Past players day is always an occasion to celebrate at North Beach.
It brings together those warriors of a previous time who have helped to make our club what it is. It also provides them with the opportunity to connect with the present and cast an eye over the current team.
They would have left Charles Riley Reserve last Saturday night, content that this year’s senior squad is in good shape. Challenged by Trinity Aquinas, particularly in the first half, the O’Rourke Realty A-Grade found another gear when required and posted an impressive 31-point victory.
To mark this occasion the annual Gary Tait Memorial Medal is presented to the best player afield.
Talk to those who were around in the 80s and Tait was a man of great influence both on and off the field. He would have been pleased to see pugnacious midfielder Steve Mansfield presented with the medal in the rooms post game.
Mansfield relished the slippery conditions where body-lining the ball is so important and combined with fellow midfield bulls Mitch Gill and Craig Hoskins to set the Beach in motion. Kyle Cranley also continued his good form in the ruck while Dan Leishman played with his usual verve and composure.
Additionally, Luke Symonds was a rock down back, eliminating the influence of one of the Boomers most dangerous forwards.
The Lifenet A-Reserves have had few challenges to this point in the season, but they responded to the questions asked of them by Trinity Aquinas, eventually winning by 40 points.
Again the contest was hot in the first half, but when required the Beach ramped up their output, kicking five goals to one in the second half as they maintained their unblemished start to the year, winning 10.9 (69) to 4.5 (29).
Mainstays in defence – Ben Sweeny and Jarrod Chapman – continued their stellar starts to the season while Chris Wells evolves further each week and seasoned campaigners Tim Edwards, Josh Stott, Nic Bowe and Simon Tunbridge steered the ship at times of crisis.
The Plasterwise Phil Scott Colts ran head-long into an accomplished Trinity Aquinas outfit, but trailed throughout and despite a highly competitive effort, fell to a 24-point defeat – 9.4 (58) to 5.4 (34).
Egan Brooks set the bar high for his teammates while Matt Coleman always impresses with his competitive streak, doing what he can to inspire his teammates. Harry Quayle, Corey Belouard, Flynn Rose and Chris Papadopoulos were also strong contributors.
The Indian Ocean Hotel Brett Jones Colts were impressive victors over North Fremantle at Gil Fraser Reserve, again emphasising the depth of young talent at the club.
Always in control and with an edge in class they romped to a 113-point triumph – 19.11 (125) to 2.0 (12).
Dylan Male produced an eye-catching performance and finished off his work with four goals, while James Celenza, Jonas Rocke and Josh Smith all contributed three goals. James O’Malley was best afield with a polished performance.
O’Rourke Realty A-Grade
North Beach 1.1 4,4 6.7 9.13 67
Trinity Aquinas 1.2 3.2 5.5 5.6 36
Goals – North Beach: Cownie 2; McIntosh, M Dwyer, Ekert, Gill, Garcia, Lucassen, Scurria.
Best – North Beach: Mansfield, Symonds, Hoskins, Gill, Cranley, Leishman.
North Beach 3.2 5.2 8.3 10.9 69
Trinity Aquinas 2.1 3.1 4.4 4.5 29
Goals – North Beach: Brooks, Adler, Johnson, Edwards 2; Webster, McColgan.
Best – North Beach: Sweeny, Jarrod Chapman, C Wells, Edwards, Stott, Bowe, Tunbridge.
Plasterwise Phil Scott Colts
Trinity Aquinas 3.0 5.1 6.2 9.4 58
North Beach 2.2 3.2 5.4 5.4 34
Goals – North Beach: Kirkpatrick 2; Foley, Bothe, O’Shea.
Best – North Beach: Brooks, Coleman, Quayle, Belouard, Rose, Papadopoulos.
Indian Ocean Hotel Brett Jones Colts
North Beach 3.4 8.5 11.9 19.11 125
North Frem 0.0 1.0 2.0 2.0 12
Goals – North Beach: Male 4; Celenza, Rocke, Smith 3; O’Malley 2; Castoglioni, Huggins, Budmir, McLeod.
Best – North Beach: O’Malley, Rocke, Male, Huggins, Budmir, McLeod.
Hybrid Linings C5-Grade
North Beach 1.3 4.4 5.4 8.8 56
Trinity Aquinas 4.0 4.3 6.5 6.5 41
Goals – North Beach: Rollo 3; McKenzie, Corbett, Seaton, Irvine, Torre.
Best – North Beach: O’Gorman, Thompson, Seaton, Hopkins, Schofield, Quinn.
Beast Carpet Cleaning C5-Reserves
North Beach 3.0 3.1 7.2 8.5 53
Trinity Aquinas 0.1 2.1 2.3 2.3 15
Goals – North Beach: J Cameron 4; Purser 2; Quinlan, Goodin.
Best – North Beach: Brown, Purser, Vardy, Hunter, J Cameron, Clapham, Lang.
Beyond Tools E2-Grade
North Beach 4.3 5.3 7.5 12.7 79
Kingsway 1.0 1.0 1.0 3.0 18
Goals – North Beach: Smith 3; Bryce 2; Carroll, Osborne, Persichitti, Franklin.
Best – North Beach: Alco, Persichitti, Shepley, Bryce, Cavanagh.
Gosnells 1.3 4.3 7.7 10.6 66
North Beach 2.0 3.0 4.1 7.5 47
Project Ceilings A-Grade Women
North Beach 1.0 1.0 2.4 2.6 18
Quinns Dist 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0
Goals – North Beach: Delfante, Elliott.
Best – North Beach: Duncan, Burvill, Shearman, Davies, Anderson, Jones.
Peak Body Fitness C4-Grade women
Rossmoyne 1.0 1.0 2.1 3.2 20
North Beach 0.2 1.3 1.3 2.3 15
Goals – North Beach: Edwards.
Best – North Beach:
Grange Residential Integrated Rules
High Wycombe 4.2 7.3 9.6 9.8 62
North Beach 0.0 2.0 4.1 6.6 42