Bathurst Panthers and St Pats ANZAC Day Clash

Updated: April 23, 2015
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By Anya Whitelaw – Western Advocate

Mateship, digging in, triumphing over adversity and doing whatever it takes to succeed – Group 10 Rugby League clashes between Bathurst Panthers and St Pat’s are always fiercely contested due to those qualities shown by the men who take part.

But come this Friday night, the players will have added motivation to display such qualities. For the first time, Panthers and St Pat’s will be playing for the ANZAC Day Rugby League Memorial Trophy.

Panthers players will also be wearing special ANZAC football jumpers, emblazoned with the rising sun logo, silhouettes of soldiers and the Australian flag.

According to Bathurst RSL Sub Branch president David Mills, the contest between the two football clubs is a perfect way to reflect the spirit for which Australian troops are renowned.

He and his fellow Sub Branch members were delighted to get behind the concept.

“What this trophy really depicts is the spirit of ANZAC, and what we believe is it is alive and well in the community and probably nowhere more so than on the sporting field,” he said.

“You can have two teams go full on for 80 minutes, no quarter given, no quarter asked for, yet at the end of the day they can go and have a beer.

“We thought how appropriate to commemorate that. It is also the 100 year anniversary of the landing at Gallipoli and this trophy is going to be perpetual, so hopefully in 100 years time this will still be around.”

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