Paap to coach Beach (post on October 21, 2017)

Shane Paap, part of the great premiership era, will return as senior coach.

Shane Paap, part of the great premiership era, will return as senior coach.

Four-times North Beach A-Grade premiership star Shane Paap has been appointed the club’s senior coach.

Paap, who retired at the end of the 2012 season after a decorated playing career with both North Beach and Subiaco, has spent the last five years building his coaching resume’ and is perfectly poised to take the club to another level.

The senior role was vacated by David Hynes after five years at the helm after taking the club to the grand final this year and successive finals series.

Paap has been both reserves coach and an assistant senior coach at Subiaco in the last four years after being an assistant coach at Claremont in 2013.

In the last four years he has been an important element of the best WAFL program at Subiaco, working closely with senior coach Jarrad Schofield.

“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my first few years of coaching and I’ve been fortunate to be part of a really successful Subiaco program led by Jarrad Schofield,” Paap said.

“I’m really looking forward to coaching the next generation of North Beach.

“The club has a really strong history, which I’ve already been lucky enough to be a part of as a player, so I feel fortunate that they’ve put their faith in me.

“I know I’ve got big shoes to fill, so I’m looking forward to getting started.”

Paap, who cut his teeth at North Beach feeder club Sorrento-Duncraig, played both as a forward and midfielder in the powerful era under Bill Duckworth, and was the inaugural winner of the Gary Tait Medal.

Hynes leaves a legacy (post on September 29, 2017)

Senior coach David Hynes has stood down after five years at the helm

Senior coach David Hynes has stood down after five years at the helm

By Gary Stocks
After an eventful five-year journey North Beach Football Club senior coach David Hynes has decided to step down.
Hynes announced his decision to the assembled throng at last week’s Club Champion Awards in the wake of a disappointing defeat in the A-Grade final against Trinity Aquinas at Bassendean Oval.
While that loss stung Hynes, his playing group and the club more broadly he made a strong contribution to the Beach and leaves it in good shape.
It’s hard to say he left it in better shape than when he found it because he took over from 10 times premiership coach Bill Duckworth, but he does leave the club in a position where it could build with confidence towards the next premiership.
In his first year at the helm – and still with an impressive corps of players who were part of the Duckworth era – Hynes steered the Beach to a preliminary final. But in the next couple of years a lot of those senior players called time on their careers.
In addition, the club was dislocated as the City of Stirling undertook an upgrade of the facilities at Charles Riley Reserve. The Beach was annexed at Percy Doyle Oval and while thankful for that temporary home, some of the North Beach spirit dissolved.
North Beach was in unfamiliar territory, both literally and figuratively. Off-field the roar of enthusiasm, so prevalent in the old clubrooms, was more of a murmur and onfield it was about survival rather than success.
The club was looking to the next generation to work their way through and it was tough. Hynes, a premiership player at Port Adelaide (SANFL), West Coast Eagles and South Fremantle knew a thing or two about success and had a plan.
Occasionally his faith in that plan – and his will to stick the course – was shaken. But he didn’t deviate.
A couple of weeks ago the O’Rourke Realty A-Grade team and the Lifenet A-Reserves both played in grand finals; seven of the eight teams representing the club in 2017 played finals, with the sixth-grade team (D2-reserves) falling short only by percentage. It’s easy to get melancholy about the A-Grade result because it is the club’s flagship, but it was a great year.
The most impressive aspect of the senior group playing off for the premiership was that 90 percent of the players selected in those teams were aged 20-24. There is no question they will generate further opportunities.
Hynes took some time to contemplate his future in the week between the grand final and the awards night, but opted to step aside.
He has had a terrific impact on the next generation and will take great job if they scale the mountain. Hynes has left his imprimatur on this club and certainly hands the baton to his successor with the club in an enviable position.

