With Australia and New Zealand battling it out in a host of different sports, spectators were treated to goals, tries and tackles galore before an evening of live music and entertainment at this years Anzac Challenge in London.
New Zealand started off the better of the two nations in the sporting contest, with a 5-2 victory in the men’s touch rugby competition. Australia hit back in the mixed comp, with a thrilling 4-3 win in extra time.
The Kiwis outshone their Aussie counterparts in the football with a heavy 8-1 defeat.
But on the rugby league field, just as the Australian national side had done on Friday in the Anzac Test, the Aussies were victorious with a big 42-6 win over the London Kiwis. Darren Booth was the star player for the Aussie team, who bore a remarkable resemblance to the Hammersmith Hills Hoists.
With Kiwi rugby union legend Zinzan Brooke watching on from the sidelines, a Southern Hemisphere ‘Anzac’ invitational outfit took on a Wasps FC side in the rugby. Heath Morely ran riot for the Anzac’s, with three tries and some individual brilliance, but Wasps bounced back in the final moments of the match to win by just four points.
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There was a two-minute silence held to remember those lost in battle and also those who died in the devastating 2011 natural disasters in Australia and New Zealand and the three thousand strong crowd observed it with according respect and remembrance. A highlight of the day for the crowd followed shortly after as the London New Zealand and London Maori Wanderers rugby teams performed their pre-game haka and there was no missing the passion and emotion etched in the player’s faces.
Overall, it was a fantastic day of sport and entertainment and no matter the nationality, it was a fitting way to remember the Anzac spirit and the ties that bind our two great nations together.
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