Christie Medal on Good Friday

“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

 

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