ANZAC Day Commemorative Sherrin - 24th April 2017

ANZAC Day is a special day for all Australians. This year it is the 102nd Anniversary of the landing at Gallipoli in 1915. The day is a time for us to reflect and remember all the Australian and New Zealand men and women who served or are currently serving and those who died in war and on operational service.

The ANZAC Day AFL game began in 1995 between Collingwood and Essendon, with both teams playing on this day every year since. The game plays a symbolic role on ANZAC Day, with a ceremony taking place before the match.

The ANZAC ball is unique as it is made in the week leading up to the game, right here in Australia, at the Sherrin Factory located in Scoresby, Victoria. This year, the commemorative ball is yellow in colour, due to the late afternoon timing of the match. It features the ANZAC logo, as a tribute to those who have served Australia, alongside the logos of the competing teams – Essendon and Collingwood. The specially designed football is uniquely produced for the game only and is not available for sale. Sherrin is proud to be a part of this special day.

Given the ANZAC Day game is such a landmark event, the Sherrin Team thought we would share how the ball gets made. There are numerous steps involved with the making of the ANZAC football. Below is a brief outline of some of the steps:

 1. Once the leather panels are cut out, each individual panel has one colour printed on it at a time. Once dry, the next colour is printed on top, with this process repeated until the graphics are complete.

2. Four panels are sewn together using a sewing machine. It is during this stage that it begins to look like a football

3. The footballs have been turned out and are ready to have the bladder inserted.

4. The footballs now all have bladders inside and the laces are ready to be sealed.

5. The finished product! The footballs will now be packaged and delivered to AFL House ready for the big game on Tuesday.