Cerberus Dogs go for pink

Published on SBLT Kat Mulheron (author), LSIS Dove Smithett (photographer)

Location(s): HMAS Cerberus, VIC

Topic(s): HMAS Cerberus, Charities, Fundraising & Community, Australian Rules Football

HMAS Cerberus Australian Rules Football Team and Endeavour Hills compete for the ball during the Pink Sports Day match held at HMAS Cerberus, Victoria. (photo: LSIS Dove Smithett)
HMAS Cerberus Australian Rules Football Team and Endeavour Hills compete for the ball during the Pink Sports Day match held at HMAS Cerberus, Victoria.

The Cerberus Dogs Australian Rules Football Team added a new colour to their usual blue and white uniform when they took to the field against Endeavour Hills in a Southern Football League (SFL) clash on Saturday.

The Cerberus Dogs saw the AFL’s ‘Pink Round’ as an opportunity to add a pink theme to their match in support of the Breast Cancer Network of Australia (BCNA).

With pink boundary lines, a pink football, pink bootlaces and pink armbands, the players took the field with enthusiasm. A number of fundraising events held on the day raised over $1000, which will be donated to BCNA.

The Cerberus Dogs date back to 1921 when HMAS Cerberus was commissioned, and is the last Navy Team that consists solely of uniformed members, many of whom progress to playing with the Royal Australian Navy Australian Football Association. The Dogs have a long history of participating in service competitions, local community leagues and currently compete in the Southern Football League against teams from the southern metropolitan area of Melbourne.

HMAS Cerberus and Endeavour Hills Australian Rules Football Clubs with coaches and referees together for the Pink Sports Day at HMAS Cerberus, Victoria.

HMAS Cerberus and Endeavour Hills Australian Rules Football Clubs with coaches and referees together for the Pink Sports Day at HMAS Cerberus, Victoria.

Cerberus is Navy’s largest training establishment, located in Victoria, with many tri-service courses offered. With a large trainee population, the club’s members are a constant flow of new faces, with teamwork and camaraderie at the forefront of their successes.

“We look forward to the opportunity to play teams within the League, such as Endeavour Hills. Our members thrive on the challenge, and having other dedicated teams to play against tests their technical skills as well as their commitment to teamwork,” said Chris Harrison, the Vice President of the Cerberus Dogs.

It is Endeavour Hills’ first year back into the ‘Thirds’ competition after a break and they were keen to defend their undefeated status for the season against the Dogs. Both teams offered fierce competition during the game, with both clubs looking to consolidate their positions near the top of the ladder. The Dogs declared victory scoring 15.7.143 against Endeavour Hills who scored 4.4.28.

“It was a great game and our team was very excited about supporting the Pink Round. They threw themselves into the spirit of it, buying their own pink boot laces and were rapt to be a part of it. Many of our players and officials have been personally touched by cancer, so it had a personal meaning to most of us,” Chris Harrison said.

Recruit James Ryan, left, collects donations from Recruits Lucien Boyer, Recruit Adrian Black and Recruit Ben Muller during the Pink Sports Day match between HMAS Cerberus and Endeavour Hills held at HMAS Cerberus, Victoria.

Recruit James Ryan, left, collects donations from Recruits Lucien Boyer, Recruit Adrian Black and Recruit Ben Muller during the Pink Sports Day match between HMAS Cerberus and Endeavour Hills held at HMAS Cerberus, Victoria.

The BCNA works to ensure that Australians affected by breast cancer receive the very best support, information, treatment and care appropriate to their individual needs.

Imagery is available on the Royal Australian Navy Image Library at http://images.navy.gov.au/S20141359.