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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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Messiah hits triple ton

Novak Smith (left) helps chair  Ian "Slimy" Tester off the ground in his 400th game recently.

Novak Smith (left) helps chair Ian “Slimy” Tester off the ground in his 400th game recently.

By Gary Stocks
Footy clubs are notorious for branding individuals with life-long nicknames. It has forever been an attribute chiselled into the Australian culture that flourishes in our great game.
One such nickname which has long amused is that which has been tagged to Novak Smith.
Dubbed “Jesus” he has been a stalwart of the North Beach lower grades. The origins of his nickname are from an appearance far removed from the clean cut man he is today, when long hair and a scraggy beard earned him the moniker.
But to those guys in the fifth and sixth grade teams he remains the messiah. If it’s not running around trying to shore up numbers for selection on Thursday night, he’s managing the whiteboard for both teams on game day, filling up water bottles and essentially doing everything required to get the team on the park.
Without Novak Smith – and a band of dedicated disciples – things just would not come together.
And tomorrow marks another special occasion. It seems it’s another week, another major milestone for a North Beach legend.
It has been one of those years when great servants of the club have ticked over to significant numbers in their commitment to the football club.
We have, of course, had the club record holder Ian “Slimy” Tester rack up his 400th match and then, just a few weeks ago Peter Panagopolous hit the 250-game mark. And tomorrow Novak “Jesus” Smith will play his 300th match against Whitford – coincidentally the same foe against whom Slimy notched his big game.
It is significant that the erstwhile triumvirate of Tester, Smith and Panagpopolous should record such momentous milestones in the same year because they are the very heart beat of this football club.
Yes, we are driven by the success of the senior team. The flagship of our club keeps us in the top end of the WAAFL competition and we live and die by their achievements. But it is with equal measure of commitment and drive to succeed that those people in the club’s lower grades compete.
They have a want to be successful. They turn up to play every Saturday with the will to win in their veins. Yes, they also enjoy the social elements, but celebrating success is a key motivator.
And Smith plays a key role as the enabler for those players in the Express Bins D2-Grade and the Fusion D2-Reserves.
The fifth and sixth grade teams both need to win to have any chance of advancing to finals and if there such things as footy goods, they will look after Smith and his cohorts. You don’t always get what you deserve, but hopefully Jesus gets his just rewards.

Playing for keeps

Mitch Dwyer continues to set high standards with his defensive pressure

Mitch Dwyer continues to set high standards with his defensive pressure

By Gary Stocks
Take a glance at the A-Grade premiership table and with one qualifying round remaining, the O’Rourke Realty North Beach team is sitting comfortably on top spot – two games clear of its nearest rivals.
To round out the preliminaries of the home and away season, the Beach plays the team sitting immediately below them – University.
On the surface it would seem there is little to gain in this game; with the minor premiership locked away the Beach could coast to the line, enjoy next week off to re-charge the batteries and then go hard at the finals campaign.
Try selling that to 22 men who will represent the Beach in this match! You’d be howled down in an instant.
A week off in the first week of finals will be appreciated, but they will be going full throttle against the Scholars. There is every chance the Beach will run into University in the finals campaign and they certainly are not in a charitable mood.
Anything University gets out of this clash they will earn. For them it is about trying to lock away a home second semi-final against Fremantle CBC. Currently they hold second place by virtue of superior percentage, so there is plenty at stake for them.
While the Beach will be keen to continue its winning streak, there is also much at stake for a number of individuals. There is enormous heat being applied for positions in the senior team, with the Lifenet A-Reserves
finding their best form at the back end of the year.
They are also sitting on top of the ladder, but will need to beat University to guarantee they stay there and also earn a week’s break on the first Saturday of the finals.
Like the A-Grade team, the A-Reserves are flush with emerging players. A youthful team that has gained momentum in the last five or six weeks after so many of those youngsters took some time to adjust to senior footy.
They are comfortable with the step up from colts football and Scott Holbrook has them playing an irresistible brand of football.
The Plasterwise Phil Scott Colts will finish in fourth position regardless of the outcome against University, but the preparation against the competition benchmark is ideal leading into the sharp end of the season.
Meanwhile, at Charles Riley Reserve, the Hybrid Linings D1-Grade
will open their finals campaign with a first semi-final against Fremantle CBC and the Red Hill Brett Jones Colts will play a second semi-final against Trinity Aquinas.
And on Charles Riley (2) the Express Bins D2-Grade
and the Fusion D2-Reserves will be playing to advance when they clash with Whitford in the last qualifying games of the season. There will be an additional spur for the boys because Novak “Jesus” Smith will be playing his 300th game.
O’Rourke Realty A-Grade
University v North Beach, McGillivray Oval, 2.30pm
Lifenet A-Reserves

University v North Beach, McGillivray Oval, 12.35pm
Plasterwise Phil Scott Colts
University v North Beach, McGillivray Oval, 10.40am
Hybrid Linings D1-Grade

First semi-final
North Beach v Fremantle CBC, Charles Riley Reserve 2.30pm
Coast to Coast Imports D1-Reserves
Bye
Red Hill Brett Jones Colts

Second semi-final
North Beach v Trinity Aquinas, Charles Riley Reserves, 10.40am
Express Bins D2-Grade
North Beach v Whitford, Charles Riley Reserve, 2.30pm
Fusion D2-Reserves

North Beach v Whitford, Charles Riley Reserve, 12.35pm

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