Curtin just too good

James Garcia has been a classy addition to the O’Rourke Realty A-Grade team

Occasionally, as a collective, you just have to dip your lid and say ‘too good.’

That was the case when the O’Rourke Realty A-Grade team tackled the other undefeated team in the competition at Charles Riley Reserve last Saturday.

Curtin University-Wesley, who won the 2019 B-Grade premiership after dominating all season, have brought that quality of football to the next level and are unconquered. We saw why.

They were clean with their skills, organised with their system and completely committed to the assignment. The result was a 34-point victory, set up to a large extent by a polished first quarter when they established a four-goal lead.

The Beach tried to claw back the deficit, but Wesley had all of the answers and the hosts had too many players marginally off their best.

They never really pushed back to the point where they were a serious threat, despite the efforts of players like midfielders Joey Deegan and Blake Piggott, forwards Adam Cockie and Mitch Holbrook and the classy James Garcia.

The Lifenet A-Reserves looked set for a comfortable victory, having held sway in the balance of play, but the door was left slightly ajar and the last few minutes were a little more anxious than they deserved to be.

Despite the little heart flutter, the Beach endured, winning 5.6 (36) to 4.8 (32) thanks largely to the efforts of experienced defenders Christian Bottechia and Ben Sweeny, who proved resolute in the face of an onslaught that saw Wesley kick three of their four goals in the last 10 minutes of the game.

Liam Pardini and Matt Murray were also strong and consistent while Nic Bowe and Jordan Webster were good through the middle and Jordan Brooks was dangerous, kicking one miraculous check-side goal from the boundary in the third term.

The Beach deserved the victory, regardless of the tense final moments, and remain at the top of the table after four rounds.

The Plasterwise Phil Scott Colts had earlier provided the mirror image of the A-Reserves match, perhaps add to the nerves on the bench.

Seemingly headed for a routine victory in a competitive match, the North Beach colts wilted, conceded two goals in the last three minutes – the last of them on the death knell – that saw the win dissipate and manifest itself in a four point loss – 9.4I (58) to 8.6 (54).

It was a similar outcome, albeit by a different story line, that saw the Indian Ocean Hotel Brett Jones Colts slipped to defeat against Wesley.

In another absorbing contest, the visitors were better in key moments and won by nine points. The endeavour and commitment of the North Beach colts was unquestionable but it came down to just a moment or two where the opposition was better.

Results, August 1
O’Rourke Realty A-Grade
Curtin-Wesley   5.2          7.5          9.7          11.8        74
North Beach       1.2          3.6          3.7          5.10       40
Goals – North Beach: Holbrook 2; Cockie, Garcia, Ekert.
Best – North Beach: Deegan, Cockie, Garcia, Piggott.

Lifenet A-Reserves
North Beach       2.1          3.2          5.4          5.6          36
Curtin-Wesley   0.1          1.2          1.6          4.8          32
Goals – North Beach: Boylan, Brooks, Corbett, Power, Webster.
Best – North Beach: Botecchia, Sweeny, Pardini, Murray, Bowe, Brooks, Webster.

Plasterwise Phil Scott Colts
Curtin University-Wesley 9.4 (58) def North Beach 8.6 (54)

Indian Ocean Hotel Brett Jones Colts
Curtin University-Wesley 6.7 (43) def North Beach 5.2 (32)

Thirds go to bye on a high

Ben DeRosa…continued his strong run of form for the Hybrid Linings C5-Grade

If Glen Hinkley, coach of the Hybrid Linings C5-Grade could nominate the time in the season when his team would take the bye that is a part of their competition, he might have suggested this as the ideal week.

After closing out the first five rounds with a strong victory over Curtin University-Wesley, the Beach third-grade team sits undefeated at the top of the table.

They get the chance to hit the re-set button after carving out a solid 16-point victory, the margin not exactly reflective of the control they enjoyed. So Hinkley’s boys will freshen up at the mid-point of the season and re-launch after having a weekend off.

The Beach, with several new faces in the line-up, was challenged by Wesley and lacked a little chemistry initially but eventually got things going in the second half – the performance marred only by inaccuracy.

They had 16 scoring shots to seven, but won 4.12 (36) to 3.4 (22).

Craig Hall and Ben DeRosa continued to set the benchmark while Brendan Collins, Jayden Black, Arran O’Connell and Tom DeCourtenay offering strong support.

