AFL reviewing shot clock after incident

The AFL could abandon the scoreboard shot clock after the controversial end to Sunday’s Etihad Stadium match.

North Melbourne forward Mason Wood infuriated St Kilda fans by watching the scoreboard in the last few seconds and taking maximum time with a set shot at goal.

The AFL has introduced a 30-second clock for set shots this season and Wood knew he had 22 seconds before the final siren.

So with North leading by a point, Wood did not take his kick until the game was over.

It meant an anti-climactic and bizarre end to a riveting last quarter.

AFL football manager Mark Evans said while the 30-second provision was a rule that would stay for the rest of the season, the scoreboard shot clock could stay or go.

He said on Monday that the league would survey fans about the shot clock.

Also, the AFL laws of the game committee meets this week and the league will talk to clubs about the matter.

“Absolutely it can (be abandoned), because it really is just something that goes onto the scoreboard – it’s not a rule,” he said.

“I’m not sure it’s a massive issue.

“Maybe we’ll have a look at whether it goes live for the back part of the quarter or not.

“Five minutes (at the end of the quarter), I’m not sure that would work, but let’s ask the fans and see what they think.”

Evans also admitted he did not like the way the match ended.

“I have to say, it wasn’t the greatest of looks,” he said.

“It robbed a little bit of atmosphere.”

Evans noted the AFL trialled the shot clock last year and fans liked the idea.

It was brought in because players sometimes were taking 45 seconds to have set shots at goal.

Evans said he would not go as far to say that Wood went against the spirit of the new provision.

“The player is entitled to do as (he wishes) under that,” Evans added.

“It certainly helps umpiring, in terms of being consistent with hurrying players on.

“I like it – I like seeing it at the stadium – but I didn’t like the way it played out.”

The league has a database of about 10,500 fans that it will use later this week for the fan survey.

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