 minor premiership, and therefore a bye in the first week of the finals, for Carlton. The Age 31.08.1987 p30
  24. ^ This goal at the end of the preliminary final put Hawthorn into the Grand Final. A free kick was awarded to Buckenara about 50m from goal just before the siren sounded. He was brought closer to goal due to a 15-metre penalty paid against Jim Stynes for running across the mark. Adding to the confusion, none of the on-field umpires could hear the siren over the capacity crowd, and it was not until the encroachment of police onto the field that the umpires recognized that the siren had sounded and brought an end to the game; Stynes' infraction occurred while the siren was still sounding but before it had been acknowledged. Bruce Matthews (21 September 1987). "Ump tells". The Sun News-Pictorial. Melbourne. p. 100. Video
  25. ^ The last of three consecutive free kicks to Adelaide was paid to Jameson 40m from goal with 20 seconds left. Jameson, a notably reliable kicker, converted after the siren from just inside 50m. Video
  26. ^ After a Footscray goal with 26 seconds remaining in the First Qualifying Final, Geelong rushed the ball forward and Brownless took a mark 20m out with 12 seconds left. He kicked truly after the siren. Video of last minute
  27. ^ In the Second Preliminary Final, the scores were level when Ablett marked 5m out with a few seconds left. His goal put Geelong into the Grand Final against West Coast. Video of last 2 minutes
  28. ^ Goal after the siren from 35 metres on a slight angle, to give Fremantle victory by 5 points. Video
  29. ^ Marked a Brayden Lyle kick and scored a goal after the siren from 30m out directly in front. Video
  30. ^ Took a pack mark with 5 seconds left and converted the set shot after the siren from 30 m out on a 45-degree angle. Video of last minute
  31. ^ Kicked truly from 20 metres out to secure an upset win. This was Hall's last game for St Kilda as he moved to Sydney the next season. Video
  32. ^ Kicked a goal from 35 metres on an angle, after Shannon Motlop gave away a free kick off the ball at a stoppage moments before the siren. Video
  33. ^ Received a free kick for a push in the back with 2 seconds left, and kicked the goal after the siren from 30m. Farmer's goals (he kicked the last two of the match) gave Fremantle a come-from-behind win over his old club, Melbourne. Video
  34. ^ Carlton had come back from 44 points down in the final quarter to hit the lead with 26 seconds to play. But Geelong won the centre clearance and Riccardi marked just inside 50m with 15 seconds left. His kick after the siren from outside 50m looked ugly off the boot but sailed through to steal the match. Video of last 4 minutes
  35. ^ With 20 seconds remaining, Port Adelaide cleared the ball from a centre stoppage and Poulton marked directly in front. His drop punt from just outside 50m sailed through the middle. Video
  36. ^ Marked about 35m out on a slight angle and converted the shot after the siren. Video of last few minutes
  37. ^ Awarded a free kick 20m out directly in front with the score tied. The siren sounded as he began his approach, and he kicked the goal sealing victory for the Swans. Hall remains the only player to twice win a match after the siren after doing so for St Kilda four years earlier. Video
  38. ^ Took a screamer in the right forward pocket, 30 metres out on a 45-degree angle, and kicked truly after the siren to put Fremantle in the top eight with a round remaining in the season. The match itself was controversial, subsequently becoming known as the Whispers in the Sky match. Video
  39. ^ Marked the ball right on the siren, 45 metres out almost directly in front. The mark was paid and he kicked the goal. This match later became associated with the Melbourne Football Club tanking scandal. Video
  40. ^ Rugby league convert Karmichael Hunt marked with two seconds remaining, and kicked a goal from 25m out on a 45-degree angle. The win ended a twenty-one match losing streak for Gold Coast. Video of last 4 minutes
  41. ^ Marked the ball at centre half forward on the 50m arc and lined up for goal. The siren went as Hawkins was walking in to kick the ball. Video of last 2 minutes
  42. ^ Took a pack mark 25 metres from goal on a 45-degree angle and kicked truly after the siren. Video
  43. ^ Took a mark 50m out just before the siren and converted the set shot in his 200th match. Brisbane had been 52 points down in the third quarter before coming back to win by 5. Video of last 2 minutes
  44. ^ Took a mark 45m out just before the siren and converted the set shot. Video
  45. ^ Took a mark 25m out on a slight angle with around 5 seconds to go before siren and converted the set shot. Video
  46. ^ Took a mark on the goal line just before the final siren, converted set shot from goal square. Video
  47. ^ The 2017 Elimination Final, which went to extra time after being tied 60–60 after four quarters. Shuey received a free kick for a high tackle 40m from goal just before the end of the second period of extra time, and converted the set shot after the siren. Video
  48. ^ Marked 30 meters out with a few seconds remaining, snuck it in for a goal winning the match. Video
  49. ^ Marked in near identical spot when the 2 teams clashed on the same venue in the last finals series. Eagles only lead throughout the game.
