We will never forget the attacks in New York on 9/11 all those years ago that started a war. As Australians, we never really knew how bad something like this could hurt.
But less then a year later, it all got a little too close to home.
In 2002, six Coogee Dolphins players were killed in the Bali Bombings. Six young Australian men were taken away from their friends and family forever.
When you put footy in perspective, it’s just a game. But the wonderful sport we call rugby league can also help remember the people we miss the most.
On November 10 in Las Vegas, the Coogee Dolphins will face four North American clubs in a round robin format for the Remembrance Cup.
The first Remembrance Cup was played in 2004 between the Dolphins and the Glen Mills Bulls. Coogee won that day in Philadelphia 42-10. It was played to remember the people who lost their lives in the Bali Bombings and the 9/11 attacks.
Rest In Peace: Clint Thompson Adam Howard Dave Mavroudis Shane Foley Gerard Yeo Joshua Iliffe
Confirmed Teams: Coogee Dolphins (Australia) British Columbia Bulldogs (Canada) California Condors (AMNRL West) Utah Avalanche (AMNRL West) Las Vegas Warriors (AMNRL West)
*Queensland Indigenous All Stars travel to Oahu to face the Hawaii All Stars on the 27th of October. Former Newcastle Knights and North Queensland Cowboys player Cory Patterson will coach the Hawaiian side.
*Thailand hosts the Philippines in a historic clash this weekend in Thailand.
“Its been a long 24 hours travelling but finally here at our hotel in Bangkok. Looks good…pretty smoky though” Philippines utility back Will Dreves commented.