Given the recent change in the weather, it is timely to remind the community that the 2019/20 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 decide to enact the National Extreme Weather Policy and subsequent AFLNT Rules & Regulations.
If you were to hear the siren sound five times in succession, then that indicates a stoppage in play on account of lightning.
In conjunction with the AFLNT Rules & Regulations, which govern all our community competitions, rule 3.24 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 and be entered as a draw, when it's a regular-season (non-finals) game.
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).
The same rule (3.24) applies to all incidents where there is a game delay as declared by the umpire or match manager; including extended breaks due to injury, storm events, or circumstances that might impact the lights/light towers required to run games.
AFLNT considers the safety of all player, officials, staff and patrons as its number one priority when making decisions relating to the weather.