With 25 minutes of sustained excellence on Saturday the O’Rourke Realty A-Grade team despatched would-be challenger Fremantle CBC at Charles Riley Reserve.
Already leading by 25 points at half-time, the Beach blew the game open in the third term with an irresistible effort to which CBC had no answer. The ruthless, united team effort applied enormous pressure all over the ground and the opposition wilted.
The Beach capitalised on that out-put and added seven goals in a spell-binding flurry, the only blemish coming late in the quarter when CBC grabbed a consolation goal just before the siren.
Ideally, coach David Hynes would have liked his team to hammer home the advantage, but CBC was able to build some respectability into the score with a four-goal final term, which eventually saw the Beach win 19.11 (125) to 11.6 (72).
Victory was built around domination in most facets of the game, with strong rebound footy engineered in the back half by Alex Billi, Adrian Clarke and Kyle Holden, while the midfield energy was driven by Tim Nelli and Rob McComiskie.
Up forward, veteran Ben Wilson continues to relish his call-up and he capped off a solid display with four goals, while wingman Steve Bandy pushed forward and kicked three goals along with Jackson Harwood.
Aaron Jarvis was also lively throughout while Joe Boys got first hands on the football at most stoppages.
The victory was all the more meritorious because it was achieved in the absence of State under-23 squad members Josh Stott and Michael Italiano, half-forward James Lee and key midfielder Kyle Riemann.
To cap off a good day for the club, the Credent Financial Services A-Reserves also prevailed in a clash between two undefeated teams and the Nuchange Phil Scott Colts continued to build with a nine-point victory over a team which is traditionally formidable at this level.
The A-Reserves virtually strangled the opposition, never allowing CBC to get into their running game and with a disciplined, synchronised team performance won by 17 points – 7.4 (46) to 3.11 (29).
While Fremantle generated scoring opportunities, the back half held up under the pressure and consistently repelled the forward thrusts.
Andrew Langsford, James Foley and Jake Brazill were terrific in defence while Mark Foreman was lively in attack after being elevated from the 3s, while Steve Tindale and Michael Taylor were creative through the midfield.
It was an absorbing tussle throughout and the Beach’s defensive football, keeping CBC goal-less in the second half, was a feature.
After a slow start to the season the Phil Scott Colts have won three games on end and the victory on Saturday was outstanding. Their commitment to the cause was unwavering against an opposition a few places above them on the ladder.
The win gives North Beach hope of pushing into the top five in the second half of the season, with confidence and belief rising.
Unfortunately, the news from nearby Percy Doyle Oval was not as positive, with the Townley Group D1-Grade, the Clipstar D1-Reserves and the Tuck Plumbing Brett Jones Colts all being eclipsed by University.
The D1-Reserves fought on after kicking just one goal in the first half when they could not match the intensity or skill of the opposition. The second half was far more competitive, with Dan Cannapele and Tony Mirabile leading the way, but the game was gone at that stage.
Details O’Rourke Realty A-Grade
North Beach 4.2 10.3 17.6 19.11 125
Frem CBC 3.1 6.2 7.3 11.6 72
Goals – North Beach: Wilson 4; Bandy, Harwood 3; Cownie 2; Cranley, McComiskie, McGinnity, Burns, Bryan, Jarvis, Sajich 1.
Best – North Beach: Wilson, Billi, McComiskie, Clarke, Holden, McGinnity, Bandy.
Credent Financial Services A-Reserves
North Beach 3.1 4.1 5.2 7.4 46
Frem CBC 1.1 3.3 3.9 3.11 29
Goals – North Beach: Foreman 3; Potts 2; Green, A Langsford 1.
Best – North Beach: Foreman, Foley, A Langsford, Brazill, Tindale, Taylor.
Nuchange Phil Scott Colts
North Beach 6.5 (41) def Fremantle CBC 4.8 (32)
Townley Group D1-Grade
University 12.7 (79) def North Beach 6.10 (46)
University 3.4 8.6 11.8 14.14 98
North Beach 1.2 1.3 3.6 5.7 37
Goals – North Beach: N Smith, L Collins, Mirabile, Styles, Holdman 1. Best – North Beach: Ammon, Canappele, Mirabile, Styles, L Collins, Tester.
Tuck Plumbing Brett Jones Colts
University 18.8 (116) def North Beach 5.4 (34)
Pana’s Pool Supplies E2-Grade
*Complete details of all matches will be posted as they are received