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The annual ANZAC Day AFL match played between Collingwood and Essendon at the MCG is considered the biggest AFL match outside of the finals, often drawing larger crowds than all but the Grand Final. The match holds significant importance among AFL fans and many consider it as one of the nation’s largest and most meaningful sporting events.
Australian Rules football has a significant correlation with the years of war as it has been played in areas such as Northern Africa, Iraq and Vietnam as a celebration of Australian culture and a bonding activity between our soldiers.
The moving ceremony held before the game pays special tribute to the sacrifices of our servicemen and women.
Each year one player from the match is rewarded the prestigious ANZAC Medal for showing the qualities of the ANZAC Spirit – skill, courage, self-sacrifice, teamwork and fair play.(Image courtesy Herald Sun)
Australian Rules Football has been played as a bonding activity between soldiers during the years of war