ANZAC Day football in the SFL

A fitting day to acknowledge those who have fought for us...

There are a lot of similarities between football and the diggers that have fought for our country.

Mateship meaning equality, loyalty and friendship.

Camaraderie meaning trust and a bond created by a shared experience.

It was evident from the first bounce at Meade Reserve on Anzac Day that both clubs understood what the day meant led by the attributes of the players.

Clayton Football Club hosted a brilliant day starting with the Reserve’s match at 10am before hosting a terrific Anzac Day luncheon attended by over 90 people. The guests were entertained by the wonderful Parkdale Secondary College school band and heard a moving story from Deanne Morgan (Clayton Senior Coach Ben McGee’s wife) about her Grand Father’s Prisoner of War experience in Changi. At just after 1pm all players and officials lined up for the Last Post followed by the Australian National Anthem sung by a Parkdale Secondary College student.

The game was played in fantastic spirit and while it was a scrappy match at times, both teams represented their clubs well. Clayton FC were pleased to win the inaugural John Monash Cup and Captain Aaron Purvis spoke exceptionally well about the importance of the day.

Final scores: Clayton 11.14.80 defeated East Malvern 8.6.54

Most Courageous Awards:

Clayton – Number 7 Chris Morrison

East Malvern – Number 25 Shane McCurry

Well done to both clubs on a fantastic day!


The match-day radio broadcast is now available under the 'Media' menu above (under 'Radio on 88.3FM' - 'Broadcast Matches' - 'Match of the Round').


Photos from the big day can also be viewed under 'Photo Gallery', to the right on the main SFL page.

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