THE State League senior match between Western Storm and Glenorchy ended in virtual darkness at Aurora Stadium on Saturday.
The match started at a later time of 2.45pm after two development league matches, and finished about 5.15pm.
State League organisers must have known that the later start time would mean that a game being played in the middle of winter would finish in near darkness.
But for whatever reason they decided to finish the game without turning on the Aurora lights and persisted in using a red match Sherrin when a yellow ball would have been a much more sensible option in the second half.
It is hard to imagine that paying members of the public who turned up to watch the game would have been impressed.
Media covering the game and umpires advisers assessing the officiating umpires, as they do each week, could barely make out what was happening on the field during the final quarter.
Officials from both the Storm and Glenorchy commented about the lack of lighting.
Whether it was about saving money or whatever the reason, it was hardly a good look for State League football.
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