Former Docker Paul Hasleby spoke on Sportsday Western Australia on Thursday, and listed his top seven ‘high flying markers’ that he has seen in his time.
In wake of some mesmerising marks in recent weeks, here are the seven choices Hasleby has made.
Rounding out the seven is a fresh face who burst onto the scene during Eagles’ premiership season last year. Despite playing just 27 matches, small forward Liam Ryan has offered some insane highlight plays, most recently his tall grab against Max Gawn. His sublime aerial skills has earned him the Liam ‘Flying’ Ryan nickname.
Coming in at 6th is Sydney goal-kicker Warwick Capper, who played a total of 124 games and brought an unusual leaping style to the competition, where he would sometimes end up elevated for multiple seconds! A true marking icon.
One of two Crows players in Hasleby’s top seven, Brett Burton was selected at number five. Burton was the type of player you would pay to watch, as he would provide at least one high-leaping grab per game. He played 177 games with Adelaide and now works at the club.
A player well recognised for taking a mark over teammate Gary Lyon against the Brisbane Bears in 1995, a mark that would be referred to as ‘Mark of the Century’ was taken by Melbourne’s Shaun Smith. Smith played 47 matches for North Melbourne before carving a solid career at the Demons with plenty of highlights to match.
Selected at number three, none other than Gary Ablett Snr. Widely regarded as the greatest to ever play the sport, Ablett was nicknamed ‘God’ for making the impossible, simply possible. There wasn’t a spot on the ground or a player in his time that didn’t experience an Ablett ‘hanger’. He was awarded Mark of the Year in 1985 and 1994.
Coming in second place – according to Hasleby – is Adelaide Crows legend Tony Modra. He was no match for the strong full-backs of his era, winning six club goalkicking awards as well as being a three-time winner of the Mark of the Year award. A highlight package worthy of a double watch.
Finally, Hasleby’s top high-flying player of all time is current Collingwood defender Jeremy Howe. Despite taking a sensational mark week in week out, Howe has only won the Mark of the Year once – although he’s not done yet. Howe started his career at Melbourne as a forward, but his aerial ability did not shine brightest until he was traded to Collingwood and became one of the top intercept defenders of the modern era. Surprisingly, he is the only defender on this list.
.@PaulHasleby ranks the top 7 high flying markers he's seen in his time.
— Sportsday WA (@SportsdayWA) May 23, 2019
Honourable mentions: Russell Robertson (MELB), Nicky Winmar (STK), Chris Tarrant (COLL), Gary Moorcroft (ESS), Liam Jurrah (MELB), Winston Abraham (NM) and Ashley Sampi