Brumbies out in full force in Military Round
After a gruelling tour in South Africa and Argentina, the ACT Brumbies returned to GIO stadium for their first home game since Anzac Day. Their Round 12 clash with the Auckland Blues was dedicated to paying respects to Service Men and Women across the country.
The Brumbies Military Round offered some dazzling pre-match entertainment with the Royal Military College (RMC) and the Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA) band both out in full force, along with a variety of military capability demonstrations and recruiting displays for fans to experience.
To kick off the entertainment the RMC and ADFA bands performed classic song such as ‘Living on a prayer’, ‘Seven Nation Army’ and ‘Thrift Shop’. These performances created an energetic and lively atmosphere which set the tone for the rest of the night.
All Australian Defence Force personnel and their families were offered $10 tickets for entry to the game, which was seen as a small gesture of gratitude from the Brumbies for those who serve Australia.
Despite the chilling Canberra cold, the Crowd were entertained with a great display of running attacking rugby. The Brumbies overcame a 12 point deficit to come back and hold on for a 26-21 victory over their Kiwi counterparts.
Before the main game took place, the Royal Military College Duntroon (RMC) Rugby Club took on the undefeated Goulburn first grade in a blockbuster curtain raiser. Table-topping Goulburn were too good for RMC on the night and came away as 20-5 victors.
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A large percentage of the evenings proceeds from the game were donated to Mates4Mates, a charity organisation that provides support for all wounded, injured and ill members of the Australian Defence Force.
The Australian Defence Force comprises of 60,000 men and women and the day was a true reflection on the appreciation and gratitude Australian’s have for their Armed services.