It’s been a big week for Frankston Blues as the entire program has embraced the ANZAC spirit to remember those who have fought for Their country.
On Wednesday night, the ‘Powerade’ Blues Women and ‘Frankston RSL’ Blues men dropped their NBL1 round 4 contests against traditional rivals Dandenong, with both clubs honouring the occasion.
With all four teams assembled on court in between the men’s and women’s games, a stirring rendition of The Ode was delivered by Frankston RSL President, Kevin Hillier OAM that was followed by the playing of the The Last Post by the bugler. The occasion captured the imagination of a full house at Frankston Basketball Stadium, and set the scene for a thrilling on-court battle between the Blues and Rangers.
Despite a tough night for both Blues teams, they played with spirit against the odds, never giving up in either contest, more than befitting of the occasion.
The Frankston RSL Big V Youth League Men were joined by the VJBL Under-21 Men in representing Frankston Blues at the ANZAZ Day dawn service run by Frankston RSL, at 5:30am at Beauty Park. The next-generation of Blues were joined by more than a thousand others that attended the service to pay their respects to those who fought for their country, all of whom were overwhelmed with emotion. At the later service, NBL1 captain Igor Hadziomerovic was joined by Alistair Macdonald and import Damon Bozeman to lay a wreath in respect.
Hillier noted the attendance and contributions made by local sporting organisations at the service, including Frankston Basketball.
“I’d like to make a special mention to the sporting clubs that have attended today, at the dawn service and again today,” expressed Hillier. “It is really appreciated that you return the support we give you throughout the year, and for our community, by attending these services to honour our servicemen, who are also your community members.”
Frankston Basketball General Manager Wayne Holdsworth explained that ANZAC Day was such an important occasion for all Australians, and especially the basketball community at Frankston.
“It is with great pride that I am leading an Association that truly embraces and supports ANZAC Day but also the Frankston RSL,” explained Holdsworth.
“Of course we had last night’s ANZAC Day tribute in front of a full house that preceded the men’s game between Frankston and Dandenong. The sporting field of battle provides an opportunity to pay tribute to those who have fought for their country with their lives. To then follow up with such a strong representation of Blues senior players at the ANZAC Day services hosted by Frankston RSL, further demonstrates that the ANZAC spirit runs through our entire program.
“We appreciate and value the support Frankston RSL provides Frankston Blues and the entire community, so it is only fitting that we support them also.”