The Coast to Coast Imports C5-Reserves also go into the break on top of the ladder, albeit having lowered their colours to second placed Wesley, who have a game in hand, on the weekend.

The Beach lost an absorbing contest 5.2 (32) to 6.7 (43).

The season continues to throw up insurmountable challenges for the Beyond Tools C4-Grade, playing Rossmoyne at Shelley Park on the weekend and again confronting the opposition’s senior side.

The North Beach fifths competed well, but understandably were out-gunned and lost by 20 goals.

It was a similar story for the GJ Osplumb C5-Reserves who were beaten by seven goals. Again they never, at any point, put the cue in the rack but simply could not match the class of the opposition.

Hybrid Linings C5-Grade
North Beach 4.12 (36) def Curtin University 3.4 (22)
Goals – North Beach: DeCourtenay 2; Hall, B Collins.
Best – North Beach: Hall, De Rosa, B Collins, Black, A O’Connell, DeCourtenay.

Coast to Coast Imports C5-Reserves
Curtin University-Wesley 4.7 (31) def North Beach 3.8 (26)

Indian Ocean Hotel Brett Jones Colts
Curtin University-Wesley 6.7 (43) def North Beach 5.2 (32)

Beyond Tools C4-Grade
Rossmoyne 20.22 (142) def North Beach 2.0 (12)
Goals – North Beach: Evans, Johnstone.
Best – North Beach: Tobin, Johnstone, Capelli, Stocks, Evans, Tait.

GJ Osplumb C4-Reserves
Rossmoyne 7.13 (55) def North Beach 0.

Women tenacious against premiers

The women’s competition is in  its infancy, but there is little question that Curtin University-Wesley have set the bar in the two-and-a-half seasons it has been in operation.

The Tigers won the premiership last season and it was something of a shock that University knocked them over in the inaugural season of 2018.

They have a strong program, wonderful depth and ventured to Charles Riley Reserve last Saturday as the undefeated pilot at the top of the premiership table.

For the Project Ceilings A-Grade North Beach outfit it always loomed as a significant challenge in a year that has thrown up plenty of hurdles.

But the Beach wom,en went into the contest with a strong sense of we ‘can do this’. The belief and energy was high and it created an absorbing contest.

The tenacious Beach went down by two goals, a margin that might have been a little different had officials heard the half-time bell before Curtin Uni kicked an important pressure-relieving goal ahead of the main break.

In the end Wesley endured 4.7 (31) to 3.1 (19) but the North Beach players could take pride in their performance.

With some debutants in the side, they were far from over-whelmed by their more fancied rivals,  evidenced by the Curtin Uni coach highlighting at the end of the game that they did not expect the level of resistance witnessed.

Emily Sainty was again outstanding in the ruck, competing against a national volleyballer all day, the general down back, Kellie Holden, was steadfast, Clarissa Power played her best game all year and Tessa Anderson continued to deliver 100% out of the middle.

Resources have been stretched with the ambitious plan to field two teams, but again the Peak Body Fitness C3-Grade showed great tenacity in flying the club flag against Wanneroo.

Kaitlin Koh, Taylah McGorlick and Yasmin O’Connor led from the front against the odds before falling 11.5 (71) to 0.2 (2) to the  vastly more experienced Roos.

Project Ceilings A-Grade Women
Curtin University-Wesley 4.7 (31) def North Beach 3.1 (19)
Best – North Beach: Sainty, Anderson, Holden, Power.

Peak Body Fitness C3-Grade Women
Wanneroo 11.5 (71) def North Beach 0.2 (2)
Best – North Beach: Koh, Laycock, McGorlick, O’Connor, Evans.

August 27 set for AGM

Notice of Annual General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting of the North Beach Football Club Inc will be held on Thursday, August 27, 2020 at the North Beach Football Club Clubrooms, Charles Riley Reserve, North Beach, commencing at 7.30pm.

In accordance with the NBFC constitution, all Committee members will stand down at the AGM and the following positions will be declared vacant:



Vice President





Any eligible member (players, Life Members, Beach Club Members) wishing to nominate for any of these positions may do so in writing prior to the meeting.

All nominations are to be sent to:

Nominations can also be made at the AGM

Under the club’s constitution all nominations are to be seconded at the AGM.

If there is only one nomination for vacant positions, the nomination needs to be carried by a majority of members attending the meeting.

