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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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Mitch important recent A-Grade return

Mitch Dwyer…an important recent A-Grade return

A fork in the road

By Gary Stocks

So often, when a competition is tight, there are clutch moments that become season defining.

Occasionally the clarity around those moments is obvious merely on reflection. The ‘if only’ times that, as one casts back, manifest themselves in the present.

At other junctions along the journey it is possible to identify such a moment as it presents itself. In the case of the O’Rourke Realty North Beach A-Grade team it is possible, as we prepare for round 16, to clearly pin-point two forks in the road.

The first was back in round two, when the sun was shining brightly, but the team was not. Indeed, after an insipid performance against West Coast at City Beach Oval, senior coach David Hynes sat on an esky with his trusted confidantes and pondered a lamentable, deflating performance that had sucked his optimism dry.

Now we sit reinvigorated, enthusiasm high, arousel levels at their peak. On Saturday, the Beach plays Scarborough and victory would see the Tigers vault the Hawks into third position on the ladder, the reward for such a lofty placing being a double chance in the finals series.

Of course victory over Scarborough will not guarantee a top three finish in the top five finals as there will be two fixtures to play, but defeat will almost certainly mean that opportunity dissipates.

Hynes and his team will not focus on the consequences of winning and losing; it must be about the process. About playing to the team structures and disciplines that have been instrumental in getting to this situation.

It will rely on the defensive unit that has been so outstanding this season in shutting down dangerous opposition forward lines. Where Luke Symonds has been a corner stone and the likes of Jamie Sajich, Matt Irvine and Michael Taylor have provided the rebound.

The midfield that does not boast the big names of former WAFL players in other teams, but the heart and drive of Beau Witheridge, Sammy Lamont, Matt Power and Cody Enders is represented by the guernsey they wear.

And up forward the guile of Nic Reid, the youth of Nathan Adler and Ryan Ekert and the grunt of Louis Davies complement each other.

Throw in ruckman Kieren Yakas, emerging leader Rhys Holdman and the recently-arrived Andrew McGuinness and the Beach can take realistic aim at a star-studded opponent.

While the A-Grade team will quite naturally take centre stage in a high-stakes game, there will be a match a little earlier in the day at Charles Riley Reserve where a spot in the finals will also go on line.

Many of the combatants in the Fusion D2-Grade encounter with Kingsley at 12.35pm have either had their opportunity to play at higher levels and settled in the less-demanding environment in the lower grades or never harboured such aspirations.

But make no mistake, winning means just as much to them.

They might not be as dedicated or disciplined as the club’s flagship team but they will go into this match with a clear understanding of what is on offer. Victory over Kingsley is imperative to fan the flickering flame of a finals foray.

They are a game behind Ballajura, with a vastly superior percentage, so need to win one more game than their rivals over the last three rounds. There are some challenges, according to the ladder positions of the opposition each week, but nothing is insurmountable.

Paul ‘Natman’ Nathan has been a strong focal point up forward in recent weeks and he will again be looking for the likes of Ryan Dunne, Alex Hack and Shaun Arnup to ensure a steady stream of supply.

On the adjacent No.1 Oval at Charles Riley Reserve, the Hybrid Linings D1-Grade will play Mt Lawley and will aim to re-discover their best form. For the Coast to Coast Imports D1-Reserves it’s a similar story.

The Red Hill Brett Jones Colts, well clear at the top of the table, will continue to work on the systems and structures they believe will bring the ultimate reward at season’s end.

Back at Millington Reserve, the Lifenet A-Reserves can expect a challenge from fourth-placed Scarborough while the Plasterwise Phil Scott Colts should carry too much pizzazz for the young Hawks.

