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ANZAC Day Commemorative Match in Thailand


Each year in Thailand the ANZAC spirit is commemorated by conducting a Dawn Service at Hellfire Pass and a Memorial Service at Kanchanaburi Allied War Cemetery.

2005 marks the 90th anniversary of the ANZAC landing at Gallipoli in World War 1. In honouring the ANZAC tradition, the Thailand Tigers Football Club will host an Australian Rules Commemorative Match to be played at the Kanchanaburi Sports Complex on Saturday 23 April 2005.

It’s not just about football

The ANZAC Day Commemorative Match is much more than just a game of football. It’s about paying respect to the ANZAC ideals that Australians and New Zealanders hold dearly.

It’s about remembering the trans-Tasman bond between Aussies and Kiwis that was forged the day the ANZACs landed on the shores of Gallipoli.

This ANZAC weekend is a chance for us to come together and enjoy our sport, BBQ and a beer, a good yarn, and of course to pay our respects to those who fought for our countries. Lest We Forget.

So bring your family and friends, as we would love to see everyone come along and enjoy what will be a truly memorable weekend.

The “Smallhorn Award” for Best on Ground

The Best on Ground player for the day will receive the ‘Smallhorn Award’ in honour of Wilfred ‘Chicken’ Smallhorn. Read below:

Wilfred 'Chicken' Smallhorn's proudest possession was a best and fairest medal - known as 'the Brownlow' - won while participating in a scratch competition in a Japanese prisoner of war camp during World War Two. Smallhorn was a guest of the Japanese for three years, during which time he and many of his fellow Australian prisoners regularly amused and amazed their guards by willingly submitting their fatigued, underfed and often ill bodies to the self-inflicted 'torture' of a two hour game of Australian football. As far as the men were concerned, however, the boost to morale gained from this activity far outweighed any negative physical impact.

Saturday 23 April
2.00 p.m.  Opening Ceremony
2.20 p.m.  Coin Toss by VIP
2.30 p.m.  Bounce Down
3.30 p.m.  Awards Presentation
Monday 25 April
 5.30 a.m.  Dawn Service at Hellfire Pass Memorial Museum followed by Gunfire Breakfast
11.00 a.m.  Memorial Service and Wreath Laying Ceremony at Kanchanaburi Allied War Cemetery

For more details about the Dawn & Memorial Services contact:
Steven Reid, Australian Embassy Thailand.  +66 2287 2680 ext. 4706 or

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