  50. ^ Took a mark 40 metres out close to the boundary and kicked straight through from a tight angle.
  51. ^ Was awarded a downfield free kick with nine seconds remaining and kicked straight through from a tight angle. Video of last five minutes
  52. ^ Marked from 45 meters directly in front before converting the set shot. Bailey after the siren | Collingwood v Brisbane Lions Highlights | Round 3, 2021 | AFL, retrieved 4 May 2021
  53. ^ One of just five goals in his career
  54. ^ Baggott, Melbourne's boyish full-forward kicked the vital goal as the bell rang. "The Argus" 26.08.1935 p13
  55. ^ Prenesti, Sam (17 August 1987). "Cool Macpherson caps off hot afternoon". The Age. Retrieved 24 July 2018.
  56. ^ Set shot 50 metres out from goal. One of only two draws the Bears would ever play in. AFL Tables
  57. ^ In a high-scoring thriller, 19-year-old Sampi took a pack mark 15m out on a tricky angle with 8 seconds left. His goal after the siren drew the match. Video of last 7.5 minutes
  58. ^ Marked in the goalsquare with 5 seconds on the clock and goaled from point blank range after the siren. Video
  59. ^ Top of table Adelaide came from 50 points down at one stage to be down by 6 with a minute remaining, He took large pack mark 25m out directly in front with 2 seconds left, slotted goal after siren. Video
  60. ^ 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. The kick directly resulted in Footscray displacing Carlton in the final four; it was the last round of home-and-away matches, and a draw would have been sufficient for Carlton to retain fourth place. "The Argus" 04.09.1944 p9
  61. ^ Newland took a mark either just before, or maybe just after, the siren sounded with scores level, and then kicked a behind to win. McFarlane, Peter (21 August 1972). "Eight reported, five hurt". The Age. p. 22.
  62. ^ Marked on the lead with seconds remaining in the First Preliminary Final. Needing only a score to win, Lockett kicked a behind from directly in front, just beyond 50m, to put the Sydney Swans into Grand Final for the first time in 51 years. Video
  63. ^ Marked 20 metres out on a sharp angle with a second remaining, and kicked a point to win the match after the siren. Video of last few minutes
  64. ^ Hit the post from just inside the 50m arc after the siren, after marking with 27 seconds remaining. Surging Dockers pinch victory over Lions after the final siren
  65. ^ Awarded a free kick just before the final bell. The goal umpire deemed the kick to have been touched by a Melbourne player and hence given as a point. However, under the rules of the day, as the final bell had rung, the ball would have been dead if it was touched before passing the goal line. Melbourne protested that the score should have been annulled, and Geelong protested that the umpires were the sole judge of when the game ends. The VFL investigation committee agreed that the field umpire was sole arbitrator of the end of the game and dismissed the appeal, leaving the game as a tie. "A DISPUTE". Geelong Advertiser (19, 987). Victoria, Australia. 8 May 1911. p. 5. Retrieved 15 May 2016 – via National Library of Australia.; "Protest Dismissed". The Argus (20, 218). Melbourne. 11 May 1911. p. 5. Retrieved 15 May 2016 – via National Library of Australia.
