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WA product and GWS Giants forward Bobby Hill puts his hand up for AFL goal of the year

West Australian-raised GWS forward Ian “Bobby” Hill has put his hand up for goal of the year, less than 24 hours after Fremantle’s Adam Cerra’s spectacular snap.

The young forward was hard up on the boundary in the deep right forward pocket early in the Giants’ clash with Adelaide, when he kicked a centimetre perfect drop punt.

WATCH HILL’S INCREDIBLE SNAP IN THE WINDOW ABOVE

The Perth Demons junior got on the end of a handball from Jackson Hately, before looking inside to see if there was an option only to decide to go for goal at the last second, edging it past the left goalpost.

The umpires sent it up to the AFL’s review system to see if it had hit the post, but the edge system showed no noise and it was given a goal, getting the Giants their first.

Hawthorn champion Dermott Brereton was full of praise for young Hill.

“Not enough players kick that drop punt on that angle,” he said.

Bobby Hill of the Giants passes the ball during the round 14 AFL match between the Fremantle Dockers and the Greater Western Sydney Giants at Optus Stadium.
Camera IconBobby Hill of the Giants passes the ball during the round 14 AFL match between the Fremantle Dockers and the Greater Western Sydney Giants at Optus Stadium. Credit: Paul Kane/via AFL Photos

Hill, the cousin of St Kilda’s Brad and Fremantle’s Stephen, now has 11 goals from 13 games but that was easily the best of his short career.

Last night Cerra also put in a contender for the award, when the 20-year-old got on the end of a quick handball from veteran David Mundy deep in the right forward pocket before taking a few steps and snapping from the boundary to kick the Dockers’ fifth goal with less 10 minutes to go in the game.

Hard against the line, Cerra kept the ball low in the tough conditions as it bent around a corner and through the big sticks to give the Dockers a vital 22-point lead.

“Where did that come from,” former Hawthorn champion Jason Dunstall said in amazement on commentary.

It capped off a big night for Cerra, who had a game-high 30 disposals in a great all-round performance to help the Dockers to their sixth win of the year.

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