Beau legend grows (post on September 29, 2017)

A-Grade captain Beau Witheridge after receiving his fourth Brian Kiely Medal

A-Grade captain Beau Witheridge after receiving his fourth Brian Kiely Medal

By Gary Stocks
Community football is not without its legends. And one of the enduring heroes of North Beach added another chapter to his storied career when he won his fourth Brian Kiely Medal as the club’s A-Grade fairest and best.
Beau Witheridge, a revered and respected figure throughout the club, but particularly by his coaches and peers within the senior squad, was struggling to see the significance of his achievement last Saturday night.
Devastated by the result of the A-Grade grand final a week earlier and coming to grips with a serious knee injury suffered in the first quarter of that game, Witheridge had his leg in a constricting brace as he accepted the award.
He was not in the mood to reflect on personal accolades, he was still focused on the opportunity the team had missed a week earlier at Steel Blue Oval.
In time he might be able to put his achievement in perspective, but he had invested so much of himself into winning another premiership he was justifiably flat.
The effort to earn a place in the grand final was not a one-season plan; it wasn’t a matter of coming together in pre-season in January and launching into a campaign. This shot at the title was five years in the making and to be in a position to win it and to come up short was devastating.
While Witheridge’s disappointment was palpable, his place in North Beach history should not be lost. Only one man has won more league team fairest and best awards in the 53 years the club has existed. And the medal is named in his honour.
Brian Kiely, inducted into the WAAFL Hall of Champions a month ago, won the medal five times. Witheridge now sits alongside Chris “the king” Perkin as a four-times winner; he has surpassed the likes of other luminaries Kyle Riemann, Aaron Jarvis and Gary Tait who all won it three times.
He is a highly celebrated local hero whose record will shine in lights in perpetuity.
While Witheridge won the fairest and best award, Nic Reid was also recognised for an outstanding season where he was both the leading goalkicker with 51 goals and runner-up in the Kiely Medal.
Other significant awards were afforded to Novak Smith and Scott Holbrook.
Smith won the best clubman award and Holbrook, who coached the A-Reserves to a thrilling premiership, was afforded life membership. Holbrook, an outstanding player and now a successful coach, became just the 24th person afforded the distinction of life membership – an honour richly deserved.
O’Rourke Realty A-Grade
Fairest and best – Beau Witheridge (Brian Kiely Medal)
Runner-up fairest and best – Nic Reid
Player of the finals – Andrew McGuinness
Best utility player – Nathan Dwyer
Coaches award – Luke Symonds
Leading goalkicker – Nic Reid (51)
Lifenet A-Reserves
Fairest and best – Nick Bowe
Runner-up fairest and best – Andrew Langsford
Player of the finals – Adam Swain
Most consistent – Tom DeCourtenay
Most improved – Joel Temm
Leading goalkicker – Nathan Adler (40)
Plasterwise Phil Scott Colts
Fairest and best – Nick Wells
Runner-up fairest and best – Nathan Torre
Player of the finals – Cameron Hoskins
Outstanding leadership – Josh Dwyer
Most consistent – Harry Dowling
Leading goalkicker – Toby Edwards (32)
Red Hill Brett Jones Colts
Fairest and best – Tyler Beard
Runner-up fairest and best – Derek Nannup
Player if the finals – Jakeb Wright
Grit award – Hayden Pow
Most improved – Mason Procak
Leading goalkicker – Blake Sawyer (38)
Hybrid Linings D1-Grade
Fairest and best – Jamie Cosgrove
Runner-up fairest and best – Liam Vardy
Most valuable player – Alex Hack
Rising star – Ryan O’Donoghue
Most consistent – Callan Dunjey
Coast to Coast Imports D1-Reserves
Fairest and best – Joe Boys
Runner-up fairest and best – Dean Wilson
Player of the finals – Joe Boys
Most improved – Tyler Hurley
Best first year player – Brendan Viney, Ben McAuliffe (tie)
Express Bins D2-Grade
Fairest and best – James Hay-Hendry
Runner-up fairest and best – Jacob Copley
Most consistent – Ryan Dunne
Best utility – Brett Anthony
Most improved – Brayden Bowden
Fusion D2-Reserves
Fairest and best – Tristan Reincke
Runner-up fairest and best – Chris Humphrey
Spirit of North Beach – Joel Beard
Best team man – Reece Young
Best first year player – Michael Pollette
Major Milestones
100 games - Mark Langsford, Michael Italiano, Mark Foreman, Simon Lorimer, Cameron Alco, Scott Brown, Tom DeCourtenay
150 games – Jamie Sajich, Alex Hack, Paul Cavanagh
250 games – Peter Panagopolous
300 games – Novak Smith
350 games – Brett Anthony
400 games – Ian Tester
Clubman of the Year
Novak Smith
Life Membership
Scott Holbrook

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