Incredible moment huge lightning strikes a tree just meters away from players and fans during a football match – as the match has to be stopped for safety reasons
- Play was suspended in a Geelong Football League match due to inclement weather
- The field was hit by a hailstorm after the road was stopped in the third quarter
- Then a massive lightning strike sends fear down the spines of onlookers
- The match had to be called off, but luckily no one was injured in the strike
Spectators at a football match in Geelong were sent running for shelter at the weekend when a huge bolt of lightning struck a tree just meters from players and fans.
The Lara senior team were playing St Joseph’s in the Geelong Football League at Bisinella Oval at Lara when Mother Nature unleashed her fury.
The players had been taken off the pitch when ominous black thunderclouds covered the ground and hail began to fall.
Minutes later, a violent crack was heard as lightning struck a tree just 30 meters from where the footballers had previously run.
“Was inside the sportsman’s bar and, to put it mildly, everyone s$&@ themselves,” wrote spectator Danni Daffy on social media.
The match was abandoned as a result.
Although no one was injured, it was a near miss for the parents of a player who were sitting in their car just one meter from where the lightning struck.
Tony Cattanach managed to get spectacular footage of the lightning strike, and he said the sound was terrifying.
“I think the whole crowd was freaked out. Everyone seemed to shudder and duck for cover as the crack went through, he told The Age.
When he watched the video a few minutes later, Cattanach saw that he had taken a video of the great lightning.
Spectators run for cover as lightning strikes a nearby tree causing the Geelong Football League match between the Lara senior team and St Joseph’s to be called off
“I was blown away, couldn’t believe it,” said the 53-year-old St Joseph’s supporter and former player. “I happened to be pointing my phone in the right direction at the right time. Just lucky, I guess.
“It was pretty amazing.”
John Mckinnon is on the St Joseph’s committee and said he had not experienced anything like it in 40 years involved in footwear.
Incredibly, Mckinnon said the first two quarters were played in bright sunshine before St Joseph’s life member Ray Hoadley warned the umpires of bad weather on the horizon.
“He said, ‘It’s going to be bad weather,’ and everybody says, ‘Yeah, no worries, Ray.’ But he checked the weather system on his phone and he was true to his word, Mckinnon said.
“We didn’t get rain, we just got hail. It lasted two or three minutes.
“The lightning and thunder came and it was quite terrible. All the players just ran off the ground.
“There was more lightning and thunder and they said no, it was too dangerous and came back off the field.”