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.
Mitch Dwyer …important since his return
Beach takes care of business
By Gary Stocks
All kinds of possibilities loomed as the O’Rourke Realty A-Grade team ran onto Bill Grayden Reserve for the final qualifying game of the WA Amateur Football League season on Saturday.
If North Beach lost to Trinity Aquinas it was still possible to finish in the top three and thus earn a double chance in the finals series of the top five system.
To do that, the Beach would need to rely on other teams to do them a favour. So the best way to ensure that they locked down third position was to get the job done at TA’s home ground.
And they removed the reliance on others with a brilliant display against the second-placed opposition. In the club’s best performance of the season, the Beach produced a stellar team effort to beat their highly regarded opponents 12.7 (79) to 9.7 (61).
The Beach won every quarter in a consummate effort where every player contributed, played their role and got the job done.
Having done that in round 18, they now need to do it again next week in the qualifying final. Indeed, the club will need to do that across the board with re-matches in all three grades against the Kangaroos at the same venue next week.
This A-Grade outfit, which has built confidence and belief in the back end of the season, is arguably the form team of the competition and in a tight, absorbing contest they endured. There were some standout performances, from the likes of Nathan Dwyer, who matched skill and wit with former West Coast and Collingwood key forward Quinten Lynch, midfielders Cody Enders, Sam Lamont and Beau Witheridge, defender Ben Sweeney and forwards Kieren Yakas and Mitch Dwyer.
This team is a dangerous outfit because they play for each other, are united in their purpose and can see their own piece of history is within reach.
The Lifenet A-Reserves had little on the line, guaranteed of a spot in the qualifying final regardless of the result against Trinity Aquinas.
Perched in second place on the ladder with no chance of vaulting to top position, they confronted third-placed TA. It was a tight, dour contest which Trinity Aquinas won by 12 points, enduring 7.5 (47) to 5.5 (35).
For the Beach this was more about players trying to lock down positions in the team for the finals series and while it would have been nice to go into next week’s game with a little momentum, there was a gentle reminder that there is still work to be done. Jordan Webster and Arran Goddard-Nash were dangerous and kicked two goals each, while Luke Pardini, Jack O’Gorman and Tom DeCourtenay played with typical heart and commitment.
The Plasterwise Phil Scott Colts also received a figurative jab to the ribs when they lost by six points to third-placed Trinity Aquinas, 9.3 (57) to 7.9 (51).
The Beach clearly wasted some opportunities and were a little down on their best, but that is likely to act as a spur when they reconvene next Saturday with the aim of advancing to the second semi-final. Joey Deegan, Tom Horsley, Jack Dalton, Harry Dowling, Aussie Sheard and Alex Colgan were all solid contributors and next week they will be looking further support.
The run of the Fusion D2-Reserves came to an end when they were beaten by 21 points by Quinns Districts in the elimination final – 11.9 (75) to 7.12 (54). It was a bold campaign by the Peter Panagopolous-coached 6th grade team and they certainly left nothing in the tank as they dredged deep within to try to extend their run in the finals series.
Next Saturday we will have three more teams enter the finals fray, with the Hybrid Linings D1-Grade, the Coast to Coast Imports D1-Reserves and the Red Hill Auditorium Brett Jones Colts – all of whom finished on top of the table – play in second semi-finals at Charles Riley Reserve.
O’Rourke Realty A-Grade
North Beach 3.2 5.4 9.5 12.7 79
Trinity Aquinas 3.1 5.2 7.2 9.7 61
Goals – North Beach: Stockley, Reid, Yakas, Davies 2; Edwards, Schofield, McGuinness, Enders.
Best – North Beach: N Dwyer, Enders, Sweeney, Yakas, Lamont, Witheridge, M Dwyer.
Trinity Aquinas 2.0 5.1 7.4 7.5 47
North Beach 2.3 3.3 4.4 5.5 35
Goals – North Beach: Webster, Goddard-Nash 2; Adler.
Best – North Beach: Goddard-Nash, Luke Pardni, O’Gorman, DeCourtenay.
Plasterwise Phil Scott Colts
Trinity Aquinas 1.0 3.0 5.3 9.3 57
North Beach 0.3 4.4 5.5 7.9 51
Goals – North Beach: McCarthy 3; Howie 2; Brookes, Horsley.
Best – North Beach: Deegan, Horsley, Dalton, Dowling, Sheard, Coleman.
Quinns Districts 11.9 (75) def North Beach 7.12 (54)
Nic Reid…a strong effort against Kalamunda
It’s down to this
By Gary Stocks
So, after 17 rounds of qualifying matches it comes down to this. Triumph over Trinity Aquinas at Bill Grayden Reserve tomorrow and the O’Rourke Realty A-Grade team will finish the home and away series in third position.
Clearly that quest represents a significant challenge against Trinity Aquinas, who are entrenched in second position and along with University have been the benchmark of the season. A challenge, but not insurmountable.
In the first clash between these teams two months ago, at Charles Riley Reserve, TAs got the jump on the Beach, kicking out to a five goal by quarter time. That was roughly the margin at game’s end.
The Beach will need a better start, particularly on TAs home deck, but it is also fair to assume that this team is in better shape, has stronger belief and has a better understanding of the game plan than it did first time around.
Stability has also been a key, with minimal changes from to week in recent times. Experienced defender Michael Taylor, whose leadership is valuable, will return at the expense of Jordan Veitch who last week made his senior debut and acquitted himself so well.
Veitch is unlucky to lose his place as he was certainly not out of his depth but Taylor was always an automatic recall.
Last Saturday the Beach got the job done against Kalamunda with a few players down on their best form; they can ill afford to have any passengers against a team of TAs quality, so they will need to have every man contributing at his optimum.
It is an intriguing show-down and climax to the qualifying rounds. Of course North Beach can cling on to third position even if it loses, but must rely on Fremantle CBC beating Scarborough. And it would be far more satisfying to lock away that double chance by winning.
If the Beach does get the desired outcome then these two sides will be at it again next Saturday in the qualifying final.
While this game is for high stakes, it will be an intriguing day at Bill Grayden with the Lifenet A-Reserves and Plasterwise Phil Scott Colts tackling teams they are likely to meet in the finals series.
North Beach holds down second position and Trinity Aquinas is third in both grades and the Tigers will play in the qualifying finals regardless of the outcome. Again, it would be better to go into the finals in the comfort of having beaten a major premiership rival in the last qualifying game.
Only one other North Beach team will be in action tomorrow with the Fusion D2-Reserves charging into the top five in the last game of their season and playing Quinns Districts in the elimination final at Pat Goodridge Reserve in Wembley.
It was an incredible effort by the 6th grade team to push into the finals and they sense an opportunity to have an impact in coming weeks.
The Hybrid Linings D1-Grade, the Coast to Coast Imports D1-Reserves and the Red Hill Auditorium Brett Jones Colts all finished at the top of the table and have a bye tomorrow. There will be a practice game involving many of those players at Charles Riley Reserve before they head off to support the D2-Reservewsd and then roll on to Trinity Aquinas to watch the A-Grade encounter.
Fixtures August 20, 2016
O’Rourke Realty A-Grade
Trinity Aquinas v North Beach, Bill Grayden Reserve, 2.30pm
Trinity Aquinas v North Beach, Bill Grayden Reserve, 12.30pm
Plasterwise Phil Scott Colts
Trinity Aquinas v North Beach, Bill Grayden Reserve, 10.40am
Hybrid Linings D1-Grade
Coast to Coast Imports D1-Reserves
Red Hill Brett Jones Colts
Quinns Districts v North Beach, Pat Goodridge Reserve, 12.35pm