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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 digs deep

Matt inspired performance in defence

Matt Irvine…an inspired performance in defence

By Gary Stocks
It is true that a journey of 1000 miles starts with one step, but somewhere along the track there needs to be reference markers.

Nine weeks ago, after a meek performance against West Coast at City Beach Oval, coach David Hynes and his close confidantes sat on eskies in closing darkness to agonise for what seemed like hours over a 64-point defeat.

It was a time for soul searching. A time to ponder the path forward. A time to plot a course for the ensuing weeks through what appeared to be a dense thicket with no daylight. The positives out of an insipid performance were few.

Cast forward to a re-match with West Coast at Charles Riley Reserve on Saturday and this chameleon O’Rourke Realty A-Grade team demonstrated the remarkable transformation with a gritty 18-point victory.

There have been some changes in personnel, but it’s more about the mindset, the commitment to the game plan, the bond between the young men who stand beside each other.

At three-quarter time North Beach and West Coast were locked together, the Beach a little wasteful in front of goal (9.10) and West Coast considerably more efficient (10.4). And the visitors had the aid of a solid southerly breeze, a considerable advantage.

The fragile Beach outfit early in the season might not have been up for the challenge. This team revelled in it. With belief, commitment and a knowledge of the importance of the game, they made this a contested game.

West Coast had hurt them on the outside with their run and carry and the Beach needed it to be played on the inside. They did it with aplomb and endured through a near flawless last quarter – winning 13.10 (88) to 11.4 (70).

Hynes implored his charges at three-quarter time to find another 5-10 percent within themselves and they dredged deep. Matt Irvine, who had been outstanding all day, even found a way to impact the contest further. So did skipper Beau Witheridge, fellow midfielder Michael Italiano, swingman Jamie Sajich and young forward Nathan Adler.

In his senior debut, Adler kicked five goals, while Lewy Davies, Rhys Holdman, Nathan Dwyer and Tim Edwards continued to put their shoulder to the wheel, and Michael Schofield, Michael Taylor and Luke Symonds were exceptional down back.

West Coast had beaten the Beach comprehensively in their previous three clashes and their key forwards had been instrumental in those triumphs, but Schofield, Symonds and Dwyer, who oscillated forward, back and in the ruck, curtailed their influence.

Earlier, the Lifenet A-Reserves strode to a comprehensive 79-point victory over West Coast and there was one name on the lips of the North Beach faithful – Andrew McGuinness.

A recent arrival from Victoria, McGuinness played his first game for the club and slotted in seamlessly, winning important contested possessions through the midfield in the first half before pushing forward and kicking four goals.

In addition Jordan Veitch continued to push his claims for a crack at senior representation with another solid midfield contribution, while Luke Pardini, Jordan Gray and Jack O’Gorman were also influential.

The Plasterwise Phil Scott Colts were always in control against the Tigers and coasted to a 65-point victory – 12.11 (83) to 2.6 (18).

The colts played in the worst of the conditions, but played irresistible football to score an emphatic victory. Team leaders Matt Raynor, Todd Hoffman, Jack Dalton and Joey Deagan were outstanding while Cam Howie kicked six goals and Austin Shoard was important.

At Morris Buzacott Reserve the youthful Hybrid Linings D1-Grade withstood the physical assault of Fremantle CBC to win  by 56 points – 11.13 (79) to 3.5 (23).

Sam Zehnder was best-on-ground, kicking seven goals in an outstanding display, while Josh Cuzens stood tall along with Alex Luck, Curtis Hogg and Trevor Lang.

The Coast to Coast Imports D1-Reserves, suffered a rare defeat – coming after a late free kick which resulted in an after-the-siren goal that saw the Beach on the wrong side of the ledger of an 8.11 (59) to 9.7 (61) scoreline.

Kim Thompson, Jacob Copley and Tyson Barry were exceptional with strong support from the likes of Jon Turner and Alex Csar.

If the A-Grade team had their line-in-the-sand game nine weeks ago, the Red Hill Brett Jones Colts had their toughest game of the year on the same day against  Fremantle CBC at Charles Riley Reserve. The scoreboard showed a tie at game’s end, but goal umpires conferred and agreed the Beach had won by a point.

