SPIRIT OF THE ANZACS TO BE HONOURED IN COMMUNITY SPORT

Posted on 12. Apr, 2010 in News

Victorian sports clubs will pay tribute to their local heroes this Anzac Day.

This year there are two local AFL matches for residents to attend. St Bedes / Mentone Tigers in the VAFA Premier Division host an Anzac Day Service at the Mentone Reserve in Brindisi Street Mentone.  The service commences at 2.15 pm before the kick off against Old Scotch at 2.30pm.

Heatherton in the Southern Football League Division 1 host Springvale Districts at the Heatherton Recreation Reserve in Ross Street. The seniors kick off at 3.20pm.

Sports Minister James Merlino said the Brumby Labor Government was committed to honouring our ANZACs, while ensuring sport can continue in keeping with the importance of the day.

“ANZAC Day holds a special place in the lives of so many Victorians,” Mr Merlino said.

“April 25 is an important day of remembrance where we commemorate the sacrifices of generations of countrymen and women who served and fought for the freedoms we enjoy today.

“And it is every Victorian’s responsibility to ensure the defining characteristics of our ANZACs – mateship, heroism, teamwork and wonderful community spirit – are never forgotten.

“This year ANZAC Day falls on a Sunday, which is a traditional sporting day for thousands of junior and sporting codes – and this provides our sporting clubs with a great opportunity to honour their local heroes and uphold the spirit of the ANZACs in their own communities.”

Mr Merlino said all sports would be required to observe the solemnity of the day and no sport, which charged spectators an admission fee, could be played before 1.00pm in accordance with the ANZAC Day Act 1958.

Clubs and associations in Melbourne where admission is charged must contribute a portion of the net profits or a suitable donation to the ANZAC Day Proceeds Fund, which is distributed annually to organisations that provide welfare support to veterans or their dependants.

In regional areas, clubs must contribute to the RSL Patriotic Welfare Fund through the RSL State Branch Headquarters or local RSL sub-branch.

Mr Merlino said Victorian sports clubs form the foundation of our communities and this ANZAC Day we’re asking those clubs to get in touch with their local RSL and honour their local heroes.

“While sport is a Victorian way of life, ANZAC Day is a significant day where we must remember and pay respect to those who have served our country through many conflicts,” he said.

All sports charging an admission fee will be required to apply for permission from the Minister for Sport to play on the day.

Mr Merlino urged sports clubs that have not yet applied to contact their respective peak sporting organisation for more information about their responsibilities on ANZAC Day.

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