Cerberus play for pink

This article has photo gallery Published on SBLT Kat Mulheron (author)

HMAS Cerberus and St Kilda City Australian Rules Football Clubs line up for the coin toss conducted by Kay McAuliffe at HMAS Cerberus, Victoria. (photo: ABIS Cassie McBride)
HMAS Cerberus and St Kilda City Australian Rules Football Clubs line up for the coin toss conducted by Kay McAuliffe at HMAS Cerberus, Victoria.

HMAS Cerberus Australian Rules Football Club hosted its second annual 'Pink Round' on 9 May raising funds and awareness for the Breast Cancer Network of Australia.

In support of the Southern Football and Netball League and the Australian Football League initiatives, the round aims to ensure Australians affected by breast cancer receive the very best support, information, treatment and care.

Preceding the game the Cerberus oval was officially named 'McAuliffe Oval', after the McAuliffe family, who have been key supporters of the Cerberus club for 39 years. Lieutenant Commander Murray McAuliffe retired in March after a long career in Navy and association with Navy Australian Rules Football.  With his brother, Wayne, they played for Cerberus in the 1970s and 80s and continued their involvement when their playing days ended. LCDR McAuliffe’s wife, Kay, and daughters, Kristal and Ammie, also jumped into the fray. From playing, managing and coaching, through to committee work, association liaison, bandaging knees and peeling oranges, the McAuliffe family have been in the thick of it.

Commanding Officer HMAS Cerberus, Captain Stephen Bowater, acknowledged the family’s contribution.

“Our club is different from the civilian clubs we grew up with," he said.

"In Defence circles we move often, we don’t have mothers and fathers who come to every game to watch their kids, or a junior stream to leverage.

“Having families like the McAuliffes support the club and players year after year is something special - they’re more than just members; they’re the heart of the club.”

The Cerberus 'Dogs' played against the St Kilda City thirds team, despite threatening skies, chilly winds and injuries taking two players off-field both teams showed spirit with the final outcome in favour of the home side.

Cerberus won 117 points to St Kilda’s 19. Best on Ground was Seaman Star Marine Technician James Falkenburg and the best sportsman was jointly awarded to Seaman Star Marine Technician Blake Lee and Elijha Salesui of St Kilda City.

More images available at: http://images.defence.gov.au/S20151302