As the dust settles on ANZAC DAY 2015, the centenary of the birth of the ANZAC spirit, the Hong Kong Dragons have demonstrated the significance of sport within Australia’s national identity.
On Saturday the 25th Happy Valley played host to the 4th round of the 2015 SCAFL (South China AFL) competition. The day involved 3 teams from Hong Kong competing against two touring teams from Guangzhou and one from Macau. With each Hong Kong team having at least 25% non-Australian participation and the Guangzhou teams having almost exclusive mainland chinese participants this auspicious and culturally significant day on the Australian calendar had an obvious and unique international flavour. ANZAC day football is traditionally accompanied by a flag raising ceremony and a rendition of the Last Post was conducted prior to the first match. Those from the AFL heartland of Melbourne will be aware of the esteemed role that the traditional Collingwood V Essendon fixture plays in the role of the city’s ANZAC Day traditions; while Happy Valley Pitch 8 did not present itself as the MCG with 100,000 spectators, the significance of footy on ANZAC Day was not lost on those attending.
Following the completion of SCAFL round 4 the post-match ANZAC Day function was held at Discovery Forest. The social aspect of the day allowed some of the non-Australians involved to become educated and embrace the connection between ANZAC day and the sport of AFL.
commemorative luncheon on Thursday 30th of April. Club Chairman and TV personality
In conjunction with the Port Adelaide Football Club the HKFC will host an ANZAC Day
David Koch will MC the event with entertainment from John Schumann. Channel 7
Australia will be filming the days festivities including the All-Chinese curtain raiser between
‘Team China’ and ‘Pearl River Power’ and the Auskick Clinic led by AFL legends Dom
Cassisi and Troy Clements. The Hong Kong Dragons are proud to be partners in this great
event and look forward to continuing our efforts to promote the connection between Australian’s national sport and culture identity within the Greater China region.