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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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Davies in line for major award

John Davies

John Davies

North Beach Football Club pioneer and life-time WA Amateur Football League stalwart John Davies has been short-listed for the WA Sports Federation’s RAC Insurance May Campbell Service to Sport Award.

The Service to Sport Award recognises the contribution made by an individual to their sport or sporting organisation through their long and outstanding service.

This year the RAC WA Sports Star awards will be held in the Riverview Rooms at Optus Stadium on Thursday night before an anticipated crowd of more than 500 people.

When John Davies joined the board of the WA Amateur Football League, he was in it for the long haul. First as a board member for 27 years, then as president for the following 20 years.

John cut his teeth in the amateurs as a founding member of North Beach before going on to play more than 200 games, serving the club not only as a player but also as captain, coach, president, secretary, treasurer and committee member.

Under his reign as president, the WAAFL mproved its financial position by nine percent each year, introduced a Hall of Fame, inaugurated Integrated football for athletes with a disability, and started new revenue streams such as trademark licensing. Remarkably, among many honours John was made a life member of the WAAFL almost 30 years ago, and in 2016 he became a life member of the WAFC.

Celebrating its 61th anniversary, the Sports Star awards night, with nominations coming from members of the WA Sports Federation, is steeped in history,

First won by former Australian hockey captain Morna Pearce in 1956 when the award was known as the Sportsman of the Year, household names such as Herb Elliott, Barry Cable, Margaret Court, Dennis Lillee, Graham Marsh, Ric Charlesworth, Neil Brooks, Peter Matera, Rechelle Hawkes, Ryan Bailey, Steve Hooker and Cam Meyer are all members of a select group that has been recognised. Golfer Curtis Luck was the successful athlete last year, was the 73rd recipient.

While much attention focuses on the major award, The West Australian RAC Sports Star, there are a number of other awards presented on the night – Railtrain Junior Sports Star, Channel 7 Perth Team of the Year, KPMG Coach of the Year, Community TAB Official of the Year, RAC Insurance Service to Sport, and the RAC Insurance Beyond Sport – John Gilmour Medal.

Paap to coach Beach

Shane Paap, part of the great premiership era, will return as senior coach.

Shane Paap, part of the great premiership era, will return as senior coach.

Four-times North Beach A-Grade premiership star Shane Paap has been appointed the club’s senior coach.

Paap, who retired at the end of the 2012 season after a decorated playing career with both North Beach and Subiaco, has spent the last five years building his coaching resume’ and is perfectly poised to take the club to another level.

The senior role was vacated by David Hynes after five years at the helm after taking the club to the grand final this year and successive finals series.

Paap has been both reserves coach and an assistant senior coach at Subiaco in the last four years after being an assistant coach at Claremont in 2013.

In the last four years he has been an important element of the best WAFL program at Subiaco, working closely with senior coach Jarrad Schofield.

“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my first few years of coaching and I’ve been fortunate to be part of a really successful Subiaco program led by Jarrad Schofield,” Paap said.

“I’m really looking forward to coaching the next generation of North Beach.

“The club has a really strong history, which I’ve already been lucky enough to be a part of as a player, so I feel fortunate that they’ve put their faith in me.

“I know I’ve got big shoes to fill, so I’m looking forward to getting started.”

Paap, who cut his teeth at North Beach feeder club Sorrento-Duncraig, played both as a forward and midfielder in the powerful era under Bill Duckworth, and was the inaugural winner of the Gary Tait Medal.