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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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Footy gods fail to smile

IMG_9873If footy gods truly existed, this game would have played out so differently.

A dream year by the North Beach Galleria A-Grade women’s team deserved to be extended beyond one final. They were owed that much, surely?

Unfortunately not. In this sudden-death final against University at Lightning Park in Noranda last Saturday night, the fairy tale came to an end.

In finals, it’s about making the most of every opportunity; staying in the game, maintaining focus, intensity and pressure. Minimising the lapses.

Despite the fact this was the inaugural finals campaign in the landmark WAAFL women’s A-Grade season, all of those well-worn football values remained relevant. And in the clutch moment, when the opportunity arose, University seized it.

After an even first quarter, the Scholars pounced in the middle of the second, and in a game-deciding seven or eight minute burst rattled on four goals – a brutal onslaught in the context of a 5.8 (38) to 4.0 (24) victory.

The Beach, as we have come to expect of the club’s flagship women’s team, fought it out and tried to claw their way back, but the margin was insurmountable.

Bec Viney, the diminutive midfielder who enjoyed a remarkable debut season, was again outstanding, while Kellie Holden, Lexi Lindsay (two goals), Ellen Duncan, Morgan O’Connell and Courtney McDaniel were also exceptional.

Sadly, this season is now done and dusted but as club the North Beach faithful were proud of David Cassidy and his team.

The female players – just like those in integrated rules – have been remarkable contributors. They have changed the environment at Charles Riley Reserve, have inspired another generation of women to play the game and will play an important role as we move forward.

Success is not defined merely by victories. The North Beach foray into women’s football was successful by any measure and that will be evident on the direction the female program now takes.

Results
Women Galleria Toyota A-Grade
University           1.2          5.4          5.7          5.8          38
North Beach       1.0          1.0          2.0          4.0          24
Goals – North Beach: Lindsay, Sainty 2.
Best – North Beach: Viney, Holden, Lindsay, Duncan, O’Connell, McDaniel.

Pioneers set for finals landmark

NBFCW-14By Gary Stocks
Years from now when the North Beach faithful reflect on the 2018 season they will undoubtedly label it a landmark event.

Regardless of what happens across any other grade, the punctuation mark will be the arrival of the club’s first women’s team. Tomorrow night the North Beach Galleria Toyota female pioneers will take a quantum leap forward by playing in their first finals series.

At Lightning Park in Noranda they will play University at 7pm in an historic moment, not just for NBFC but for the competition – and more broadly – Australian football.

This has been more than merely the introduction of another element to our football club. It is part of an over-arching commitment, no a responsibility, to make the game available to everyone at community level. That must be the charter of NBFC.

We saw an extension of that mantra last Saturday night when the Integrated Rules team had a jacket presentation ceremony at the club that was one of the most satisfying, moving moments in club history.

And now it is time to celebrate the women’s team.

They have been a revelation. And like the advent of the Integrated Rules team, no one might quite have understood the changing dynamic their presence would create.

These women have been everything – plus 100 percent – of what we anticipated. They have had a profound effect across all levels of club operations. They have made us more complete, inclusive and holistic.

When they combat University in the first semi-final they will enjoy wholesale support from the club. Players, coaches and support staff from the A-Grade men’s team will drive home after their penultimate clash with Kalamunda, to support them.

They have embraced the club and the club has also thrown its collective arms around them with great affection.

In sporting parlance there is often a reference to a ‘free hit’ when there is nothing to lose. Clearly there is something to lose in this game, it’s a final and there is a chance to advance, but the Galleria Toyota women, regardless of the result, are definitely winners already.

While the women will take centre stage with their showcase performance, the O’Rourke Realty A-Grade team will search for some of their best form as they play Kalamunda at Ray Owen Reserve and build towards a finals series.

They are now confined to play in an elimination final and will no doubt look forward to the forecast of a dry Saturday as they look to produce their skilful, free-running best against a club that will offer a fierce contest.

Kalamunda will play their final home game of the season and will be looking for a bold showing as they appear almost certain to face relegation from A-Grade.

The Lifenet A-Reserves will be looking to lock away top spot with a strong performance against the Cougars while the Plasterwise Phil Scott Colts need to keep winning to ensure a top two finish.

For the Hybrid Linings D1-Grade, their qualifying season will end against Whitford at Charles Riley Reserve. They will play an elimination final the following week against Trinity Aquinas, so this match is a good opportunity to fine-tune the game plan and prepare for the looming finals series.

It is a similar story for the Coast to Coast Imports D1-Reserves who are playing to consolidate third position and ensure a double chance, so the stakes in this last home and away game against Whitford are high.

The Red Hill Brett Jones Colts will kick off proceedings at Charles Riley Reserve against Wanneroo and have the opportunity to bed down top spot.

The Express Bins E2-Grade conceded top spot last week, but are capable of sharp improvement and will look for a strong finish against Curtin University-Wesley. It is an important occasion for the Beach as one of the club stalwarts, Anthony Mirabile, will play his 150th game.

The only team that will not play finals this season is the Fusion E3-Grade, but Chris Humphrey and his team deserve high praise for their commitment and effort, often playing against the only senior side from rival clubs.

They have been unbuckled by some daunting tasks, have put their shoulder to the wheel and have been outstanding in their endeavours across the season.

Fixtures
O’Rourke Realty A-Grade
Kalamunda v North Beach, Ray Own Reserve, 2.30pm
Lifenet A-Reserves
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 Whitford, Charles Riley Reserve, 2.30pm
Coast to Coast Imports D1-Reserves
North Beach v Whitford, Charles Riley Reserve, 12.35pm
Red Hill Brett Jones Colts
North Beach v Wanneroo, Charles Riley Reserve, 10.40am
Express Bins E2-Grade
Curtin University-Wesley v North Beach, South Oval, 4.45pm
Fusion E3-Grade
Jandakot v North Beach, Atwell Oval 2.30pm
Women Galleria Toyota A-Grade
North Beach v University, Lightning Park Noranda, 7pm

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