Beach march on

WA Amateur Football League powerhouse, North Beach, has started the season with spectacular results in the opening four rounds of the competition.

The defending A-grade premiers, who have won the last five flags, have cast aside all challengers in the opening month but face another strong contest when they meet CBC Fremantle this week.

The Tigers endured in a battle of the undefeated teams last week, accounting for Wesley Curtin by 29 points on a big occasion for the club – the annual Gary Tait Memorial Day when a host of past players and officials ventured to Charles Riley to cheer on the home side and recognize a man who made a significant contribution to the club.

That victory by the seniors capped off a remarkable day for the Beach, which took on Wesley-Curtin on six grades and won them all. Indeed the only North Beach team which did not get over the line on the weekend was the G-Grade side which lost a tight battle against Wanneroo.

Success in the other six grades sees all of those teams in the top four, with the Phil Scott Colts also undefeated at the top of the table.

Typical of the A-grade team, under the direction of Bill Duckworth, the ball was moved swiftly with deft skills last Saturday, with Mitch Holbrook finishing off the good work up forward. Holbrook finished with five goals and was a dominant presence up forward.

Chris Pearce, “Chooka” Ingham, Kyle Rieman and Josh McGinnity were also efficient players in an outstanding team performance.

North Beach       4.3          7.6          10.7        13.9        87
Wesley Curtin    1.2          3.6          7.9         8.10       58
GOALS – M Holbrook 5; Paap 2; Turner, Rieman, McGinnity, S Pearce, Ganenda, S Holbrook.
BEST – C Pearce, M Holbrook, Ingham, Rieman, McGinnity.

Earlier in the day, the Michael Pratt-coached reserves won an important contest by three points, holding off a fast-finishing Wesley-Curtin.

With eight-times A-grade fairest and best winner Matt Fong leading the way, the Tigers skipped away to a five-goal half-time lead, before the visitors stormed home.

The Beach were good enough to hang on with Fong, Michael Pittman, Brent Stockden and Rob McComiskie all being solid contributors.

North Beach       4.0          8.1          9.3          10.7        67
Wesley Curtin    2.4          3.6          7.8          9.10       64
GOALS – Fishlock 3; Fong 2; McComiskie, Cassidy, Pittman, Bebich, Giles.
BEST – Fong, Pittman, Stockden, McComiskie, Fishlock.

The Phil Scott colts continued their unbeaten run with a convincing 33-point victory against Wesley-Curtin in a low-scoring affair.

With a dominant midfield feeding key forward Sam Keeley, the Tigers were never really threatened, winning 9.4 to 4.5.

North Beach       3.1          4.2          8.2          9.4          62
Wesley Curtin    0.1          0.3          1.4          4.5          29
GOALS – Keeley 6; Bollen, Mansfield, Plant.
BEST – Mansfield, Shadbolt, Siegwart, Keeley.

The Brett Jones colts also continued on its winning way with a nine-goal victory at South Oval.

The Tigers started brilliantly with two goals in the opening three minutes and played an irresistible brand of football in the first half. A couple of injuries left the bench bare and in the hot conditions, on a big ground, the boys battled through to maintain a match-winning lead after the long break.

To Wesley’s credit, they fought the game and out-scored the Beach in the second half.

North Beach       7.1          13.2        16.9        18.10     118
Wesley Curtin    2.3          4.6         8.6         10.9        69   
GOALS – Pobar 5; Stott, Taafe 3; Brice, Dye 2; Anderson, Howell, T McComiskie.
BEST – T McComiskie, Moffatt, Fagan, Stott.