Kicks after the siren in Australian rules football

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

1Billy SchmidtSt KildaCarlton191370–69[1]
2Jimmy GordonEssendonUniversity191362–60[2]
3Eric FlemingGeelongFitzroy192468–65[3]
4Bert SmedleySt KildaMelbourne192882–81[4]
5Doug StrangRichmondCarlton193291–86[5]
6Terry BrainSouth MelbourneCollingwood193389–83[6]
7Ron CooperCarltonEssendon193978–72[7]
8Jack WroutCarltonNorth Melbourne193979–73[8]
9Bill WoodFootscrayRichmond194699–93[9]
10Jock SpencerNorth MelbourneGeelong194961–55[10]
11Bill NolanSouth MelbourneSt Kilda195244–38[11]
12John PeckHawthornCollingwood196058–57[12]
13Blair CampbellRichmondSouth Melbourne196672–71[13]
14Bill RyanGeelongCollingwood196791–90[14]
15Doug WadeNorth MelbourneCollingwood197376–71[15]
16Malcolm BlightNorth MelbourneCarlton197681–76[16]
17Alan StonehamFootscrayFitzroy197635–34[17]
18Robert ElliottSt KildaNorth Melbourne1978124–121[18]
19John RobertsSouth MelbourneGeelong198088–85[19]
20Paul SarahRichmondSt Kilda198171–65[20]
21Simon BeasleyFootscrayCollingwood1984100–95[21]
22Alastair ClarksonNorth MelbourneMelbourne1987112–110[22]
23Stephen KernahanCarltonNorth Melbourne1987129–125[23]
24Gary BuckenaraHawthornMelbourne198780–78[24]
25Rod JamesonAdelaideFitzroy199150–47[25]
26Billy BrownlessGeelongFootscray1994106–101[26]
27Gary Ablett, Sr.GeelongNorth Melbourne1994109–103[27]
28Quenton LeachFremantleBrisbane Lions199798–93[28]
29Peter BurgoynePort AdelaideCarlton200088–83[29]
30Ben DixonHawthornCarlton200196–93[30]
31Barry HallSt KildaHawthorn200189–87[31]
32Daryn CresswellSydneyKangaroos2002103–100[32]
33Jeff FarmerFremantleMelbourne200294–89[33]
34Peter RiccardiGeelongCarlton2002100–96[34]
35Jared PoultonPort AdelaideSydney200294–92[35]
36Chris TarrantCollingwoodAdelaide2003114–109[36]
37Barry HallSydneyBrisbane Lions200587–81[37]
38Justin LongmuirFremantleSt Kilda200580–75[38]
39Jordan McMahonRichmondMelbourne200986–82[39]
40Karmichael HuntGold CoastRichmond201290–88[40]
41Tom HawkinsGeelongHawthorn2012118–116[41]
42Nic NaitanuiWest CoastNorth Melbourne201390–88[42]
43Ashley McGrathBrisbane LionsGeelong2013103–98[43]
44Sam LloydRichmondSydney2016101–100[44]
45David MundyFremantleRichmond201772–70[45]
46Gary RohanSydneyEssendon201786–85[46]
47Luke ShueyWest CoastPort Adelaide201778–76[47]
48Zach TuohyGeelongMelbourne2018100–98[48]
49Jeremy McGovernWest CoastPort Adelaide201862–58[49]

Goal to draw

1Alan RyanCollingwoodFitzroy193593–93[50]
2Ron BaggottMelbourneCollingwood193579–79[51]
3Stephen MacPhersonFootscrayNorth Melbourne1987125–125[52]
4Ray WindsorBrisbane BearsWest Coast199292–92[53]
5Ashley SampiWest CoastWestern Bulldogs2003124–124[54]
6Daniel BradshawBrisbane LionsEssendon200987–87[55]
7Mitch McGovernAdelaideCollingwood2017103–103[56]

Behind to win

1Harry HickeyFootscrayCarlton194489–88[57]
2Ken NewlandGeelongCollingwood1972112–111[58]
3Tony LockettSydneyEssendon199670–69[59]
4Jimmy BartelGeelongHawthorn200999–98[60]
5Michael WaltersFremantleBrisbane Lions201973–72[61]

Behind to draw

1Bert WhittingtonGeelongMelbourne191154–54[62]
2Gerry DonnellyNorth MelbourneHawthorn192670–70[63]
3Greg WellsCarltonFitzroy1982113–113[64]
4Matthew LloydEssendonWestern Bulldogs2002118–118[65]
5Tom HawkinsGeelongGreater Western Sydney201768–68[66]

Missed opportunities

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.

