AFL 1990: ‘That Sends a Tingle Down the Spine’ v Melbourne Round 13

Bruce McAvaney got it right when he suggested Nicky Winmar’s mark against Melbourne in 1990 ‘sends a tingle down your spine’. Poor Todd Viney had no idea what had hit him as Winmar used him as a step ladder to take the spectacular grab.

It would be just one moment of brilliance in a dazzling afternoon for Winmar who, with 21 possessions and three goals, would play a pivotal role in the Saints 33-point victory. Unfortunately it would be the only win this grab would help generate, with it overlooked for Mark of the Year honours at season’s end. Richmond’s Michael Mitchell would run off with that honour chosen by popular vote. It wouldn’t be the last time the Tiger Army would help one of their own to an unlikely win in these awards, Daniel Rioli’s Goal of the Year in 2017 perhaps the most recent.


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