Hangers, speccies and screamers

One of the most, if not the most spectacular part of Australian rules football is the high mark, where players jump into the air to catch the ball, often jumping over or on opposition players to grab the ball.

Over the long history of the game, many of these great marks have been captured by photographers, who were in the right place and the right time to take a brilliant picture.

Here are some examples of the best hangers, speccies and screamers taken in Australian rules football history.


Aaron Edwards (North Melbourne) versus Hawthorn (AFL – 2007)


Unidentified Carlton player versus Melbourne (VFL – 1960’s)


Bill Ryan (Geelong) versus St Kilda (VFL – 1968)



John Gerovich (South Fremantle) versus East Fremantle (WAFL – 1956)



Andrew Walker (Carlton) versus Essendon (AFL 2011)



John Coleman (Essendon) versus North Melbourne (VFL 1950’s)



Ashley Sampi (West Coast Eagles) versus Melbourne (AFL 2004)



David Holst (Glenelg) versus Norwood (SANFL 1979)



Peter Knights (Hawthorn) versus Collingwood (VFL 1973)



Michael Roach (Richmond) versus Hawthorn (VFL 1980)



John Dugdale (North Melbourne) versus St Kilda (VFL 1961)


Highest losing scores

Normally  when a team posts a huge score in any sporting event, the odds of them being beaten decrease markedly, but they cam still lose. Here are details of the highest losing scores recorded in various competitions, along with accompanying video footage.

Australian Football League

Hawthorn 26.15 (171) – GEELONG 25.13 (163) – May 6 1989

National Basketball Association

Detroit Pistons 186 – DENVER NUGGETS 184 – December 13 1983

American Football League

Oakland Raiders 52 – HOUSTON OILERS 49 – December 22 1963

National Football League

New York Giants 52 NEW ORLEANS SAINTS 49

National Hockey League

Edmonton Oilers 12 CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS 9 December 11 1985

Toronto Maple Leafs 11 EDMONTON OILERS 9   8 January 1986

Montreal Wanderers 10 TORONTO ARENAS 9 19 December 1917

Boston Bruins10 NY RANGERS 9 4 March 1944

Boston Bruins 10 DETROIT RED WINGS 9 16 March 1944.

Vancouver Canucks 10 MINNESOTA NORTH STARS 9 October 7 1983

Major League Baseball

Chicago Cubs 26 PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES 23 – August 25 1922

Bleacher Report article

English Football League

Charlton Athletic 7 HUDDERSFIELD TOWN 6 – December 21 1957

Wikipedia article

Australian Super League

Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 48 HUNTER MARINERS 36 36 12 May 1997

Australian National Rugby League

Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 37 WESTS TIGERS 36   27 March 2005

Newcastle Knights 38 GOLD COAST TITANS 36 9 May 2010