Fixtures, Round 16
O’Rourke Realty A-Grade
Scarborough v North Beach, Millington Reserve, 2.30pm
Lifenet A-Reserves
Scarborough v North Beach, Millington Reserve, 12.35pm
Plasterwise Phil Scott Colts
Scarborough v North Beach, Millington Reserve, 10.40am
Hybrid Linings D1-Grade
North Beach v Mt Lawley, Charles Riley Reserve, 2.30pm
Coast to Coast Imports D1-Reserves
North Beach v Mt Lawley, Charles Riley Reserve, 12.35pm
Red Hill Brett Jones Colts
North Beach v Collegians, Charles Riley Reserve, 10.40am
Express Bins D2-Grade
North Beach v Kingsley, Charles Riley Reserve, 2.30pm
Fusion D2-Reserves
North Beach v Kingsley, Charles Riley Reserve, 12.35pm

Cody Enders...brilliant through the midfield

Cody Enders…brilliant through the midfield

Ruthless Beach charge on

By Gary Stocks

Good footy teams are ruthless. When they sense the opportunity to nail a vulnerable opposition, they do it!

And on Saturday at Charles Riley Reserve, the O’Rourke Realty A-Grade team produced an authorative display to despatch Hamersley Carine in the most emphatic fashion – 16.20 (116) to 4.2 (26).

In a match where the result was virtually beyond doubt from the early stages of the first term, the Beach dominated in every facet, kicked 10.10 to a solitary goal in the first half and never relented in the run to the line.

While the Beach is focused on pushing towards the finals, Hamersley are consigned to a trip back to B Grade after a season where they have struggled to compete at the higher level, having won the tier below in 2015 with an amazing run to the premiership from fifth.

With Cody Enders and Beau Witheridge in sizzling form through the midfield, big men Kieren Yakas and Tom DeCourtenay, young forwards Ryan Ekert, Nathan Adler and Nic Reid capitalising on a flood of opportunities, they completely out-pointed their opponents.

Combined with the run and rebound out of the back half, initiated by Christian Bottechia, Matt Irvine and Jamie Sajich and the Beach were impregnable.

It was expected the Beach would carry too much arsenal for the opposition who appeared resigned to their 2016 fate, but it is quite another thing to get the job done. It was a stellar performance from the Beach and one which gives them confidence going into a clash next Saturday against another neighbour, Scarborough.

Third spot could be determined by this clash, so the stakes will be high.

The Lifenet A-Reserves were similarly destructive in a 100-point win – eclipsing Hamersley Carine 18.11 (119) to 2.6 (18). After their opponents kicked two goals in the first term, the Beach did not allow them to kick another major for the remainder of the match.

Again the Beach had winners across every line with Adaim Swain, James Eccles, Jordan Webster, Andy Langsford, Jordan Gray, Ben Heap and Craig Hall all important contributors.

There are several players in outstanding form, pushing for selection in the A-Grade line-up should an opening occur.

The Plasterwise Phil Scott Colts set the tone for the day with a remarkable performance against an opponent that was simply outclassed. That they held Hamersley Carine scoreless for the duration of the match was a credit to their single-minded, ruthless approach.

In the end, the Beach won 22.15 (147) to 0.0, with Cam Howie capitalising on the work of a quality midfield by kicking seven goals.

Joey Deegan, Ben Johnson, Austin Sheard and Calan Dunjey were all exceptional.

The Hybrid Linings D1-Grade hit a hurdle on the path to the finals with an unexpected defeat at the hands of Trinity Aquinas at South Oval.

The Beach wasted some opportunities in the first half, kicking just three goals from 14 scoring shots and Trinity Aquinas, who were far more efficient forward of centre, went on to win 8.11 (59) to 4.8 (32).

The Coast to Coast Imports D1-Reserves were dealt an unfortunate victory when Trinity Aquinas notified the Beach on the eve of the game that they would not be able to field a team. Clearly the boys would have preferred a hit-out, having endured a bye the previous week.

The Red Hill Brett Jones Colts produced another polished performance, though they did fail to finish the game off as they would have liked on the way to a 57-point win over Trinity Aquinas.

