Kicks after the siren in Australian rules football
In Australian rules football, if a player takes a mark or is awarded a free kick before the siren sounds to end a quarter, and the siren sounds before the player takes a set shot, 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.
The right to take a set shot after the final bell was enshrined in the Laws of the Game prior to the 1889 season; prior to this, the ball was declared dead (and any opportunity for a set shot lost) once the bell sounded.
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
Goal to draw
|3||Stephen MacPherson||Footscray||North Melbourne||1987||125–125|||
|4||Ray Windsor||Brisbane Bears||West Coast||1992||92–92|||
|5||Ashley Sampi||West Coast||Western Bulldogs||2003||124–124|||
|6||Daniel Bradshaw||Brisbane Lions||Essendon||2009||87–87|||
Behind to win
|5||Michael Walters||Fremantle||Brisbane Lions||2019||73–72|||
Behind to draw
|1||Gerry Donnelly||North Melbourne||Hawthorn||1926||70–70|||
|2||Matthew Lloyd||Essendon||Western Bulldogs||2002||118–118|||
|3||Tom Hawkins||Geelong||Greater Western Sydney||2017||68–68|||
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.
|1||Fred Metcalf||North Melbourne||Geelong||1927||53–55||No score (out on the full)|||
|2||Ron Barassi Sr.||Melbourne||Geelong||1940||151–154||Behind|||
|4||Fred Flanagan||Geelong||Richmond||1950||74–79||No score (fell short)|||
|5||Harvey Stevens||Footscray||Richmond||1954||45–49||No score (out of bounds)|||
|6||Ralph Rogerson||Fitzroy||Carlton||1964||59–60||No score (fell short)|||
|7||Malcolm Blight||North Melbourne||Hawthorn||1977||47–48||No score (out on the full)|||
|9||Robert Scott||Geelong||Sydney||1988||111–114||Behind (hit the goal post)|||
|10||Simon Beasley||Footscray||Brisbane Bears||1988||71–72||Behind|||
|11||Steven Clark||Melbourne||Essendon||1991||80–86||No score (fell short)|||
|12||Stephen Kernahan||Carlton||Essendon||1993||132–132||No score (out on the full)|||
|13||David King||North Melbourne||Hawthorn||1994||91–91||No score (fell short)|||
|14||Ben Allan||Fremantle||Footscray||1995||96–98||No score (fell short)|||
|15||Marcus Picken||Brisbane Lions||Adelaide||2001||122–127||No score (fell short)|||
|16||Nick Dal Santo||St Kilda||Sydney||2002||56–56||No score (fell short)|||
|17||Jarrad Waite||Carlton||Port Adelaide||2005||109–109||No score (fell short)|||
|19||Daniel Motlop||Port Adelaide||St Kilda||2006||60–64||Behind|||
|20||Brad Johnson||Western Bulldogs||North Melbourne||2008||110–113||Behind|||
|21||Jack Riewoldt||Richmond||St Kilda||2008||107–110||No score (fell short)|||
|22||Brad Johnson||Western Bulldogs||Geelong||2009||114–116||Behind|||
|23||Nick Riewoldt||St Kilda||Essendon||2009||108–110||Behind|||
|24||Justin Westhoff||Port Adelaide||Gold Coast||2011||101–104||Behind|||
|25||Hayden Ballantyne||Fremantle||West Coast||2011||64–65||Behind (hit the goal post)|||
|27||Hamish McIntosh||North Melbourne||Essendon||2012||102–104||Behind|||
|29||Tom Lynch||Gold Coast||Melbourne||2016||64–66||No score (fell short)|||
|31||Jayden Hunt||Melbourne||Geelong||2018||94–97||No score (fell short)|||
|32||Harry Taylor||Geelong||Western Bulldogs||2018||101–103||Behind|||
|33||David Myers||Essendon||Sydney||2019||72–77||No score (fell short)|||
|34||Tom McCartin||Sydney||Greater Western Sydney||2021||69–71||No score (fell short)|||
|35||Adam Kennedy||Greater Western Sydney||North Melbourne||2021||94–94||No score (fell short)|||
|36||Dion Prestia||Richmond||Sydney||2022||100–106||No score (fell short)|||
Goal to win
|1||Katherine Smith||Greater Western Sydney||St Kilda||2022||41–39|||
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.
