It’s an ANZAC Day tradition over 80 years in the making – Sydneysiders flocking to Harbord Diggers for the biggest two-up game in town.

The iconic Harbord Diggers Club is excited to host its traditional service and 2UP commemorations for ANZAC Day on Monday April 25, after COVID-19 restrictions over the past two years saw plans change.

The annual Harbord Diggers ritual delivers an unrivalled atmosphere as thousands gather around Australia’s most picturesque two-up ring on the stunning Freshwater headland. This ANZAC Day the club is organising a special day with plenty of space across the Ocean Terrace and Lumsdaine Drive to enjoy the atmosphere.

 

 

 

“With the backdrop of the ocean and our strong Digger heritage, Harbord Diggers has always been a special and extremely popular place for people from all over Sydney to visit on ANZAC Day and commemorate the ANZAC legacy,” explained Mounties Group CEO Dale Hunt.

“ANZAC Day is one of, if not the most, important day on Australia’s calendar. It is also one especially important to Harbord Diggers, which was founded by a group of returned WW1 servicemen on Freshwater Beach,” he added.

The popular pub game 2UP was first played by World War I veterans and thereafter played every Anzac Day in their memory. Originally known as “pitch and toss”, it was brought to Australia by the English and Irish and was a popular pastime among soldiers.

Harbord Diggers has enjoyed a long-standing reputation for attracting the biggest two-up crowd in Australia and even the Southern Hemisphere. Harbord Diggers is confident that this record will be maintained – and has taken unprecedented steps to cater for a record turn-out whilst keeping Covid recommendations in mind. Temporary pop-up options will surround the Ocean Terrace, enabling more space for people to enjoy the once-a-year event.

“After the last two years, the team at the Diggers are planning for a very special day that caters for the crowds,” he added.

“Lumsdaine Drive on the coastal side of the club will be closed to traffic for the day so we can ensure the safety and access for all our members and guests,” added Dale.

This year, those wanting to attend the 2UP at Harbord Diggers will need to secure a club membership and a $10 ticket for the event. Tickets include exclusive access to the 2UP area with designated bars, food, and seating, with proceeds going to support returned veterans. Entry also allows for Priority Entry into Harbord Diggers from the main entry (Evans Street) and access to all areas of Harbord Diggers operations. Tickets can be purchased online at www.harborddiggers.com.au.

Aside from 2UP, the Diggers will host a family-friendly ANZAC Day commemoration service from 8am. The morning service commences with a march, followed by a wreath-laying ceremony, and performances. Following the ceremony, children will be not permitted entry into Harbord Diggers from 11am.

“We are extremely honoured and thankful to again be able to pay respects to past and present servicemen and women who bravely served and sacrificed to protect the freedoms that we as Australians enjoy each day,” concluded Dale.

The Harbord Diggers ANZAC Day commemoration service begins at 8am. Two-up will begin at 12pm under the experienced watch of resident ringmaster Matty ‘V’ Vandenbergh.

For more information or to secure a ticket visit www.harborddiggers.com.au.

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