Anzac clash: Mypolonga will host Meningie for this years’ River Murray Anzac netball and football clashes on Saturday.THE Mypolonga netball and football clubs will play host to Meningie as part of their respective Anzac clashes on Saturday, which also forms part of the Murray Bridge RSL’s inaugural Anzac sports carnival.
As per previous years,the State RSL will again issue the Anzac medallion to a player judged as the player of day in both sports.
This year the Murray Bridge RSL has donated perpetual shields which will be contested for each year –the River Murray football and netball associationswill play for the Gallipoli Perpetual Shield and The Bangka Strait Vivian Bullwinkel Memorial Shield respectively.
This year the Murray Bridge RSL’s goal is to raise funds for student scholarships to send two Murray Bridge High students on a study tour to the Western Front Battle Fields in 2018 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of World War 1.
Joe Di Santo, who is coordinating the carnival, said sport playeda vital role in the Australian Defence Force and within the Murray Bridge area and surrounds. “Australian Rules Football in particular has and continues to play a vital role in the ADF,” he said.
“There have been many well-known Australian rules footballers to have served in the ADF … many of them didn’t return”.
“In 1943 in the prisoner of war camps of Changi, Australian prisoners of war coordinated and participated in their own sports … as way to keep moral and hope up –the Changi Brownlow was competed for by Australians.”
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