Given recent weather behaviour, it is timely to remind the community that the 2018/19 TIO NTFL season abides by the National Extreme Weather Policy, which stipulates how incidents relating to lightning are to be handled.
Only the umpires and/or match manager can make a decision to enact the National Extreme Weather Policy and subsequent AFLNT Rules & Regulations.
If you were to hear the siren sound five times in succession that indicates a stoppage in play on the account of lightning.
In conjunction with the AFLNT Rules & Regulations, which govern all our community competitions, rule 3.2.2 states how matches that have not commenced or that are incomplete will be decided.
In short, a game stopped or yet to start from its scheduled time has 30 minutes to restart/commence. If this is unable to happen for the start of the game or it’s before half time of a game then this game is deemed a wash-out.
Any match that is stopped after half time and cannot recommence within the 30-minute window is deemed complete and the scores will stand as is (from the point the game was stopped).
AFLNT considers the safety of all player, officials, staff and patrons as its number one priority when making decisions relating to the weather.