Michael Fussell

Memorial Day

Postponed

General admission and catered VIP tickets available.

Michael Fussell

Memorial Day

POSTPONED

General admission and catered VIP tickets available.

Armidale Blues vs Royal Military College

Rugby and Netball Tournament

The Michael Fussell Memorial Charity Day is an opportunity to merge two major aspects of Mike’s life, growing up in Armidale and his Military career. The Armidale Blues and Royal Military College – Duntroon (RMC-D) represent more than just two rugby teams Mike was honoured to be a part of, they represent communities that gave and meant so much to him. It is by bringing these communities together on common ground to play the game he loved, that we pay a fitting tribute to Mike’s life, service and sacrifice.

Armidale Blues vs Royal Military College
Rugby and Netball Tournament

The Michael Fussell Memorial Charity Day is an opportunity to merge two major aspects of Mike’s life, growing up in Armidale and his Military career. The Armidale Blues and Royal Military College – Duntroon (RMC-D) represent more than just two rugby teams Mike was honoured to be a part of, they represent communities that gave and meant so much to him. It is by bringing these communities together on common ground to play the game he loved that we pay a fitting tribute to Mike’s life, service and sacrifice.

12:00pm – 1:15pm: Armidale Blues vs RMC-D Women’s netball

1:15pm – 1:45pm: Pre-match entertainment – Portsea Oval

1:45pm – 2:45pm: Armidale Blues vs RMC-D Women’s 10s Rugby Game

2:45pm – 3:15pm: Entertainment and Charity Jersey Auction

3:15pm – 5:00pm: Armidale Blues 1st Grade vs RMC-D 1st Grade Men’s Rugby

5:00pm – 6:00pm: Post-match Presentation and Entertainment

Tickets are available from Eventbrite and must be purchased for entry on the day. Tickets will be available up until the day of the event (unless sold out prior). Cash sales at the gate will not be available.

General Admission: $5.00 p/p
Seating at the oval will be available in the established grandstand, portable tiered seating and the grassed hill. Food and beverages will be available to spectators from local providers.

General Admission Children (10 years and under): Free
Tickets for children must still be registered/booked via Eventbrite to ensure capacity can be managed on the day.

Hosted VIP Area: $200 p/p
The VIP-hosted area will offer a comfortable space to watch the games, enjoy the entertainment and make the most of an all-inclusive food and beverage offering.

Rugby: Portsea Oval, Duntroon, Canberra
Netball: ADFA Courts
Charity Auction & Presentation: Portsea Oval, Canberra

Mike was born on 17 November, 1983 at Coffs Harbour, New South Wales. As a cheeky red headed lad, Mike loved growing up in the rural environment near Armidale. He was at his happiest on a horse, rugby field or in the surf.

He did well academically, learned the piano and loved a wide variety of sports including squash, archery, kayaking, and competitive swimming with a special love for polocrosse and rugby union. In his latter teenage years, he took up surfing and this was an interest he continued to pursue both on his own and with mates.

Importantly he cherished friends and always had a wide circle from school, clubs and sports that he was associated with.

Mike enlisted in the Australian Army in January 2002 and was appointed as an Officer Cadet at the Australian Defence Force Academy. He completed a Bachelor of Arts and was a keen sportsman, continuing his passion for rugby.

He attended the Royal Military College, Duntroon in 2005, commissioning in December 2005 into the Royal Regiment of Australian Artillery. During his time at ‘A’ Field Battery he qualified as a paratrooper. He also deployed to East Timor on Operation Astute in 2006 and 2007. Lieutenant Fussell was posted to 4 RAR (Commando) in January 2008 as a Joint Offensive Support Team Commander.

Lieutenant Fussell was serving with the Special Operations Task Group when he was killed in action by an Improvised Explosive Device detonation while conducting a dismounted patrol in Uruzgan province, on Thursday 27 November, 2008.

Lieutenant Fussell’s military decorations include the Australian Active Service Medal with clasp International Campaign Against Terrorism (ICAT), the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Australian Service Medal clasp, Timor-Leste and the Australian Defence Medal.

Michael is survived by his two loving parents, Madeline and Ken, his younger brother Daniel and sister Nyah.

Program

12:00pm – 1:15pm: Armidale Blues vs RMC-D Women’s netball

1:15pm – 1:45pm: Pre-match entertainment – Portsea Oval

1:45pm – 2:45pm: Armidale Blues vs RMC-D Women’s 10s Rugby Game

2:45pm – 3:15pm: Entertainment and Charity Jersey Auction

3:15pm – 5:00pm: Armidale Blues 1st Grade vs RMC-D 1st Grade Men’s Rugby

5:00pm – 6:00pm: Post-match Presentation and Entertainment

Tickets

Tickets are available from Eventbrite and must be purchased for entry on the day. Tickets will be available up until the day of the event (unless sold out prior). Cash sales at the gate will not be available.

General Admission: $5.00 p/p
Seating at the oval will be available in the established grandstand, portable tiered seating and the grassed hill. Food and beverages will be available to spectators from local providers.

General Admission Children (10 years and under): Free
Tickets for children must still be registered/booked via Eventbrite to ensure capacity can be managed on the day.

Hosted VIP Area: $200 p/p
The VIP-hosted area will offer a comfortable space to watch the games, enjoy the entertainment and make the most of an all-inclusive food and beverage offering.

Game Location

Rugby: Portsea Oval, Duntroon, Canberra
Netball: ADFA Courts
Charity Auction & Presentation: Portsea Oval, Canberra

Lieutenant Michael Kenneth Housdan Fussell

1983 - 2008

Mike was born on 17 November 1983 at Coffs Harbour, New South Wales. As a cheeky red headed lad, Mike loved growing up in the rural environment near Armidale. He was at his happiest on a horse, rugby field or in the surf.

He did well academically, learned the piano and loved a wide variety of sports including squash, archery, kayaking, and competitive swimming with a special love for polocrosse and rugby union. In his latter teenage years, he took up surfing and this was an interest he continued to pursue both on his own and with mates.

Importantly he cherished friends and always had a wide circle from school, clubs and sports that he was associated with.

Mike enlisted in the Australian Army in January 2002 and was appointed as an Officer Cadet at the Australian Defence Force Academy. He completed a Bachelor of Arts and was a keen sportsman, continuing his passion for rugby.

He attended the Royal Military College, Duntroon in 2005, commissioning in December 2005 into the Royal Regiment of Australian Artillery. During his time at ‘A’ Field Battery he qualified as a paratrooper. He also deployed to East Timor on Operation Astute in 2006 and 2007. Lieutenant Fussell was posted to 4 RAR (Commando) in January 2008 as a Joint Offensive Support Team Commander.

Lieutenant Fussell was serving with the Special Operations Task Group when he was killed in action by an Improvised Explosive Device detonation while conducting a dismounted patrol in Uruzgan province, on Thursday 27 November 2008.

Lieutenant Fussell’s military decorations include the Australian Active Service Medal with clasp International Campaign Against Terrorism (ICAT), the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Australian Service Medal clasp, Timor-Leste and the Australian Defence Medal.

Michael is survived by his two loving parents, Madeline and Ken, his younger brother Daniel and sister Nyah.

Fundraising

The biggest support you can provide us is your attendance on the day, but if you can’t join us, you’re welcome to make your donation to our fundraising page.

The Fussell family would like to thank our event sponsors

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