MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 25: Sherrin footballs are placed to be collected by Kangaroos players during a North Melbourne Kangaroos training session at the Arden Street Ground on March 25, 2010 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Mark Dadswell/Getty Images)

Football match abandoned after players treated for hypothermia

A local footy match in Gippsland in Victoria was abandoned on the weekend after players were treated for hypothermia.

The game, between Yarram and Traralgon in the North Gippsland Football League, was abandoned in the third quarter due to the horrific conditions. Players from both sides were reportedly experiencing symptoms of hypothermia and shaking uncontrollably in temperatures below zero.

Traralgon were awarded the points, with the side leading 117-31. Had the match been called off prior to half time, then the points would have been split.

AFL Gippsland general manager Travis Switzer told the ABC that he has never seen anything quite like it.

“It was a very unique weekend and obviously the health and safety players (comes first),” he said.

“In that game we had a side that was well and truly in control of the match and another side that was not in the finals race.

“It was pretty unique situation, where those clubs decided it might be best to get into the showers.

“If it was prior to half time, the rules are they share the points. According to the rules, you can call a game off after half time and the results will stand.”