A-Reserves eye back-to-back
The depth of talent at North Beach will be on show when the WAAFL Grand Finals are played at Steel Blue Oval, Bassendean, tomorrow.
Despite the absence of the flagship O’Rourke Realty A-Grade team, the club will have a strong presence with both the Lifenet A-Reserves and the Plasterwise Phil Scott Colts playing off for the premiership.
The A-Grade team lost a preliminary final nail-biter in the dying seconds to Fremantle CBC last week, but the A-Reserves had already booked their place in their second consecutive Grand Final.
Scott Holbrook’s charges will play Trinity Aquinas at 12.10pm as they look to emulate the performance they produced last year in edging past Scarborough – although the coach would prefer a little less stress on the way to collecting the medals.
The Beach came from behind to win a cliff-hanger by just a behind.
In the second semi-final they always looked under control against the Boomers, but this Trinity-Aquinas line-up will have a few different players running around, with their A-Grade season ending at the hands of North Beach later that same day.
Again North Beach will take in a youthful outfit and they will benefit from the experience of playing senior finals.
The likes of Darby McCarthy, Liam Catalfamo, Joe Deegan, Matt Raynor, Cam Hoskins, Ben Johnson, Jordan Brooks, Peter Hoitis, Nick Wells and Josh Cuzens are all recent colts graduates looking to make their way to being consistent A-Grade players and matches of this nature will be a great benefit to their development.
There is a blend of experience, with long-time senior players Andy Langsford, Jamie Sajich, Arran Goodard-Nash and Michael Schofield on hand to provide some guidance to a team that has an abundance of players in the 20-23 year age bracket.
Indeed, a couple of these rising young stars are eligible to play colts, but the club encourages those who are ready to push up and play senior football.
North Beach v Trinity Aquinas, Steel Blue Oval, 12.10pm
Plasterwise Phil Scott Colts
North Beach v University, Steel Blue Oval, 10am