What to look forward to this Anzac Day
Anzac Day is around the corner. In 2018, the day in which we honour our fallen soldiers will host three games of footy following an Anzac Eve tradition that grows in significance each year.
Here is what we have to look forward to.
Richmond v Melbourne
The Richmond v Melbourne clash in the AFL has been played exclusively on April 24 since 2015. Last year the fixture brought a massive crowd of 85,657 to the ‘G – the largest ever for a Richmond v Melbourne match with Richmond winning a tight game by 13 points. With the reigning premiers competing against a team that is forever improving, a terrific spectacle will be expected this Anzac Eve.
Dragons v Roosters
At Allianz stadium, the Dragons and Roosters will be meeting for their 17th Anzac Day clash. With St George in flying form and the Roosters yet to meet preseason expectations, the match is shaping up to be one of the biggest in the history of this profound rivalry. With previous Anzac Day matches between these two clubs being determined by two points or less, I am expecting a real nail bitter in front of a packed crowd at Allianz Stadium.
Collingwood v Essendon
Since 1995, Collingwood and Essendon – both historical clubs – have played AFL fixtures on Anzac Day. The two teams have played in front of MCG crowds no smaller than 84,000 since 2006. The Pies and the Bombers are expected to put on a show for their loyal fans who have no doubt been responsible for some of the best crowd driven atmospheres in Australian sport. Both teams are coming off important wins against the two Adelaide sides, making this a highly anticipated match.
Storm v Warriors
The Melbourne Storm and the New Zealand Warriors have played on Anzac day since 2009. It has been a wonderful way to incorporate Australian and New Zealand history and to bring the countries together through something both are passionate about – sport. With the Warriors winning six of their first seven and the Storm just beginning to hit some form, I am looking forward to a high quality match of rugby league in Melbourne.