REDS STAR RE­MEM­BERS UL­TI­MATE SAC­RI­FICES

Sunday Mail - - SPORT - ROB GREEN­WOOD

BEN Halloran de­vel­oped a new ap­pre­ci­a­tion for the Aus­tralian way of life dur­ing five years play­ing over­seas.

To­day, the winger will pay re­spect to those who made the ul­ti­mate sac­ri­fice for his coun­try’s free­dom as part of Ade­laide United’s Re­mem­brance Day com­mem­o­ra­tions.

“When you go abroad you have a bit more per­spec­tive,” said Halloran, who was based in Ger­many and Ja­pan from 2013-18.

“You come back with fresh eyes and you look at things a lit­tle dif­fer­ently.

“The mate­ship and ca­ma­raderie that ex­ists within Aus­tralian sport is ac­tu­ally some­thing that is quite unique.

“You don’t get that ev­ery­where, so it’s def­i­nitely re­fresh­ing com­ing back here know­ing this is your home coun­try.

“It’s im­por­tant to ac­knowl­edge and re­mem­ber the men and women that served our coun­try so we can en­joy the amaz­ing way of life and the lib­er­ties that we have to­day.”

The Reds host fel­low un­beaten side Perth Glory at Hind­marsh Sta­dium dur­ing the A-League’s Re­mem­brance Round. A mil­i­tary ser­vice will be ob­served be­fore kick-off and both teams will wear themed kits to be auc­tioned post-match to raise funds for the Poppy Ap­peal.

United leg­ends, in­clud­ing ex-cap­tain Travis Dodd and Ar­gen­tine play­maker Marcelo Car­r­usca, will also take on the Aus­tralian De­fence Force in a char­ity match to sup­port Sol­dier On from 1.35pm.

Halloran, who joined Ade­laide from J-League side VVaren Na­gasaki in Au­gust, said his team­mates drew in­spi­ra­tion from ser­vice­men and women, past and present.

“I think it’s a great thing that we can take the time to re­mem­ber those that have sac­ri­ficed so much for our coun­try,” the six-cap Soc­ceroo said.

“It’s only a cou­ple of gen­er­a­tions ago that boys, much younger than me, were go­ing off to fight in a war. It’s some­thing that’s pretty hard to fathom in this day and age.

“It’s all the more rea­son to be grate­ful for what they did for our coun­try.”

Halloran has im­pressed since re­turn­ing to Aus­tralia, help­ing Ade­laide claim the FFA Cup de­spite play­ing mainly as a striker due to a string of in­juries to United’s front men.

The Queens­lan­der re­turned to his more fa­mil­iar wide berth in Sun­day’s 3-0 tri­umph over Cen­tral Coast Mariners thanks to the goal-scor­ing re­turn of teenage hit­man Apos­to­los Sta­matelopou­los.

Pic­ture: SARAH REED

AP­PRE­CI­A­TION: Ben Halloran will be part of Ade­laide United’s Re­mem­brance Day com­mem­o­ra­tions at Hind­marsh Sta­dium to­day.

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