  66. ^ "North's deficiency stood at one point. Play hovered in Hawthorn territory, and as the bell tinkled the ball was shot over to Donnelly. His hasty shot, scored after the bell had ceased, went behind. The waving of the one flag by the goal umpire coincided with the signal of the boundary umpire which further added to the confusion, many people mistaking his sign to denote that the ball had gone out of bounds. In reality he was trying to convey to the field umpire that the final bell had been rung. The next few minutes was pandemonium, umpires, players and hundreds of spectators, all voicing their opinions." "After the bell". The Argus. 9 August 1926. Retrieved 17 May 2016.
  67. ^ Given a dubious 'holding the man' decision, kick fell short, punched through for a dubious 'rushed behind' decision. Slattery, Geoff (29 March 1982). "Premiers "share" big day". The Age. p. 26.
  68. ^ Awarded a free kick 15m out on an acute angle just before the siren. Missed the set shot, resulting in a drawn match. Video of second half highlights
  69. ^ Marked 25m out in the pocket with 30 seconds left. Kicked just as siren sounded and missed to the near side. Video
  70. ^ Metcalf marked at half-forward and took his kick after the bell rang; the heavy wind swept it out of bounds on the full. "Had Metcalfe Goaled After the Bell, North Alone Would Have Been Leaders". Sporting Globe (502). Victoria, Australia. 18 May 1927. p. 8 (Edition1 : Football Section). Retrieved 16 May 2016 – via National Library of Australia.
  71. ^ Barassi received a free kick at half-forward after being tripped, but missed his shot after the siren. The Argus:"Great Finish By Geelong"
  72. ^ Pimm marked as the final bell sounded as was "within easy scoring distance" but missed the shot which would have tied the game. "PIMM MARKS ON BELL, BUT MISSES GOAL FOR TIE". The Argus (31, 799). Melbourne. 2 August 1948. p. 6. Retrieved 16 May 2016 – via National Library of Australia.
  73. ^ "Richmond Win By 5 Points: Punt After Bell Just Misses". The Herald. 3 June 1950. Retrieved 24 July 2018.
  74. ^ "Tigers by 4 pts. in rugged game". The Herald. 24 July 1954. Retrieved 30 May 2020.
  75. ^ "Miss after siren saves Blues". The Age. 1 June 1964. Retrieved 21 April 2020.
  76. ^ Blight kicked a point just before the siren to level the scores, but was infringed in the act, so was given the choice of accepting the behind or re-taking his kick. He elected to take another kick and missed everything. "The Age", 20 June 1977, p32.
  77. ^ 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
  78. ^ Hit the post with a set shot after the siren. Game stats from AFL Tables
  79. ^ Had a set shot next to the behind post for his eighth goal and the win, but missed the shot. Brisbane's Mike Richardson sat on the shoulders of the man of the mark Matthew Campbell, which caused the league to change the rules to allow only one man on the mark. Beasley was also harassed by Brisbane Bears fans who ran onto the field after the siren, with some alleged to have thrown dirt and beer at him, drawing criticism of crowd control at Carrara Stadium. Video
  80. ^ Michael Horan; Peter Simunovich (13 May 1988). "Carrara chaos". The Sun News-Pictorial. Melbourne. p. 92.
  81. ^ His torpedo shot for goal, after receiving a free kick, landed in the goalsquare.
  82. ^ Had a set shot from 40 metres out on an angle and needed just a behind to win the game, but his kick missed everything. Blueseum
  83. ^ Qualifying Final. King marked the ball with twelve seconds left, sixty metres out, and elected to take a shot rather than put the ball closer to goal. King's shot after the siren fell two metres short and was punched away. As the match was part of the finals, the game went to extra time (two five-minute halves), which North Melbourne won.