|1||Greta Bodey||Brisbane Lions||Melbourne||2021||36–38||No score (fell short)|||
|2||Greta Bodey||Brisbane Lions||Melbourne||2022||32–35||Behind (touched in the goal square)|||
Goal to win
Goal to draw
|1||Paul Salmon||Foster's Cup||Essendon||Fitzroy||1990||46–46|||
|2||Justin Mcconnell||South Australian National Football League||Glenelg Football Club||Central District Bulldogs||2009||81–81|||
|3||Mark Williams||NAB Cup (lightning match)||Essendon||St Kilda||2011||38–38|
|4||Doulton Langlands||Victorian Football League||Sandringham||Coburg||2018||79–79|||
Behind to win
|1||Scarborough||Northern Tasmanian Football Association||North Launceston||Launceston||1901||30–29||Grand Final|
|2||Noel Carter||WAFL||South Fremantle||East Fremantle||1983||128–127|||
|3||Luke Russell||NAB Cup (lightning match)||Gold Coast||Hawthorn||2013||30–29|||
|4||Toby Pink||SANFL Under-18s||Glenelg||North Adelaide||2016||56–55||Grand Final|
|5||Aaron Ludewig||Mornington Peninsula Nepean Football League Division One||Frankston Pines||Sorrento||2018||96–95||Grand Final|
|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.|||
|2||Fred Fanning||Interstate carnival||Victoria||Western Australia||1947||102–106||Victoria still went on to win the carnival on percentage|||
|3||W. Hawking||Yarra Valley Football Association||Yarra Junction||Marysville||1952||84–88||Marysville win second semi-final.|||
|4||Prior||South Australian National Football League||West Torrens||West Adelaide||1952||49–50||West Adelaide win by a point.|||
|5||Geoff Wilson||VFL Reserves||Hawthorn||Geelong||1960||52–57||Geelong won the 1960 VFL reserves Grand Final|||
|6||Justin Plapp||Tasmanian State League||Burnie Dockers||Clarence||2009||100–103||Clarence make 2009 Tasmanian State League grand final.|||
|7||Jaye Bowden||Tasmanian State League||Glenorchy||Lauderdale||2010||85–90||Lauderdale's first win ever against Glenorchy.|||
|8||Ben Lennon||Victorian Football League||Richmond||Port Melbourne||2017||70–74||Richmond Reserves would have won 2017 VFL Premiership|||
|9||Joel Amartey||TAC Cup||Sandringham Dragons||Geelong Falcons||2017||87–89||Sandringham Dragons would have won the 2017 TAC Cup|||
|10||James Parker||Eastern Football League (Division 2)||Ringwood||Mitcham||2019||82–84||Ringwood would have won the Grand Final.|||
|11||Chloe Reilly||2021 AFL Women's Under 19 Championships||Western Australia||Vic Metro||2021||33–37||Western Australia would have won the game against Vic Metro, instead Vic Metro win by 4 points.|||
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.
|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.|
|2||David Collins||Tasmanian State Premiership||North Hobart (TANFL)||Wynyard (NWFU)||1967||91–92
|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
|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.|
- "Football: the amended football rules". The Weekly Times. Melbourne, VIC. 9 March 1889. p. 4.
- "Football: Geelong v. Fitzroy". The Argus. Melbourne, VIC. 22 August 1887. p. 10.
- 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 p. 10
- 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. No. 29, 243. Melbourne. 14 May 1940. p. 12. Retrieved 16 May 2016 – via National Library of Australia.
- 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
- "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.
- 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. No. 26, 249. Victoria, Australia. 5 June 1939. p. 6. Retrieved 16 May 2016 – via National Library of Australia.
