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.
Kyle Cranley…a strong target up forward
Ticking the boxes
By Gary Stocks
Incremental improvement, as the adjective suggests, is about checking off little milestones along the journey that indicate progress has been made.
It means ticking off the boxes as an endorsement that the process is working towards the end goal.
For the O’Rourke Realty North Beach A-Grade team the 2016 season has seen some important gains made. A couple of solid performances against quality opposition has it sitting just ahead of the ledger at 4-3 after seven rounds.
There was an important win against Curtin Wesley in round three, a solid triumph in the local derby against Scarborough last week, but also a couple of speed humps along the track. Now it is an opportunity for consolidation and that comes against Kalamunda at Ray Owen Reserve in Kalamunda.
The Cougars are sitting second bottom on the premiership table with just a solitary victory, while the Beach is nestled in fifth spot. To take victory as a given on ladder positions, however, would be folly.
The Beach has not travelled well historically when heading to the hills and it will require strong leadership from the senior players to ensure four points accompany them on the trek home. There is no doubt the Beach has the class to prevail, but will need to be switched on for the contest.
The one thing that has been lacking in North Beach this year has been consistency, but this an opportunity to carry forward some encouraging form.
The Beach accounted for Hamersley Carine a fortnight ago, backed that up with victory against Scarborough and would love to rack up a third consecutive victory going into the mid-season bye and the competition resumption against Trinity Aquinas on June 11.
The competition takes a hiatus over the June long weekend as the State team will be in action.
So this game represents a good opportunity to go into the break in a positive frame of mind.
Generally the club is in good shape across all grades and is in a strong position to play finals in all eight grades. The Lifenet A-Reserves will also be looking to consolidate when they play Kalamunda, with a neat blend of youth and experience ensuring they have been about the mark in every game.
Scott Holbrook has them in good shape, a number of young players have been exposed to a high quality competition and several have transitioned into the senior team seamlessly.
The Plasterwise Phil Scott Colts have also been in good form in the first two months of the season and they should carry too much class for the Cougars. They have lost just once during the first seven rounds and again Craig Dalton has revealed some outstanding young talent.
The depth within the colts squad has been evident with the Red Hill Brett Jones Colts losing just one game to date and sitting on top of the table. They will kick off proceedings against the highly-rated Trinity Aquinas tomorrow.
The Hybrid Linings D1-Grade and the Coast to Coast Imports D1-Reserves have been simply outstanding in the first half of the season, each sitting on top of the table undefeated.
Glenn Hinkley and Michael Newman have both of those teams ticking along nicely and an indication of the depth of talent at the club is the quality of the players in both sides. So good have they been that senior coach David Hynes and his match committee elevated Shane Duckworth from the D1-Grade to A-Grade last week.
After playing 150 games in colts and the lower grades, he made his senior debut last week. Duckworth has retained his place for this week and will be looking to cement his position in the team with a strong showing against Kalamunda.
The Express Bins D2-Grade will have a clutch game against Wembley at Charles Riley Reserve while the Fusion D2-Reserves face the daunting prospect of playing the unbeaten Wembley on the second oval to kick off proceedings in the double-header.
Fixtures, Round 8
O’Rourke Realty A-Grade
Kalamunda v North Beach, Ray Owen Reserve, 2.30pm
Kalamunda v North Beach, Ray Owen Reserve, 12.35pm
Plasterwise Phil Scott Colts
Kalamunda v North Beach, Ray Owen Reserve, 10.40am
Hybrid Linings D1-Grade
North Beach v Trinity Aquinas, Charles Riley Reserve, 2.30pm
Coast to Coast Imports D1-Reserves
North Beach v Trinity Aquinas, Charles Riley Reserve, 12.35pm
Red Hill Brett Jones Colts
North Beach v Trinity Aquinas, Charles Riley Reserve, 10.40am
Express Bins D2-Grade
North Beach v Wembley, Charles Riley Reserve, 2.30pm
North Beach v Wembley, Charles Riley Reserve, 12.35pm
Nick Reid…a lively performance up forward
A beautiful win
By Gary Stocks
The weather is one of those subjective things. Some people prefer the raw heat of summer to the spring blooms and the leaden skies of winter. It’s in the eye of the beholder.
Last Saturday, to most people, was an ugly day in Perth. Strong wind gusts, sheets of rain hammering the metropolitan area and a large swell battering the coastal regions. But to some it was a beautiful, majestic day which defied the angry skies and lashing storms.
