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The North Beach Football Club is one of the powerhouse organisations within the highly regarded West Australian Amateur Football League and is planning a return to the top of the A-Grade tree.

In winning the WAAFL A-Grade Grand Final on September 11, 2010, the club won its seventh successive senior pennant, which was also the 10th time in a 12 year period that it secured the senior title – all under the direction of former Essendon star Bill Duckworth.

This season, the club has undergone change with 1994 West Coast Eagles premiership ruckman David Hynes assuming the senior coaching reins after Duckworth, perhaps the most influential figure in club history, stood down as senior coach.

Having finished third in each of the last two seasons, after stumbling in the preliminary, the club is determined to push ahead and leave a stronger impression on the finals series.

Hynes, who comes into the club after several years as senior assistant at WAFL club East Perth, has introduced a new system and approach which he hopes will take the club forward.

Established in 1964, North Beach took 25 years to won its first A-Grade title, but since then has flourished in a competition which continues to grow in stature as the premier amateur competition in the State.

Duckworth, the 1984 Norm Smith medallist has been central to the domination over the last 12 years, creating a winning culture but also finding the balance between success and an outstanding social environment.

To support the A-Grade title in 2010, the club also won its first A-Reserves premiership but thrives as a club providing players of all skills levels with the opportunity to play the greatest game in the world – Australian football.

The club boasts five senior teams and two colts teams and is based at Charles Riley Reserve, North Beach, just a couple of hundred metres off the spectacular coast of Perth’s northern suburbs.

North Beach welcomes all prospective players to a club that thrives on the challenges of playing to the highest possible standards, but creates great unity and camaraderie through a vibrant social scene that is enjoyed by all players and supporters.

The club can be contacted through President David Cassidy on 0402 848 958.

