Getting Physical with AFL 9s at Cerberus

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Location(s): HMAS Cerberus, Victoria

Petty Officer Andrew Corbett passes the ball during The Australian Defence Force Physical Training School's AFL 9's Competition held at HMAS Cerberus, Victoria. (photo: LSIS Dove Smithett)
Petty Officer Andrew Corbett passes the ball during The Australian Defence Force Physical Training School's AFL 9's Competition held at HMAS Cerberus, Victoria.

In late August, the Australian Defence Force Physical Training School held an AFL 9s competition at HMAS Cerberus, Victoria, as part achieving a component of the Physical Trainers' Course. 

The game was sponsored by AUSKICK and saw AFL South East Football Development Manager, Cam Roberts, attend. 

Mr Roberts presented medals and prizes to the winning team after the game along with offering some insight on how the team and players performed. 

“The players displayed some terrific football and athletic skills in the modified game format, plus a fair share of competitive banter was interesting to watch,” Mr Roberts said. 

In true AFL fashion, the event epitomised teamwork, showcased a determination to win and brought out the competitive spirit of the students and staff of the school.  Mr Roberts remarked that he looked forward to a continuing his association with the development of football at Cerberus.

AFL 9’s games are challenging and fast paced, made up of 10 minute quarters on a smaller field. The game gives every player the chance to get hands on through the match and show their skill and fitness. The Cerberus match saw a whopping score of 60 – 53 with the Physical Training School's Red Team succeeding as the victors.

The game and event was organised by the Physical Training School students as a crucial part of their training and assessment criteria during the intensive 22 week course. 

Sergeant Daniel Ferguson assessed the students on their interaction, teamwork and organisation of the event. 

“The competition was an enjoyable event which encouraged and enabled maximum participation by all students which is an important criterion for physical trainers," he said.

“Defence employs people with many skill sets and job requirements and of course they all have different levels of fitness and ability; we need to encourage them all to get involved safely and to enjoy that experience.” 

With all students, staff and the Cerberus Fitness Centre Physical Trainers taking part in the event, there was a very high calibre of fitness brought to the field. 

Student, Corporal Tim Jurisic said the event was a success and was held to a high standard. 

“As a course, we had a great time competing with and against instructors and staff," he said.

“The game was played in the right spirit and provided a perfect learning opportunity for the students," Sergeant Ferguson said.

“If they expect others to follow them in fitness challenges, it’s important they gain experience and learn through participation.”

The school trains all Navy, Army and Air Force Physical Trainers in the theoretical and practical aspects of Physical Training, to help support the health and fitness of all Defence personnel.