All-stars prepare to take on Emergency Services in Adelaide

This article has photo gallery Published on LEUT Ben Robinson (author), CPL Colin Dadd (photographer)

Location(s): Adelaide Oval, SA

Topic(s): Australian Rules Football

Australian Army Soldier Sergeant Ben Langham and Able Seaman Daniel Fry of the ADF All Stars team intercept an Australian Combined Emergency Services player going for a mark during the Anzac Day 2015 AFL clash. (photo: CPL Colin Dadd)
Australian Army Soldier Sergeant Ben Langham and Able Seaman Daniel Fry of the ADF All Stars team intercept an Australian Combined Emergency Services player going for a mark during the Anzac Day 2015 AFL clash.

The Australian Defence Force All Stars men’s team will take on their biggest rivals in a curtain raiser to the AFL blockbuster between Port Adelaide and Geelong at Adelaide Oval this Saturday.

Taking on traditional rivals, the Australian Combined Emergency the match is the highlight in the men's 2016 calendar with Defence’s best players taking on the best of the emergency services which includes of former AFL and state level players.

The All Stars are determined to retain the Anzac Challenge trophy after last year’s nail-biting match when they won the trophy in the last 10 seconds of the game to make it back to back wins for the military.

With the scores tied on Anzac Day last year, Seaman Braydon Wilson of HMAS Sydney stepped up to kick a goal and win the game in front of a crowd of nearly 30,000 people who were a massing for the main event but were suddenly engrossed in the curtain raiser.

The Australian Defence Force team has spent the week preparing for the 2016 game at the Port Adelaide AFL Club’s Alberton Oval.

Player-coach Lieutenant Matthew Cavedon said the local training has helped the team significantly in its preparations for the pinnacle of ADF Aussie Rules representation.

“We are expecting that the preparation we’ve had this week at Port Adelaide will put us in a great position to take home the Anzac Challenge trophy again this year,” Lieutenant Cavedon said.

Australian Defence Force Australian Rules Chairman, Brigadier Matt Hall, said the match is a key highlight for many players who strive to represent the Australian Defence Force.

“This match gives our players the the unique opportunity to compete at a very high level on a major AFL venue before a large crowd, as part of Anzac weekend commemorations.”