Extra time for Suns-Freo
The AFL has launched an investigation into an apparent time clock blunder in the dying minutes of Saturday’s thrilling Gold Coast-Fremantle game at Metricon Stadium.
The apparent error came with 7:55 remaining on the clock in the final term, with Gold Coast leading the match 81-76.
After a ball-up in the middle of the ground, the clock remains on 7:55 for 39 seconds.
There was no scoring in this period.
Fremantle won the match by seven points after a goal from Tendai Mzungu with a second remaining.
Gold Coast football manager Marcus Ashcroft and a Fremantle spokesman said their clubs were unaware of the apparent error when contacted by AFL.com.au on Sunday morning.
But AFL spokesman Patrick Keane said on Sunday the League was aware of the incident and was investigating.
However, he said an answer as to what happened was unlikely to come until Monday.
“We are aware of it and are investigating to see if the correct procedures were followed,” Keane said.
Here’s how play unfolded in the last 10 minutes of the game:
BEHIND Mzungu (Frem) 9:56, GC 75 Frem 75 (Scores level)
BEHIND Griffin (Frem) 9:27, GC 75 Frem 76 (Frem by one point)
GOAL Brown (GC) 8:20, GC 81 Frem 76 (GC by 5 points)
CLOCK STOPS after stoppage in centre 7:55, GC 81 Frem 76 (GC by 5 points)
ELAPSED TIME: 39 SECONDS
CLOCK STARTS free kick to GC on wing (GC by 5 pts)
GOAL Pavlich (Frem) 5:56, GC 81 Frem 82 (Frem by 1 pt)
GOAL Mayne (Frem) 4:07, GC 81 Frem 88 (Frem by 7 pts)
GOAL Bennell (GC) 2:29, GC 87 Frem 88 (Frem by 1 pt)
FREMANTLE IN FRONT BY 1 PT WITH 39 SECONDS REMAINING
GOAL Mzungu (Frem) 0:01, GC 87 Frem 94 (Frem by 7 pts)