If there is more than one nomination, a vote will be held at the meeting



Wells joins list of debutants

The ever-developing group of young  players being nurtured at North Beach will see another graduate from last year’s A-Colts premiership team, Chris Wells make his debut in a clash of the top two at Charles Riley Reserve tomorrow.

Wells joins fellow rookies, Madoc Plane and Luke Hopkins, in this team while Judd Clinch has also played a couple of games already this season.

It will be another blockbuster day at the Beach as Super Saturday will feature nine of North Beach’s 11 teams, headlined by the senior game where it is the undefeated O’Rourke Realty A-Grade locking horns with the similarly unbowed Curtin University Wesley.

Wesley have been in superb touch after re-joining the A-Grade competition courtesy of a dominant premiership-winning season in B-Grade last year.

To give some perspective to the depth of both clubs, they are also undefeated in the A-Reserves competition, in the C5-Grade competition (our thirds) it is second versus sixth and in the C5-Reserves it is again the top two teams going head-to-head.

North Beach has not dropped a game in any of the top four grades, which has obviously been a wonderful start to this abbreviated nine-game season.

But this is clearly the biggest test for all teams to this point, despite the fact the A-Grade team confronted Fremantle CBC at Morris Buzzacott Reserve last Saturday and emerged with an impressive five-goal victory.

The early season success has been built around an even team performance, but the work through the midfield has been exceptional.

Led by ruckman Kyle Cranley, Joe Deegan, Mitch Gill and Blake Piggott the Beach has been able to generate opportunities for a forward line that boasts many avenues to goal – particularly with Ryan Ekert returning to the team last week to work in tandem with the highly decorated Mitch Holbrook.

Adam Cockie and Simon Tunbridge have also wielded some influence when available and they loom as important players in this campaign.

Dan Leishman, Ned Halley and Luke Symonds have been rock steady down back and with strong belief building, the Beach will enjoy this challenge.

Wells was best afield in another outstanding performance by the A-Reserves, who listed  the silky wingman and another 2019 colts premiership player Conor Boylan as the best two afield.

While nine of the club’s teams will play at North Beach, the Beyond Tools C5-Grade and the GJ Osplumb C5-Reserves will travel to Rossmoyne.

In an unusual quirk, start times will vary so members are encouraged to view the fixture closely.

The Plasterwise Phil Scott Colts will start at 10.30am, the Lifenet A-Reserves will begin at 12.15pm and the bouncedown senior game will be at 2pm. That will allow for the Hybrid Linings C5-Grade and the Grange Integrated Rules teams to complete a massive day after the A-Grade fixture.

Fixtures, August 1
O’Rourke Realty A-Grade
North Beach v Curtin University-Wesley, Charles Riley Reserve, 2pm
Lifenet A-Reserves
North Beach v Curtin University-Wesley, Charles Riley Reserve, 12.15pm
Plasterwise Phil Scott Colts
North Beach v Curtin University-Wesley, Charles Riley Reserve, 10.30am
Hybrid Linings C5-Grade
North Beach v Curtin University-Wesley, Charles Riley Reserve, 3.55pm
Coast to Coast Imports C5-Reserves
North Beach v Curtin University-Wesley, Charles Riley Reserve (2), 2.15pm
Indian Ocean Hotel Brett Jones Colts
North Beach v Curtin University-Wesley, Charles Riley Reserve (2), 12.30pm
Beyond Tools C4-Grade
Rossmoyne v North Beach, Shelley Park, 2.45pm
GJ Osplumb C4-Reserves
Rossmoyne v North Beach, Shelley Park, 1.05pm
Project Ceilings A-Grade Women
North Beach v Curtin University-Wesley, Charles Riley Reserve (2), 11am
Peak Body C-3 Women
North Beach v Curtin University-Wesley, Charles Riley Reserve (2), 9.30am
Grange Residential I-Grade
North Beach v Fremantle CBC, Charles Riley Reserve, 5.30pm

Beach keeps clean slate intact

A sense of satisfaction was the over-riding emotion as the North Beach contingent left Morris Buzzacott Reserve in Kardinya last Saturday.

Victories are tough to achieve at the home of Fremantle CBC, but the Beach walked into the ground with a clean sheet in both the O’Rourke Realty A-Grade and the Lifenet A-Reserves and departed with that record intact.

