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“They shall not grow old,

as we that are left grow old,

Age shall not weary them,

nor the years condemn.

At the going down of the sun,

and in the morning,

We will remember them.”



ANZAC Day is a day of remembrance and sorrow, but also a day to celebrate our country’s history. We remember our fallen, and hope that none of what happened to them ever happens to us. We can say that we are gutsy for going into a pack for a loose ball, or backing into a pack to spoil a mark, but it takes true guts and grit to go through what our ANZACs did.

My most vivid memory of ANZAC Day is standing outside on a cold, foggy autumn morning in 2010, lining up as a team to remember the fallen, at St Peter’s. Why? Is it because we were standing as a true team, arm in arm? Or because it was a big occasion, and I was able to play on that day, just like the real AFL players? Whichever it was, I was amazed at how everyone was respectful and listening to the Last Post.

I also remember on that day that Collingwood belted Essendon, making the day even better.

I have been to every ANZAC Day game between the Pies and Bombers since 2002, meaning that I have seen how Kevin Sheedy’s idea has morphed into the largest home and away game of the season. And the most recent clash this year, I think that this was the best game I have seen. Players like Mason Cox, never having even seen a ball before two years ago, coming over and opening the match with a goal. There are always moments that define the day, and that was one of them. ANZAC Day brings out every Australian’s best side, with everyone respecting the tradition.

At my school, a group of us went to the shrine on Friday, to watch the legacy service. Once again, no one upset the mood, which was silent and sombre. People know not to muck up on ANZAC day, as it is a day of mourning. At the service, there was not a single clap, being a quiet, respectful day.

So to everyone out there, I leave you with this. Never complain about how difficult your life is without remembering the sacrifices our diggers made, some no older than an Under 14s player, and how difficult their lives were. They faced insurmountable odds, and fought gallantly, even though they were outnumbered, and beaten in every way.

Good luck this weekend.

By Gordo Beet


Our newest writer, Gordo Beet (Under 14s, Caulfield Bears JFC & SMJFL Umpire) will bring you a regular monthly column. If you have an interest in reporting on football news, either at your local ground or covering the big issues get in touch here.