Melbourne City FC and Sydney FC will compete for the 5th annual Blue Ribbon Cup 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.
Sydney FC are the current holders of the Cup and both sides have competed for the trophy since 2011, recognising the Club’s long-standing relationship with the Blue Ribbon Foundation and Victoria Police Soccer Club.
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.”
The Tony Clarke Medal will also be awarded to the best player on the ground which recognises police member Senior Constable Tony Clarke who made the ultimate sacrifice on duty.
Saturday night will also see the first Colour Party at an Hyundai A-League match 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.
The Blue Ribbon Foundation will be selling merchandise and accepting donations to support their initiatives throughout the community. City take on Sydney this Saturday night at AAMI Park, kick-off 7:30pm. Secure your place at the match now!