The O’Rourke Realty A-Grade started strongly, never relinquished their ascendancy and powered their way to 34-point victory – 11.4 (70) to 5.6 (36).

While the victory alone was satisfying so, too, was the return of key forward Ryan Ekert in his first game in the seniors after seriously injury a knee last year. He kicked five goals and has quickly established a rapport with veteran Mitch Holbrook.

The ball movement of the Beach was superb, with Andrew McGuinness, James Garcia and Joe Deegan in the thick of the action in the middle, while strong rebound was also generated by Dan Leishman and Liam Catalfamo.

Ned Halley and Luke Symonds were also in good touch, playing with discipline and composure.

Adam Swain and Michael Schofield made the most of their opportunities when recalled and Sam Lamont was energetic through the midfield and up forward.

The Lifenet A-Reserves again produced a quality performance and most notable were the efforts of some of the young players who have graduated from last year’s premiership-winning colts team.

Chris Wells was exceptional on a wing and  Conor Boylan was effective around the ball while senior teammates like Andy Langsford, Liam Pardini, Ben Sweeny and Nic Bowe were also at the forefront of a 48-point win.

Unfortunately, the Plasterwise Phil Scott Colts found the bigger-bodied, more mature CBC outfit difficult to overcome and they slipped to a 22-point after a competitive performance.

Meanwhile, at Charles Riley Reserve a hat-trick of victories were achieved by the Hybrid Linings C5-Grade, the Coast to Coast Imports C5-Reserves and the Indian Ocean Hotel Brett Jones Colts.

The Hybrid Linings C5-Grade proved too classy in a 14-point triumph while the Coast to Coast Imports C5-Reserves, off the back some good work from Brennen Irvine, Joel Brown, Jack Steel, Aaron Miller and James Foley waltzed to a 34-point victory.

The Beyond Tools C4-Grade continues to punch above its weight, but sticks at the task against opposition clubs fielding their senior team while the GJ Osplumb C4-Reserves chalked up an impressive win against Bayswater.

The trip to Warnbro proved challenging for the two women’s teams, with the challenge of managing thin numbers again having an impact.

The Prestige Ceilings A-Grade team lost by six goals while it was a similar story for the Peak Body Fitness C3-Grade women.

It was a tough game for the girls who were short on numbers this week but were assist with a few players playing two games. Effort and intensity can’t be questioned but the opposition were a little classy on the day.

The Grange Residential Integrated Rules team also fell to a superior Willetton team.

O’Rourke Realty A-Grade
North Beach       4.1          6.1          8.3          11.4        70
Fremantle CBC  1.0          4.3          4.5            5.6        36
Goals – North Beach: Ekert 5; Leishman, Swain, Holbrook, Cockie, McGuinness, Dwyer.
Best – North Beach: McGuinness, Ekert, Garcia, Leishman, Lamont, Catalfamo.

Lifenet A-Reserves
North Beach 9.10 (64) def Fremantle CBC 2.4 (16)
Best – North Beach: C Wells, Boylan, Langsford, Pardini, Sweeny, Coleman, Brooks, Bowe, Marsh.

Plasterwise Phil Scott Colts
Fremantle CBC 8.14 (62) def North Beach 6.4 (40)

Hybrid Linings C5-Grade
North Beach 5.6 (36) def Fremantle CBC 2.10 (22)

Coast to Coast Imports C5-Reserves
North Beach       2.3          3.3          6.5          7.5          47
Fremantle CBC  0.0          0.2          0.3          1.7          13
Goals – North Beach: Christie 2; Brown, Franklin, Adler, Orford, Steel.
Best –North Beach: Irvine, Steel, Brown, Miller, Foley, Sullivan.

Indian Ocean Hotel Brett Jones Colts
North Beach 12.9 (81) def Fremantle CBC 2.1 (13)

Beyond Tools C4-Grade
Bayswater 15.16 (106) def North Beach 8.6 (54)
Goals – North Beach: Cooper 2; Hughes, Mulcahy,, Green, Cox.
Best – North Beach: Cooper, Evans, Dunjey, Hughes, Capelli, Cox.

GJ Osplumb C4-Reserves
North Beach 12.6 (78) def Bayswater 3.6 (24)

Prestige Ceilings A-Grade women
Warnbro Swans 6.3 (39) def North Beach 0.4 (4)

Peak Body Fitness C3-Grade women
Warnbro Swans 6.15 (41) def North Beach 1.4 (10)
Goals – North Beach: Turner.
Best – North Beach: Ridley, Davies, Laycock, Bain, Hawkes, Lindsay.

