THE Glenorchy Knights Football Club honoured ANZAC Day on Saturday 25 April with its second annual RSL ANZAC Day Cup at KGV Football Park in Glenorchy.
The Glenorchy Knights faced off against the Olympic Warriors before an official commemoration ceremony attended by club presidents and members, as well as Football Federation Tasmania representatives.
Glenorchy Knights president Paul Woodham said the event was now firmly cemented into the Tasmania football calendar between the two clubs.
“Several years ago Glenorchy Knights members were discussing ANZAC Day and, in particular, the traditional AFL Essendon versus Collingwood game,” he said.
“It occurred to them that football in Tasmania did not have a similar tradition and those early social discussions turned to the idea being brought to the Glenorchy Knights Committee.
“After months of negotiation with RSL Tasmania, the ANZAC Cup became a reality.”
Mr Woodham said RSL Tasmania and the Glenorchy sub-branch were extremely supportive of the event and had enabled the Glenorchy Knights to provide an authentic ANZAC day commemoration.
“The RSL have provided a perpetual trophy for the winning team, the Warriors, and a medallion to the best and most courageous player on the day,” he said.
“Also established was the running of the RSL sprint at half-time, with runners representing their local clubs.
“This year saw Tasmanian running champion Jack Hale win the RSL sprint on behalf of his club the Hobart Jeep Zebras.”
The official ANZAC ceremony included the laying of wreaths by club presidents Paul Woodham and George Mamacas, as well as Football Federation Tasmania’s chief executive officer Mike Palmer.
“The Ode of Remembrance was read and a minute of silence held after the playing of the Last Post,” Mr Woodham said.
“The ‘Reveille’ and Australian national anthem were also played in respectful remembrance.”
For more information about the Glenorchy Knights Football Club, visit www.glenorchyknights.com.