Footy results can transform, shape one’s opinion. And the victory of the O’Rourke Realty A-Grade team over Scarborough at Charles Riley Reserve made it a day to rejoice.
It was an important game for both clubs, most significant for North Beach because it marked the 10th anniversary celebrations of the 2006 premiership team. In recent times, on such festive occasions, the A-Grade team has failed deliver.
On Saturday, however, they produced one of their best team performances of the season to win 8.4 (52) to 5.8 (38), setting the scene for a memorable bonding of the past and present.
The Beach built the triumph around team disciplines and unity. The defence was miserly against a potent Scarborough attacking structure, restricting them to just five goals for the match and only one after half-time.
To that end, Jamie Sajich, Nathan Dwyer, Luke Symonds and Daniel Leishman were superb, while the midfield was brilliantly led by Sam Lamont and Beau Witheridge, and up forward Nic Reid was outstanding, kicking five of his team’s eight goals.
It was a poignant day too, with Shane Duckworth making his A-Grade debut after 150 games with the colts and lower grades. Poignant because he is the second son of legendary North Beach coach Bill Duckworth, who was reminiscing with the 10th anniversary crew.
The Lifenet A-Reserves also had a solid win in a low-scoring, weather-affected contest, winning 4.6 (30) to 1.3 (9).
Ben Sweeney, Peter Harvey, Adam Duff and Dion Cownie all excelled in the tough slog with the Beach always in control. It was a day where a slender advantage on the scoreboard was significant and when North Beach led 3.4 to 0.0 at half-time, the game was as good as done and dusted.
The Plasterwise Phil Scott Colts played in the worst of the conditions and initially their attitude matched the atmosphere. But after Scarborough had handled things better in the first term, the Beach responded and scored an important 17-point triumph.
Caelon O’Connell and Josh Cameron each kicked two goals, while Austin Sheard, Cameron Hoskins, Darby McCarthy and Nick Wells were influential in the change of mindset that was evident after quarter-time.
The Red Hill Brett Jones Colts, unfortunately, missed the opportunity to play with Kelmscott forfeiting.
The Express Bins D2-Grade, failed to master the conditions and paid a heavy price for failing to convert opportunities despite holding the balance of play. That can happen in atrocious conditions and that saw the Beach lose despite having six more scoring shots than Kingsley – 4.14 (38) to 6.6 (42).
Shaheed Duke was industrious, along with Connor Maguire, Tyler Hurley, Khalil Campbell and Jacob Copley.
The Fusion D2-Reserves played a strong commitment to the game plan and structure and proved too strong for Kingsley – winning 10.13 (73) to 2.8 (20).
Mitch Clarke was lively around the goals, while Sam Harrison, Tom Macdonald and Brayden Bowden were outstanding.
O’Rourke Realty A-Grade
North Beach 2.1 5.1 5.1 8.4 52
Scarborough 3.3 4.7 5.8 5.8 38
Goals – North Beach: Reid 5; Swain 2; Lamont.
Best – North Beach: Lamont, Reid, Sajich, N Dwyer, Leishman, Symonds.
North Beach 1.2 3.4 4.5 4.6 30
Scarborough 0.0 0.0 1.0 1.3 9
Goals – North Beach: Adler, Cownie, Underwood, Webster.
Best – North Beach: Sweeney, Harvey, Duff, Underwood, Cownie.
Plasterwise Phil Scott Colts
North Beach 1.1 2.2 4.4 5.6 36
Scarborough 0.0 2.0 2.0 3.1 19
Goals – North Beach: O’Connell, Cameron 2; Manov.
Best – North Beach: Sheard, Hoskins, McCarthy, Wells.
Red Hill Brett Jones Colts
North Beach 15.0 (90) def Kelmscott 0.1 (1) – on forfeit.
Express Bins D2-Grade
Kingsley 1.3 3.3 6.3 6.6 42
North Beach 1.3 2.5 3.9 4.14 38
Goals – North Beach: P Cavanagh, Smith, Kennedy, Maguire.
Best – North Beach: Duke, Maguire, Hurley, Campbell, Copley.
North Beach 1.2 2.3 6.2 10.13 73
Kingsley 1.3 2.5 2.8 2.8 20
Goals – North Beach: M Clarke 2; Thewlis, Dunne, Greene, Willis, McDonald, Grapiglia.
Best – North Beach: Harrison, Bowden, Shadbolt, Fairbairn.
Hybrid Linings D1-Grade – Bye
Coast to Coast Imports D1-Reserves – Bye