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Quarters shortened if players injured

Tuesday, 22nd April, 2014

Umpires will be required to shorten quarters in a footy player needs help getting off the field. Umpires will be required to shorten quarters in a footy player needs help getting off the field.

Local AFL umpires will now be enforcing a rule where quarters will be shortened if a player is injured.

Now if an injury or accident occurs in a local game, umpires will be required to shorten the quarters so the game runs on time.

AFL BH chairman, Peter Nash said the umpires will be enforcing a rule that is already in place.

“It is a by-law that is in the rules - which the umpires work by,” he said.

“We need to ensure games start and finish on time.

“There are problems with running five games on one day, if there is a major injury.”

Mr Nash said an ambulance can sometimes take 30 minutes to arrive.

“You can’t start an A grade game any later than 2.30pm otherwise we run into bad light,” he said.

“Umpires will work out the time, so what’s left of the game is played evenly.

“In the case of a stretcher being required the umpire signals to the timekeepers to stop the clock, and then calculates the time taken to remove the player safely, and at the end of a quarter advises the time keeper of the amended quarter length.

“They try to be fair to both sides.”

Mr Nash said this has happened on many occasions.

“We had a women’s match last week, where a player was injured. Once she was removed, they played the first half out as normal and then the second half was shortened.

“They try to ensure neither side is disadvantaged.”

He said the rule was often debated at match committee meetings.

“What if a stretcher needs to be brought out five minutes before the end of a grand final?” he said.

“The clock will be stopped, so trainers are able to treat the injured player.

“Trainers won’t have to rush and can do what they need to get the player safely off the field.”

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