5 Biggest AFL Brain Snaps

After last weekend’s controversy in the West, we look back at some of the AFL’s more unsavoury incidents of recent times.

James Baxter
Mon, 6 Aug, 12:00 AM


Andrew Gaff


Andrew Gaff’s swinging left fist to the head of Andrew Brayshaw has become one of league’s most talked about incidents of the year. Many across the Twittersphere have called for Gaff to face criminal charges for the jaw-breaking hit, although the most likely outcome for the star midfielder will be a suspension in the vicinity of seven-weeks. 




Barry Hall


When it comes to off-the-ball transgressions, no player quite springs to mind like Big Bad Barry. In perhaps his most memorable of brain snaps, the then Sydney Swan landed a brutal left on the chin of an unsuspecting Brent Staker. Described as one of the ugliest incidents of the modern era, Hall copped seven games for the punch.   




Alastair Lynch


Plenty remember the 2004 Grand Final for the goalsquare tussle between Alastair Lynch and Darryl Wakelin. Playing in his final game before retirement, Lynch unleashed on his marker before the pair went toe to toe before a sold-out MCG and a TV audience of over two-million. For his part, Lynch was given 10 weeks and a $15,000 fine, whilst Wakelin was ordered to cough up $5,000.




Jeremy Cameron


Brisbane’s Harris Andrews suffered bleeding on the brain and severe concussion after being floored by Jeremy Cameron’s forearm in a sickening clash in Round 14 this year. The incident led to a hefty suspension for the GWS forward as well as a very public examination of his technique in the contest.  




Tony Lockett


Impossible not to wince at (check the footage), Tony Lockett’s raised elbow on Peter Caven remains one of the AFL’s most infamous of collisions. Playing for St Kilda at the time, Lockett caught the Swans defender flush across the face, leaving the defender with a compound fracture of the nose. The incident resulted in an eight-week suspension for the man known as Plugger.




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