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Normal service resumed: Our Anzac Day history  in detail

Normal service will be resumed on Sunday when New Zealanders and Australians pause to remember the special bond the two countries have through the Anzac spirit.

On both sides of the Tasman communities will come together again in a way they couldn't last year when the Covid-19 pandemic effectively forced the cancellation of Anzac Day as both countries know it.

For the first time in history there were no dawn services or other Anzac Day ceremonies last year with New Zealand still in lockdown level four.

But now people are again free to commemorate Anzac Day in the manner they have become accustomed to through the ages.

And for the NRL that means a return to its special Anzac mix, a day when commemorations and rugby league come together in a moving way.

First St George Illawarra and the Sydney Roosters combined to bring about an Anzac Day tradition before the Storm and the Vodafone Warriors joined forces, as it were, to give the NRL a true example of what the day means - Australia and New Zealand standing side by side in remembrance before taking on each other on the field.

This year the regular occasions have company with the addition of an Anzac Day match between the Wests Tigers and Manly Warringah. What a day it will be with the Tigers-Sea Eagles match kicking off at 3.45pm NZT, the Dragons and Roosters following at 6.05pm and the Storm and the Vodafone Warriors capping the day at 8.15pm.

This will be the 11th Anzac Day match for the Vodafone Warriors.

They have met the Storm every year but one from 2009 to 2019, the exception being in 2015 when the NRL commemorated 100 years since the Anzac landings at Gallipoli with five Anzac Day matches played in five cities, including Auckland where the Vodafone Warriors hosted Gold Coast at Mount Smart Stadium.

The day stands alone in the club’s history for its sense of occasion; it was a rare experience and special honour for everyone who was there to witness the poignant Anzac ceremony.

The pre-game ceremonies at the 10 Anzac Day matches played so far between the Storm and the Vodafone Warriors in Melbourne have had a profound impact as the two clubs from the Anzac nations have come together in remembrance.

It was on a Saturday afternoon in 2009 that the traditional foes first played each other on Anzac Day.

That finished in a controversial 14-14 deadlock after golden point extra time; since then the Storm have gone on to dominate the ledger with a 7-2 advantage in the following nine encounters.

No question, though, that the Vodafone Warriors’ only two successes in 2011 (18-14) and 2014 (16-10) rank among the club’s most famous, coming on nights when the players demonstrated exceptional courage in the face of adversity.

Listed below are details of each of the Vodafone Warriors’ 11 Anzac Day encounters which represent such a notable chapter in the club’s history, above all for the significance of the occasion each and every time.

 

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Olympic Park, Melbourne

Melbourne Storm 14 (Steve Turner, Billy Slater, Will Chambers tries; Cameron Smith conversion).

Vodafone Warriors 14 (Manu Vatuvei 2, Patrick Ah Van tries; Denan Kemp penalty).

Halftime: 10-6 Storm.

Referees: Tony Archer and Matt Cecchin.

Crowd: 15,200.

Teams:

Melbourne | Billy Slater; Steve Turner, Will Chambers, Greg Inglis, Anthony Quinn; Brett Finch, Cooper Cronk; Jeff Lima, Cameron Smith (c), Adam Blair; Ryan Hoffman, Wairangi Koopu; Dallas Johnson. Interchange: Kevin Proctor, Ryan Hinchcliffe, Aiden Tolman, Brett White.

Vodafone Warriors | Lance Hohaia; Denan Kemp, Simon Mannering, Jerome Ropati, Manu Vatuvei; Joel Moon, Stacey Jones; Jesse Royal, Ian Henderson, Steve Price (c); Ben Matulino, Jacob Lillyman; Micheal Luck. Interchange: Sam Rapira, Nathan Fien, Russell Packer, Patrick Ah Van.

 

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Etihad Stadium, Melbourne

Melbourne Storm 40 (Matt Duffie 2, Cameron Smith, Adam Blair, Ryan Tandy, Willie Isa, Billy Slater tries; Cameron Smith 6 conversions).

Vodafone Warriors 6 (Ukuma Ta'ai try; James Maloney conversions).

Halftime: 22-0 Storm.

Referees: Gavin Badger and Brett Suttor.

Crowd: 23,906.

