Anzac Day match preview: Brisbane Roar v Melbourne Victory

Brisbane Roar welcome an in-form Melbourne Victory to Moreton Daily Stadium for what promises to be a special Anzac Day afternoon on Monday.

It is three years since the Roar last hosted an A-Leagues match on this sacred day for the nation.

COVID-19 scuppered plans the past two seasons, but the circumstances are aligning this time around with morning showers expected to give way for comfortable, cool conditions for both the BRFC Legends – who hit the pitch at 12:15pm – and those seeking to follow in their footsteps.

For Warren Moon’s men, it’s a chance to polish and strengthen the performance that earned them a point when they visited AAMI Park less than a fortnight ago.

“We just need to keep building and improve,” Moon said ahead of the match.

“We played a very strong team down there and were tested. We had to be resilient at times and obviously show some character, which we did. The next part now is to find three points.”

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Fitness concerns over certain players mean the Brisbane boss will likely select a similar matchday squad to the one that outplayed but ultimately lost 2-1 to Macarthur FC in the final leg of a three-game away trip.

Victory, meanwhile, are unbeaten in 12 in the Isuzu UTE A-League, with five of those being draws.

Their last appearance at Moreton Daily Stadium did however result in a 5-2 defeat, a match that remains their sole outing in Queensland since October 2019.

Whatever the result, the significance of the day will not change and the pride the Roar gain from hosting a commemorative Anzac ceremony will not waver.

“It’s a time to reflect and think about those that made the ultimate sacrifice,” Moon said.

“Football is just a game. We love it, we’re passionate about it, but as always there are bigger things in life that we need to remember and focus on – family, friends, and those that gave their all for their country.

“This is a great occasion for us to be part of.”


Brisbane Roar Legends v ADF / QPS
Moreton Daily Stadium
Monday 25 April 2022 (12:15pm KO)

Brisbane Roar v Melbourne Victory
Moreton Daily Stadium
Monday 25 April 2022 (2:05pm KO)