D1-Grade faces crunch game

Cabling Network Solutions D1 coach Brett Christie is urging the North Beach faithful to get to Percy Doyle tomorrow to support his team at the start of a challenging month to end the qualifying rounds.

Although the three A-Grade teams have a bye, the other four teams are playing and good numbers urging and supporting those teams could be the difference.

While the focus falls brightly on the A-Grade teams for most of the year, this is a great opportunity for those players in the higher grades, who are enjoying the bye, to get down, encourage and assist.

With the club moving away from Charles Riley Reserve, the former home ground of Sorrento-Duncraig, is our adopted base and this could be a vital step in establishing Percy Doyle as the club’s fortress.

The D1-Grade is in the position where it plays other finals aspirants in the last four games and Christie is hoping North Beach diehards make their way to the ground for this clash with Fremantle CBC.

“All of our games are so important,” Christie said. “We play all of the other top four sides and are in a precarious position, where each of those games is crucial.

“We have a few players coming back to play, with Cale Potts, Tom Bowering, Aaron Darling and Brod Walton in the team and we are expecting to put up a good show, but we know our opponents represent a big challenge.

“In the next few weeks we will also get guys like Trevor Lang, Jacob Carmody and Mark Langsford back, but will probably need to win three of these last four games to make the finals. It’s a very tight competition and we welcome any support.”       

The Hybrid Linings D1-Reserves and Tuck Plumbing Brett Jones Colts, probably the only team facing an uphill battle to make the finals, also face strong challenges against Fremantle.

It is another important milestone weekend with Matt Reynolds playing his 100th game.

The Express Bins E2-Grade will play Hamersley-Carine at Carine Open Space.