It is a most important occasion to be at this Anzac Day match between the Swifts and the Southern Steel.
It is the opportunity for Australians and New Zealanders to pay our deepest respects to all those men and women who have served their countriy in war and peacekeeping operations, and to promise to continue to uphold the memory of this sacrifice.
It is a special bond that we share with our Kiwi friends – lest we forget.
As is the tradition, sport follows the Anzac Day marches being held in towns and cities all around the country where we take time out to be together and reflect and remember.
The sporting contests that occur on this day feel that special tradition and the atmosphere is heightened as the protocols are followed and the athletes and coaches ready themselves for their match.
I think we all feel enormous pride, tinged with sadness, as we reflect on our own personal stories in regard to our family’s roles in Australian wartime history.
Round 9 of the ANZ Championship will be as exciting as ever as all teams look to establish their place on the ladder.
The Swifts will especially be looking to turn around their fortunes this week after two losses on the trot.
The selectors and I will continue to assess the performances of all our squad members – as well as looking to fill four invitee places to our selection camp in a couple of weeks.
Lest we forget.