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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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Victory slips through grasp

IMG_9877By Gary Stocks

Comfortably in front, but never quite far enough to be safe. That was the story for both the O’Rourke Realty A-Grade and the Lifenet A-Reserves against Trinity Aquinas last Saturday.

The upshot was that they both left the door ajar and the Boomers came bounding through the opening to secure clutch victories.

The A-Grade led by four goals in the middle of the third term, failed to press home the advantage and in the end lost the game 13.5 (83) to 12.9 (81).

More scoring shots, more forward 50 entries, more contested possessions but ultimately it did not reflect on the scoreboard.

The return of Nic Reid added some fire-power up forward and in tandem with Ryan Ekert they provided a few headaches for the Trinity Aquinas defence. Reid kicked four goals in his first game for a month and Ekert, who has enjoyed an outstanding season, kicked two goals.

But unfortunately the Beach could not stop a third quarter run-on from Trinity Aquinas and allowed an opportunity to slip through the fingers, with for Fremantle forward Ryan Murphy again proving to be a nemesis with seven goals.

While Reid and Ekert were productive up forward, Sam Lamont was a driving force through the midfield and a turning came when he was forced off the ground after a late hit in the third term. He spent 15 minutes being assessed and in that time there was a strong momentum shift.

Kyle Cranley was also impactful in the ruck and up forward and worked hard in conjunction with Tom DeCourtenay, while Andrew McGuinness was solid through the midfield and Ben Sweeny was outstanding in defence.

The Lifenet A-Reserves seemed to have their game under control with a four-goal lead at half-time, but failed to maintain momentum in the second half.

They stopped running, Trinity-Aquinas found energy and belief, and eventually won 8.14 (62) to 8.8 (64).

The Beach kicked just 1.3 after half-time to drop a game they should have won. Jordan Webster and Mitch Cameron each kicked two goals, while Peter Hoitis, Liam Catalfamo and Nathan Torre were among the young players excelled.

Additionally, Arran Goddard-Nash produced a strong performance through the midfield, while Matt Raynor continues to build on a strong body of work.

The Plasterwise Phil Scott Colts produced a commanding performance to eclipse Trinity Aquinas, 12.11 (83) to 3.7 (25).

After an even first quarter, the Beach kicked 10 goals to one in the last three terms and carried too much class for the opposition.

Blake Sawyer, who has been a reliable target up forward all season kicked four goals while Dave Purser and Conor Boylan continue to excel through the middle, while Lachlan Gardiner, Jamie Bennett and ruckman Oskar Tothill were all influential.

Details
O’Rourke Realty A-Grade
Trinity Aquinas  3.1          6.1          10.2        13.5        83
North Beach       4.3          7.6          11.8        12.9        81
Goals – North Beach: Reid 4; Edwards, Cranley, Ekert 2; Lamont, M Dwyer.
Best – North Beach: McGuinness, Sweeny, Lamont, DeCourtenay, Reid, Edwards.

Lifenet A-Reserves
Trinity Aquinas  2.2          3.5          7.9          8.14        62
North Beach       5.5           7.5          7.6           8.8         56
Goals – North Beach: M Cameron, Webster 2; Johnson, Catalfamo, Deegan, Mead.
Best – North Beach: Hoitis, Catalfamo, Webster, Goddard-Nash, Raynor, Torre.

Plasterwise Phil Scott Colts
North Beach       2.4          5.6          10.8        12.11     83
Trinity Aquinas  1.3          2.4           3.6          3.7        25
Goals – North Beach: Swayer 4; Rollo 3; Thomas, Boylan, Purser, Murray, Wells.
Best – North Beach: Purser, Boylan, Sawyer, Gardiner, Bennett, Tothill.
(Remaining grades to come)

Bring on the second round

Brod Walton...a strong contributor in the first nine rounds

Brod Walton…a strong contributor in the first nine rounds

By Gary Stocks
Ding, ding, ding! Seconds to your respective corners, let’s have a nice clean fight and replicate the performance of the first round.

At the half-way point of the WAAFL season the O’Rourke Realty North Beach A-Grade team sits in third position and would be satisfied to be there at the conclusion of the qualifying rounds.

Of course, it would be nice to push up the ladder by winning each of the remaining nine games, but that is going to be tough in a tight, even competition.

The Beach starts the second half of the season just as it did the first – against the formidable Trinity Aquinas, who won the 2017 Grand Final against the youthful Tigers.

This time, they meet at Bill Grayden Reserve and the Beach will be looking to repeat its performance in the opening game of the season. They produced a stunning first half in that game, led by nine goals at main break and then held off the fast-finishing Boomers.

The Beach will have a couple of important inclusions for this contest and will be looking to create a buffer between themselves and other top three aspirants.

Under the final five system in operation, it is important to clinch a top three berth, but not absolutely essential. Trinity Aquinas showed last year that premierships can be won from fifth spot, but clearly it is advantageous to hold a double chance.

And while it is premature to be planning a finals spot at this stage, a strong platform has been laid.

All three games at Bill Grayden Reserve will be challenging against a club with great depth – starting with the Plasterwise Phil Scott Colts and then moving through to the Lifenet A-Reserves.

At Charles Riley Reserve there will be four matches of some significance, with the Hybrid Linings D1-Grade and the Coast to Coast Imports D1-Reserves lining up against University.

The Beach has performed well in these grades in recent weeks, despatching teams they should have beaten, but now face an accomplished opponent at the start of what looms as a challenging run of matches over the next month.

The Red Hill Brett Jones Colts confront University as well in what appeals as an absorbing contest between two teams who are well positioned at this stage of the season to launch serious finals campaigns.

At 11am the Galleria Toyota A-Grade women return to home base to play Bayswater.

The Express Bins E2-Grade will travel to Coolbinia Reserve while the Fusion E3-Grade will venture to Gosnells.

The JA Constructions Integrated Rules will have a bye.

Round 10 fixtures
O’Rourke Realty A-Grade
Trinity Aquinas v North Beach, Bill Grayden Reserve, 2.30pm
Lifenet A-Reserves
Trinity Aquinas v North Beach, Bill Grayden Reserve, 12.35pm
Plasterwise Phil Scott Colts
Trinity Aquinas v North Beach, Bill Grayden Reserve, 10.40am
Hybrid Linings D1-Grade
North Beach v University, Charles Riley Reserve, 2.30pm
Coast to Coast Imports D1-Reserves
North Beach v University, Charles Riley Reserve, 12.35pm
Red Hill Brett Jones Colts
North Beach v University, Charles Riley Reserve, 10.40am
Express Bins E2-Grade
Coolbinia v North Beach, Coolbinia Reserve, 2.30pm
Fusion E3-Grade
Gosnells v North Beach, Gosnells Oval, 2.30pm
JA Constructions Integrated Rules
Bye
Galleria Toyota A-Grade Women
North Beach v Bayswater, Charles Riley Reserve (2), 11am

 

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