- Marked "right in front" as the bell rang, kicking truly to win the match. "North Melb. Angry". The Age. No. 26, 291. Victoria, Australia. 24 July 1939. p. 6. Retrieved 16 May 2016 – via National Library of Australia.
- "PRINCELY START: BEGGARLY FINISH". Sporting Globe. No. 2518. Victoria, Australia. 7 August 1946. p. 12 (Edition2 : Football Section). Retrieved 15 May 2016 – via National Library of Australia.
- "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.
- 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. No. 3142. Victoria, Australia. 19 July 1952. p. 1. Retrieved 16 May 2016 – via National Library of Australia.
- Hawthorn's first ever win against Collingwood at Victoria Park
- In Campbell's first game, he claims that he miscued the winning goal. "Campbell "miscued" final kick". The Age. 22 August 1966. p. 18.
- 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. No. 11, 665. 17 April 1967. p. 13. Retrieved 15 May 2016 – via National Library of Australia.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Roberts debuted in this match. Comerford, Damien (31 March 1980). "Mourning after the plight before". The Age. p. 30.
- Got a free kick after the siren
- Clarkson made his debut in this match
- 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. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=HPdUAAAAIBAJ&sjid=5JIDAAAAIBAJ&pg=2149%2C7859224 The Age 31.08.1987 p30
- In the Preliminary final, after Buckenara kicked a goal to bring Hawthorn within 3 points with 28 seconds remaining, Melbourne won the ball out of the centre and scored a behind. In 12 seconds, Hawthorn rushed the ball up the field and a free kick was awarded to Buckenara on the 50 metre arc 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. Buckenara duly kicked the goal from about 40 metres out on a slight angle. 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 had 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 of last minute
- The last of three consecutive free kicks to Adelaide was paid to Jameson 40 metres from goal with 20 seconds left. Jameson, converted after the siren from just inside 50 metres on a slight angle. Video of last 44 seconds
- In the First Qualifying Final, after a Footscray goal with 26 seconds remaining in the First Qualifying Final, Geelong rushed the ball forward and Brownless took a mark 20 metres out directly in front with 12 seconds left. He kicked truly after the siren. Video of last 3 minutes
- In the Second Preliminary Final, the scores were level when Ablett marked in the goalsquare, 5 metres out, with 2 seconds left. His goal put Geelong into the Grand Final against West Coast. Video of last 2 minutes
- Goal after the siren from 35 metres on a slight angle, to give Fremantle victory by 5 points. Video
- Marked a Brayden Lyle kick and scored a goal after the siren from 30 metres out directly in front. Video
- Took a pack mark with 5 seconds left and converted the set shot after the siren from 30 metres out on a 45-degree angle. Video of last 2 minutes
- After St Kilda had trailed for the entire game, they kicked three goals in 5 minutes to reduce the margin to less than a goal, and Hall then marked 20 metres out almost directly in front with 24 seconds left and kicked truly to secure an upset win in the final round, having won just one of their previous 15 matches. This was Hall's last game for St Kilda as he moved to Sydney the next season. Video of highlights and last quarter
- Kicked a goal from 35 metres on a difficult angle, after Shannon Motlop gave away a free kick off the ball at a stoppage moments before the siren. Video of last 2 minutes
- Playing against his old club, Melbourne, Farmer snapped a goal with two minutes left to reduce the margin to one point. He then received a free kick for a push in the back with two seconds left, and kicked the goal after the siren from 30 metres out on a slight angle. Video of last 2 minutes
- 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 the 50 metre arc on a slight angle with 15 seconds left. His kick after the siren from outside the arc looked ugly off the boot but swung back and sailed through to steal the match. Video of last 2 minutes
- Sydney had kicked a goal to take the lead with just 27 seconds remaining. However, Port Adelaide cleared the ball from the subsequent centre stoppage and Poulton marked 45 metres from goal directly in front with 19 seconds left. His drop punt from just outside the 50 metre arc scored a goal. Video of last 2 minutes
- Marked about 35 metres out on a slight angle and converted the shot after the siren. Collingwood had trailed by four goals early in the final quarter.Video of last 3 minutes
- Awarded a free kick 20 metres out directly in front with the scores level. The siren sounded as he began his approach, and he kicked the goal to win the game for the Swans. Hall was the first player to twice win a match after the siren after doing so for St Kilda four years earlier.
