The AFL staged two matches on Anzac Day . The traditional blockbuster at the MCG between Collingwood and
Essendon attracted a crowd of 97, 000 people . The Bombers are playing well , assuaging rumours of drug taking , and easing beseiged Bombers coach James Hird ‘s worries .In a game of fast paced action and spectacular aerial feats , the two combatants were very closely matched in all contests. Essendon won this time around , and Bomber Zakaharis won theAnzac Day medal for best on the ground .
Across the Tasman another game of AFL football was being played , honouring the great Australian , New Zealand , Anzac DayÂ connection Â . In an historical first AFL game overseas , played for points , as part of the AFL fixture , the Saints played the Swans . Â St Kilda Â , wearing a maori inspired design football jumper , jersey , guernsey played well against SydneyÂ , who were just too strong at the finish and overpowered the young Saints Â side . SwanÂ Dan Hannebery won the Anzac Day medal in this inaugral NZ Game . Fans on both sides of the Tasman were wearing Â their football jumpers , jerseys, guernseys , to support their teams.