AFL Riverina ANZAC Commemorative Games Wrap Up
Over the weekend both the Riverina and Farrer Leagues dedicated key matches for “The Commemorative Games” to the remembrance celebration of ANZAC Day.
The annual match between Marrar Bombers and The Rock Yerong Creek Magpies was held on Friday evening. In attendance were war veterans Hugh Whyman and Dave Williams and Assistant Minister for Defence and The Nationals Federal Member for Riverina Michael McCormack. The last post was played by Musician David Willis from the Australian Army Band Kapooka.
The 2015 Premiers TRYC Magpies maintained their strong position in the competition by beating the Bombers by 20 points. The Bombers led up to three quarter time thanks to Nick Molkentin who produced one of two outstanding intercept marks which resulted in the first goal of the night. He went on to be presented the ‘Shea-Pearce Medal’ for best on ground.
Going into the fourth quarter the scores were even until co-coach Andy Carey kicked the last three goals of the game and secured the win for the Magpies.
Final scores The Rock Yerong Creek 13.16.(94) – Marrar 11.8.(74)
2016 was the 5th year for the dual-code ANZAC Day clash between Wagga Tigers and Collingullie GP.
Local rugby league teams warmed up the crowd for the Tigers/Demons match, RSL sub-branch President Kevin Kerr was pleased to see both codes played to celebrate the significant round “I think it’s absolutely fantastic and – only Wagga could do it – that two codes of football can play side by side without any bad will and it’s a nice afternoon”.
The proceeds from the gate and additional collections throughout both games are being donated back to the RSL. The donations go towards looking after veterans in need, Scott Ohem from the Wagga Tigers said “People knowing their money’s not going to a footy club, it’s going to the RSL sub-branch for the great work they do in helping returned servicemen and women”.
The Wagga Tigers were victorious against the Collingullie-Glenfield Park with a 34-point win. The Tigers controlled the first quarter, kicking six goals to one. The Demons didn’t give up, kicking an impressive 4 goals in seven minutes in the second quarter, which left them trailing within 17 points going into the second half. The Tigers continued to cement their led throughout the second half resulting in a home ground win.
Forward John Buchanan put in a massive effort kicking 6 goals for the Wagga Tigers, but it was midfielder Shaun Flanigan who was awarded the Anzac Day medal.
Final scores Wagga Tigers 13.21.(99) – Collingullie-GP 10.5.(65)
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