  84. ^ "Dockers skipper and former Hawthorn premiership player Ben Allan could have stolen the game with a 70m free kick after the final siren. Sadly for the competition newcomers, Allan's drop punt with the breeze saw the ball fall just short." Kogoy, Peter (29 April 1995). "Bulldogs – in last seconds". The Sun-Herald. p. 89. Retrieved 17 May 2016.
  85. ^ Marked on the final siren at centre half-forward, about 60 metres out. Attempted a torpedo punt but did not connect well and the kick fell well short. This was the last game of Picken's AFL career, as he missed the rest of the season due to injury and never played again. Video of match highlights
  86. ^ Awarded a free kick on the siren, 55 metres out at centre half forward. Attempted a torpedo punt but fell 5 metres short in the goalsquare. Video of last 10 minutes
  87. ^ Awarded a free kick 15 metres out on a slight angle. Missed very narrowly.
  88. ^ Took a mark 75m out from goal just as the siren sounded, attempted torpedo but fell short by 10m.
  89. ^ Marked 50 metres out straight in front and kicked after the siren to win the match, but pushed his kick to the left. Melbourne's win after being 34 points down in the second quarter ended a 7-match losing streak, and their first win in Geelong since 1987. Video of last 5 minutes
  90. ^ Took a strong contested mark seconds before the siren and despite being 20 metres out on only a slight angle he tugged it right.
  91. ^ Marked the ball with a second remaining, 40 metres out on a slight angle, kicked it wide for a point. Heraldsun
  92. ^ Marked the ball with a second remaining, 55 metres out straight in front, fell short by 5 metres. Heraldsun The Age
  93. ^ In teammate Jason Akermanis' 300th game, Johnson marked the ball near the right-hand behind post, running back with the flight. He attempted to run around and snap for goal but was denied by the umpire. The siren then sounded and Johnson attempted a banana kick which missed, allowing Geelong to hand on to a 2-point win. Video of last 5 minutes
  94. ^ Took a mark 40 metres out on a 45-degree angle, and missed to the right. Essendon's victory ended St Kilda's run of 19 successive wins from the beginning of the season. Video of last few minutes
  95. ^ In their third AFL match, Gold Coast came from 40 points behind to hit the lead with 2 minutes remaining. Westhoff then had the chance to win the game for Port Adelaide, marking 35 metres from goal on a 30-degree angle to the left, but missed after the siren to the far side. This was Gold Coast's first ever AFL win. Video of 4th quarter highlights
  96. ^ With one second left, Ballantyne was awarded a controversial free kick for deliberate out of bounds, 50 metres from goal. His shot after the siren appeared true, but faded to hit the far goal post, consigning Fremantle to a one-point loss. Video
  97. ^ Marked 45 metres out almost straight in front with 13 seconds left. His kick narrowly missed to the left. Video
  98. ^ After a dramatic last quarter comeback from North Melbourne, McIntosh had the chance to win the match when he marked with 12 seconds left, 30 metres on a 45-degree angle. However, he pushed the ball across the face for a behind. Video of match highlights
  99. ^ The last of three successive missed by Fremantle players, each of which would have put their side in front in the dying stages. Mundy marked 45 metres out on a 45-degree angle with 13 seconds remaining. His kick for goal narrowly missed to the right.
  100. ^ Intercepted a kick in the Melbourne defence and marked the ball 50 metres out on the boundary line, but pushed the ball across the face of the goal, where it was punched away near the goal line.
  101. ^ Qualifying Final. Marked the ball 35 metres out, 45 degree angle, missed to the right Video
  102. ^ "Geelong Cats beat Hawthorn Hawks by two points as Isaac Smith misses post-siren shot". ABC Radio Grandstand. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 9 September 2016. Retrieved 9 September 2016.
