Tony Norris said not during the 2015 100th anniversary.
Tony Norris said not during the 2015 100th anniversary. Daily News

Gallipoli footy debate

A RUGBY league Anzac Test match is being planned at Gallipoli itself during the hallowed day's 2015 100th anniversary.

Top-level support has been given for an Australia versus New Zealand match the night before the Anzac Cove dawn service, which players will attend.

While the Anzac spirit was closest to their minds, the Daily News asked locals at Tweed Heads and Murwillumbah's services their thoughts on the issue

Banora Point's David Hogben said it was a match that should be played in Australia.

"What, are they going to build a stadium over there?" he asked.

Ray Fien from Tweed Heads thought the idea was "sensational".

"We're trying to go for the 100th year so it would be great to have the game there then - it's one of the traditions."

Murwillumbah local and former Lance Corporal National Serviceman Tony Norris said he would object to it being played in Gallipoli during the 100th anniversary.

"It won't particularly worry me one little bit, otherwise," Mr Norris said.

Manuel Vassallo from Condong said his grandfather by the same name served during the Second World War and he did not object to the proposed Turkish Test match.

"I doubt it would interfere, and Australia loves its sports."

Coral Dudgeon from Murwillumbah's father also served during the Second World War and she supported the idea.

"It would add to it, and make it an even greater celebration.

"The year they should do it is 2015."

But Renee Hogben disagreed.

"I don't think so. It'll change the Anzac message," she said.

"It's not about a football match."



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