Grange Residential Integrated Rules
Willetton 12.9 (81) def North Beach 6.1 (37)

Litmus test for A-Grade

Michael Schofield…has earned a promotion back to A-Grade

The Perth Football League season is on the cusp of just the third round, but already the O’Rourke Realty A-Grade team faces a litmus test against another undefeated team, Fremantle CBC.

The Beach has been comprehensive winners against both Trinity Aquinas and Collegians, but with due respect to those worthy opponents, CBC will be next level.

They have not lost either and boast an abundance of talent and usually are even tougher to beat at Morris Buzacott Reserve.

Generally they are strong through the grades and that has been the indication in the opening fortnight, although the same could be said of the Beach.

Again the Beach will put on show some of its young talent with Madoc Plane and Luke Hopkins earning promotion, while Adam Swain and Michael Schofield have been rewarded for solid form in the reserves.

The Lifenet A-Reserves North Beach outfit sits atop the ladder and will confront a Fremantle CBC outfit that has already dropped a game while the Plasterwise Phil Scott Colts and CBC have split their results in the opening two rounds.

While the A-Grade teams travel down the highway to Morris Buzzacott Reserve, there will be plenty of action at Charles Riley Reserve with the Hybrid Linings C5-Grade, Coast to Coast Imports C5-Reserves and Indian Ocean Hotel Brett Jones Colts hosting CBC.

The Beyond Tools C4-Grade and GJ Osplumb C4-Reserves will both play Bayswater on the northern oval, with the Grange Residential Integrated team opening proceedings against Willetton at 11.25am.

The Project Ceilings A-Grade women and the Peak Body Fitness C3-Grade women will both travel to Warnbro for a challenging toad trip.

Fixtures – July 25
O’Rourke Realty A-Grade
CBC Fremantle v North Beach, Morris Buzzacott Reserve, 2.45pm

Lifenet A-Reserves
CBC Fremantle v North Beach, Morris Buzzacott Reserve, 1.05pm

Plasterwise Phil Scott Colts
CBC Fremantle v North Beach, Morris Buzzacott Reserve, 11.25am

Hybrid Linings C5-Grade
North Beach v Fremantle CBC, Charles Riley Reserve, 2.20pm

Coast to Coast Imports C5-Reserves
North Beach v Fremantle CBC, Charles Riley Reserve, 12.40pm

Indian Ocean Hotel Brett Jones Colts
North Beach v Fremantle CBC, Charles Riley Reserve, 11am

Beyond Tools C4-Grade
North Beach v Bayswater, Charles Riley Reserve (2), 2.45pm

GJ Osplumb C4-Reserves
North Beach v Bayswater, Charles Riley Reserve (2), 1.05pm

Project Ceilings A-Grade Women
Warnbro Swans v North Beach, Warnbro Sporting Complex (2), 2pm

Peak Body C-3 Women
North Beach v Bayswater, Warnbro Sporting Complex (2), 12.30pm

Grange Residential I-Grade
North Beach v Willetton, Charles Riley Reserve (2), 11.25am

Strong performances all round

Results, July 18
O’Rourke Realty A-Grade
North Beach       3.3          3.4          5.8          11.10     76
Collegians            3.0          4.3          4.6            4.7        31
Goals – North Beach: Holbrook 3; Lamont, McGuinness 2; Cranley, Ekert, Dwyer.
Best – North Beach: Deegan, Symonds, McGuinness, Lamont, Piggott, Hoskins, Leishman.

Lifenet A-Reserves
North Beach       1.3          4.5          8.6          9.8          62
Collegians            0.0          0.0          0.0          0.2            2
Goals – North Beach: Johnson 4; Cownie 2; Boylan, Brooks, Foley.
Best – North Beach: Swain, Bowe, Boylan, Sweeny, Foley, Murray, Edwards, Wells.

Plasterwise Phil Scott Colts
Collegians 9.5 (59) def North Beach 8.5 (53)
Best – North Beach: Scurria, Thompson, Webster, Martino, Egan.

Hybrid Linings C5-Grade
North Beach 13.7 (85) def Armadale 5.4 (34)
Goals – North Beach: Zehnder, Sawyer 3; Wickstein 2.
Best – North Beach: Wickstein, Marsh, Black, Zehnder, Clapham, Collins.

