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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 forges ANZAC tradition

ANZAC2017By Gary Stocks
Traditions are forged over time and another important chapter in a North Beach Football Club initiative will be scripted when the club hosts Fremantle CBC in a round three fixture at Charles Riley Reserve on Saturday.

Every year the club requests from the WAAFL the opportunity to recognise perhaps the most significant day on the Australian calendar, with a match scheduled at the club’s home base as close to ANZAC Day as possible.

It is something the club holds dear as it strives to recognise and pay due respect to defence force personnel past and present. It is in keeping with the traditional dawn service conducted by the North Beach RSL sub-branch, which draws the second biggest attendance annually to its event.

The numbers are only ever surpassed by those attending the service at Kings Park.

In keeping with the respect for the occasion, North Beach will hold a pre-match ritual between the Lifenet A-Reserves contest and the game featuring the O’Rourke Realty A-Grade game.

The colts and reserves games will start 10 minutes earlier to allow for a pre-match ceremony that will feature the club’s No.1 ticketholder and Vietnam veteran Graham Edwards reciting the ode.

A bugler will play the last post, while a vocalist will also give a live performance of the national anthem.

It is an occasion not to be missed and the club urges all North Beach supporters to make the effort to be there for the ceremony that will start at 2.15pm, ahead of a 2.30pm match time.

While occasion is precious, so are the rewards for victory and Shane Paap and his team will be looking forward to the challenge of playing a genuine contender.

This clash is every bit as challenging as the opening round against reigning premier Trinity Aquinas and the Beach know they will need to be at their best to clinch the result. They will again rely on an even spread of contributions.

The colts and reserves games at Charles Riley will start 10 minutes earlier, so the Beach faithful aiming to get a look at the action in the early grades will need to ensure they get to headquarters sooner than usual.

None of the Beach’s A-Grade teams has been defeated at this stage and the quality of the talent and the football is sure to entertain.

The Hybrid Linings D1-Grade and Coast to Coast Imports D1-Reserves will play CBC at Morris Buzzacott, the Red Hill Brett Jones Colts will play an afternoon match at Dalkeith Oval and the Express Bins E2 and Fusion E3 teams will play at home.

The women’s season is a week away from kicking off, while the Integrated Rules, who have made a brilliant start to their competition by way of enjoyment rather than victories, will have a bye.

Fixtures Round 3
O’Rourke Realty A-Grade
North Beach v Fremantle CBC, Charles Riley Reserve, 2.30pm (ANZAC ceremony 2.15pm)
Lifenet A-Reserves
North Beach v Fremantle CBC, Charles Riley Reserve, 12.25pm
Plasterwise Phil Scott Colts
North Beach v Fremantle CBC, Charles Riley Reserve, 10.30am
Hybrid Linings D1-Grade
Fremantle CBC v North Beach, Morris Buzzacott Reserve, 2.30pm
Coast to Coast Imports D1-Reserves
Fremantle CBC v North Beach, Morris Buzzacott Reserve, 12.35pm
Red Hill Brett Jones Colts
Collegians v North Beach, Dalkeith Oval, 2.30pm
Express Bins E2-Grade
North Beach v Ocean Ridge, Charles Riley Reserve, 2.30pm
Fusion E3-Grade
North Beach v Melville, Charles Riley Reserve, 12.35pm
Galleria Toyota women’s A-Grade
JA Constructions Integrated Rules

Beach ploughs on

Matt Irvine...a solid performer in his 150th game

Matt Irvine…a solid performer in his 150th game

By Gary Stocks
Confronting a successful team promoted off the back of a successful season, can cause a little uncertainty around their strengths and weaknesses.

That is particularly so when that club has also recruited strongly and their coach has deep knowledge about your club.

When the O’Rourke Realty A-Grade team travelled to play Kingsway at Kingsway Reserve, there were a lot of unknowns as the Beach prepared to play their hosts for the first time.

Clearly one of the leading lights of the B-Grade competition in recent years, the grand finalists from 2017 had the added wildcard of newly-appointed senior coach Craig Dalton – a man with a strong North Beach connection, who had led the club’s colts program for a number of years.

So, with a little uncertainty around what to expect, there was a sense that in the first quarter North Beach was sizing up their opposition, assessing the way they played and banking that knowledge.

After an even first term, however, the Tigers started to assert their authority.

Led from the midfield energy of Sam Lamont, Brod Walton and Dan Ryan North Beach probed deep inside their attacking 50 where players like Nic Reid and Michael Schofield loomed large.

In defence Matt Irvine and Christian Bottechia were rock solid and the Beach held a significant four-goal advantage at half-time. They built on that lead in the second half to score a convincing 51-point win – 15.10 (100) to 7.7 (49).

The Lifenet A-Reserves again showed the depth within the club’s ranks with a faultless display that saw them win 18.12 (120) to 0.0. It was a remarkable scoreline from a ruthless young group that boasted eight graduates from last year’s colts team.

The development of the youth within is the key platform of the club’s mantra and rarely has there been a better real-life example of that philosophy.

