11 Jul Lights out for Melbourne Storm ANZAC Match
A rampant Melbourne Storm put on an impressive display for their ANZAC Day match this year, defeating the Warriors 42-0 in what was a day to remember for all involved. Melbourne put on arguably their best performance of the season in front of over 21,000 ecstatic fans, in a first half that saw four tries inside the opening 23 minutes.
Equally as impressive as the player’s performance was the pre-game show, the likes of which Australian sport has never seen. For the first time ever, the ANZAC Ceremony was performed live to broadcast under a spotlight amongst a blacked out AAMI Park. The bright lights of AAMI Park were momentarily turned off, creating an electric atmosphere to honour the heroic men and women who have served for Australia and New Zealand.
The pre-game spectacle included a cultural performance on behalf of both countries, prior to the lighting of a commemorative cauldron honouring the 100th Anniversary of RSL, the Battle of Fromelles and the Battle of Pozieres as well as the 75th Anniversary of the Siege of Tobruk and the 50th Anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan. In a stunning display, Melbourne Storm’s starting lineup was projected onto the roof of AAMI Park prior to the teams entering the field together, with the traditional Ode, Last Post and Minute’s Silence capturing the attention of the jubilant crowd.
The home team opened the scoring within 3 minutes with a try from Tohu Harris, followed closely by Tim Glasby who scored his first try of the season for the Storm. Jesse Bromwich and Marika Koroibete did their bit to make it four tries in just 23 minutes, sending the already excited Melbourne fans into a frenzy. The second half started in a similar remarkable fashion, with a try from Melbourne Storm veteran, Cooper Cronk, followed by a late double from Suliasi Vunivalu.
A spectacular performance from the men in purple ensured that this year’s ANZAC clash was a night to remember for all. Max Events thoroughly enjoyed working with Melbourne Storm to bring the pre-game show to life, honouring such a momentous and historically important occasion with a unique display, on a scale rarely seen in Australian sport.