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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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Senior coach David Hynes with joint winners Sam Lamont (centre) and Beau Witheridge

Senior coach David Hynes with joint winners Sam Lamont (centre) and Beau Witheridge

Team men tie for Brian

By Gary Stocks

Every Saturday as the North Beach O’Rourke Realty A-Grade team goes through the post mortem, the players pause and one by one they vote on the teammate who gave the best demonstration of the team benchmark.

Once the votes have been recorded, it is then a key on-stage award at the club’s weekly Saturday presentations.

It’s not a stretch to suggest that generally two blokes feature more regularly than the rest – inspirational skipper Beau Witheridge and energetic midfielder Sam Lamont. Their teammates simply love playing with them.

And that’s probably why the announcement last Saturday night that Witheridge and Lamont were joint winners of the Brian Kiely Medal for the A-Grade fairest and best award was universally acclaimed.

Witheridge, who so often steps up when the game is on the line and wills himself into the contest, and Lamont, the feisty little bloke who throws himself into the battle with no thought of self preservation, are the personification of great team men.

On Saturday night, even in an individual award, they did it as a team.

That was the crowning glory on a wonderful night when 250 people attended a gala function at the club’s Charles Riley headquarters.

Along with the highly-regarded best clubman award – presented to A-Reserves grand final player, club vice-president and Mr Fixit, Tim Langsford. In a year when he contributed in various capacities he was acknowledged as the person who did most to keep the club ticking along.

Another key presentation was made to out-going president David Cassidy, who was recognised for his nine years at the helm.

The full list of award winners follows:

O’Rourke Realty A-Grade
Brian Kiely Medal Fairest and Best Beau Witheridge
Brian Kiely Medal Fairest and Best Sam Lamont
Runner Up Fairest and Best Jamie Sajich
Player of the Finals Cody Enders
Leading Goal Scorer Nic Reid (39 goals)
Most Committed Luke Symonds
Emerging Talent Nathan Dwyer
Lifenet A-Reserves
Fairest and Best Dion Cownie
Runner Up Fairest and Best Jack O’Gorman
Player of the Finals Brennen Irvine
Leading Goal Scorer Nathan Adler (38)
Most Consistent Adam Duff
Most Improved Jordan Veitch
Hybrid Linings D1-Grade
Fairest and Best Alex Luck
Runner Up Fairest and Best Michael Collins
Player of the Finals Cameron Alco
Leading Goal Scorer Liam Ellis (34)
Most Consistent Ryan Hart
Best Utility Ben De Rosa
Coast to Coast Imports D1-Reserves
Fairest and Best Ryan Clapham
Runner Up Fairest and Best Dean Wilson
Player of the Finals Jacob Copley
Leading Goal Scorer Timothy Vander Kraats (32)
Best Team Man Owen Collins
Most Improved Mitch Evans
Express Bins D2-Grade
Fairest and Best James Hay-Hendry
Runner Up Fairest and Best Deon Jacobs
Most Consistent Brett Rice
Best Team Man Jacob Copley
Most Reliable Tony Mirabile
Fusion D2-Reserves
Fairest and Best Mark Ferreri
Runner Up Fairest and Best Mitchell Clarke
Leading Goal Scorer Paul Nathan (34)
Spirit of North Beach Chris Humphry
Most Consistent Brayden Farrell
Most Improved Peter Thompson
Plasterwise Phil Scott Colts
Fairest and Best Jack Dalton
Runner Up Fairest and Best Joe Deegan
Player of the Finals Callan Dunjey
Leading Goal Scorer Cam Howie (49)
Most Reliable Cameron Hoskins
Best Position Player Jordan Brooks
Red Hill Brett Jones Colts
Fairest and Best Matthew Seaton
Runner Up Fairest and Best Richard Nguyen
Player of the Finals Richard Nguyen
Leading Goal Scorer Josh Cameron (33)
Rising Star Tyler Beard
Most Improved Riley Hinkley

 

psgfelationBeach rises to occasion

By Gary Stocks

Big games usually have big moments. Depending upon what is at stake, that situation can be amplified.

At Steel Blue Oval last Saturday in the grand final of the Phil Scott Colts, the Plasterwise North Beach outfit endured against University and won the ultimate prize because they excelled in more of the big moments.

After a slow, nervous start when University controlled the tempo for the first quarter-and-a-half, the Beach clawed back the ascendancy and began to win more of those crucial contests on the way to a euphoric six-point win – 8.10 (58) to 8.4 (52).

There was the individual moment when, in the first quarter, Jordan Brooks flew for a mark knowing a big collision was coming and he was vulnerable. He didn’t flinch, wore the hit, regathered himself on the bench for a few minutes and then re-entered the fray.

There was the collective moment when, on the stroke of three-quarter time, the team responded to a slightly late hit deep in the back pocket. These boys play for each other and they registered their protest without going over the top.

Contest by contest the momentum turned, to the point where the Beach dominated and THE moment of the game arrived. It was a stoppage at half-forward deep into the last quarter when Callan Dunjey read the ruck tap from a stoppage to perfection and then, from about 30 metres on a 45 degree angle, he slotted it through unerringly.

It gave the Beach a two-goal cushion and they were never going to let it slip from there.

All year it seemed the Phil Scott Colts had a sense of purpose in the way they attacked each game and it was always focused on the big picture. And when the occasion presented itself they all contributed.

Cam Hoskins was exceptional down back, Liam Manov and Nick Wells were match-winners up forward, Jack Dalton won the medal as best afield with a solid effort through the middle, Alex Coleman and Joe Deegan were a big influence.

You could rattle off the whole team. That’s what it takes to win premierships and they won the club’s first A Colts flag since 2003 because there was such an even spread.

The Lifenet A-Reserves had opportunities to return the perfect result when they tackled University, but almost inexplicably the footy gods decided it was not their day.

Their effort, commitment and drive was unquestionable but those big moments did not fall their way. They won in virtually every aspect of the contest except the only measure that matters – and that was the scoreboard.

In the end University denied them and won 6.5 (41) to 4.13 (37). Opportunities missed proved costly and while the players will rue those moments, they gave their all.

When the pain of disappointment subsides, the club will celebrate the youth in this team with a number of the club’s younger players featuring prominently. Midfielder Adam Swain, defenders Jarrod Chapman and Brennen Irvine and forward Nathan Adler were all outstanding contributors.

So, too, were the likes of Craig Hall and Liam Pardini so while a grand final loss will burn, the optimism that many of those players provide as the club looks to the future, will help to sooth the wounds.

Details
Lifenet A-Reserves
Grand Final
University            2.1         3.1         6.5         6.5         41
North Beach       0.1         2.6         3.9         4.13       37
Goals – North Beach: Adler 3; Pardini.
Best – North Beach: Swain, B Irvine, Chapman, Adler, Pardini, Hall.

Plasterwise Phil Scott Colts
Grand Final
North Beach       0.1         2.3         5.6         8.10       58
University           0.2         3.3         6.4         8.4         52
Goals – North Beach: Manov, Wells 2; Dunjey, O’Connell, Raynor, Reynolds.
Best – North Beach: Hoskins, Dalton, Manov, Coleman, Dunjey, Wells, Deegan.

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