Tiger Jack Higgins produces a bit of magic with a goal of the year contender against Collingwood

RICHMOND young gun Jack Higgins kicked one of the goals of the year in the Tigers’ clash with Collingwood on Saturday.

With just over nine minutes remaining in the third quarter of the MCG blockbuster, Higgins chased down a loose ball seemingly destined to trickle through for a behind.

The young Tiger then had the wits to throw the ball to himself — as his own momentum carried him over the goal line — before quickly volleying the ball over his own head with his right boot.

There was a score review — as fans and pundits alike queried whether the action should have been ruled a throw — but it confirmed the goal would stand.

“Nothing was going through my head,” Higgins told Fox Footy post-match.

“I just put it up and I was hoping it wasn’t a throw but I thought it was a throw but I got onto it, so it was good.

“Nah, haven’t practiced anything like that – that was just a fluke, that was just a fluke.”

It meant Higgins had produced clearly one of the goals of the year — and regardless of whether it appeared to be a throw, few could deny the spectacular nature of it.

“They call him ‘Snags’ and that’s the reason,” St Kilda great Nick Riewoldt said on Fox Footy.

“The presence of mind to be able to contort his body the way he did.

“Whether it was a throw or not, it’s in the book, it’s down for a goal — it’ll go close to being goal of the year.”

Richmond coach Damien Hardwick was effusive in his praise of the goal.

“They don’t teach that in VCE,” quipped the Tigers coach post-match, referring to Higgins’ decision to finish school a year early.

The goal earned its fair share of plaudits on Twitter, with many calling it Goal of the Year.

Source : Foxsports