From The President – Round 2
To all Cats supporters,
There is no more special Day on the Australian calander than Anzac Day and this year we get to host Broadview at Walkerville oval in what will be a magnificent occasion on what is the 100th anniversary of our troops landing on Gallipoli back in 1915.
The Anzac Day pre-match proceedings will commence at 2.15pm with the reading of the Ode, playing of the last post and the Singing of the Australian National Anthem.
We also look forward to presenting the Don McLaren Medal at the end of the game to the player who has shown skill, courage, self sacrifice, team work and fair play.
Don enlisted into the Australian Imperial Forces on the 15th of July, 1940 – when he was only 17. While fighting during the 2nd World War, Don was stationed with the 8th Division Salvage Unit in Singapore when it fell to the Japanese. From mid February 1942 to mid August 1945, Don was a Prisoner Of War and was situated at war camps in Changi, Burma and Japan. Surviving these camps through sheer will, determination and the great spirit of his fellow Australian prisoners, Don returned to Australia to begin his life again. Unable to continue playing football due to hearing defect, Don became a long-time trainer at Walkerville and was head trainer for five seasons. As a mark of his service to the football club Don was made a Life Member.
We will also be having our first Mini-League match at ½ time of the A grade starting at approximately 3.30pm which gives many of the Junior players parents the opportunity to enjoy the day and get involved in our Senior club.
I would also like to take this opportunity to welcome Walkerville FC past players back to the club for this Anzac Day clash and certainly hope you enjoy your time rekindiling old friendships and stories.
Our A grade have started the season poorly with losses to PAOC and Modbury and absolutely need a win today against Broadview.
We certainly hope that on such a big occasion that they can lift themselves out of the doldrums and record a stirring victory.
The crowd for the Anzac Day clash last year at Broadview was outstanding, so let’s make sure we are all out in force this Saturday to support our boys.
See you at the footy on Saturday
Go the Cats