Anning Park to host Anzac football fundraiser between Cockburn rivals

Sean Johnson and Lionel McQueen with Digger Cleak.
Picture: Matt Jelonek           d468221
Sean Johnson and Lionel McQueen with Digger Cleak. Picture: Matt Jelonek         d468221

ANNING Park in South Lake is set to host a blockbuster WA Amateur Football League clash on Saturday as a tribute to the Anzacs.

Cockburn Lakes vice-captain Sean Johnson said the C4 division clash with cross-town rivals the Cockburn Cobras was the perfect way to pay respect to those that served and gave their lives for their country.

“Look at the scenes at the Collingwood-Essendon game on Anzac Day; an MCG crowd of nearly 100,000 people that can fall deathly silent during a tribute speaks volumes of the respect there is for our fallen soldiers,” he said.

“We would like to create a similar scene (on a smaller scale) to bring the City of Cockburn together to pay respect… and then hopefully put on a quality game of footy.”

The club will use the match, which is supported by the Cockburn RSL, as a fundraiser to help send the Perth Hills and Wheatbelt Band to Israel for the centenary of the Australian Light Horse charge of Beersheba.

The trip will involve a re-enactment of the charge with 100 horses on October 31, with the band also leading commemorative services, street parades and public concerts.

Cockburn RSL president Digger Cleak said he was ecstatic to have formed a partnership with the football club and just as happy to help the band with its travels.

“We will be there with as many veterans as possible to march out with the band during the service,” he said

“The band is a community band and they don’t have a squillion dollars.

“I’m determined to help them as much as we can because they’re spreading the word; they’re keeping the Anzac legend alive.”

Poppies will be sold at the match and donations can also be made.

Cockburn Cobras president Andrew Pearce said his club was proud to be a part of a great community event honouring the Anzacs and thanked Cockburn Lakes and the RSL for organising the day. The first bounce is at 12.35pm on Saturday.