Teams:

Melbourne | Billy Slater; Matt Duffie, Willie Isa, Gareth Widdop, Anthony Quinn; Brett Finch, Cooper Cronk; Aiden Tolman, Cameron Smith (c), Bryan Norrie; Adam Blair, Ryan Hoffman; Todd Lowrie. Interchange: Jeff Lima, Ryan Hinchcliffe, Ryan Tandy, Jeff Lima.

Vodafone Warriors | Wade McKinnon; Brent Tate, Joel Moon, Jerome Ropati, Bill Tupou; Lance Hohaia, James Maloney; Sam Rapira, Aaron Heremaia, Russell Packer; Lewis Brown, Jacob Lillyman; Micheal Luck (c). Interchange: Jesse Royal, Ian Henderson, Ukuma Ta'ai, Ben Matulino.

 

Monday, April 25, 2011

AAMI Park, Melbourne

Melbourne Storm 14 (Beau Champion, Cooper Cronk tries; Cameron Smith 2 conversions, penalty).

Vodafone Warriors 18 (Krisnan Inu, Jacob Lillyman, Micheal Luck tries; James Maloney 2 conversions, penalty).

Halftime: 18-8 Vodafone Warriors.

Referees: Shayne Hayne and Gavin Morris.

Crowd: 22,694.

Teams:

Melbourne | Billy Slater; Anthony Quinn, Dane Nielsen, Beau Champion, Matt Duffie; Gareth Widdop, Cooper Cronk; Jesse Bromwich, Cameron Smith (c), Bryan Norrie; Adam Blair, Kevin Proctor; Ryan Hinchcliffe. Interchange: Todd Lowrie, Atelea Vea, Adam Woolnough, Jaiman Lowe.

Vodafone Warriors | Lance Hohaia; Kevin Locke, Lewis Brown, Simon Mannering (c), Krisnan Inu; James Maloney, Brett Seymour; Sam Rapira, Aaron Heremaia, Jacob Lillyman; Feleti Mateo, Elijah Taylor; Micheal Luck. Interchange: Alehana Mara, Ben Matulino, Ukuma Ta’ai, Russell Packer.

 

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

AAMI Park, Melbourne

Melbourne Storm 32 (Will Chambers 3, Dane Nielsen 2, Justin O’Neill tries; Cameron Smith 4 conversions).

Vodafone Warriors 14 (Bill Tupou 2, Lewis Brown tries; James Maloney conversion).

Halftime: 10-6 Storm.

Referees: Tony Archer and Chris James.

Crowd: 20,333.

Teams:

Melbourne | Billy Slater; Matt Duffie, Dane Nielsen, Will Chambers, Justin O’Neill; Gareth Widdop, Cooper Cronk; Jesse Bromwich, Cameron Smith (c), Jason Ryles; Kevin Proctor, Ryan Hoffman; Ryan Hinchcliffe. Interchange: Bryan Norrie, Rory Kostjasyn, Anthony Quinn, Jaiman Lowe.

Vodafone Warriors | Kevin Locke; Bill Tupou, Ben Henry, Krisnan Inu, Manu Vatuvei; James Maloney, Pita Godinet; Russell Packer, Nathan Friend, Ben Matulino; Lewis Brown, Simon Mannering (c); Elijah Taylor. Interchange: Sione Lousi, Feleti Mateo, Ukuma Ta’ai, Sam Rapira.

 

Thursday, April 25, 2013

AAMI Park, Melbourne

Melbourne Storm 28 (Will Chambers 2, Mahe Fonua, Sisa Waqa, Billy Slater tries; Cameron Smith 4 conversions).

Vodafone Warriors 18 (Ben Henry, Bill Tupou, Shaun Johnson tries; Shaun Johnson 2 conversions, penalty).

Halftime: 10-10.

Referees: Matt Cecchin and Henry Perenara.

Crowd: 25,480.

Teams:

Melbourne | Billy Slater; Sisa Waqa, Will Chambers, Justin O’Neill, Mahe Fonua; Gareth Widdop, Cooper Cronk; Jesse Bromwich, Cameron Smith (c), Bryan Norrie; Kevin Proctor, Ryan Hoffman; Tohu Harris. Interchange: Jason Ryles, Junior Moors, Lagi Setu, Slade Griffin.

