The “kick in” after a behind:
The ‘Clock’ doesn’t start when the fullback kicks it in. It starts at the next clear possession.
So if the fullback kicks to a pack on a flank and a mark is taken, the clock starts.
If the ball spills and a player picks it up and is clear possession, the clock starts.
If the player picks it up but is immediately tackled, the clock doesn’t start.
And the field umpires don’t have to worry about all of the above.
The umpire sitting in the stands adjudicates when to stop, start and reset.
Seymorebutts thanks for your comments. Unfortunately, the game has evolved to the entertainment industry. Which is part of the problem.
Cats vs Tigers last Friday was a game everybody was looking forward to. It’s a pity the Cats chose to go slow and give us a fizzer.
Richmond’s style of play is what we’re after as a benchmark.
Earlier in the year, at Adelaide Oval, we witnessed arguably, the best game in 10 years, when Port got up against the Tiggers. The ball was pinging around like a pinball, as both sides moved the ball quickly and attacked.
Once you gain clear control of the ball, you have 24/30/36 seconds to get the ball into your 50 arc.
Once you’re in your arc, you can take as long as you like. Most likely, you’re shooting at goal by that stage.