On Saturday 25 April 2015, Monash Blues hosted Therry Penola in an ANZAC Day triple header at the University’s Frearson Oval.
Before the main fixture, the seniors and reserves of both clubs lined up for an ANZAC Day service. Club President Julian Smith welcomed the many players and supporters, and Marcus Spencer gave the ANZAC Day commemorative address on behalf of the University. Lauren McAlister of the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music played The Last Post and The Reveille, and club captain Sam Baring recited The Ode.
The scene was fitting, with the games played on the oval named after the late Associate Professor Keith Frearson. Keith was a distinguished member of the University’s Economics faculty, and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for his service as a navigator in World War Two. Mention in the commemorative address was also made of Sir John Monash, who survived the Gallipoli campaign to become one of Australia’s most outstanding military leaders.
The Monash Blues certainly did the occasion justice by winning all three games on the day in the Club’s Thirds, Reserves and Seniors. The Club’s Under 19s also had an impressive victory playing away against the highly fancied Beaumaris Sharks. An afternoon tea at half time in the seniors was attended by around 100 people, with proceeds covering the costs of the service, with the balance donated to the Clayton RSL.
2015 is shaping up as a very promising year for the Blues. All three teams are competing strongly, and the Club’s senior team is sitting second on the Premier C ladder after 4 rounds. You can find all information regarding fixtures, results and match reports at https://monashblues.teamapp.com