Footy battle, Anzac twist

Caroline Springs Football Club is preparing for an Anzac Day weekend blockbuster. 118099 Picture: DAMIAN VISENTINI

By LIAM TWOMEY

THIS Saturday will be about more than just four points for the Caroline Springs Football Club. The Lakers are hosting North Footscray in an Anzac Day weekend blockbuster clash.
As well as the under 18 and reserve grade matches, there will be a special ceremony at 2.05pm which will include the last post, a minute’s silence, the laying of wreaths and playing of the national anthem.
The two teams will then do battle, with the winner likely to jump into the competition’s top four.
Caroline Springs vice-president Terry Azzopardi said the club was looking forward to the special day.
“We have formed an ongoing community partnership with the Caroline Springs RSL where we would like to highlight that group and also continue this game on an annual basis,” he said.
“We are just calling out for all local ex-service men and women and anyone who has done their time in the services to come out and enjoy the day.”
Saturday’s match is just the start of a new tradition for Caroline Springs.
Azzopardi says the club is keen to make it even bigger next year.
“The main one is going to be next year,” he said.
“We have some things planned like putting some permanent plaques up and things like that which we are actually organising from a grant through the government. This year is actually more of a starting point.”
As well as the Anzac Day celebrations, the game will take on extra significance with both teams being early season premiership contenders.
“North Footscray is probably another team that is competing for third or fourth spot with us after coming down from Division One last year,” Azzopardi said.
“There is no doubt it will be a big game, especially with the split happening after round 13.”

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