Adamstown Rosebud and Charlestown Azzurri will compete for the inaugural Northern NSW Football Men’s National Premier League Anzac Cup on April 25 at Adamstown Oval.

Charlestown Azzurri defender Nigel Boogaard and Adamstown Rosebud defender Callum Eardley.

As part of an Anzac Day remembrance service at the game, young men and women from the Adamstown based 211 Army Cadets Unit (ACU) will conduct an armed catafalque party and flag party.

The Last Post and Rouse will be played, and there will be a minute of silence to remember those diggers who have served, including those who have passed.

Adamstown Rosebud vice president Craig Eardley said the club had previously marked Anzac Day with a service at home games.

With the support of Newcastle based broadcaster, BarTV Sports, the football club has initiated a trophy for this year and subsequent Anzac round clashes.

“Thanks to the support of BarTV Sports, we have an Anzac Cup as another way the local football community can honour our diggers,” Eardley said.

“With the uncertainty in the world and war in Ukraine, it is as important as ever to remember those who have served, and continue to serve, to defend the freedom and democracy we enjoy as Australians.

“Our club is about football, values and community, so we think it is important for our players to be involved in Anzac commemorations.”

Previous Anzac Day service at Adamstown Oval.

Charlestown Azzurri secretary Roger Steel said the club was looking forward to being involved in the event.

“It is an important day to mark, and our club is proud to honour and remember the sacrifices of our servicemen and women,” Steel said.

The Round 7 clash is the only Men’s National Premier League game scheduled for Anzac Day.

The service will be held at 1.40 pm, before the first-grade game kick-off.

Entry to National Premier League games is $10 for adults and $5 for concession, with veterans attending the service and football games for free.

Kick-off times

  • Under 18s: 10.15 am
  • Reserve grade: 12 noon
  • Anzac Day service: 1.40 pm
  • First grade: 2 pm

Hayley McMahon

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