Melbourne City FC and Sydney FC will compete for the Blue Ribbon Cup this Friday which perpetuates the memory of members of the Victoria Police killed in the line of duty through the support of worthwhile community projects by the Blue Ribbon Foundation.
City are the current holders of the cup after last year’s convincing 3-0 win over Sydney FC with Bruno Fornaroli picking up the Tony Clarke Medal which recognises police member Senior Constable Tony Clarke who made the ultimate sacrifice on duty.
Victoria Police Soccer Club Treasurer and Victoria Police Blue Ribbon Community Council, Senior Sergeant Ron Sinclair, says the support from the Club and it’s community is important for the organisation.
“The Blue Ribbon Foundation was founded and born from the community,” Sgt Sinclair said.
“Without members of the community, without clubs like Melbourne City FC getting behind these events, there is no Blue Ribbon Foundation so it is exceedingly important without events such as the Blue Ribbon Cup that Melbourne City is supporting, the foundation doesn’t exist.”
Saturday night will see the Victoria Police Band hold a Colour Party as the players walk out from the tunnel. The Colour party refers to a detachment of members assigned to protect the Police Ensign which is a highly important symbol of the Victorian Police.
City’s W-League side also competed for the inaugural Women's Blue Ribbon Cup earlier in the year, continuing the Club’s close relationship with the Blue Ribbon Foundation.
The Blue Ribbon Foundation will be selling merchandise and accepting donations to support their initiatives throughout the community. City take on Sydney this Friday night at AAMI Park, kick-off 7:50pm. Secure your place at the match now!