They don’t take them like they used to and kids these days certainly aren’t about to scream out “MODRAAAA” while jumping out of a tree, but the crop of absolute hangers taken in the 2018 AFL season are certainly nothing to be sneezed at.
The league revealed the three finalists for the annual Mark of the Year award, which recognises the efforts of players willing to throw caution to the wind and risk serious injury by climbing their fellow players like stepladders and hauling in some truly dumbfounding screamers.
Making the cut in this year’s crop of top grabs are Isaac Heeney from the Sydney Swans, who walked on Jesse Hogan‘s head harder than a straightedge kid at a Champion show circa 2005.
Then there’s Brisbane Lions jet Charlie Cameron cannoning a knee into the back of a teammate’s head like he’s Thon Maker fending of the entire Filipino basketball side.
And finally, Fremantle Dockers veteran Michael Walters deciding he really needed a mid-match sit, so he chose “Jeremy McGovern‘s back” as the perfect location.
The finalists for the @woolworths Mark of the Year have been announced!
— AFL (@AFL) September 6, 2018
Huge grabs. Hyuge grabs.
The award relies partly on public votes, which you can get around via the AFL’s official website.
Our take? Heeney’s got it in the bag. That’s an absolutely absurd grab.
‘Course we all reckon not nominating Aaron Francis is a thievery of Wayne Harmes in the 1979 VFL Grand Final-proportions.
But that’s neither here nor there.
The 2018 Mark of the Year award, along with the Goal of the Year award, will be handed out on Brownlow Medal night, the Monday before the Grand Final.
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