United by mateship: Murray Bridge takes on Salisbury Villa for Anzac trophy

Murray Bridge United Football Club treasurer Grantley Klenke and former United player and current serving Army Reservist Joseph Di Santo holding the Anzac Mateship Perpetual Trophy .

Murray Bridge United Football Club treasurer Grantley Klenke and former United player and current serving Army Reservist Joseph Di Santo holding the Anzac Mateship Perpetual Trophy .

SATURDAY's round four of the South Australia Amateur Soccer League (SAASL) division one competition will see Murray Bridge United take on rivals Salisbury Villa at home in all three grades.

The A grade will be playing for the inaugural Anzac Mateship Perpetual Trophy and the Di Santo Medallion which acknowledges the Di Santo family's contribution to football and military service in the Region.

The rivalry between the two clubs has been ongoing since the two clubs gained back-to-back promotions over the last couple of seasons.

Last year the two club's met in the cup final where United were defeated at the hands of Villa.

Both clubs have had average starts to their season's and will both be looking to get themselves back on track as United will be wanting to get their revenge by taking the three points and being the inaugural winners of the trophy.

Murray Bridge United treasurer Grantley Klenke said the club had hoped to hold the trophy clash closer to Anzac Day but due to programming and scheduling it wasn't possible and the club opted for its next home game.

"To have the Di Santo family on board with this is something our club is proud to be a part of, they are part of the local football landscape and history in our region," he said.

"As a club we are excited to be involved and look forward to it for many years to come."

Family spokesperson and former United player Joseph Di Santo said it was an honour and privilege to have the United Football Club acknowledge the family's local contribution to the game and military service.

"We are linked to the club by our involvement in the Lower Murray Soccer Association, Murray Bridge City Soccer Club and of course my involvement as a player with the club."

"This year will mark the 40th anniversary of our family's journey into the local game and the 35th anniversary of our local military journey.

"The trophy not only acknowledges our family's history, but also represents the sacrifices of all local service personnel and the many volunteers that work tirelessly behind the screens to keep the game and their organisations going.

"We choose the name Mateship as it's one of the Army's values and a reflection of the many friendships made over the years thanks to the game, its our way of giving back to the community."

Joseph is a current serving member of the Army Reserve; he joined 25 years ago in Murray Bridge and has served on three operations.

His father Charlie was a successful junior coach with Murray Bridge City where he coached a total of 26 titles for the Club.

His mother Helen served as an Army Cadet Officer for 20 years with the 45th Army Cadet Unit in Murray Bridge and his brother Charles is currently serving as an Officer in the Australian Regular Army.

He has served in East Timor, Iraq and Afghanistan and represented the Army and Australian Defence Force in Football.

Until his late teens he played for City and was offered to trial with the Adelaide Hills Hawks and Marconi in the National Soccer League.

The C Grade will get proceedings underway at 11am, followed the B Grade at 1pm and then the final game of the day the A Grade kick off at 3pm.

This is an important game for the A team it's a must win game which will help kickstart their season and campaign as they aim to stay in division one.