MARK OF THE YEAR

Finalists:

Jay Schulz (Port Adelaide, round one): Huge climb across goal-line pack to mark, narrowly missing the goal post. Added quirky value because no definitive camera angle exists to indicate which side of the line he marked the ball on.

Nic Naitanui (West Coast, round eight): Big pack mark given extra credence for being taken with 30 second left, and the fact he went back and goaled after the siren to pinch the game from North Melbourne.

Jamie Elliott (Collingwood, round 14): Classically balanced, poetic one-grabber taken over three Port players, with knee on Brad Ebert’s shoulder.

Stiff to miss:

James Podsiadly (Geelong): Soaring, classical pack mark against St Kilda, 30 metres from goal with a knee in the back of teammate Tom Hawkins’ head.

Steven Motlop (Geelong): Another textbook ‘‘hanger’’, rising on teammate Mitch Duncan’s head in the dying moments of the Cats’ big round 22 home win over Sydney.

GOAL OF THE YEAR

Finalists:

Lance Franklin (Hawthorn, round three): 70-metre Buddy special at full tilt, having hurdled teammate Ben Stratton and his Collingwood tackler Sam Dwyer in the middle of the MCG.

Andrew Walker (Carlton, round seven): Four-bounce effort begun at half-back, criss-crossing from one side of Etihad Stadium centre square to the other and hitting the target from 51 metres.

Gary Ablett (Gold Coast, round 10): Ridiculously unlikely kick around his body from 47 metres on the boundary which had Cat fans standing and applauding Ablett’s return to his old home ground.

Stiff to miss:

Luke Hodge (Hawthorn): Smother off Bulldog Ryan Griffen’s boot at centre bounce and raking torpedo goal in Launceston.

Daniel Giansiracusa (Western Bulldogs): Ridiculous ‘‘alley-oop’’ style left-foot volley after teammate Tom Campbell palmed ball into his path.

THE WINNERS:

Will be announced in grand final week, as judged by the All-Australian selection panel comprising Andrew Demetriou, Mark Evans, Danny Frawley, Kevin Bartlett, Mark Ricciuto, Luke Darcy, Glen Jakovich and Cameron Ling.

Fans can vote for their favourites and the chance to win $5000 at afl.com.au/mark and afl.com.au/goal.