Underdogs do Cerberus proud

This article has photo gallery Published on LEUT Ryan Zerbe (author)

Location(s): Keysborough Reserve, Victoria

Topic(s): HMAS Cerberus, Australian Rules Football

The HMAS Cerberus 'Doggies' celebrate winning the Southern Football and Netball League Division Four Grand Final at Keysborough Reserve in Victoria. (photo: Unknown)
The HMAS Cerberus 'Doggies' celebrate winning the Southern Football and Netball League Division Four Grand Final at Keysborough Reserve in Victoria.

The HMAS Cerberus AFL team - dubbed the ‘Doggies’ - have stormed their way through the second half of the Southern football and netball league season to take out their first senior division premiership since 1958.

The team took on Lyndhurst in the Division Four grand final at Keysborough Reserve, with both teams fighting for a premiership cup for the first time.

The Dogs were riding on back-to-back wins since round 10 of the season and had most recently defeated Frankston and Carrum Patterson Lakes to get to the grand final. Lyndhurst also came into the grand final with eleven consecutive victories.

The winning result was an outstanding turnaround for the Doggies who had almost doubled their average points per game from 54 to 100 since Round 9.

Premiership coach, Leading Seaman Adrian James, said despite a complete turnover in players throughout the season, they had managed to develop a sound strategy of moving the ball forward quickly and applying relentless pressure on the opposition.

“Lyndhurst structure themselves defensively, with numbers behind the ball, so they keep it out of a contest while their half-back line repels forward opposition,” he said.

“We knew that to beat their defensive press we would need to move the ball quickly but also not blaze away into our forward 50 as that would lead to them mopping up the ball and cutting off our attack.”

LS James said the Doggies’ seniors grand final win was a result of the teamwork of everyone involved in the club, men and women’s teams, executive and support staff throughout the season.

“These are young men and women who have joined the Navy for a career in an environment which also helps us foster a team-first mentality on the field,” he said.

“They’ll go on join various ship sand establishments with a stronger team mindset and extremely proud of their season with the Doggies.”