Melbourne Victory take home the TAC Independence Cup

TAC Independence Cup 2015Independence Australia was thrilled to once again be the recipient charity for Melbourne Victory’s recent clash against Central Coast Mariners. On Sunday 26 April the two teams played for the annual TAC Independence Cup in the final round of the Hyundai A-League.

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 living with spinal cord injuries.

With statistics showing that young men aged 15-24 years old are at greatest risk of acquiring a spinal cord injury, and Melbourne Victory's fan base largely young men, the event was a fantastic opportunity to reach this audience with an important awareness message.

SpinChat speakers Antonio Vecchio and Anthony Bartl filmed a promotional video with Melbourne Victory players Leigh Broxham, Nathan Coe and Kosta Barbarouses ahead of the match. The clip was shown on the big screens at half time to explain more about spinal cord injuries and the importance of injury prevention.

A number of Independence Australia’s consumers were invited along to enjoy the game at AAMI Park, and they weren’t disappointed. In an exciting match Melbourne Victory scored three goals to Central Coast Mariners one, which means Victory once again takes home the Independence Cup as well as the Premier’s Plate.

After the game Antonio and Anthony joined Melbourne Victory Captain Mark Milligan on the pitch for the presentation of the Independence Cup.

Independence Australia would like to thank Melbourne Victory, the TAC and everyone who came along to the Independence Cup. It was a fantastic game and it’s great to see the SpinChat message of prevention being shared so widely!

You can view more photos from the Independence Cup here.