Vodafone Warriors | Kevin Locke; Bill Tupou, Konrad Hurrell, Jerome Ropati, Ngani Laumape; Thomas Leuluai, Shaun Johnson; Sam Rapira (c), Nathan Friend, Russell Packer; Feleti Mateo, Ben Henry; Todd Lowrie. Interchange: Elijah Taylor, Ben Matulino, Jacob Lillyman, Pita Godinet.

 

Friday, April 25, 2014

AAMI Park, Melbourne

Melbourne Storm 10 (Kevin Proctor, Young Tonumaipea tries; Cameron Smith conversion).

Vodafone Warriors 16 (David Fusitu'a, Feleti Mateo, Shaun Johnson tries; Shaun Johnson conversion, penalty).

Halftime: 12-6 Vodafone Warriors.

Referees: Ashley Klein and Adam Gee.

Crowd: 28,716.

Teams:

Melbourne | Billy Slater; Sisa Waqa, Mahe Fonua, Justin O’Neill, Young Tonumaipea; Ben Hampton, Cooper Cronk; Jesse Bromwich, Cameron Smith (c), Bryan Norrie; Kevin Proctor, Ryan Hoffman; Ryan Hinchcliffe. Interchange: Kenny Bromwich, Tohu Harris, Mitch Garbutt, George Rose.

Vodafone Warriors | Sam Tomkins; David Fusitua, Ben Henry, Ngani Laumape, Manu Vatuvei; Chad Townsend, Shaun Johnson; Sam Rapira, Nathan Friend, Jacob Lillyman; Jayson Bukuya, Simon Mannering (c); Sebastine Ikahihifo. Interchange: Siliva Havili, Suaia Matagi, Feleti Mateo, Konrad Hurrell.

 

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Mount Smart Stadium, Auckland

Vodafone Warriors 28 (David Fusitu’a, Ben Matulino, Jonathan Wright, Solomone Kata, Bodene Thompson tries; Shaun Johnson 4 conversions).

Gold Coast Titans 32 (Kane Elgey 2, Anthony Don, Ryan James, James Roberts, Kierran  Moseley tries; Aidan Sezer 4 conversions).

Halftime: 18-12 Vodafone Warriors.

Referees: Gavin Morris and David Munro.

Crowd: 15,102.

Teams:

Vodafone Warriors | Tuimoala Lolohea; Jonathan Wright, David Fusitu’a, Solomone Kata, Manu Vatuvei; Chad Townsend, Shaun Johnson; Jacob Lillyman, Thomas Leuluai, Ben Matulino; Bodene Thompson, Ryan Hoffman; Simon Mannering (c). Interchange: Nathan Friend, Raymond Faitala-Mariner, Sam Lisone, Sam Rapira.

Gold Coast Titans | Josh Hoffman; Anthony Don, James Roberts, William Zillman, David Mead; Aidan Sezer, Kane Elgey; Luke Douglas, Beau Falloon, Nate Myles; Ryan James, Lachlan Burr; Greg Bird. Interchange: Matt White, Eddy Pettybourne, Matt Robinson, Kierran Moseley.

 

Monday, April 25, 2016

AAMI Park, Melbourne

Melbourne Storm 42 (Suliasi Vunivalu 2, Tohu Harris, Tim Glasby, Jesse Bromwich, Marika Koroibete, Cameron Munster, Cooper Cronk tries; Cameron Smith 5 conversions).

Vodafone Warriors 0.

Halftime: 28-0 Storm.

Referees: Matt Cecchin and Gavin Reynolds.

Crowd: 21,233.

Teams:

Melbourne | Cameron Munster; Suliasi Vunivalu, Young Tonumaipea, Richard Kennar, Marika Koroibete; Blake Green, Cooper Cronk; Jesse Bromwich, Cameron Smith (c), Tim Glasby; Kevin Proctor, Tohu Harris; Dale Finucane. Interchange: Ben Hampton, Jordan McLean, Kenny Bromwich, Nelson Asofa-Solomona.

Vodafone Warriors | Tuimoala Lolohea; David Fusitu’a, Blake Ayshford, Solomone Kata, Manu Vatuvei; Thomas Leuluai, Shaun Johnson; Sam Lisone, Issac Luke, Ben Matulino; Bodene Thompson, Ryan Hoffman (c); Simon Mannering. Interchange: Jonathan Wright, Jacob Lillyman, Charlie Gubb, Ligi Sao.