- Took a screamer in the right forward pocket with 24 seconds left, 30 metres out on a 45-degree angle. Longmuir kicked truly after the siren, before running to the crowd to celebrate. Fremantle had been down by 16 points at three quarter time before kicking four unanswered goals in the last quarter Video of last quarter
- 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 of last 2 minutes
- After Gold Coast's Jarrod Harbrow kicked a goal with 25 seconds remaining to bring his side within 4 points, rugby league convert Karmichael Hunt marked 25 metres out on a 45-degree angle with 4 seconds remaining. He kicked the goal to end a 21-match losing streak for Gold Coast. Video of last 4 minutes
- Geelong had led by 51 points before Hawthorn fought back and took the lead in the dying minutes. Hawkins marked the ball at centre half forward on the 50 metre arc with 23 seconds left and lined up for goal. The siren went as Hawkins was walking in to kick the ball. He kicked his sixth goal of the game, winning the game and extending the Kennett curse. Video of last 2 minutes
- Took a pack mark 25 metres from goal on a 45-degree angle with 30 seconds left. He kicked truly after the siren and then ran to celebrate with the crowd. Video of last 2 minutes
- In one of the most famous comebacks in AFL history, Brisbane had been 52 points down late in the third quarter before rallying. With just 20 seconds remaining, they still trailed by 1 point and had the ball under severe pressure from Geelong near their defensive goalsquare. However, they rushed the ball up the field and McGrath, in his 200th match, took a mark just inside the 50 metre arc, almost directly in front, just before the siren sounded. He converted the set shot after the siren. Commentator Anthony Hudson immediately dubbed the game "the Miracle on Grass". Video of last 2 minutes
- Took a mark 45 metres out on a 45-degree angle with 8 seconds remaining and converted the set shot after the siren. Video of last 2 minutes
- Richmond's Brandon Ellis kicked a goal with 21 seconds left to give his team the lead by 4 points. Fremantle cleared from the resulting centre stoppage and Mundy took a mark 25 metres out on a difficult angle with 11 seconds left. He converted the set shot to win the game for Fremantle. Video of last 2 minutes
- After trailing by 19 points with 3 minutes remaining, Sydney charged late and drew within 5 points with a behind with 28 seconds remaining. Sydney's Tom Papley smothered the kick-in resulting in a boundary throw-in, and Dane Rampe won the clearance and kicked the ball to the goal line where Rohan marked with 18 seconds left. He converted the set shot from the top of the goal square.Video of last 2 minutes
- In the First Elimination Final, the score at the final siren was 60-60, resulting in the game going to two halves of extra time. With 20 seconds remaining in the second half of extra time, Shuey received a free kick for a high tackle 40 metres from goal on a slight angle, and converted the set shot after the siren. Video of last 2 minutes
- After winning the ball in defence with 25 seconds remaining, Geelong moved the ball the length of the field and Tuohy marked 30 metres out directly in front with 7 seconds remaining. He snuck it in for a goal, winning the match. Video of last 2 minutes
- Port Adelaide led for the entire game, including a game-high lead of 28 points. After Mark LeCras brought the Eagles to within 2 points with 43 seconds remaining, West Coast won the ball from a secondary stoppage in the centre. The clearing kick found McGovern, who marked and kicked truly from 44 metres on a slight angle. Video of last 2 minutes
- Took a mark 40 metres out close to the boundary with 21 seconds left, and kicked straight through from a tight angle. Video of last 2 minutes
- Was awarded a downfield free kick with nine seconds remaining and kicked straight through from 50 metres, from outside the boundary line. This was the only goal of the final quarter. For its sheer level of difficulty and pressure, Newnes' goal received a nomination for the Goal of the Year award, an extreme rarity for goals scored via a set shot. Video of last 2 minutes
- Marked from 45 metres directly in front with 21 seconds left, and converted the set shot.Video
- Took a contested mark about 45 metres out on a difficult angle and converted the set shot. Rohan became the second player to twice kick a goal after the siren to win a game, a feat previously achieved by Barry Hall, who like Rohan did so for two different teams. Video of last 2 minutes
- Entering the final round of the home-and-away season, Melbourne and Geelong were first and second respectively with the match to decide who would finish first and win the minor premiership. Melbourne had trailed by 44 points early in the third quarter before recovering. Gawn marked 15 metres out on a slight angle with 19 seconds remaining, and converted after the siren to secure Melbourne's first minor premiership since 1964. Video of last 2 minutes