Coast to Coast Imports C5-Reserves
North Beach       3.8          11.12     15.18     24.23     167
Armadale            0.0            0.0          0.0           0.0           0
Goals – North Beach: Orford, Dwyer, Steel 4; Rollo, Quinn 3; Acott 2; Bowden, Campbell, Bryce, Davis.
Best – North Beach: Davis, Dwyer, Merson, Orford, Bryce.

Indian Ocean Hotel Brett Jones Colts
North Beach 7.8 (50) def Collegians 6.4 (40)
Goals – North Beach: Farrell 2; Jolley, Bateup, Gardiner, Saunders, Dewar.
Best – North Beach: Hunt, Thompson, McLeod, Gardiner, Butko.

Beyond Tools C4-Grade
Manning 21.13 (139) def North Beach 4.4 (28)
Goals – North Beach: Bramley, Cooper 2.
Best – North Beach: Evans, Bramley, Dodd, Orr-Young, Sullivan.

GJ Osplumb C4-Reserves
Manning 8.6 (54) def North Beach 7.3 (45)

Prestige Ceilings A-Grade women
University 4.4 (28) def North Beach 3.2 (20)
Best – North Beach: Sainty, Anderson, Pianto, Ball, Lyndsay, Holden, Hongell.

Peak Body C3-Grade women
University 6.5 (41) def University 2.1 (13)
Goals – North Beach: Power, Woolcott.
Best – North Beach: Mark, Davies, O’Connor, Pianto, Koh.

Grange Residential Integrated
CBC Fremantle Green 5.7 (37) def North Beach 5.2 (32)

Beach powers to victory

Victory did not come without a degree of anxiety, but the O-Rourke Realty A-Grade North Beach outfit won consecutive matches when they over-ran Collegians at Charles Riley Reserve on Saturday.

Trailing by five points at half-time, the throng of life members  and past premiership heroes gathered in the social hall might have been a little concerned, but after adjusting structure, attitude and efficiency it was one-way traffic after the long break.

The Beach kicked eight unanswered goals to win by 45 points – 11.10 (76) to 4.7 (31).

Similar to the way they started the season, posting seven successive goals in the last term against Trinity Aquinas, North Beach was irresistible in the second half.

In this abbreviated season everything matters; winning, percentage, man management. You name it.

So after two rounds the Beach sits on top of the ladder and just as there were some similarities in the team performance from round one to the second instalment so, too, were there consistencies in the individuals who drove it.

Mitch Holbrook kicked three goals in consecutive matches, Joey Deegan won the Gary Tait Medal as best afield, Blake Piggott and Sam Lamont were damaging through the midfield, Dan Leishman provided great offence from defence and Luke Symonds was a rock in the back half.

Andrew McGuinness made a conscious effort to step it up when the Beach needed it most, while Craig Hoskins and James Garcia continue to impress.

The Beach also unveiled another impressive graduate from the victorious 2019 colts line-up, Judd Clinch showing he had the attributes to contribute at the highest level of amateur football.

The Lifenet A-Reserves again dominated their opposition, posting a commanding 60-point victory against Collegians.

Led by a mix of experience and rising youth, the Beach controlled the match to win 9.8 (62) to 0.2.

Adam Swain was dominant through the middle with Conor Boylan, a key figure in last year’s colts flag, while association best and fairest Nic Bowe and Tim Edwards were also in good form.

Ben Sweeny, Sean Foley and Matt Murray also continue to press their claims while Ben Johnson was again a solid focal point up forward, kicking four goals.

The Plasterwise Phil Scott Colts lost an entertaining contest with some quality football produced by both sides before Collegians endured 9.5 (59) to 8.5 (53).

Lachlan Scurria and Alex Thompson were impressive through the midfield, while Jackson Martino and Dane Webster were solid in defence.

In a physical contest at Gwynne Park, the class and skill of the Hybrid Linings C5-Grade shone through, North Beach eventually eking out a quality 51-point victory – 13.7 (85) to 5.4 (34).

Tully Wickstein was outstanding, setting the benchmark through the midfield while Nick Marsh, Jayden Black, Ryan Clapham and Brendan Collins were also solid throughout.

Sam Zehnder and Blake Sawyer were also strong targets up forward kicking three goals apiece.

