THE quality of play in the K-Series AFL was impressively enhanced by the participation of the two best football sides in Wagga, according to comp OIC Lt Mick Reynolds.

Wagga Tigers and East Wagga-Kooringal Hawks (EW-K) joined ADF teams Kapooka, ASEME and HMAS Cerberus at ARTC on November 5.

Lt Reynolds said the civilian teams dominated the day, finishing first and second, with EW-K being too strong in the final and running out champions with 5.5.35 to the Tigers 2.4.16.

“They played with unreal spirit and really appreciated the atmosphere and competitiveness of Defence sport,” he said.

“HMAS Cerberus and Kapooka finished in the third place play-off, with Kapooka somehow stealing the win with 3.5.23 to Cerberus’s 3.3.21, after Cerberus had given Kapooka a touch-up in the earlier game.

“AB Luke Preston from Cerberus was the player of the series after a number of impressive displays.

“We were helped out by umpires from AFL Riverina, who were sensational in maintaining the high quality and fair spirit of the contest.”

Lt Reynolds said he’d like to encourage those throughout the ADF, who love their footy, to keep an eye out next year for the invitation to compete.

“Then do a bit of legwork to get a team together and make the trip,” he said.

“The K-Series really is one of the few remaining spectacles left in Defence sports and it’d be great to see it restored to the level of interest it once had.”