Cambodian Eagles players (in blue) contest a ball up with Vietnam Swans men during their Aussie Rules Football match on January 26, which the Eagles won 94-41. Photograph: Joe Garrison
The Cambodian Eagles will join the Singapore Wombats and the Malaysian Warriors in a tri-nation Aussie Rules Football tournament in the city state to mark ANZAC Day, observed all over Asia to honour members of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps who fought and died at Gallipoli in the Ottoman Empire during World War 1.
The April 27 event at the Dempsey Soccer Field happily coincides with the Singapore Wombats’ 20th anniversary celebrations, making this three-way contest a special regional footy spectacle,
The Eagles kicked off their season with an impressive nine-goal victory over the Vietnam Swans on January 26 and are eager to plunge into action against two of the strongest teams in the East Asia Australian Football League (EAAFL)
With victories over the Swans and the Thailand Tigers behind them, the Warriors currently top the EAAFL ladder with eight points. The Eagles are second in the standings, while the Wombats will be kick-starting their season this weekend.
The Eagles have put in some solid training time over the past few months but will be travelling to Singapore with a smaller than desired squad. However, this will not deter the side from doing its best, Eagles coach Grant Fitzgerald said.
“We lost a few key position players over the last month due to guys moving on, but we have a solid group who really can have a crack,” the coach told the Post yesterday.
“There is no reason why we can’t go over to Singapore and come back with a win or two.”