- With 4 seconds remaining in Showdown LI between cross-town rivals Adelaide and Port Adelaide, Lachlan Murphy won a free kick 45 metres out on a 45-degree angle, but was injured in the collision and was unable to take his kick. Dawson took the free kick instead. His shot started right but swung back to score the game-winning goal. Video of last 2 minutes
- Teammate Sam Day marked in the right forward pocket with just more than 30 seconds left before passing to Anderson who kicked truly after the siren. Video of last 2 minutes
- Elliott marked 45 metres out close to the boundary line, took his kick seconds after the final siren. Collingwood kicked the last four goals of the game to steal victory.
- Horn, Jonathan (25 July 2022). "Sorrow and wonder as Magpies grieve a great and make it nine wins straight". The Guardian. Retrieved 25 July 2022.
- 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
- Prenesti, Sam (17 August 1987). "Cool Macpherson caps off hot afternoon". The Age. Retrieved 24 July 2018.
- Set shot 50 metres out from goal. One of only two draws the Bears would ever play in. AFL Tables
- 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
- Marked in the goalsquare with 5 seconds on the clock and goaled from point blank range after the siren. Video
- 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
- 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
- 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.
- 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 of the last two minutes
- 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
- 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
- "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.
- 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
- Marked 25m out in the pocket with 30 seconds left. Kicked just as siren sounded and missed to the near side. Video
- 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. No. 502. Victoria, Australia. 18 May 1927. p. 8 (Edition1 : Football Section). Retrieved 16 May 2016 – via National Library of Australia.
- Barassi received a free kick at half-forward after being tripped, but missed his shot after the siren. The Argus:"Great Finish By Geelong"
- 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. No. 31, 799. Melbourne. 2 August 1948. p. 6. Retrieved 16 May 2016 – via National Library of Australia.
- "Richmond Win By 5 Points: Punt After Bell Just Misses". The Herald. 3 June 1950. Retrieved 24 July 2018.
- "Tigers by 4 pts. in rugged game". The Herald. 24 July 1954. Retrieved 30 May 2020.
- "Miss after siren saves Blues". The Age. 1 June 1964. Retrieved 21 April 2020.
- 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.
- 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 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
- Michael Horan; Peter Simunovich (13 May 1988). "Carrara chaos". The Sun News-Pictorial. Melbourne. p. 92.
- 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 his kick missed everything. Blueseum
- 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.
- "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.
- 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
- 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
- Took a mark 75m out from goal just as the siren sounded, attempted torpedo but fell short by 10m. Video of full game
- 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
- Took a strong contested mark seconds before the siren and despite being 20 metres out on only a slight angle he tugged it right.
- 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 by 5 metres. Video of last 2 minutes The Age
- 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 hang on to a 2-point win. Video of last 5 minutes
- 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
- 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
- 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
- Marked 45 metres out almost straight in front with 13 seconds left. His kick narrowly missed to the left. Video of the last 38 seconds
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- Qualifying Final. Marked the ball 35 metres out, 45 degree angle, missed to the right Video
- "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.
- 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.
- Marked with 12 seconds left, ball drifted to the left. Match report
- Marked on the full-time siren, ball fell a few metres short of the goalsquare. Match report
- Received a free kick on the full-time siren, ball fell a few metres short of the goalsquare. Video of last 90 seconds
- Kennedy had a shot from roughly 60m out on a tight angle, but the kick fell about 10 metres short. Any score would have won the game for the Giants.