The depth of the North Beach senior list was emphasised in the C5-Reserves, with the Coast to Coast Imports North Beach outfit piecing together a flawless performance during which Armadale failed to hit the scoreboard.

At the same time North Beach piled on 24.23 (167) with Tom Orford and Ernest Dwyer at the forefront with Jack Steel, all of whom kicked four goals, while Mason Rollo and Brayden Quinn also impacted the scoreboard with three goals apiece.

Jack Merson and Caleb Davis were also prominent in a wonderful team performance.

The Indian Ocean Hotel Brett Jones Colts produced a stunning performance against Collegians at Dalkeith Oval.

The home team kicked four goals straight in the blink of an eye to start the game and were dominating all over the park. A remarkable goal from debutant Zach Farrell gave the Beach some hope going into the quarter time break but there was still a lot of work to do to turn things around.

The injection of Mitchell Hunt and Lachie McLeod into the guts steadied the ship in the second term as clearances and goals started to flow. A brilliant fight back and fierce determination around the ball left North Beach trailing by only five points at half time.

Lachie Gardiner sold candy to two would be tacklers and snapped brilliantly to kick the opening goal of the third term as North Beach lifted to yet another gear with Jared Thompson providing plenty of creativity off half back.

From then on our boys didn’t look back and silenced the Collegians bench with a brilliant display of hard, contested footy. One of the best wins – 7.8 (50) to 6.4 (40) – for the Brett Jones Colts in the last couple of years.

The Beyond Tools C4-Grade fell away after a competitive start against Manning but should be commended for their efforts.

The North Beach fifth grade side was combating Manning’s senior team and it is a common occurrence this year with the way the lower grade competitions are structured, with fewer nominations for teams at that level.

Novak Smith and his team will continue to punch above their weight and despite losing 4.4 (28) to 21.13 (139), never surrendered. That fighting spirit was exemplified by Michael Dodd, James Sullivan, Owen Orr-Young and Michael Bramley.

The GJ Osplumb C4-Reserves were obviously against the second 22 from Manning and were highly competitive, falling by just nine points.

The Prestige Ceilings A-Grade women lost their first game of the season, despite one of their best performances – falling to University 3.2 (20) to 4.4 (28).

With a number of players playing two games, the Beach tired a little at the end after keeping  University scoreless  in the first quarter and adding only one point in the second.

The change came in the third quarter with a handful of senior Uni players lifting. In the end the Beach fell by eight points, but are confident it will make this team a stronger outfit.

Emily Sainty played ruck all day without a single break and was outstanding while similar efforts came from Tessa Anderson, Ash Pianto Steph Ball delivered a great captain’s knock.

Lexi Lindsay was a focal point up forward and the back-line was held together by Kellie Holden, with another great effort coming from Olivia Hongell.

The Peak Fitness C3-Grade women’s team needed a number of players to back up and play two games, highlighting the commitment of the women’s squad.

It was a tough battle in the first half but the team lifted their intensity to keep Uni scoreless in the second half. Yasmin O’Connor was a standout in the ruck with Josie Mark and Amelia Davies providing the run and carry, hitting up the Beach forwards.

Jess Woolcott and Clarissa Power provided committed leads up forward to kick two goals apiece. It was again another positive performance despite the loss with many players representing the club for the first time.

The Grange Residential Integrated team continued their evolution with a strong and competitive performance against CBC Fremantle Green. It’s not about wins and losses here, but they were terrific in going down by five points.

Life members and flag heroes at Beach

Some of the North Beach royalty at Charles Riley Reserve last Saturday – the assembled life members.

The North Beach faithful had been waiting months for the opportunity and finally it came.

The first home game for the O’Rourke Realty A-Grade team in this truncated Perth Football League season was an opportunity to connect with the club’s faithful. And they availed themselves in strong numbers.

An additional incentive was the gathering of four premiership teams who were celebrating significant anniversaries, the 1980 (F-Grade), 1990 (A-Grade) and 2010 (A-Grade and A-Reserves) assembled to reminisce about reaching their football pinnacle.

North Beach royalty was in the room and while the current climate did not allow them to rub shoulders with each other they enjoyed the conviviality and the opportunity to sip on a frosty Carlton Draft.

As well as premiership players from those four teams, the club also invited its life members to the occasion meaning that it really was a conglomerate of some of those most influential and revered figures in club history.