Anzac Day Clash | AFL | UBET

ANZAC Day is a big day in Australia, not just to honour the nation’s fallen soldiers. One of the biggest matches of the AFL season is also played on this day. Traditionally held on April 25 each year, the clash sees Melbourne rivals Essendon and Collingwood battle it out in front of a packed house at the MCG. The modern version of the ANZAC Day clash was coined by former Essendon coach Kevin Sheedy in the mid-90’s while working in his garden. Sheedy, one of the most respected figures in the sport, met with former Victorian RSL president and Collingwood fan Bruce Ruxton, along with the AFL, to share his concept. His vision was well received by all parties, and the first instalment of the Collingwood/Essendon ANZAC Day clash followed in 1995.

The inaugural showdown ended in a gripping draw (111-111). Since then, the Magpies have gone on to win 11 times, the Bombers eight. Former Essendon fullback, Dustin Fletcher, has featured in the most ANZAC Day clashes, appearing 16 times. Former Collingwood star Sav Rocca, who moved to the NFL as a punter, has the record for most goals in a game. Rocca booted a nine-goal haul in the first ANZAC Day clash between these two teams, and his performance that day earned him the first of his two ANZAC Medals.

The ANZAC Medal is awarded to the B.O.G (Best on Ground). No one has won the award more times than Essendon great James Hird, who was named ANZAC Medallist on three occasions in 2000, 2003 and 2004. Other multiple winners include Sav Rocca (1995, 1998), Scott Pendlebury (2010, 2011) and Dane Swan (2012, 2014). Attendances in recent times generally produce numbers around the 90,000 mark, making it one of the MCG's premier events.


PREVIOUS ANZAC DAY CLASH WINNERS


YEAR WINNER SCORE ANZAC DAY MEDALIST
2015 COLLINGWOOD MAGPIES 69-49 PAUL SEEDSMAN
2014 COLLINGWOOD MAGPIES 83-60 DAVID ZAHARAKIS
2013 ESSENDON BOMBERS 121-75 DANE SWAN
2012 COLLINGWOOD MAGPIES 80-79 SCOTT PENDLEBURY
2011 COLLINGWOOD MAGPIES 107-77 SCOTT PENDLEBURY
2010 COLLINGWOOD MAGPIES 120-55 PADDY RYDER
2009 ESSENDON BOMBERS 93-88 PAUL MEDHURST
2008 COLLINGWOOD MAGPIES 154-81 HEATH SHAW
2007 COLLINGWOOD MAGPIES 95-79 BEN JOHNSON
2006 COLLINGWOOD MAGPIES 106-89 ANDREW LOVETT