- Prestia was awarded a free kick moments before the final siren after being held without the ball by a Sydney player. There was confusion from the players and spectators who did not realise a free had been paid initially, with additional confusion stemming from whether or not Prestia should have been awarded a 50 metre penalty. Ultimately, Prestia took his kick from the boundary line roughly 60 metres out, with the ball falling well short, around 25 metres from goal.
- Received a free kick and a 50-metre penalty with mere seconds remaining; converted after the final siren to give the Giants a two-point win.
- Bodey received a free kick just before the siren and took her kick from about 45 metres on a tough angle. The ball fell short, and Melbourne would win by two points. The loss meant Brisbane would concede finishing the season as minor premiers to Adelaide.
- Brisbane were awarded a free kick for holding the ball seconds before the final siren, with Greta Bodey to take the kick from roughly 40 metres out on a slight angle. The ball was touched in the goal square by a Melbourne player a few meters short of the goal line and went through for only one point, giving the win to Melbourne.
- Marked on the final bell and goaled from 40yds. Observer (22 June 1895). "Football – the battle for the premiership". The Argus. Melbourne. 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.
- Marked shortly before the bell "well out in front" of the VFA's goal, and converted from a place kick after the bell. Follower (15 June 1907). "Football Gossip". The Leader. Melbourne, VIC. p. 18.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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. 
- 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
- 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.
- 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
- 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 Archived 6 March 2008 at the Wayback Machine
- 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.
- 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. 
- 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.  
- "Spills, upsets in the suburbs". 15 September 2002.
- Ash Nugent. "Controversial finish as South Africa defeat Ireland after the siren". Worldfootynews.com.
- "Ballarat Swans snare BFL premiership". The Courier. 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. Archived from the original on 20 February 2011.
- Prior converted his third goal of the final quarter to complete a remarkable East Perth comeback  Archived 30 December 2012 at archive.today
- 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.
- Marked seconds before the siren went, kicked the goal from 45m on acute angle"Kyle Anderson kicks goal after siren to lead East Perth to three-point win over Perth". 28 July 2018.
- 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.
- Lane marked a hurried kick directly on the siren, 15m out and on a slight angle. Lane's kick came extremely close to hitting the post, with several opposition players claiming that the ball had connected, but the goal was awarded after a brief conference between the field and goal umpire."TSL: Kingborough Tigers defeat North Launceston with disputed goal after the siren". 18 June 2022.
- 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
- Sunday Mail, 26 July 2009
- 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
- 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.
- 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
- Earned a free kick from 50 metres out on the boundary line just as the siren sounded and managed to convert a behind.
- 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.
- 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. 
- 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.
- "Victoria Downed in Epic Match". Mercury. 7 August 1947.
- 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.
- 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. 
- Prior received a free kick from twenty yards out on a slight angle, having been held by a West Adelaide player, but missed. 
- 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.
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- Adam Smith (18 April 2010). "Lauderdale's upset win AFL". The Mercury.
- Grand Final, took mark 52 metres out directly in front with seconds remaining, missed to the right hand side.
- Amy, Paul (24 September 2017). "Brilliant Port Melbourne claims VFL premiership with grand final victory over Richmond at Etihad Stadium". Caulfield Glen Eira Leader.
- Grand Final, took strong pack mark 15 metres out from goal on a slight angle with seconds remaining, missed to right hand side.
- 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.
- "Where's the score review? EFL Division 2 Grand Final ends in post-siren goal umpire controversy". Fox Sports. 15 September 2019.
- Black, Sarah (15 April 2021). "U19s wrap: Vic Metro edges WA, Allies hold on for first win". womens.afl. Retrieved 26 October 2021.
- Reilly, Elizabeth (15 April 2021). "Western Australia lose by four points when post-siren Chloe Reilly shot falls short in Under-19 Championships". The West Australian. Retrieved 26 October 2021.
- "Football incident – when is time up?". The Argus. Melbourne. 27 September 1920. p. 6.
- The Official statistical history of the AFL (annual publications)