The defence has been outstanding all season and they held the opposition goal-less in the first half before TA had much more of the ball in the last term, the Beach taking the foot off the pedal as their opponents better than doubled their own score.

Coach John Vance will be looking to remedy the team’s four quarter effort in the lead ep to finals. Greg Jonegenelis, Mitch Grey, Lucas Gardiner and Cooper Gibson were exceptional for the Beach.

The Express Bins D2-Grade found Wanneroo too difficult to get past and lost by 29 points.

Wanneroo dominated the first three quarters, winning the majority of the centre clearances with the North Beach performance off key. A mini fightback in the last term was in vain as the subpar performance proved too difficult to arrest.

The Fusion D2-Reserves maintained their quest to play finals with a solid performance against Wanneroo, winning by 58 points.

The Beach dominated from start to finish, but were still short of their best for periods of the game. At half time coach Peter Panagopolous challenged the team to lift to the standard required in finals.

It resulted in a much improved second half, led by ruckman Alex Hack, Ryan Dunne and Dylan Fairburn while Paul “Natman” Nathan was superb up forward kicking seven. A few late injuries soured an otherwise satisfying day for the 6’s, which keeps their finals aspirations alive.

Results, Round 15
O’Rourke Realty A-Grade
North Beach       4.7         10.10     14.16     16.20     116
Hamersley Car   0.0          1.0          2.2         4.2       26
Goals – North Beach: Ekert 3; Adler, Yakas, Reid. Enders 2; Taylor, Schofield, Witheridge, M Irvine, Lamont.
Best – North Beach: Enders, Witheridge, DeCourtenay, Yakas, Ekert, Reid, Bottechia, Irvine.

Lifenet A-Reserves
North Beach        6.1         9.4         14.9       18.11     119
Hamersley Car    2.0         2.1         2.1           2.6       18
Goals – North Beach: Webster 6; Hall 3; A Langsford, T Langsford 2; Gray, Spencer, B Irvine, Ingham, Swain.
Best – North Beach: Swain, Eccles, Webster, A Langsford, Gray, Heap, Hall.

Plasterwise Phil Scott Colts
North Beach       5.2         9.8         16.13     22.15     147
Hamersley Car    0.0         0.0         0.0       0.0          0
Goals – North Beach: Howie 7; Lowndes, Manov 3; McCarthy, O’Connell2; Brookes, Deegan, Hughes, Johnson, Marsh.
Best – North Beach: Deegan, Johnson, Howie, Dunjey, Sheard.

Hybrid Linings D1-Grade
Trinity Aquinas   3.1         7.7         8.11       8.11       59
North Beach       1.6         3.8         4.8         4.8         32
Goals – North Beach: J Collins, Alco, Cosgrove, Miller.
Best – North Beach: N/A

Coast to Coast Imports D1-Reserves
North Beach 15.0 (90) def Trinity Aquinas 0.1 (1) on forfeit

Red Hill Brett Jones Colts
North Beach         5.4         7.5         8.7         12.7       79
Trinity Aquinas   0.2         0.2         1.4          2.10      22
Goals – North Beach: Edwards 4; Kelava 3; Duncan, Thompson, Torre, Hunter, Quinn.
Best – North Beach: Jongenellis, Grey, L Gardiner, Gibson, Edwards.

Express Bins D2-Grade
Wanneroo           1.4         5.4         8.4         9.5         59
North Beach       1.1         2.3         2.4         4.6         30
Goals – North Beach: Rollo, McDonald, Padget, Mihevc.
Best – North Beach: Bruce, Hay-Hendry, B Hurley, T Hurley.

Fusion D2-Reserves
North Beach       3.0         6.3         10.5       15.8       98
Wanneroo           1.0         3.2         5.3         6.4         40
Goals – North Beach: Nathan 7; D Gardiner, Conroy 2; Staniforth, Farrell, Hook, Russell.
Best – North Beach: Nathan, Dunne, Hack, Fairburn, S Arnup.