Sport has long played an important role in Anzac Day – from the cricket matches on the fields of Gallipoli to the annual Essendon v Collingwood match at the MCG.

 

Sport in war times

Sport’s association with war is well documented, with its use as fitness training, to boost morale and to foster allegiances within units. Take a look at its importance to troops and civilians, and how it operated in wartime.

sport and war

Sport and war exhibition

Scroll through some of the sporting gems from the Australian War Memorial’s extensive collection in this Google Arts and Culture exhibition.

Victoria Football League

AFL during the First World War

While the Victoria Football League was still competitive throughout 1914 to 1918, it was not immune to the adverse effects of war on the nation.

Cricket and Australians at war

Cricket and Australians at war

Explore this online exhibition to learn about Australia's involvement in cricket throughout conflicts from the Boer War to Afghanistan.

AFL on Anzac Day

Essendon and Collingwood first came together for the Anzac Day match in 1995 at the MCG.  For over 25 years it has honoured the fallen and gripped the nation, with some truly classic matches.

AFL players during past Anzac Day match

Anzac Day match classic highlights

Relive some of the moments that have made Anzac Day footy so unforgettable.

Cricketers pay their respects

In 2018 and 2019, the Aussie one day squads visited remembrance sights on the Western Front and Gallipoli. 

Australia's one day squad honours fallen soldiers

Aussies humbled by Western Front tour

Australia's one day squad honours fallen soldiers at First World War historic sites in Belgium and France.

Sacred Site Visit

Aussies inspired by Gallipoli visit

Pat Cummins and Glen Maxwell discuss visiting the sacred site before the 2019 World Cup.