AGM date set

The Annual General Meeting of the North Beach Football Club Inc will be held on Thursday, August 19, 2021 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


No fooling the Beach

Alex Coleman….has been a strong influence in the Hybrid Linings C5-Grade.

It was renowned author Stephen King who penned then saying ‘fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.’

Hybrid Linings C5-Grade coach Glen Hinkley might well have reminded his charges of that mantra as they prepared to play Wanneroo at Wanneroo Showgrounds on Saturday.

When the two teams confronted each other earlier in the season at Charles Riley Reserve, the undefeated Beach might have been looking for a percentage boost. Mentally, they had ticked it off as a soft kill before going into battle.

What they got was a fair dinkum contest with the bottom-of-the-table Roos and it wasn’t until the last quarter that they shook free to win a tight struggle.

There was no chance that was going to happen in the return bout last Saturday.

In the previous fortnight the Roos had beaten University and Curtin-Wesley and had added some talent to significantly add to their depth.

But the Beach responded, playing some of their best football of the season and despite the greasy and muddy conditions, they were simply too classy and too skilful for their respective opponents – winning by 107 points – 21.9 (135) to 3.10 (28).

It all started in the middle where Nick Marsh and David Purser reaped the benefits of Alex Coleman’s tap work and won clearances at will. On the wing, Nick Wells was a class above with his skills and the forwards feasted on these clearances and elite delivery.

Mason Rollo played his best game at the level, kicking four goals but also showing his defensive attributes, and down back, Ben Litchfield controlled the area and continually rebounded any Wanneroo forward sorties.

The Beast Carpet Cleaning C5-Reserves imposed their will on the game from the outset and in another commanding display won 25.15 (165) to 1.1 (7).

Obviously with a scoreline of that nature they won every position on the ground, with Jack Stevens outstanding, and both Tully Wickstein and Sam Zehnder cashing in on the opportunities in the front half, kicking 12 goals between them.

Experienced midfielder Joel Brown and key defender Liam Vardy were also pivotal along with rebounding half-back Dan Ryan who continues to build with every game after missing a big chunk of footy with a knee injury.

Significantly, though, some emerging players continue to impact including Reef Samuels, Jayden Hunt and Isaac Seidner.

Some clubs have been known to stack teams at this level, but the domination of this team is a reflection of the club’s remarkable depth.

The Indian Ocean Hotel Brett Jones Colts also faced Wanneroo, but at Beach headquarters, and their match followed a similar trend as they gave rookie coach Darcy Sparks his first victory at the helm.

They exploded out of the blocks with seven goals in the opening term, including three from red-hot forward George Gasiorowski, to put the result beyond doubt at quarter-time.

While the Beach continued to work for opportunities, the goals became tougher to found but they ran out strong winners 10.14 (74) to 6.4 (40).

Lachie McLeod was outstanding in the midfield in concert with Campbell Francheshi and Ben Tindall while Gasiorowski and George Mortimer were damaging up forward.

The Beyond Tools E2-Grade almost assured themselves of a top three finish with an outstanding performance against Melville at Beach HQ.

A 103-point victory – 17.12 (114) to 0.3 (3) – has seen the Beach outfit create a two-game gap on the chasing pack and that triumph was based around a powerful first half that demoralised the opposition.

Michael Collins and Callan Dunjey were in control throughout while Fletcher Cooke maintained his high standards, while Jacob Willis, Vaughan Quinlan and Daniel Njegich wielded a strong influence.

The GJ Osplumb E3-Grade produced a competitive effort against Ballajura, but could not match their depth.

A highlight of the day was an exciting victory for the Grange Residential Integrated Rules who overcame Kelmscott Bulldogs at John Dunn Oval with a sizzling display.

Unfortunately, for both the Project Ceilings A-Grade Women and the Peak Body Fitness C4-Grade Women, they ran into opposition teams who were at the peak of their powers and they were well beaten.

That did not dampen the enthusiasm for ladies day, however, which was again a highlight.

Hybrid Linings C5-Grade
North Beach      4.2         8.4         16.6       21.9       135
Wanneroo         0.3         2.7         2.10      3.10        28
Goals – North Beach: Brooks 5; J Cameron, Rollo 4; M Cameron 3; Quinn 2; Black, Torre, N Wells.
Best – North Beach: Marsh, Coleman, Purser, Litchfield, N Wells, Rollo.

