Anzac Challenge


WA's  Anzac challenge will take place on Saturday May 1 after the State was placed into a snap three-day COVID-19 lockdown last week.

The annual event was scheduled to return in Willagee last week after a 12-month hiatus until a new case of coronavirus threatened to cancel the day for a second consecutive year.

However, the six-match program will remain intact this weekend with Perth City and Perth Kiwi teams coming together for the 21st time to commemorate Anzac Day through rugby league.

Perth City and Perth Kiwi have battled each other with the win-loss record remarkably split at 10-10.

"It's great we've been able to salvage the event under the circumstances," NRL WA General Manager John Sackson said.

"We've pushed back our community rugby league a week to make it happen.

"This event is an initiative that has been run as a day of remembrance, we welcome a lot of veterans and volunteers to the game and players are playing for future representative opportunities.

"We celebrate all of the Anzac spirit and acknowledge the Australian and New Zealanders who served and died in the wars."

An Anzac service will take place prior to the main event in the afternoon, while other games include men and women's tackle, league tag and touch football matches.

The event is considered one of the biggest days on the rugby league calendar in the west with more than 1000 spectators expected for the touch football clashes alone.

"We're delighted to add both touch football games to the schedule for the first time," Sackson said.

"We have a very close relationship with Western Australian touch football so it's been great to see they've adopted the Perth City and Perth Kiwi concept in the men's and women's game."