There were just 43 seconds left on the clock when the ball was being run back to the middle by the umpires.
Mark LeCras’ goal had dragged West Coast back within a kick of Port Adelaide in one of the most intense struggles seen at Adelaide Oval.
Desperate Eagles coach Adam Simpson had thrown intercept defender Jeremy McGovern forward and was well aware that time was running out.
Unfortunately, his players weren’t.
And it could have had disastrous consequences in a game – and season – of extremely fine margins.
“It went for 25 minutes,” Simpson said of the final quarter during his post-match press conference.
“I was doing the ‘there’s 40 seconds left’ (action with my hands) and I think the boys thought there were four minutes.
“’Bung’ (Shannon Hurn) was running around telling everyone we’ve got four minutes.
“We couldn’t get that communication right.
“But we got a quick kick out of the middle and we were fortunate enough to get that mark and ‘Gov’ (McGovern) kicked that goal.”
The kick gave West Coast a thrilling four-point win that all but guaranteed a top-two finish and two home finals.
“It was a little bit of a flourbag to start with, which ‘Gov’ tends to throw around every now and then, but it straightened itself up,” Simpson said.
“I thought initially it was fading right, but the wind was sort of going across goals.
“It was clutch really from him and I’m really pleased for him as well.”
Simpson said he left the coaches’ box immediately after McGovern shrugged off Brad Ebert to take the all-important mark.
The grab was taken just metres from the spot where Luke Shuey won a free kick and booted home the match-winning goal after the siren in extra time of last year’s elimination final.
“I was stood in exactly the same spot as I did in the finals,” Simpson said.
“I left the box, I got halfway down and was getting some pretty good feedback from the Port crowd as I was there.
“It was a little bit surreal. It’s obviously heartbreaking for Port, but we’re really pleased.”
Simpson couldn’t help but laugh when asked by a reporter to reveal the best of the “feedback” from Power fans.
“They were good. They’re passionate supporters,” he said.
“We love playing and we love their supporters. We like the intensity of it all. They were fine.”