Beast Carpet Cleaning C5-Reserves
North Beach      9.1         11.8       18.12    25.15    165
Wanneroo         0.0         1.1          1.1         1.1            7
Goals – North Beach: Wickstein 7; Zehnder 5; Hunt 3; McCauliffe, Dolling 2; Ryan, Luck, Cuzens, Twomey, Stevens, Seidner.
Best – North Beach: Stevens, Wickstein, Samuels, Ryan, Brown, Vardy, Hunt.

Indian Ocean Hotel Brett Jones Colts
North Beach      7.3         8.5         9.11       10.14    74
Wanneroo         1.0         3.0         5.2          6.4       40
Goals – North Beach: Gasiorowski 3; Mortimer, Craig Halley 2; McLeod.
Best – North Beach: McLeod, Francheshi, Tindall, Gasiorowski, Mortimer.

Beyond Tools E2-Grade
North Beach      3.6         7.8         13.10    17.12    114
Melville               0.0         0.0           0.2         0.3           3
Goals – North Beach: Kuppens 4; Bowden, Persichitti, Cooke, Osborne 2; Smith, Duckworth, Steffensen.
Best – North Beach: M Collins, Dunjey, Cooke, Willis, Quinlan, Njegich.

GJ Osplumb E3-Grade
Ballajura             3.5         8.5         12.6       14.11    95
North Beach      0.2         0.3           3.3         4.5       29

Grange Residential Integrated Rules
North Beach      0.1         3.1         6.2         7.3         45
Kelmscott           1.3         2.5         3.7         5.7         37

Project Ceilings A-Grade women
Piara Waters 10.14 (74) def North Beach 3.4 (22)

Peak Body Fitness C4-Grade women
Warnbro Swans 3.3 (21) def North Beach 0.0 (0)



Dickson is WA’s first female skipper

North Beach star Clare Dickson has been named captain of the first ever WAAFL State women’s team.

As the Perth Football League celebrates its centenary in 2021, it is difficult to imagine anything more demonstrative of its evolution than a match that will take place tomorrow night.

North Beach – and one individual in particular – will be in the middle of it.

For the first time in the storied history of the community football’s premier competition, a State Women’s team has been selected. And feisty North Beach on-baller Clare Dickson is a central figure in the team.

Not only will she play in the game against a WA Country Football League team, she has been named captain of a team that will be coached by 2006 West Coast Eagles premiership star Beau Waters.

Dickson, in her first season at the club, has been an outstanding asset for the women’s program. A natural leader, she has provided great guidance both on and off field, taking on coaching duties to complement her on-field contribution.

To be the inaugural WA women’s captain in the 100th year of the WA Amateur Football League, in the first representative match, is something extremely special.

She will lead her team into battle at Fremantle Community Bank Oval at 6.10pm, with this clash followed by the men’s match – featuring Hamish Coulton and Dylan Brockbernd.

State honours for Beach duo

Hamish Coulton…has slotted in nicely in his first season at the club.

Two new arrivals  at North Beach have earned the opportunity to represent the State in the annual WA Amateur Football League clash with the WA Country Football League at Fremantle  Community Bank Oval on Friday night.

Defender Hamish Coulton, who has played every game in the O’Rourke Realty A-Grade team that has lost just one game, and young midfielder Dylan Brockbernd, who has been impressive. He missed a few games after having surgery on a broken nose, but has been clean and creative.

Coulton is rarely beaten in one-on-one contests and has looked completely at home despite having played most of his football as a forward before heading to the Beach.

Both have immersed themselves in the club culture and the North Beach faithful will follow their exploits closely in the match starting at 7.45pm.

Beach eclipses derby rival

Oskar Tothill…outstanding in the ruck against Scarborough.

Matches against Scarborough always have a little extra riding on them.

The proximity of the two home grounds, being just a few kilometres apart, means there is always going to be an edge to the local derby.

Last Saturday at Millington Reserve was no exception and the O’Rourke Realty North Beach A-Grade outfit responded with perhaps their most complete performance of a season in which they have, to date, lost just one match.

With the added incentive of being able to make it tough for the reigning premiers to qualify for finals, the Beach asserted their ascendancy early and were ruthless on the way to a 18.8 (126) to 7.8 (50).

Led by athletic young ruckman Oskar Tothill and the midfield group of Sam Lamont, Craig Hoskins, Steve Mansfield and Mitch Gill, the Beach ensured plenty of supply inside the attacking 50 metre arc.

And then the class of Nic Reid and James Garcia ensured maximum pain was inflicted on the Sea Eagles, Reid kicking seven goals and Garcia converting four.

