G’day footy fans! The Anzac Day match isn’t just another date on the AFL calendar; it’s a poignant symbol of Aussie culture, marrying our deep respect for the ANZACs with our absolute love for Australian Rules Football. Held every April 25th, this isn’t just a day off—it’s a day we come together to remember those who gave their all.

Now, mixing sports with Anzac Day has been a masterstroke. Footy, as we know, isn’t just a game here—it’s a communal heartbeat. And the Anzac Day match? It’s the pulse. The day weaves together our history of bravery with a cracking game of footy, reflecting everything the ANZACs stood for—courage, mateship, and a fair go.

The ANZAC day match has become a personal battleground for these two hungry teams.

Last year’s match was a nail-biter that had everyone on the edge of their seats until the final siren. The Pies managed a narrow victory with a stunning fourth-quarter comeback, showcasing their never-say-die attitude. Essendon, on the other hand, will be hungry for revenge after that heartbreaker. They’ve shown they can dominate play, but it’s about converting that into a full four-quarter performance.

Both teams have been busy in the off-season, tweaking their strategies and shoring up their squads. Essendon’s midfield looks more robust than ever, with young guns stepping up, ready to make their mark on this historic day. Collingwood’s forward line, lethal as always, will be looking to exploit any slip-up from the Bombers’ defense.

Keep an eye on key matchups across the ground—these could very well decide the outcome. And if history tells us anything, it’s that heroes are made on Anzac Day. Who will step up this year? Will the Magpies continue their dominance, or will the Bombers fly up and snatch victory?

Make sure you’re part of the action, either at the ground or glued to your screen, because this is one chapter of the Essendon-Collingwood rivalry you won’t want to miss!

2024 ANZAC Day pre-match schedule:
12:00pm: MCC Gates Open
12.30pm: Public gates open
1:45pm: Australian Army Band to perform
2:24pm: Motorcade of Veterans
2:35pm: Something for Kate to perform
2:51pm: Umpires enter arena & Match Day ball presentation
2:53pm: Collingwood enters arena
2:56pm: Essendon enters arena
2:58pm: Joint banner run through
3:00pm: Roulettes flyover
3:07pm: Anzac Day Official Observance Ceremony
3:18pm: Coin toss
3:20pm: Match commences