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Beach endures in rivalry

Darby McCarthy was lively up forward against Scarborough

Darby McCarthy was lively up forward against Scarborough

By Gary Stocks
North Beach versus Scarborough, third playing second in an enduring rivalry. It promised to be an absorbing battle.
So often games which offer so many reasons to be memorable fail to deliver. This one, however, was everything it deserved to be. A battle for the ages that went down to the final couple of minutes and the O’Rourke Realty North Beach endured 13.6 (84) to 11.5 (71).
The Beach was a little better in the clutch moments, found a way to win when the game was on the line, kicking the final two goals of the game – the last of them after the siren.
In persistent drizzly conditions, the Beach was led by ruckman Nathan Dwyer and captain Beau Witheridge through the midfield. In addition Mitch Dwyer was superb around the contest, Nic Reid, Ryan Ekert and Darby McCarthy were ubiquitous up forward while Luke Symonds led a hard-edged defence.
While the game was tight, the Beach won most of the key statistics and with +18 inside 50 entries, could probably have won by more. They were also dominant in the area of handballs received, indicative of their preparedness to run in support, and won the majority of the centre breaks.
Among the strong gallery of supporters was the North Beach 2007 premiership team and they were impressed with the current generation who moved into second position on the ladder with their fifth successive victory.
While the A-Grade team was impressive, the Lifenet A-Reserves
were slow to get going, too slow to ever be in the game against Scarborough.
The Eagles dominated the first half and led a match-winning six goals at half-time. Had it not been for the efforts of the ever-reliable Andrew Langsford, the Beach would have been in deeper trouble. The next generation was also to the fore with Mat Holmes, Josh Tickner and Adam Swain also weighing in with solid performances.
While the Beach were effectively out of the winning equation at the long break, they fought back in the second half and were at least competitive before losing by 17 points – 8.2 (50) to 10.7 (67).
After missing some early opportunities, the Plasterwise Phil Scott Colts marched to an authorative 51-point victory – 10.13 (73) 3.4 (22).
The Beach dominated all over the ground without reaping the scoreboard benefits in the initial stages, missing some shots that should have been nailed. Harry Dowling was strong all day, Alex Coleman provided a good target up forward while the backline was strong and rebounded efficiently, although decision-making was at times questionable.
In the third quarter Scarborough enjoyed a good period and kicked three goals for the term, but George McColgan helped the Beach find the answers.
He worked hard in second half to kick five goals after receiving a yellow card in the first half. Josh Dwyer was strong across half back setting up defence.
The Red Hill Brett Jones Colts
set the tone for their clash with Trinity Aquinas with a high-intensity opening quarter that saw them pile on 5.4 to no score at Bill Grayden Reserve.
With Matt Murray joining an already tight backline, Trinity Aquinas struggled to make any impact on the game.
The Beach tackled fiercely, applied pressure on the ball carrier and capitalised on every turnover. Doug McKay proved once again that he is going to be a handful, not only in the ruck but also up forward and the Beach powered its to a 37-point triumph – 14.6 (90) to 8.5 (53).
The Hybrid Linings D1-Grade faced the challenge of playing the undefeated University at McGillivray Oval and produced an inspired four quarter performance to win 7.10 (52) to 6.4 (40).
It was a terrific display by all 22 players, the intensity and commitment evident from the first bounce.
It took a while to adjust to wet weather footy, but once that was achieved the Beach led for all but five minutes of the game. Luke Pardini was incredible around the clinches as he threw his body in to get the hard ball; Ned Halley’s composure across half back and his long kicking to repel University’s advances were telling and Joel Warners’ ability to handle the ball like it was dry showed his class.
In the final term North Beach kicked just 1.0 but kept University scoreless in what was a brilliant display of one percenters in trying conditions.
The Coast to Coast Imports D1-Reserves
confronted their biggest game of the year without a number of key players and produced an energised performance before losing a nail-biter by just one behind – 8.7 (55) to 8.8 (56).
While the result did not fall as the Beach had hoped, it was a game of high pressure and quality wet weather football.
North Beach went into the last change a goal up, had many chances early in the quarter to put the opposition away, but unfortunately could not convert.
Rob Scantlebury was outstanding, Jordan Mesiti offered plenty of grunt through the game off half back providing options on the rebound and Joe Boys did all he could to will his team over the line.
The Express Bins D2-Grade was rewarded for another solid team effort, working very hard in the rain and despite being short on numbers.
It was a hard slog, but the team worked well together to get on top early before the rain came and went on to beat Whitfords by 45 points – 12.9 (81) to 5.6 (36).
The Beach recognised an opportunity to chalk up a morale-boosting win and they did it in style with an 11-goal victory. Lachlan Green was outstanding with five goals, while Brett Anthony, James Hay-Hendry and Simon Lorimer were also prime movers.
The Fusion D2-Reserves
were also outstanding in a solid team performance that saw contributors in every facet and across every line.
The Beach responded well from a sub-par effort last week and those players who aided the cause a week earlier, contributed to a genuine team effort – winning 11.15 (81) to 2.1 (13) with standout contributions coming from Jack Galvin, Dale Blockey, Chris Humphry and Mark Ferreri.
Results
O’Rourke Realty A-Grade
North Beach 2.3 4.5 9.6 13.6 84
Scarborough 3.3 5.3 7.4 11.5 71
Goals – North Beach: Reid 3; Ekert, McCarthy 2; Oakley-Nicholls, Foreman, Cownie, Webster, Leishman, N Dwyer.
Best – North Beach: N Dwyer, Witheridge, M Dwyer, Reid, McCarthy, Ekert, Symonds
Lifenet A-Reserves

Scarborough 6.4 8.7 9.7 10.7 67
North Beach 0.1 2.1 4.2 8.2 50
Goals – North Beach: Adler, Brooks 2; Hall, Miotti, O’Gorman.
Best – North Beach: A Langsford, Holmes, Tickner, Swain.
Plasterwise Phil Scott Colts
North Beach 2.5 5.8 6.11 10.13 73
Scarborough 0.2 0.2 3.4 3.4 22
Goals – North Beach: McColgan 5; Acott, Edwards 2; Johnson.
Best – North Beach: Dowling, Coleman, J Dwyer, McColgan.
Redhill Brett Jones Colts

North Beach 5.4 7.4 11.5 14.6 90
Trinity Aquinas 0.0 3.2 6.3 8.5 53
Goals – North Beach: Tothill, Hunter 3; Shaw 2; Sawyer, C Beard, T Beard, Duncan, Smith, Lloyd.
Best – North Beach: Murray, McKay.
Hybrid Linings D1-Grade
North Beach 3.2 5.7 6.10 7.10 52
University 2.0 5.2 6.4 6.4 40
Goals – North Beach: Cosgrove, De Rosa, Hack, M Langsford, O’Connell, Walton, Zehnder.
Best – North Beach: Pardini, Halley, Warner, Vardy, Christie, Walton.
Coast to Coast Imports D1-Reserves

