Gary Tait Day

Jon Turner breaks away from an opponent in the A-Reserves against Hamersley-Carine last week
Jon Turner breaks away from an opponent in the A-Reserves against Hamersley-Carine last week

The North Beach Football Club will recognise both individual and collective contributions to the amateur league powerhouse when it hosts arch rival North Fremantle at Charles Riley Reserve on Saturday, June 30.

On that day the club will not only celebrate the 10th anniversary of the 2002 premiership but it also marks the most significant annual event on the club calendar – Gary Tait Day.

Tait, who joined the Beach after a WAFL career with Claremont, was involved at a time far removed from the club of today. Struggling for on-field numbers and off-field support, the North Beach was teetering before Tait, in typical fashion, put his shoulder to the wheel and reinvigorated the ailing club.

Such was his drive and enthusiasm he turned things quickly and managed to play in three premierships himself.

Tragically, when holidaying in Hong Kong, Tait was kinghit outside a hotel in 1997 and never regained consciousness after hitting his head on the ground. But his involvement with North Beach will never be forgotten and after the clash with North Fremantle the Gary Tait Medal will be presented to the North Beach player who best represents, through his on-field exploits, the passion, desire and skill of a revered club mate.

His famous No.15 jumper is framed and hangs on the southern wall of the clubrooms.

The club is also keen to spread the word of the reunion for the 2002 premiership team and while most of those players who led the club to success have been contacted, anyone associated with that team – as well as all supporters – are most welcome to attend the festivities.

In addition to celebrating the wonderful achievement of an A-Grade premiership a decade ago and supporting the current team against respected rival North Fremantle other activities will include:

• Major Raffle
• Live AFL footy on large screen
• Half time Luncheon and President’s address
• Little League and Auskick games at half-time in the league ftxture
• Post match 200 Club draw
• Awards for all seven grades
• Chase the Ace jackpot draw
• Popular Perth cover bans ’Dexter’ will play from 8pm till late