This Sunday 25 April, the Wellington Phoenix plays its match against Adelaide United at WIN Stadium on a very special occasion – ANZAC Day.
In honour of this occasion, the Phoenix will hold an on-field ceremony prior to kick-off, led by a recitation of The Ode by Major Timothy Colliar from The Royal New Zealand Artillery Division. The Last Post will then be performed, followed by a moment’s silence to remember those who lost their lives in Gallipoli.
This will be followed by a rendition of the Australian National Anthem by Charlotte Warriner, with Korana Walker singing the New Zealand National Anthem in both English and Maori.
Wellington Phoenix coach Ufuk Talay says that it is an honour for him and the players to be playing a match on such an important day.
“It’s very important, we’re a team from New Zealand and ANZAC Day is a big day for us to remember those who served for our country – it’s a great occasion, I think it will be a great day and I hope we get a good turnout for it as well.”
The Wellington Phoenix will also continue its tradition of auctioning off its match-worn yellow playing strips from its ANZAC Day match, again in aid of the Royal New Zealand Returned & Services’ Association (RNZRSA).
Wellington Phoenix General Manager, David Dome, says that the Phoenix have a history of supporting charities like the RSA and are committed to giving back to the community where they can.
“ANZAC Day has long been something that we as a club whole-heartedly support; many New Zealanders died fighting for our country so we could experience the freedoms that we have in our society today, many years later,” said Dome.
”We acknowledge those who currently serve and remember all those who paid the ultimate sacrifice in their service, and for us supporting the RSA through this initiative was the right thing to do and rewarding for us as a club.”
The Wellington Phoenix take on Adelaide United at WIN Stadium in Wollongong, on Sunday 25 April from 4.10pm. Tickets are available at www.ticketmaster.com.au