hanger ∼ speckie, screamer
a spectacular overhead mark
Where the player seems to hang in the air. Refers to the act of leaping onto the back or shoulders of another player known as the stepladder in order to take a high mark, usually in a contested situation.
come on!
A sporting barrackers cry.
Carn the Blues!
centre line
a set of positions on a footy field.
It consists of three players, two wingers either side of a ruckman in the centre.
centre half-forward
a key position on the half-forward line
This role is usually the most demanding of any player on the field, with a tall frame (for good marking skills), strength and athleticism required.
The directly opposing player is a centre half-back
a turnover or a silly mistake made by a player
Examples include:
  • Any disposal or deliberate knock-on that goes directly to an opposition player.
  • Any free kick conceded.
  • Dropped marks or fumbles under no pressure.
  • Stepping over the line when kicking in after a behind.
Its vague description in statistical tables is
Errors including frees against.
coined by champion data founder ted hopkins
a follower
Typically the smallest player on the ground, his role is to lurk around centre bounces and stoppages to receive the ball from a ruckman or ruck rover and complete a clearance. One of three players called followers because they follow the ball around the ground, as opposed to playing in a set position.
being hit in the face by the ball or an accidental headbutt
So called in honour of a famous incident involving the face of Rugby League player Mario Fenech, nicknamed the Maltese Falcon, or simply the Falcon, because of his Maltese background.
originally nrl slang
a method of starting play at a neutral contest
When the umpire judges that the ground is too soft for a bounce, he will throw the ball upwards several metres into the air. Until 1886 the ball was thrown into the air to start a quarter but in 1887 the bounce, now a traditional part of footy, was introduced.
encourage, support, cheer on
The Victoria Barracks were adjacent to the South Melbourne Cricket Ground and St. Kilda Cricket Ground, both used as football grounds.A group of boys were always first to notice the Barrack Personnel walking across the playing fields to support their team, and would cry out: HERE COME THE BARRACKERS!
footy slang since the 1890s
barrel ∼ screwie, torpedo, torp
a punt kick
One that rotates the ball around its long axis, aligned with the direction the ball is travelling.Regarded as the type of kick with the longest distance, but the lowest chance of being accurate.
referring to a player deceiving the opposition to gain an advantage
It is used to evade a tackler by feigning a movement, then changing direction suddenly to escape the opponent who has been fooled by the move, believing he is going to pass, shoot, or move in a certain direction, instead doing something entirely different.
five goals
Colloquialism for 5 goals scored by one player.
have a go
imagebarrackers cry of encouragement.
hit the woodwork
a kicked ball that touches a goal or behind post
Thus scoring a behind. Also known as a poster.