ANZAC Day: Men's Football

By Sarah Radlow

Saturday, April 23, 2022

Cerberus vs Dandenong | 2:00 PM, MCAULIFFE OVAL

The Cerberus Football Club operates in a unique way comparatively to other clubs in the Southern Football Netball League. Their President, Martin Holzberger is the second in command at the HMAS Cerberus and is President of all sporting clubs on the base by position rather than election. Playing members of any sporting code that operate under the Cerberus banner are serving members of the defence force, primarily Navy but Air Force trainees also operate out of the Navy base. Holzberger is incredibly proud of those who represent the base on the field, “It’s a great location, it’s a great game and the athletes play their hardest. The honour for people who have served is what we’re playing for this weekend.”

Playing Football has become a great opportunity for the team to develop their sense of comradery and become more resilient, both qualities that are very important to the Defence Force. The Football club operates under the Royal Australian Navy, they do not pay their players and do not run any independent fundraising initiatives. However, Cerberus FC have faced struggles just like any other club in 2022, “we’ve got a lot of people who are or have been away on various operations including flood assist and covid 19 responses. Those sort of aiding the community operations means our team has a lot of people out.”

The Red Legs are getting around each other after a big win against Lyndale but Vice President Matthew McCabe say’s they are prepared to put their heads down and give the match their best. “The boys are very level headed after their win, they’re taking it one game at a time.” Dandenong is looking to redeem themselves after a big loss to Cerberus in the 2021 season. Dandenong has recruited well in the off season and the team is starting to look more and more like a solid outfit as players get to know each other. They will be wearing their first custom ANZAC day guernsey and members are excited to see the new look at McAuliffe Oval. “We’ve got a lot of blokes who have connections through family and friends to the military so it’s a day that is very special to our members.”

For Cerberus, the ANZAC Day round provides them with an opportunity to host rival clubs for their biggest game of the year. “We appreciate the other clubs, coming out and playing at our home ground for an occasion that is very important to members of the defence force. The other clubs, the respect that they pay for these matches and the level of support they demonstrate is remarkable. We’re very pleased that this year Dandenong are coming down to continue that.”

The two clubs also compete for the Bev White memorial trophy in the home and away season, McCabe spoke passionately about Bev’s history as a volunteer. “We’ve got a connection between the two clubs through Stephen White who is a past player and now a member of our coaching staff. His mother Bev had a lot to do with both Dandenong and Cerberus, basically kept the clubs running.” Bev was a dedicated volunteer and would have loved to see the new chapter of the Dandenong and Cerberus rivalry building on ANZAC day.

Head down to McAuliffe Oval to see Cerberus and Dandenong clash at 2:00 PM for the ANZAC Day round match of the week.

Monday, April 25, 2022

Cheltenham vs Bentleigh | 2:00 PM, JACK BARKER OVAL

An ANZAC day classic takes place again between match hosts Cheltenham and a rising Bentleigh. The Rosellas have had a great win against newcomers Cranbourne and will be hitting the ground running. The Demons suffered a big loss to local rivals St.Paul’s-McKinnon in round one but dominated on the field against East Malvern at home the week after. This game is always one that League fans keep their eye on, sure to keep us entertained at Jack Barker Oval.

Caulfield Bears vs East Brighton | 2:00 PM, KOORNANG PARK RESERVE          

Caufield and East Brighton currently reside at fourth and fifth on the ladder respectively after round two. East Brighton had a tough loss to Highett who have recently made their return down to Division two, experience from the higher level getting the best of the Vampires. East Brighton recovered with a strong win away against Skye. Caufield Bears lost to a strong outfit in Keysborough but bounced back in round two against Heatherton. Both clubs have a win and a loss on the scoresheet so far, a challenge lies ahead to see who will persevere and take another step towards the top side of the ladder.

[caption id="attachment_23197" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Cerberus captain Jake Hinder and Dandenong co-captain Dylan Diacono[/caption]

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