 

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

AAMI Park, Melbourne

Melbourne Storm 20 (Nelson Asofa-Solomona, Cooper Cronk, Josh Addo-Carr, Felise Kaufusi tries; Cameron Smith conversion, penalty).

Vodafone Warriors 14 (David Fusitu’a 2 tries; Shaun Johnson conversion, 2 penalties).

Halftime: 8-8.

Referees: Ben Cummins and Dave Munro.

Crowd: 22,153.

Teams:

Melbourne | Billy Slater; Suliasi Vunivalu, Will Chambers, Cheyse Blair, Josh Addo-Carr; Cameron Munster, Cooper Cronk; Jesse Bromwich, Cameron Smith (c), Jordan McLean; Felise Kaufusi, Joe Stimson; Dale Finucane. Interchange: Ryley Jacks, Christian Welch, Tim Glasby, Nelson Asofa-Solomona.

Vodafone Warriors | Roger Tuivasa-Sheck (c); David Fusitu’a, Blake Ayshford, Solomone Kata, Ken Maumalo; Kieran Foran, Shaun Johnson; James Gavet, Issac Luke, Jacob Lillyman; Bodene Thompson, Ryan Hoffman; Simon Mannering. Interchange: Nathaniel Roache, Ligi Sao, Sam Lisone, Ben Matulino.

 

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

AAMI Park, Melbourne

Melbourne Storm 50 (Ryley Jacks 2, Josh Addo-Carr 2, Ryan Hoffman, Christian Welch, Billy Slater, Young Tonumaipea tries; Cameron Smith 8 conversions, penalty).

Vodafone Warriors 10 (David Fusitu’a 2 tries; Mason Lino conversion).

Halftime: 38-0 Storm.

Referees: Gerard Sutton and Chris Sutton.

Crowd: 25,731.

Teams:

Melbourne | Billy Slater; Young Tonumaipea, Will Chambers, Curtis Scott, Josh Addo-Carr; Cameron Munster, Ryley Jacks; Tim Glasby, Cameron Smith (c), Nelson Asofa-Solomona; Felise Kaufusi, Ryan Hoffman; Christian Welch. Interchange: Brandon Smith, Kenny Bromwich, Sam Kasiano, Joe Stimson.

Vodafone Warriors | Roger Tuivasa-Sheck (c); David Fusitu’a, Peta Hiku, Anthony Gelling, Ken Maumalo; Blake Green, Mason Lino; Bunty Afoa, Issac Luke, Agnatius Paasi; Simon Mannering, Isaiah Papali’i; Adam Blair. Interchange: Jazz Tevaga, Sam Lisone, Albert Vete, Joe Vuna.

 

Thursday, April 25, 2019

AAMI Park, Melbourne

Melbourne Storm 13 (Cameron Munster, Jahrome Hughes tries; Cameron Munster conversion, penalty; Brodie Croft field goal).

Vodafone Warriors 12 (Adam Blair, Ken Maumalo tries; Chanel Harris-Tavita conversion, penalty).

Halftime: 8-4 Vodafone Warriors.

Referees: Matt Cecchin and Dave Munro.

Crowd: 21,539.

Teams:

Melbourne | Jahrome Hughes; Suliasi Vunivalu, Will Chambers, Marion Seve, Josh Addo-Carr; Cameron Munster, Brodie Croft; Jesse Bromwich, Cameron Smith (c), Christian Welch; Felise Kaufusi, Kenny Bromwich; Dale Finucane. Interchange: Nelson Asofa-Solomona, Brandon Smith, Kenny Bromwich, Sam Kasiano, Tui Kamikamica.

Vodafone Warriors | Peta Hiku; Gerard Beale, Blake Ayshford, Patrick Herbert, Ken Maumalo; Tohu Harris (c), Chanel Harris-Tavita; Agnatius Paasi, Issac Luke, Leeson Ah Maui; Adam Blair, Isaiah Papali’i; Lachlan Burr. Interchange: Jazz Tevaga, Bunty Afoa, Nathaniel Roache, Hayze Perham.