MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 29: Dom Sheed of the Eagles kicks a goal late in the final term during the 2018 Toyota AFL Grand Final match between the West Coast Eagles and the Collingwood Magpies at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on September 29, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Media/Getty Images)

Jack Newnes lived every footballer’s dream when he kicked a goal after the siren to win the game for Carlton on Saturday night.

Newnes’ goal was as good a kick after the siren as we have seen, right up there with the ‘Miracle on Grass’ from Ashley McGrath and James Hird’s snap late in the last quarter against the Eagles after the week from hell.

Or who can forget Tom Hawkins long bomb to continue the ‘Kennett curse’ over the Hawks?

We’ve counted down the 10 most clutch plays from this century, putting an emphasis on the big stage and finals moments. The time and importance of the game, meaning of the result and even the location and aesthetics of the moment matters.

There have been some spectacular moments that will live in football folklore, moments that are bigger than just the game that they happen in. Moments that define a career and a teams success and failures.

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10. Jason Akermanis’ goal in 2002 Grand Final vs Collingwood

Akermanis’ goal was the deciding factor in one of the best grand finals in recent memory. The 2001 Brownlow medalist picked up the wet ball and turned on a dime to swing home a left foot snap in the dying stages of the game. The class and poise of the Akermanis with a wet ball in the heat of a grand final was of the highest quality.

 

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