For the 17th time the Goulburn Valley League will come together to acknowledge the 159 Victorian Police that have been killed in the line of duty.
While Mooroopna and Shepparton Swans will again compete for the Blue Ribbon Foundation shield, Echuca and Shepparton will also pay tribute before their game at Victoria Park.
This year has extra significance as it marks the 30th anniversary of the Walsh St shootings of two young police officers in Steven Tynan and the Goulburn Valley’s Damian Eyre.
Leading Senior Constable Glenn Gibson also serves as secretary of the Shepparton division of the Blue Ribbon Foundation and said it was pleasing to see the GVL embrace the concept.
‘‘It’s great that the community doesn’t want to forget either and we’re generating funds we can put into hospitals and helping people that are alive by reflecting on people that have provided the sacrifice and that’s what we’re about,’’ he said.
‘‘I feel very proud with the way they (players) line up before the game in a mark of respect and we really appreciate that the clubs get behind it.
‘‘This weekend isn’t just about sadness, it’s also about celebrating the Blue Ribbon Foundation and watching some people compete on the football grounds and the netball courts.’’
With the perpetual shield given to the team most successful across all grades of football and netball, Mooroopna has not yet had its name engraved on the trophy.
In each game the best player will also be awarded a best-on-court medal in the matches at Mooroopna Recreation Reserve and Victoria Park.
Players in all six matches will wear blue and white checked arm bands.