ANZAC Spirit resonates with Storm
Few sporting clubs in this country are lucky enough to ply their trade on one of Australia’s most significant days.
Storm and the Warriors will meet on ANZAC Day for the sixth time since the first installment of the blockbuster clash in 2009.
Cameron Smith has played in every one of those games and the significance of pulling on a purple jersey every year on April 25 resonates strongly with the Melbourne skipper.
“To have the opportunity and the privilege to play the game that we love on such a special day is an honour,” Smith said.
“It is something we do speak about going into the match, how important it is to play well and more importantly play well for each other.
"The day is all about helping your mate and doing what you can for your mate until the very end. It is what the day deserves so I'm sure you'll see a very special game on Monday"
The atmosphere at AAMI Park on the day is always something special.
Fans of both teams are in full voice for the entire 80 minutes, something that has become a trademark of the rivalry that has grown between these two teams over the years.
The meeting of Trans-Tasman foes on ANZAC Day given an added sense of symbolism to the occasion, adding another layer to the storied clash.
“It is a team representing Australia and a team representing New Zealand, it represents ANZAC truly I guess,” Smith said.
“It is always a special atmosphere at the game, it is a game that we all look forward to playing in.
“We all hold it in really high regard and I know the Warriors will be coming down here and trying to knock us off.”