University 3.0 4.3 6.4 8.8 56
North Beach 4.2 4.3 7.5 8.7 55
Goals – North Beach: McGuire 4; Orr-Young, Scantlebury, Kaptien, B Hinkley>
Best – North Beach: Scantlebury, Mesiti, Boys.
Express Bins D2-Grade
North Beach 4.4 6.4 7.8 12.9 81
Whitfords 1.0 3.3 3.3 5.6 36
Goals – North Beach: Green 5; Harrison, Bramley 2; Flynn, Gelle, Allen.
Best – Green, Anthony, Hay-Hendry, Lorimer.
Fusion D2-Reserves

North Beach 3.3 4.8 6.11 11.15 81
Whitfords 0.0 0.0 1.1 2.1 13
Goals – North Beach: Allbutt 3; Gardiner, Bavcevich 2; Winterton, Coaker, Manea, Marchin-Vincent.
Best – North Beach: Galvin, Blockey, Humphry, Ferreri.

Rivalry will drive big game

Nic Reid will play an important role against Scarborough

Nic Reid will play an important role against Scarborough

By Gary Stocks
Sporting rivalries tend to bring something unique to a contest and in football, ladder positions are often irrelevant. When it comes to local clashes in community football, they don’t come much more passionate than those involving North Beach and Scarborough.
In the WA Amateur Football League A-Grade competition the O’Rourke Realty North Beach outfit’s key perfomance indicators are positive, most challenges have been met and the team sits at four wins and a loss after five rounds.
Scarborough sits above North Beach with the same win-loss ratio, albeit with a significant percentage advantage. So this clash at Charles Riley Reserve tomorrow carries high stakes.
We learn more about North Beach’s youthful flagship team every week and doubtless there will be more intel after this weekend’s match against the Eagles.
While the Beach team is hitting its KPIs so, too, is our neighbourhood rival. Scarborough sits in second place on the ladder, with just the one defeat, but a whopping percentage of more than 200.
They are one of the form teams of the competition and the Beach will need to take their tempo up a level – even on the exciting footy they produced last week when eclipsing reigning premiers Trinity Aquinas by seven goals.
There should also be an electric atmosphere at Royal Charles Riley, with the 2007 premiership reunion 10th anniversary celebration being held at the venue.
While those past players celebrate the occasion and reminisce about a glorious performance a decade ago, the current crop will be looking to perform at their optimum.
The 2007 premiership came in the middle of the highly successful Duckworth era, the seventh of the 10 premierships in which Bill led the club to triumph.
It was memorable for a number of reasons – and forgettable, or forgotten, by one of the stars of that team. Kyle Riemann, an all-Australian under-23 in that season (with Josh McGinnity), was crudely knocked out 15 seconds after the first bounce against Wembley.
The Beach won 11.10 (766) to 11.4 (70) in a remarkable game, with centre half-back Brent Stewart winning best on ground honours and taking the BJ Giles Medal.
Some of the stars of that wonderful era, included ruckman Simon Pearce, the incomparable Chris Perkin, who played in a remarkable 10 A-Grade premierships, midfielders Chris Pearce and Matt Fong, ruckman Chris Gooch, the Holbrook brothers, Mitch and Scott, defenders Anthony Ingham and Scott Ward, who also played in the State under-23 team – the list goes on…
It will be wonderful to have them back at Charles Riley and while most have been regular attendees at recent matches, some have not been to the new facility.
The current group will be keen to display their wares to their celebrated contemporaries, with captain Beau Witheridge especially keen as he would go on to play in other premierships with the core of that 2017 premiership squad.
Fixtures, Round 6
O’Rourke Realty A-Grade

North Beach v Scarborough, Charles Riley Reserve, 2.30pm
Lifenet A-Reserves
North Beach v Scarborough, Charles Riley Reserve, 12.35pm
Plasterwise Phil Scott Colts
North Beach v Scarborough, Charles Riley Reserve, 10.40am
Hybrid Linings D1-Grade
University v North Beach, McGillivray Oval, 2.30pm
Coast to Coast Imports D1-Reserves
University v North Beach, McGillivray Oval, 12.35pm
Red Hill Brett Jones Colts
Trinity Aquinas v North Beach, Bill Grayden Reserve, 10.40am
Express Bins D2-Grade
Whitfords v North Beach, MacDonald Reserve, 2.30pm
Fusion D2-Reserves
Whitfords v North Beach, MacDonald Reserve, 12.35pm

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