Christie Medal on Good Friday
- Wednesday, 16 April 2014
“Please fetch me in, I’m slowly bleeding to death”
That was the message Private Andrew Christie sent back to his lines after he was shot in the leg in Gallipoli on the 2nd of May 1915.
His body was never recovered.
There’s much hype surrounding Good Friday’s match between Subiaco and East Perth on the traditional Easter Holiday.
But there’s another tradition that will continue on Friday: the awarding of the Andrew Christie Cup to the Subiaco player who most epitomizes the ANZAC spirit.
WAFL fixtures have seen the Lions with out a game on the ANZAC weekend for the second season in a row and as a result this year’s Cup will be awarded on Good Friday.
Andrew Christie played for the Subiaco Football Club during the season of 1909 through to 1913. He was Captain during the 1910 season and he played during the 1912 and 1913 Premiership winning seasons.
At the outbreak of the First World War in 1914 he enlisted in the Western Australia 16th Battalion and landed at Gallipoli on the very first Anzac Day 25th April 1915.
Each year the player who best exemplifies the legendary qualities of the first ANZACs including courage, perseverance, fairness, leadership, selflessness, humour and dedication to the team is added to the following list.
1998 Dean Irving
1999 Dean Irving
2000 Andrew Donnelly
2001 Peter Bird
2002 Luke Toia
2003 Marc Webb
2004 Caine Hayes
2005 David Robbins
2006 Ben Keevers
2007 Mark Haynes
2008 Brad Smith
2009 Shaun Hildebrandt
2010 Chad Cossom
2011 Chris Phelan
2012 Kane Bloxsidge
2013 Chris Deluca
“It’s one of the biggest individual honour you can win at our club.” said Chris Phelan who was awarded the cup for his efforts against the Royals in 2011.
“Andrew Christie fought and died for his country and before that he was captain of Subiaco, his name is held pretty highly amongst the boys so to win an award that honours a guy like that is pretty humbling.” Phelan said.
Subiaco sits undefeated on top of the WAFL ladder while the Royals dropped their first game of the season against West Perth last week.
Colts Bouncedown: 10:55
Reserves Bouncedown: 1:25
League Bouncedown: 4:05