In contrast popular clubman and A-Reserves captain Andy Langsford celebrated his 200-game milestone with a typically energetic display and set a wonderfukl example for his young teammates.

Young forwards Ben Johnson and Jordan Acott, clever midfielders Darby McCarthy (a second year senior player) and Joe Deegan, Nathan Torre and Peter Hiotis were all prominent in the victory – Johnson kicking four goals.

The Plasterwise Phil Scott Colts made a shaky start, failing to take advantage of their dominance by hitting the scoreboard.

Oskar tothill continued his enterprising start to the season and was solid in the ruck giving a strong performance. The forward line work rate was impressive, albeit without hammering home the advantage. With the re-set button hit in the second half and John Burton giving the boys some clear directions, the game was played on the Beach’s terms thereafter.

Eventually they carved out a 14-point win with other strong efforts coming from Matt Murray and Connor in the middle.

Meanwhile, at Charles Riley Reserve, the club’s depth was on show against Trinity-Aquinas.

The Hybrid Linings D1-Grade produced an emphatic victory against a traditional foe, with a string of outstanding individual efforts in a clinical team display.

Mitch Cameron was ubiquitous up forward with five goals, while Mark Foreman also chimed in for a couple as the Beach posted a convincing 62-point win,

Corey Townder, in his first game for the club, was terrific while captain Curtis Hogg played his 100th game for the Club.

The Coast to Coast Imports D1-Reserves were similarly impressive against TA’s, setting the standard with a blistering seven-goal opening term.

It was fast, furious and exciting as the Beach blitzed their opponents, putting the game away in the first 20 minutes.

Riley Hinkley again impressed, dominating the ruck and barely put a foot wrong all day, Josh Cameron and Michael Assman were lively up forward all day kicking four each and the whole forward line followed.

Tully Wickstein showed great signs playing down back then in the middle, while Aaron Ugle played a classy game up forward then on the wing, providing some great contests also goal of the year.

The Express Bins E2-Grade travelled to Warnbro and produced an outstanding victory while the Fusion E3-Grade could hardly have been any further away, playing at Swan Valley where the challenge proved too great.

The JA Constructions Integrated Rules team enjoyed their first home game immensely, even if they were out-classed on the scoreboard by a seasoned High Wycombe team.

Results O’Rourke Realty A-Grade
North Beach      1.2         5.9         10.10    15.10    100
Kingsway            0.3         1.3          4.5        7.7       49
Goals – North Beach: Reid 4; Schofield 3; N Dwyer, Ryan 2; Ekert, Bottechia, Cownie.
Best – North Beach: Lamont, Irvine, Walton, Ryan, Reid, Bottechia.

Lifenet A-Reserves
North Beach      4.2         8.6         14.8       18.12    120
Kingsway            0.0         0.0         0.0          0.0         0
Goals – North Beach: Johnson 4; McCarthy 3; Acott 2; Miotti, Torre, Cuzens, Wells, Foley, Swain, Goodard-Nash, Deegan, A Langsford.
Best – North Beach: Johnson, Deegan, Hiotis, Bowe, McCarthy, DeCourtenay.

Plasterwise Phil Scott Colts
North Beach      1.3         3.3         6.7         8.11       59
Kingsway            2.0         5.0         6.0         7.3         45
Goals – North Beach: Tothill 3; J McIntosh, Sawyer 2; Murray.
Best – North Beach: Tothill, Murray, Connor.

Red Hill Brett Jones Colts
Whitford            2.0         2.0         4.1         7.2         44
North Beach      1.3         3.5         4.6         5.9         39
Goals – North Beach: Perischitti 2; Orr-Young, Fellows, Morrison.
Best – North Beach:

Hybrid Linings D1-Grade
North Beach      5.4         6.5         10.8       13.11    89
Trinity Aquinas 1.1         2.3         2.3       4.3       27
Goals – North Beach: M Cameron 5; Foreman 2; McGuire, Hall, M Langsford, Coleman, Clapham, Pardini. Best – North Beach: Townder, Clapham, C O’Connell, M Cameron. Goodin, M Collins.

Coast to Coast Imports D1-Reserves
North Beach      7.4         10.9       15.14    18.15    123
Trinity Aquinas 1.0         1.0          1.0        4.1       25
Goals – North Beach: Assman 4; J Cameron 2; Beard, Zehnder, Csar, Hughes, McDonald, Scantlebury, Ugle, D Wilson.
Best – North Beach: Hinkley, Santlebury, Desmond, Henderson, Wickstein, Ugle.

Express Bins E2-Grade
North Beach      4.2         7.8         11.10    13.15    93
Warnbro            1.3          1.4           2.4       4.4       28
Goals – North Beach: Collins, Bowden, Bruce-Cherry 2.
Best – North Beach: Green, McSween, Hay-Hendry, Bramley.

Fusion E3-Grade
Swan Valley       4.6         7.11       10.14    15.15    105
North Beach      0.0         3.1         5.3         6.5       41
Goals – North Beach: Bruse, van Kuele, McWhirter, Lester-Roberts, Broad, Rondas.

JA Constructions Integrated Rules
High Wycombe 15.5 (95) def North Beach 6.5 (41)