In this rematch there was no need for any post match scrutiny to decide the winner, with the Beach scoring a brilliant 54-point triumph – 12.10 (82) to 4.4 (28).

Toby Edwards, in rare form, continued to give his team important midfield drive and pace in the forward 50, while Josh Cameron also kicked three goals, with Richie Nguyen again relishing his leadership role.

The Express Bins D2-Grade carried far too much class for Quinns Districts – the 153-point triumph highlighted by an eight goal haul from major sponsor Jarrad O’Rourke. He could well spend the week in a radox bath, soothing his aches and pains after a rare appearance, rather than appearing at home opens!

James Hay-Hendry was also dangerous, kicking six goals, while Nathan Caccamo and Deon Jacobs were also important contributors.

The Fusion D2-Reserves, suffered an unfortunate defeat, with injury taking their toll as the fell to a 21-point loss to Quinns – 8.9 (57) to 12.6 (78).

Down to just 18 players in the last quarter, after turning three points ahead, the Beach could not sustain the momentum. That said, Paul Nathan continued his good form with five goals, while Chris Russell, Alex Hack, in his first game for the year, Phil Pedley and Mark Ferreri gave all they had.

Results, Round 11
O’Rourke Realty A-Grade
North Beach       4.5         6.7         9.10       13.10     88
West Coast         2.1         8.2         10.4       11.4       70
Goals – North Beach: Adler 5; Italiano, Reid 2; Cameron, Sajich, Davies, Harvey.
Best – North Beach: M Irvine, Witheridge, Adler, Sajich, Symonds, Italiano.

Lifenet A-Reserves
North Beach       1.1         4.3         7.6         15.7       97
West Coast         1.1         1.2         2.6           2.6       18
Goals – North Beach: McGuinness 4; Chapman, Hall 2; Clarke, Cooper, Hooper, A Langsford, J Veitch, Webster, Whitbread.
Best – North Beach: McGuinness, J Veitch, Luke Pardini, Gray, Chapman, O’Gorman.

Plasterwise Phil Scott Colts
North Beach       3.0         5.7         8.8         12.11     83
West Coast         0.1         0.            1.4          2.6       18
Goals – North Beach: Howie 6; O’Connell 3; Brooks, Coleman, Dalton
Best – North Beach: Raynor, Hoffman Dalton, Deagan, Howie, Shoard.

Red Hill Brett Jones Colts
North Beach       1.4         6.6         9.7         12.10     82
Frem CBC            0.1         0.1         4.2         4.4        28
Goals – North Beach: J Cameron, T Edwards 3; Acott, Black, Bowden, Duncan, Hunter, Quinlan.
Best – North Beach: T Edwards, Seaton, Hinks, Nguyen, Ugle.

Hybrid Linings D1-Grade
North Beach       2.3         4.7         6.10       11.13     79
Frem CBC            1.0         3.0         3.3           3.5       23
Goals – North Beach: Zehnder 7; DeRosa, Evans, Hart, Lang.
Best – North Beach: Zehnder, Cuzens, Luck, Hogg, Lang.

Coast to Coast Imports D1-Reserves
CBC Frem            1.3         3.4         5.6         9.7         61
North Beach       2.3         2.5         6.10       8.11       59
Goals – North Beach: James 2; Boys, Csar, Graham, Mirabile, van Der Kraats, Delamott.
Best – North Beach: K Thompson, Copley, Barry, Turner, Csar.

Express Bins D2-Grade
North Beach       5.4         11.9       17.11     24.13     157
Quinns Dist          0.1           0.4         0.4         0.4           4
Goals – North Beach: O’Rourke 8; Hay-Hendry 6; Smith, Payton 2; Caccamo, Ferreri, Gelle, Jacobs, Padgett, Hoffman.
Best – North Beach: O’Rourke, Hay-Hendry, Caccamo, Jacobs, Hoffman, Holden, Ferreri.

