The ANZAC Centenary Tour kicks off four years of commemoration by the Sports Club recognising and honouring all the men and women who have served our nation in uniform over the last one hundred years. More information of our activities will follow throughout the year.
It was fitting that we warmed up in the last week of March for our first event with fixtures against the New Zealand High Commission and the Turkish Embassy. These fixtures not only fostered relationships with the NZ and Turkish missions in Canberra but prepared the squad mentally and physically for the rigours of a New Zealand sports tour.
The Spirit of Anzac was in evidence throughout the weekend but the competition was fierce on the sports pitches. Greater numbers in the golf on Saturday ensured a good start but the following day saw NZ level the series with a 10-9 victory in the Netball. An outstanding performance from Luke Howarth backed up by Fierravanti Wells and Mckenzie was not enough to prevent a last second victory to NZ who were captained by NZ MP and Silver Fern Louisa Wall.
Australia returned to the winners podium with a 4-3 victory in the football, memorable for strong performances by Perrett and Griffin and the bravery of Scott Buchholz in goal.For those of us privileged to be there Griffin's half time team talk will rank alongside Al Pacino's' inch by inch' from Any Given Sunday.
With all to play for in the cricket and played just 2 hours before the Cricket World Cup Final NZ posted a commanding first innings total despite the last ball of the innings being bowled underam. Strong performances from Virgin Australia's Brad Osborn and the multi skilled Andrew Laming proved insufficient and NZ were worthy winners.
There can be no doubt that sport was not the winner but the ANZAC relationship was and we look forward to hosting the netballers in Sydney in August and resuming hostilities with their rugby team in September.