1Fred MetcalfNorth MelbourneGeelong192753–55No score (out on the full)[67]
2Ron Barassi, Sr.MelbourneGeelong1940151–154Behind[68]
3Jack PimmCollingwoodGeelong194873–78Behind[69]
4 Fred Flanagan Geelong Richmond 1950 74–79 No score (fell short) [70]
5Malcolm BlightNorth MelbourneHawthorn197747–48No score (out on the full)[71]
6Warren RalphCarltonCollingwood198471–76Behind[72]
7Robert ScottGeelongSydney1988111–114Behind (hit the goal post)[73]
8Simon BeasleyFootscrayBrisbane Bears198871–72Behind[74][75]
9Steven ClarkMelbourneEssendon199180–86No score (fell short)[76]
10Stephen KernahanCarltonEssendon1993132–132No score (out on the full)[77]
11David KingNorth MelbourneHawthorn199491–91No score (fell short)[78]
12Ben AllanFremantleFootscray199596–98No score (fell short)[79]
13Nick Dal SantoSt KildaSydney200256–56No score (fell short)[80]
14Matthew LloydEssendonWestern Bulldogs2002118–118Behind[81]
15Matthew EganGeelongMelbourne200599–100Behind[82]
16Daniel MotlopPort AdelaideSt Kilda200660–64Behind[83]
17Brad JohnsonWestern BulldogsNorth Melbourne2008110–113Behind[84]
18Jack RiewoldtRichmondSt Kilda2008107–110No score (fell short)[85]
19Brad JohnsonWestern BulldogsGeelong2009114–116Behind[86]
20Nick RiewoldtSt KildaEssendon2009108–110Behind[87]
21Justin WesthoffPort AdelaideGold Coast2011101–104Behind[88]
22Hayden BallantyneFremantleWest Coast201164–65Behind (hit the goal post)[89]
23Adam GoodesSydneyEssendon201199–100Behind[90]
24Hamish McIntoshNorth MelbourneEssendon2012102–104Behind[91]
25David MundyFremantleGeelong201479–81Behind[92]
26Tom LynchGold CoastMelbourne201664–66No score (fell short)[93]
27Isaac SmithHawthornGeelong201683–85Behind[94][95]
28Jayden HuntMelbourneGeelong201894–97No score (fell short)[96]
29Harry TaylorGeelongWestern Bulldogs2018101–103Behind[97]
30David MyersEssendonSydney201972–77No score (fell short)[98]

Other leagues

Goal to win

LangleyVictorian Football AssociationCarltonNorth Melbourne18952.2 – 1.9[99][100]
Jim ThomsSouth Australian National Football LeagueWest TorrensNorth Adelaide194533–32[101]
Wally CookVictorian Football AssociationCamberwellSandringham195276–75[102]
George AtkinsonWest Australian Football LeaguePerthSwan Districts195262–59[103]
Brian RickardsVFL ReservesMelbourneCarlton1954101–99[104]
Ian FulwoodPort Lincoln Football LeagueWaybacksTasman195466–60[105]
Darrel BaldockNorth West Football UnionEast DevonportDevonport195558–55[106]
Alex AndjelkovicVictorian Football Association (Division 2)Geelong WestCaulfield1972120–115[107]
Graham CornesSouth Australian National Football LeagueGlenelgNorwood197798-95[108]
Kerry GoodNight SeriesNorth MelbourneCollingwood198057–54[109]
Ian MilneGreat Southern Football LeagueGoolwaYankalilla198085–81[110]
Mark TrueackGreat Southern Football LeagueMount CompassMyponga198040–34[111]
Darren HarrisSouth Australian National Football LeagueSouth AdelaidePort Adelaide1984117-115[112]
Mark DavisGreat Southern Football LeagueVictor HarborLanghorne Creek1986107–104[113]
Mick CleelandPicola & District Football LeagueWaaiaBlighty1990114–113[114]
Jack AzizVictorian Football AssociationWerribeeSpringvale199398–95[115]
Lindsay DeanWest Kimberley Football AssociationTownsBroome Saints200256–54[116]
Simphiwe MbhaloAustralian Football International CupSouth AfricaIreland200833–32[117]
Ashley BakerBallarat Football LeagueBallarat SwansDarley200885–80[118]
Jarrad GrantVictorian Football LeagueWilliamstownCoburg2009119–116[119]
Adam PriorWest Australian Football LeagueEast PerthClaremont201291–90[120]
David RodanSouth Australian National Football LeagueNorwoodWest Adelaide201237–36[121]
Haydn KielNorth East Australian Football LeagueSouthportRedland201269–66[122]
Jack RiewoldtNAB Cup (AFL pre-season game)RichmondHawthorn201385–84[123]
Kane TenaceNorthern Football League (Australia)Diamond CreekFitzroy Stars Football Club201685–84
Kade StewartJLT Community Series (AFL pre-season game)HawthornGeelong201798–94
Ed LangdonJLT Community Series (AFL pre-season game)FremantleCollingwood201787–85
Nathan MonkBallarat Football LeagueLake WendoureeRedan201794–89[124]
Francis KinthariNorth East Australian Football LeagueNorthern Territory ThunderWSU Giants201797–93
Dwayne NevillWAFL ColtsEast FremantleSubiaco201763–57
Barclay MillerAustralian Football International CupNew ZealandIreland201753–49
James StorayNTFAEvandaleEast Coast Football Club201987–84[125]
Jean-Luc VelissarisVictorian Football LeagueNorthern BluesPort Melbourne201972-68[126]