  103. ^ Hunt marked a kick-in 60 metres out near the boundary line, following teammate Max Gawn's missed shot from 25 metres out, directly in front. Hunt initially played on, but the umpires allowed him to take a shot. His torpedo punt attempt fell short by fifteen metres.
  104. ^ Marked with 12 seconds left, ball drifted to the left. Match report
  105. ^ Marked on the full-time siren, ball fell a few metres short of the goalsquare. Match report
  106. ^ Received a free kick on the full-time siren, ball fell a few metres short of the goalsquare. Video of last 90 seconds
  107. ^ Marked on the final bell and goaled from 40yds. Observer (22 June 1895). "Football – the battle for the premiership". The Argus. Melbourne. p. 6.
  108. ^ The Luck of Football, The Argus, Monday, 8 July 1895, p.6; The football Season, The Age, (Monday, 8 July 1895), p.6.
  109. ^ 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.[1]
  110. ^ Cook was awarded a free kick after an errant kick by Sandringham full-back went out of bounds without being touched. Siren went while he prepared to kick. A 60-yard torpedo snuck through to give Camberwell victory. "GOAL AFTER BELL BEATS ZEBRAS". The Argus. Melbourne. 5 May 1952. p. 10. Retrieved 10 May 2014 – via National Library of Australia.
  111. ^ Melbourne came back from over 30 points down in the last quarter to win the second semi final. Rickards took a mark about 50 yards out and on a difficult angle just before the siren sounded. In a swirling wind, he kicked a "perfect drop kick" to send the Demons' reserves through to the grand final. "Demons Win With Goal After Siren". The Age. 13 September 1954. Retrieved 17 May 2016.
  112. ^ Semi-final. With scores level, Fulwood received a free kick close to goal after being pushed. The siren sounded as he received the ball, and Fulwood goaled to win the game. [2]
  113. ^ 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
  114. ^ Second semi-final. Andjelkovic, who had come on in the final quarter as the 17th man, marked 25–35 yards from goal with seconds remaining; he stubbed the ground while kicking, but the kick just went through for a goal; it was Geelong West's 21st consecutive win, as part of a perfect season, and qualified it for the Grand Final."West sneaks into final". Geelong Advertiser. Geelong, VIC. 28 August 1972. p. 12.
  115. ^ Took a strong pack mark fifteen metres out, directly in front of goal, with six seconds remaining. Cornes easily converted the goal. In a later interview, Cornes admitted that he hadn't known the siren had gone until his teammates were celebrating the winning goal. Footage of the goal and interview
  116. ^ 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 Archived 6 March 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  117. ^ Harris intercepted a short pass by Russell Ebert, sixty metres out from goal. The siren went as he was about to kick the ball forward, so Harris started his run-up again and took the shot. The ball wound up just passing over the line and missing all the Port Adelaide defenders. Footage of the shot.
  118. ^ Grand Final. Cleeland was given a free kick on the wing, and Blighty conceded a 50-metre penalty for throwing the ball away. The siren sounded, and the end of play was signalled by the umpire, after the 50-metre penalty was awarded but before it was measured out. The Blighty players believed they had won and began celebrating, but the 50-metre penalty was measured out and Cleeland goaled from 50m out to win the premiership for Waaia. Blighty lodged an official protest, but it was dismissed. [3]
  119. ^ Marked the ball after a string of Towns passes and kicked a goal after the final siren, winning the Grand Final for Towns and denying Broome Saints their first premiership since 1979. [4] [5]
  120. ^ Ash Nugent. "Controversial finish as South Africa defeat Ireland after the siren".
  121. ^ "Ballarat Swans snare BFL premiership". 20 September 2008.
  122. ^ Mallinder, Terry (14 July 2009). "Seagulls Grant-ed reprieve after final siren – Sport – Sport – Hobsons Bay Leader". Archived from the original on 20 February 2011.