The defence was also solid, led by the ultra-consistent Christian Bottechia and Dan Leishman.

The Lifenet A-Reserves also carried too much fire-power for the Sea Eagles, maintaining their unbeaten record with a 12.8 (80) to 2.6 (18) victory.

Again the tone was set early through the likes of ruckman Josh Chapman and the experienced midfield group of Adam Swain, Nic Bowe and Beau Witheridge while Tim Edwards, who has had an exceptional season, was a game-breaker with an abundance of possession and four goals.

Chris Wells continues his strong development and Matt Raynor maintained pressure for a place in the A-Grade team as the senior squad prepares for a week off for the scheduled bye to allow for Friday’s State game at Community Bank Oval in Fremantle.

The Plasterwise Phil Scott Colts were involved in the most absorbing match of the day and managed to recover from a slow start.

After conceding four goals in the opening term, the Beach held Scarborough to just one more for the match in winning 8.8 (56) to 5.5 (35).

Kobi Martin and Justin Prior, who have set strong standards throughout the season, against set a high benchmark while Cody Sawyer kicked three goals and in conjunction with Riley Sparks provided plenty of headaches for the Sea Eagles’ defence.

Additionally, Craig Bothe, Nathan Perry and Chris Papadopoulos wielded a positive influence on the result.

Results, Round 14
O’Rourke Realty A-Grade
North Beach      6.3         11.5       16.5       18.8       116
Scarborough      2.1         2.3        5.5        7.8          50
Goals – North Beach: Reid 7; Garcia 4; M Dwyer 3; Mackenzie 2; Lamont, Hoskins.
Best – North Beach: Tothill, Reid, Bottechia, Leishman, Garcia, Coulton.

Lifenet A-Reserves
North Beach      3.3         6.5         6.8         12.8       80
Scarborough      1.2         1.4         1.5           2.6       18
Goals – North Beach: Edwards 4; Adler, Chapman 2; McColgan, Lucassen, Johnson, Foley.
Best – North Beach: Chapman, Edwards, Swain, Bowe, Raynor, C Wells, Witheridge.

Plasterwise Phil Scott Colts
North Beach      2.3         4.6         6.8         8.8         56
Scarborough      4.0         4.1         5.4         5.5         35
Goals – North Beach: Sawyer 3; R Sparks 2; Kirkpatrick, McIlduff, Perry.
Best – North Beach: Martin, Prior, Sawyer, Bothe, Perry, Papadopoulos.

No flag, but still a big pot

Christian Bottechia…has been in solid form at half-back for the O’Rourke Realty A-Grade.

A little more than 12 months ago the O’Rourke Realty North Beach A-Grade played Scarborough in the Perth football League Grand Final.

Tomorrow at Millington Reserve the two clubs will lock horns once more and while the stakes are nowhere near as high, there is still be a big pot in the middle of the table to be won.

The Beach needs to win to ensure they stay at the top of the premiership table while the Sea Eagles must win to remain in the race for finals. Scarborough are currently two games adrift of fifth placed CBC Fremantle, whose upset victory over North Beach hurt both clubs last week.

Scarborough also lost to another team in the top five, Kingsway, who now sit in fourth place.

While the Beach’s traditional rivals and neighbours are in eighth place this match promises to be an intriguing battle, with consequences for both clubs.

Curtin University-Wesley, a game behind the Beach but with a superior percentage, will host North Fremantle at South Oval. North Fremantle sit behind both Wesley and Kingsway, just a game adrift in sixth position.

So, in the run home every game is likely to have consequences for the clubs fighting to be a part of the post-season activity

The Beach will also have important matches in the Lifenet A-Reserves and the Plasterwise Phil Scott Colts, while the Hybrid Linings C5-Grade and Beast Carpet Cleaning C5-Reserves will play Wanneroo at Wanneroo.

With the Project Ceilings A-Grade women playing at Piara Waters and the Grange Residential Integrated Rules off to Kelmscott there are only four matches at Charles Riley.

The Peak Body Fitness C4-Grade women open proceedings at 9.30am, followed by the Indian Ocean Hotel Brett Jones Colts, the Beyond Tools E3-Grade and the GJ Osplumb E2-Grade will feature at club headquarters.

The good news for the fifth and sixth grade teams is that they will have an audience larger than normal as ladies day – postponed two weeks ago because of the COVID lock-down – will kick to life in the afternoon.