Goal to draw

1Paul SalmonFoster's CupEssendonFitzroy199046-46[127]
2Justin McconnellSouth Australian National Football LeagueGlenelg Football ClubCentral District Bulldogs200981–81[128]
3Mark WilliamsNAB Cup (lightning match)EssendonSt Kilda201138–38
4Doulton LanglandsVictorian Football LeagueSandringhamCoburg201879–79[129]

Behind to win

1ScarboroughNorthern Tasmanian Football AssociationNorth LauncestonLaunceston190130–29Grand Final[130]
2Ron DaveyAustralian Capital Territory Football LeagueAinslieWest Canberra198197–96[131]
3Noel CarterWAFLSouth FremantleEast Fremantle1983128–127[132]
4Luke RussellNAB Cup (lightning match)Gold CoastHawthorn201330–29[133]
5Toby PinkSANFL Under-18sGlenelgNorth Adelaide201656–55Grand Final[134]
6Aaron LudewigMornington Peninsula Nepean Football League Division OneFrankston PinesSorrento201896-95Grand Final[135]

Missed opportunities

1Dave McNamaraVictorian Football AssociationEssendon (A.)Brunswick Football Club191163–65A goal would have won the premiership for Essendon; the loss forced a Grand Final the following week.[136]
2Fred FanningInterstate carnivalVictoriaWestern Australia1947102–106Victoria still went on to win the carnival on percentage[137][138]
3W. HawkingYarra Valley Football AssociationYarra JunctionMarysville195284–88Marysville win second semi-final.[139]
4PriorSouth Australian National Football LeagueWest TorrensWest Adelaide195249–50West Adelaide win by a point.[140]
5Geoff WilsonVFL ReservesHawthornGeelong196052–57Geelong won the 1960 VFL reserves Grand Final[141]
6Justin PlappTasmanian State LeagueBurnie DockersClarence2009100–103Clarence make 2009 Tasmanian State League grand final.[142]
7Jaye BowdenTasmanian State LeagueGlenorchyLauderdale201085–90Lauderdale's first win ever against Glenorchy.[143]
8Ben LennonVictorian Football LeagueRichmondPort Melbourne201770–74Richmond Reserves would have won 2017 VFL Premiership[144][145]
9Joel AmarteyTAC CupSandringham DragonsGeelong Falcons201787–89Sandringham Dragons would have gone back to back and won the 2017 TAC Cup[146]
10 Sam Godfrey Southern Football League (reserves) Huonville Brighton 2019 52-55 Brighton won final game of the regular season after Godfrey missed to the right [147]
11 James Parker Eastern Football League (Division 2) Ringwood Mitcham 2019 82-84 Ringwood would have won the Grand Final. [148][149]


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.

1ConsidineVFANorth MelbourneFootscray192051–56
(No result)
No kickNorth 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.[150]
2David CollinsTasmanian State PremiershipNorth Hobart (TANFL)Wynyard (NWFU)196791–92
(No result)
No kickNorth 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.
3Steven BakerAFLSt KildaFremantle200694–94
amended to
(Fremantle win)
Behind, but withdrawn on reviewIn 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.

