TAC Independence Cup up for grabs on Sunday

Melbourne Victory and Central Coast Mariners will play for the annual TAC Independence Cup when the two teams meet at AAMI Park on Sunday 26 April.

The TAC Independence Cup is a joint initiative between Melbourne Victory, the TAC and Independence Australia to raise awareness of the challenges faced by people with spinal cord injuries. 


Antonio Vecchio and Anthony Bartl, who are part of Independence Australia's SpinChat program, recently caught up with Melbourne Victory players Leigh Broxham, Nathan Coe and Kosta Barbarouses ahead of the match.

"There are currently about 12,000 people living with a spinal cord injury in Australia," TAC chief executive Janet Dore said.

"Statistics show that 15 to 24-year-olds are the group most likely to suffer from a spinal cord injury – 80 per cent of these people are male. This same group is also over-represented in road trauma."

"With Melbourne Victory's fan base mostly young men aged between 18 and 25, this partnership between the TAC, Independence Australia and the A-League club is helping us get an important safety message across to these young men."

Melbourne Victory chief executive Ian Robson said the club was proud to support the TAC Independence Cup since its inception in 2012.

"The TAC Independence Cup is a great initiative that raises awareness surrounding the trauma of spinal cord injury," he said.

"The TAC has been a great supporter of Melbourne Victory and we're very proud as a club to get behind this cause."

Independence Australia is a non-for-profit organisation helping people with disabilities or physical need to regain and retain their independence.

The SpinChat program is an Independence Australia initiative that educates secondary school students and promotes prevention of spinal cord injuries.

Melbourne Victory is the current holder of the TAC Independence Cup after beating Central Coast 3-1 in Round 22 last season.

In addition to the TAC Independence Cup, Melbourne Victory is also vying for the Premier's Plate, which it will secure if it finishes on top of the Hyundai A-League ladder at the end of Sunday's game.

Tickets for Melbourne Victory's game against Central Coast at AAMI Park on Sunday are available by clicking here.


Melbourne Victory has also provided us with a wonderful prize pack which includes: 2 tickets to the exclusive Chairman's Function on 26 April, 2 tickets to the post-match function on 26 April and 2 Melbourne Victory home strips.

We are auctioning this fantastic prize to raise funds for the work we do to raise awareness and promote prevention of spinal cord injuries. With the bidding starting at just $600 this is a great opportunity for a Melbourne Victory fan to get in amongst the action!

To view the prize pack and place a bid please click here. The more money we raise the more we can do to prevent life-changing spinal cord injuries through our SpinChat schools program!