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    AFL Round 5 - Essendon v Collingwood

    Apr 25, 2013

    Event:                   AFL Round 5   
    Teams:                  Essendon v Collingwood
    Date:                     Thursday April 25, 2013
    Start time:              2.40pm

    Gate opening:
    Public/AFL members: 12.00pm
    MCC members: 10.30am

    Car park opening:
    Gate 3: 6.00am
    Gate 5: 9.00am
    Gate 6: 11.00am
    Gate 7: 7.00am (media, corporate and disabled pass holders only)

    Expected attendance: 90,000

    Cheersquad allocation:
    Essendon - M3 (Rows A-R)
    Collingwood - M33 (Rows A-T)

    Tickets: All public seats and standing room have sold out. The AFL Members Reserve is also sold out. View an update for MCC members

    View MCG conditions of entry

    Pre-match activities

    1.25pm-1.40pm             Australian Army Band                                   
    1.40pm-1.55pm             Preliminary on-field warm-up opportunity
    1.55pm-2.15pm             Anzac Day Presentation includes:

     Performance by feature artist, APIA Super Group
     Tribute to Veterans including motorcade lap of honour

    2.19pm                          Display of Cheer Squad Banner
    2.21pm                          Umpires enter on cue
    2.22pm                          Collingwood enters on cue
    2.25pm                          Essendon enters on cue
    2.32pm                        Catafalque Guard in pre-set position
    2.33pm                        Teams and umpires in position for Observance Ceremony

                                        Guard introduced and slow march from pre-set position

    Guard turns outward and rest on arms
    The Ode
    The Last Post
    Minute silence
    The Rouse – flags raised

    National Anthem by Cpl Deborah O’Toole, Australian Army Band

    2.40pm                        Match commences

    5.15pm (approx)          On-field post-match presentation of Anzac Day Medal and Trophy by President of the RSL (Victorian Branch), David McLachlan