See also


  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.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link)
  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.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link)
  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 goaled 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. One of just five goals in his career
  51. Baggott, Melbourne's boyish full-forward kicked the vital goal as the bell rang. "The Argus" 26.08.1935 p13
  52. Prenesti, Sam (17 August 1987). "Cool Macpherson caps off hot afternoon". The Age. Retrieved 24 July 2018.
  53. Set shot 50 metres out from goal. One of only two draws the Bears would ever play in. AFL Tables
  54. 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
  55. Marked in the goalsquare with 5 seconds on the clock and goaled from point blank range after the siren. Video
  56. 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
  57. 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
  58. 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.
  59. 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
  60. 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
  61. 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
  62. 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.
  63. "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.
  64. 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.
  65. 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
  66. Marked 25m out in the pocket with 30 seconds left. Kicked just as siren sounded and missed to the near side. Video
  67. 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.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link)
  68. Barassi received a free kick at half-forward after being tripped, but missed his shot after the siren. The Argus:"Great Finish By Geelong"
  69. 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.
  70. "Richmond Win By 5 Points: Punt After Bell Just Misses". The Herald. 3 June 1950. Retrieved 24 July 2018.
  71. 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.
  72. 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
  73. Hit the post with a set shot after the siren. Game stats from AFL Tables
  74. 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
  75. Michael Horan; Peter Simunovich (13 May 1988). "Carrara chaos". The Sun News-Pictorial. Melbourne. p. 92.
  76. His torpedo shot for goal, after receiving a free kick, landed in the goalsquare.
  77. 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
  78. 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.
  79. "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.
  80. 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
  81. Awarded a free kick 15 metres out on a slight angle. Missed very narrowly.
  82. 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
  83. Took a strong contested mark seconds before the siren and despite being 20 metres out on only a slight angle he tugged it right.
  84. Marked the ball with a second remaining, 40 metres out on a slight angle, kicked it wide for a point. Heraldsun
  85. Marked the ball with a second remaining, 55 metres out straight in front, fell short by 5 metres. Heraldsun The Age
  86. 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
  87. 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
  88. 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
  89. 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
  90. Marked 45 metres out almost straight in front with 13 seconds left. His kick narrowly missed to the left. Video
  91. 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
  92. 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.
  93. 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.
  94. Qualifying Final. Marked the ball 35 metres out, 45 degree angle, missed to the right Video
  95. "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.
  96. 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.
  97. Marked with 12 seconds left, ball drifted to the left. Match report
  98. Marked on the full-time siren, ball fell a few metres short of the goalsquare. Match report
  99. Marked on the final bell and goaled from 40yds. Observer (22 June 1895). "Football – the battle for the premiership". The Argus. Melbourne. p. 6.
  100. The Luck of Football, The Argus, Monday, 8 July 1895, p.6; The football Season, The Age, (Monday, 8 July 1895), p.6.
  101. 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.
  102. 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.
  103. Marked the ball from 20 yard outs, goaled as the siren sounded
  104. 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.
  105. 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.
  106. 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
  107. 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.
  108. 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
  109. 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
  110. Despite being on a "very sharp angle", Milne was able to score the winning goal after the siren, helping Mount Compass to a four-point victory.
  111. With scores tied, Trueack marked directly in front of goal as the siren sounded and converted the winning goal.
  112. 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.
  113. Marked from thirty metres out just as the siren sounded and kicked the winning goal.
  114. 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.
  115. Preliminary final match. Aziz marked the ball after a quick Werribee clearance following a previous Werribee goal. He was able to kick the winning goal from 50 metres out, with the siren sounding while the ball was in flight. Werribee proceeded to the Grand Final, which they won.
  116. 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.
  117. Ash Nugent. "Controversial finish as South Africa defeat Ireland after the siren".
  118. "Ballarat Swans snare BFL premiership". 20 September 2008.
  119. 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.
  120. Prior converted his third goal of the final quarter to complete a remarkable East Perth comeback
  121. Converted from 40m on a 45-degree angle in terrible conditions
  122. 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".
  123. 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.
  124. Marked with seconds remaining and wobbled the ball after the siren from outside the fifty-metre line."BFL round one in review – videos". 22 April 2017.
  125. The Examiner, 1 June 2019
  126. 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.
  127. 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
  128. Sunday Mail, 26 July 2009
  129. 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
  130. 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.
  131. Received a free kick with fifteen seconds to play and scored a behind after the siren.
  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.
  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.
  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.
  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.
  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, WA. 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.
  140. Prior received a free kick from twenty yards out on a slight angle, having been held by a West Adelaide player, but missed.
  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.
  148. 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.
  149. "Where's the score review? EFL Division 2 Grand Final ends in post-siren goal umpire controversy". Fox Sports. 15 September 2019.
  150. "Football incident – when is time up?". The Argus. Melbourne. 27 September 1920. p. 6.


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