Fusion D2-Reserves
Quinns Dist          4.2         5.3         8.4         12.6       78
North Beach       1.0         5.2         8.7         8.9         57
Goals – North Beach: Nathan 5; Gardiner, Mikevic, Reidy.
Best – North Beach: Nathan, Russell, Hack, Pedley, Ferreri.

Finals, dream or reality?

Luke Symonds...a solid performer in defence

Luke Symonds…a solid performer in defence

By Gary Stocks

As we round the bend, eying off the home straight for the run to the end of the qualifying rounds, O’Rourke Realty A-Grade coach David Hynes will be asking whether, indeed, his squad has turned the corner.

Have competitive performances against quality opposition in the last fortnight been more than that?

On face value they appear to be good indicators that a push towards a finals appearance is not only realistic, there is a genuine opportunity to impact in September should North Beach achieve the target.

It might only be round 11, but tomorrow at Charles Riley Reserve, the Beach will get a real life indication as to whether that vision is realistic or a mirage.

In the last couple of years, inexplicably, the nemesis for the Beach has been West Coast. Inexplicable because West Coast has given the Beach a lesson in three consecutive meetings when, on ladder position, that could not have been anticipated.

The Tigers (West Coast) have some quality top end players, with the Nisbett brothers proving catalysts for bringing teammates of lesser skill and presence into the game.

For whatever reason, the Beach has collapsed. Their structures have not held up, their competitive instincts have taken a hit and they have been sub-standard. Against others of higher credentials and ladder position, the Beach has held up, been far tougher in the clinches and had opportunities to beat the competition benchmarks.

Having been competitive – against the top two teams in the last fortnight – and even a little unlucky against University, the Beach now needs to frank that form. That means beating West Coast, who sit in fifth position on the ladder, immediately below North Beach, equal on points and trailing by just three percentage points.

It will take the collective effort, to impose the Beach will and pressure around the contest for that to happen, but make no mistake this game could be season defining.

While it is a moment of truth for the A-Grade team, there are challenges at every level on a day where a double header will be played at the hallowed Charles Riley Reserve and three grades will tackle CBC Fremantle at Morris Buzacott Reserve.

The Lifenet A-Reserves, after squandering opportunities against University, will look to return to the winners’ list against West Coast while the same could be said for the Plasterwise Phil Scott Colts.

The A-Reserves will field a team that, on face value, looks to carry a little more class than it did last week while the Phil Scott Colts, decimated by injury and mid-year university exams, will look to get closer to their best line-up in play.

Down at Kardinya, it should be an absorbing day, with North Beach tackling Fremantle CBC in matches which could be pivotal in shaping the finals series. North Beach sits at the top of ladder in all three grades, with the Hybrid Linings D1-Grade tackling an opponent ranked fifth, the Coast to Coast Imports D1-Reserves challenging the third-placed CBC and the Red Hill Brett Jones Colts confronting second-placed opposition.

While that action will be intriguing, the North Beach Express Bins D2-Grade and Fusion D2-Reserves face pivotal games on Charles Riley (2).

They are fighting to remain in the hunt and will play Quinns in both grades. In both games the Beach sits one place higher on the table than their opponents and must win to keep finals chances as a realistic possibility.

Fixtures, Round 11
O’Rourke Realty A-Grade
North Beach v West Coast, Charles Riley Reserve, 2.30pm
Lifenet A-Reserves
North Beach v West Coast, Charles Riley Reserve, 12.35pm
Plasterwise Phil Scott Colts
North Beach v West Coast, Charles Riley Reserve, 10.40am
Hybrid Linings D1-Grade
Fremantle CBC v North Beach, Morris Buzacott Reserve, 2.30pm
Coast to Coast Imports D1-Reserves
Fremantle CBC v North Beach, Morris Buzacott Reserve, 12.35pm
Red Hill Brett Jones Colts
Fremantle CBC v North Beach, Morris Buzacott Reserve, 11.40am
Express Bins D2-Grade
North Beach v Quinns, Charles Riley Reserve, 2.30pm
Fusion D2-Reserves
North Beach v Quinns, Charles Riley Reserve, 12.35pm