  123. ^ Prior converted his third goal of the final quarter to complete a remarkable East Perth comeback [6] Archived 30 December 2012 at
  124. ^ Converted from 40m on a 45-degree angle in terrible conditions
  125. ^ 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".
  126. ^ 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.
  127. ^ Awarded a free kick for holding the ball with seconds remaining, 40m out from goal, kicked truly after the siren"VFL After the siren thriller". 13 July 2019.
  128. ^ As it was a knockout competition, confusion reigned as many supporters flooded the field, unaware that extra time had to be played. The extra time rule had changed from sudden death to a ten minute period consisting of two five-minute halves, after the previous season's pre-season competition. The sudden death format had caused confusion in the drawn quarter final between West Coast and Hawthorn in 1989, as both teams continued to play after time had expired (without the players knowing) until West Coast scored a behind to win. Essendon eventually won the game in extra time. Source
  129. ^ Sunday Mail, 26 July 2009
  130. ^ Sandringham's Doulton Langlands received a late free kick and controversial 50m penalty, which handed him a shot from the goal square. The goal denied Coburg's first win of the season. Video of the last few seconds
  131. ^ 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 Archived 1 March 2011 at the Wayback Machine, retrieved 9 November 2010.
  132. ^ Received a free kick with five seconds to play and scored a behind after the siren. 6th June 1983 – WAFL – East Fremantle v South Fremantle
  133. ^ Earned a free kick from 50 metres out on the boundary line just as the siren sounded and managed to convert a behind.[7]
  134. ^ Marked 60 metres from goal just before the siren. His after-the-siren kick fell short, landing at the top of the goal square, but took an unpredictable bounce off its point to roll through for a behind, eluding no fewer than ten North Adelaide players who were defending in or around the goal square.[8]
  135. ^ Marked 35 metres from goal on a 45-degree angle. His shot for goal went wide left for one behind, giving Frankston Pines their first premiership since 1994. [9]
  136. ^ 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. p. 5.
  137. ^
  138. ^ Fanning marked 40 yards from goal as the final bell rang, but missed his shot."Forty-five years of Carnival Football". Western Mail. Perth. 9 July 1953. pp. 16–17.
  139. ^ Hawking snapped for goal just as the siren sounded, but missed. Just as spectators invaded the field, the umpire awarded Hawking a free kick, as he had been interfered with as he took the shot. Hawking took the free kick from twenty yards out on a slight angle, and missed again. [10]
  140. ^ Prior received a free kick from twenty yards out on a slight angle, having been held by a West Adelaide player, but missed. [11]
  141. ^ Geelong led by five points in the 1960 VFL Reserves Grand Final. Wilson marked for Hawthorn 40 yards from goal on the half forward flank as the siren sounded. A goal would have delivered a one-point win to Hawthorn, but his shot went out of bounds, and Geelong won the Grand Final by five points. "Geelong hangs on to win flag". The Age. Melbourne. 26 September 1960. p. 22.
  142. ^ 2009 TSL season#Season summary
  143. ^ Adam Smith (18 April 2010). "Lauderdale's upset win AFL". The Mercury.
  144. ^ Grand Final, took mark 52 metres out directly in front with seconds remaining, missed to the right hand side.
  145. ^ Amy, Paul (24 September 2017). "Brilliant Port Melbourne claims VFL premiership with grand final victory over Richmond at Etihad Stadium". Caulfield Glen Eira Leader.
  146. ^ Grand Final, took strong pack mark 15 metres out from goal on a slight angle with seconds remaining, missed to right hand side.
  147. ^ Parker marked about forty metres from goal with less than five seconds remaining. His kick appeared to have made the distance, but amidst the celebrations, the ball fell inches short and was kept out on the goal line.
  148. ^ "Where's the score review? EFL Division 2 Grand Final ends in post-siren goal umpire controversy". Fox Sports. 15 September 2019.
  149. ^ "Football incident – when is time up?". The Argus. Melbourne. 27 September 1920. p. 6.


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