Cerberus still in finals hunt

This article has photo gallery Published on CPL Max Bree (author), LSIS Nina Fogliani (photographer)

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Members of Cerberus/Crib Point team and Hastings Blues competing for the ball during their match played at Hastings Oval, Hastings Victoria. (photo: LSIS Nina Fogliani)
Members of Cerberus/Crib Point team and Hastings Blues competing for the ball during their match played at Hastings Oval, Hastings Victoria.

HMAS Cerberus’s Women’s Aussie rules side, known as Cerberus-Crib Point, remains in contention for the women’s Victorian South Eastern Development Competition finals, despite being bumped down the ladder after a devastating loss to Tyabb in late July.
 
The skilful Tyabb side defeated the combined Cerberus team 17.6.108 to 1.4.10 in the round 11 match.
 
Coach Warrant Officer Stuart Armitage said the loss caused a drop from fourth on the competition ladder.
 
“We expected it to be a difficult match, but we didn’t expect to lose by as much,” he said.
 
“I spoke with some of the Tyabb girls afterwards and they said it was one of the harder matches they’ve played.”
 
Despite their heavy loss, the combined Cerberus side has won seven of 10 games played this season, and are sitting comfortably in the 16-team competition.
 
“We’ve been winning more games than we’ve been losing,” Warrant Officer Armitage said.
 
“Some of the country sides have been in development for a lot longer than us.”
 
Warrant Officer Armitage expected his side to win two of their last three matches but said they might struggle against an undefeated Bass Coast outfit in the final round on 20 August.
 
“They’re a strong side, they’ve been together in development for a while and we’ll be playing them at their home ground,” he said.
 
“Some of the teams, like ours, were put together a bit quicker. Postings and the turnover of trainees have hurt us a bit.
 
“There are more teams than there are rounds, so some teams end up playing each other twice, so we haven’t really got an easy run.
 
“Those last games will determine whether we’re in the finals or not, but we’re still hopeful.”
 
Cerberus 
Football Club combined with the local Crib Point Club in February, with the majority of the players coming from Cerberus.
 

Warrant Officer Armitage said the combination worked well as it engaged with the local community and provided much needed assets for Crib Point.
 
“There have been some big improvements on the field and the overall enthusiasm of all the women has been fantastic,” Warrant Officer Armitage said.
 
“They’re interacting better, getting better passage of play, and increasing in their teamwork.”