An­ning look­ing for MCG vibe

Cockburn Gazette - - NEWS -

AN­NING Park in South Lake is set to host a block­buster WA Am­a­teur Foot­ball League clash on Satur­day as a tribute to the An­zacs.

Cock­burn Lakes vice-cap­tain Sean John­son said the C4 di­vi­sion clash with cross-town ri­vals the Cock­burn Co­bras was the per­fect way to pay re­spect to those that served and gave their lives for their coun­try.

“Look at the scenes at the Colling­wood-Essendon game on Anzac Day; an MCG crowd of nearly 100,000 peo­ple that can fall deathly silent dur­ing a tribute speaks vol­umes of the re­spect there is for our fallen sol­diers,” he said.

“We would like to cre­ate a sim­i­lar scene (on a smaller scale) to bring the City of Cock­burn to­gether to pay re­spect… and then hope­fully put on a quality game of footy.”

The club will use the match, which is sup­ported by the Cock­burn RSL, as a fundraiser to help send the Perth Hills and Wheat­belt Band to Is­rael for the cen­te­nary of the Aus­tralian Light Horse charge of Beer­sheba.

The trip will in­volve a reen­act­ment of the charge with 100 horses on Oc­to­ber 31, with the band also lead­ing com­mem­o­ra­tive ser­vices, street pa­rades and pub­lic con­certs.

Cock­burn RSL pres­i­dent Dig­ger Cleak said he was ec­static to have formed a part­ner­ship with the foot­ball club and just as happy to help the band with its trav­els.

“We will be there with as many vet­er­ans as pos­si­ble to march out with the band dur­ing the ser­vice,” he said

“The band is a com­mu­nity band and they don’t have a squil­lion dol­lars.

“I’m de­ter­mined to help them as much as we can be­cause they’re spread­ing the word; they’re keep­ing the Anzac leg­end alive.”

Poppies will be sold at the match and dona­tions can also be made.

Cock­burn Co­bras pres­i­dent An­drew Pearce said his club was proud to be a part of a great com­mu­nity event hon­our­ing the An­zacs and thanked Cock­burn Lakes and the RSL for or­gan­is­ing the day. The first bounce is at 12.35pm on Satur­day.

Pic­ture: Matt Jelonek d468221

Sean John­son and Lionel McQueen with Dig­ger Cleak.

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