AFL drama as Hawks-Cats Easter Monday clash suspended at three-quarter time due to lightning


The final quarter of Geelong and Hawthorn’s Easter Monday clash was about to begin when drama unfolded.

With the Melbourne weather having threatened to impact proceedings throughout the afternoon, the heavens opened during the third term as a downpour turned the match into a scrap, before the arrival of lightning forced the game to be suspended just before play was set to resume.

“We’re going to a stopped game with lightning – off to your rooms,” umpire Nick Foot instructed Cats and Hawks players, while a message appeared on the MCG screens urging patrons to find shelter.

With lightning in the area, the game is stopped for at least 20 minutes ????#AFLHawksCats

— 7AFL (@7AFL) April 1, 2024

AFL rules state a lightning-forced delay to play requires a minimum 20-minute waiting period, with play able to be suspended for up to an hour before the match is called off.

As the match was past half time before being halted, a failure to resume play will allow the AFL ‘discretion’ to award Geelong the win, as they were ahead at half time.

If the weather doesn’t clear within 60 minutes the AFL has discretion to declare Geelong the winner given they were in front at half time. Clearly if the weather is about to clear and we are at 60 minutes they might still restart the contest. Laura Kane would make that decision

— Jon Ralph (@RalphyHeraldSun) April 1, 2024

It’s the second time in recent memory lightning has delayed a game, with a Melbourne-West Coast match in 2021 stopped midway through the final quarter due to lightning around Optus Stadium in Perth.

A similar circumstance saw a Sydney-GWS match in 2024 have an extended quarter time break, while another delay occurred in early 2023 when Brisbane and Melbourne were forced into the rooms at the Gabba when the lights famously went out.


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