Bond Rugby ANZAC Match


BY Kate Banville

Gold Coast District Rugby Union teams will gather on April 22 to pay tribute to 100years passing since the end of WW1.

TheANZAC Commemorative Match will see the Senior Cyclones take on their Far North Coast rivals in the last match of the day following a full lineup of games, a rivalry that has a long history according to Gold Coast District Rugby Union (GCDRU) Chairman Kim Bending.

"The Far North Coast has always been strong competition for the Gold Coast regionso it made sense for the district to combine rugby matches as one game day in what will be a special event." the chairman said.

"CDRU's vision is to open the game up to all parts of the community and engage the people that have given rugby the rich traditions it has in this region." he said.

Bond University Rugby Director Luca Luissi says the Cyclones representative team is a valued part of the club.

"We are proud to promote and support this commemorative game as sponsors of the Cyclones representative team and honor our countries veterans." MrLuissi said.

GCDRUChairman Kim Bending saysthis years match will haveadded significance with an acknowledgement of local aboriginal landowners that he hopes will continue in years to come.

"The day will be a celebration in three parts, 100 years of honoring our fallen ANZACs, recognizing tradition land owners and throwing in some rugby to celebrate." the chairman said.

"It all makes for a special day, not only for players but to have visual recognition that our game isopen and inclusive to all parts of community."

The GCDRU commissioned local Yugambeh artistLisaSorbie Martin, who's recognition has risen following her involvement of artworks used inthe recent Commonwealth Games, was engaged to design player jerseys that would tell a story of ANZAC history and traditional land owners.

Local aboriginal artist LisaSorbie Martin said the jerseys help tell the story of our country aiming to connect and celebrate.

"We have common strengths in many ways – a commitment to our nation, a love forsport, and a respect for one another." MsSorbie Martin said.

"We all pay our respects and remember every hero who went to war to support those we were allied with and protect our Country of Australia," she said

"And we acknowledge especially, the Yugambeh peoples on which this country we all gather."

Players will take part in a jersey presentation by an Australian VC recipient, followed byANZAC commemoration ceremony led by local Currumbin RSL, more information see