BY-LAW 13 » Drop Off Procedures for Finals Games

MWTA will utilise the following procedures for any drop off in MWTA semi-final or grand final games ending in a draw:

  1. The referee will raise their arm to signal to tournament control that there is a drawn game.
  2. A tournament representative will come to the field and brief the referee and coaches to make sure everyone is aware of the "drop off" rule.
  3. The game will resume once tournament control have been to all fields that have indicated a drawn game.
  4. At the start of the extended period the referee will conduct a toss with the 2 captains and the winning team will start with the tap off.
  5. Each team will have 5 players on the field. 
  6. The first team to score wins the game. If the team that won the toss, receiving first possession, scores a try on their first set of 6 touches, then the other team gets a "right of reply".
  7. The "right of reply" team gets to tap off from half way. The "right of reply" rule will remain until one team does not score in their set of six.
  8. Every 2 minutes in the drop off period, the siren will sound. At the next stop in play, each team will remove 1 player until we get down to 3 on 3.
  9. Then we continue the game with 3 on 3 until one team scores. 
  10. With regards to Mixed Division Games both teams will commence the “Drop Off” three (3) males and two (2) females. The first “Drop Off” will be a male leaving two (2) males and two (2) females on the field. The next player to “Drop Off” will be a female leaving (2) male and one (1) female on the field. 
  11. In the case of a male player in the sin bin at the commencement of the “Drop Off” the offending team will start with two (2) males and two (2) females on the field. If it is female in the sin bin, then the offending team will start with three (3) males and one (1) female on the field.

If you would like more information regarding the drop off procedure or any other rules please contact Caren Friend, Referee Director via


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