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Carlton legend Anthony Koutoufides was full of praise for Jamie Elliott, who produced a fantastic mark-of-the-year contender during Collingwood’s dramatic Anzac Day game with Essendon.

During the third quarter of Collingwood’s 85-85 tie with the Bombers, with the Pies behind by ten points, small forward Elliot climbed opposing defender Ben McKay for a fantastic forward-50 mark.

The frequent flyer pulled down the mark before heading back and scoring his set-shot goal, bringing the Magpies within a direct kick.

Speaking to Nine’s Today, Koutoufides believes Elliott’s efforts were among the best of all time.

“We’ve seen many great marks in the past but this one here… and with the occasion of it,” he went on to say.

“Jamie Elliott, who may be six feet tall, jumping on (202 centimeter) Ben McKay’s shoulders — unfortunately for Ben McKay, he’ll be remembered as the guy underneath it.”

“But that was a magnificent mark, and not only that, but the goal he was able to kick right after it, because many players take a mark like that and then fail to deliver [in front of goal].

“That was so special at such a critical time for Collingwood and a mark that we’ll never ever forget.”

Elliott soared above the MCG surface, leaving football analysts in shock.

“That is as good as it gets over the hulking frame of Ben McKay,” analyst James Brayshaw told Channel 7.

“Gee we’ve seen some big marks at this ground – none bigger than that … That is our game at its best.”

Melbourne legend Garry Lyon also told Fox Footy: “Jamie Elliott has ensured he will be on Anzac Day highlight reels forever and ever. That, my friends, is going to take some beating for mark of the year”.

AFL Nation caller Gerard Whateley remarked, “It’s a screamer that will be remembered for centuries on this day. Jamie Elliott is with one of the all-timers.”

Three-time Eddie Betts, an All-Australian forward, agreed that the achievement required “to win mark of the year, for him to get up that high”.

Interestingly, Elliott took the mark in the same area as he did in round 19 2022, when he kicked the game-winning goal from a set shot after the siren to defeat Essendon.

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