Hopefully the mood will be electric after wins by the two women’s teams!
Fixtures, July 17
O’Rourke Realty A-Grade
Scarborough v North Beach, Millington Reserve, 2.40pm
Lifenet A-Reserves
Scarborough v North Beach, Millington Reserve, 12.50pm
Plasterwise Phil Scott Colts
Scarborough v North Beach, Millington Reserve, 11am
Hybrid Linings C5-Grade
Wanneroo v North Beach, Wanneroo Showgrounds, 2.30pm
Beast Carpet Cleaning C5-Reserves
Wanneroo v North Beach, Wanneroo Showgrounds, 12.30pm
Indian Ocean Hotel Brett Jones Colts
North Beach v Wanneroo, Charles Riley Reserve, 11am
Project Ceilings A-Grade women
Piara Waters v North Beach, Piara Waters Pavilion, 11am
Peak Body Fitness C4-Grade women
North Beach v Warnbro Swans, Charles Riley Reserve (2), 9.30am
Beyond Tools E2-Grade
North Beach v Melville, Charles Riley Reserve, 2.40pm
GJ Osplumb E3-Grade
North Beach v Ballajura, Charles Riley Reserve, 12.50pm
Grange Residential Integrated Rules
Kelmscott Bulldogs v North Beach, John Dunn Memorial Park, 2.45pm

Process driven Beach score big wins

Midfield bull Jayden Black was in the thick of it against Baldivis for the Hybrid Linings C5-Grade

When it’s a clash between top and bottom, the team at head of the table undefeated and one at the foot winless, the result is a pretty safe bet.

The Hybrid Linings C5-Grade and the Beast Carpet Cleaning C5-Reserves teams both found themselves in that position against Baldivis. Turning up at Charles Riley Reserve would almost guarantee victory.

But this exercise was more about sticking to process and the game plan than it was about winning. About staying within the lanes and not becoming selfish. About playing the team game and remaining focused.

To that end, coaches Glen Hinkley and Jack Flynn would have been well satisfied as they dominated in kicking a combined 389 points to 39.

It was difficult to not feel a little empathy for Baldivis and kudos to them for making the long trip north in the knowledge of what they confronted. And for continuing to battle against the odds despite the challenges of the season.

The C5-Grade were far too strong and won 25.17 (167) to 4.1 (25) when they held the advantage in every position.

The class of Matt Irvine through the midfield, combined with the grunt work of Jayden Black ensured strong supply inside the forward 50, where Mitch Cameron (10 goals) and Jordan Brooks (six) feasted on the avalanche of opportunity.

A scoreline of that lop-sided nature means the Beach won every position on the ground, with Alex Coleman outstanding in the ruck, Brayden Quinn building on his strong body of work across the season and when called upon the defence, led by Shane Duckworth, did what it needed to do.

Earlier, the C5-Reserves were even more ruthless in posting a 35.15 (222) to 2.2 (14) victory. To put that in context, with flat 20 minute quarters and no time on, they averaged a goal for about every two minutes of action.

Again, they controlled every aspect of the game, with forwards Sam Zehnder (seven goals), Tully Wickstein, Liam Dolling (five) and Josh Cuzens and Ben McAuliffe (four) all hitting the scoreboard hard.

David Purser was highly influential through the midfield, while Brendan Collins gave them first use through his exquisite ruckwork and Isaac Seidner again demonstrated his capacity to rise to higher levels.

The Beyond Tools E2-Grade faced a tough challenge against Lynwood-Ferndale and it lived up to pre-match expectations, with a tough, dour contest. Unfortunately the Beach was on the wrong side of a 6.7 (43) to 5.5 (35) scoreline, but it certainly was not through lack of effort.

The Beach rued missed opportunities, but strong contributions came from the likes of Lucas Osborne, Fletcher Cooke, who has had an exceptional season, Daniel Njegich, Paul Cavanagh and Michael Duckworth.

Unfortunately the GJ Osplumb E3-Grade found Ocean Reef too tough to crack, losing by 13 goals, while the Peak Body Fitness C4-Grade women also lost, albeit in an absorbing contest to Swan Athletic.

And the Grange Residential Integrated Rules suffered a heart-breaker against Warnbro Swans, going down 4.6 (30) to 3.9 (27).

Hybrid Linings C5-Grade
North Beach       4.6          11.11     16.14     25.17     167
Baldivis                 1.0          1.0            3.0          4.1          25
Goals – North Beach: M Cameron 10; Brooks 6; J Cameron 3; Rollo, Coleman, Black, Burton, Quinn.
Best – North Beach: – M Cameron, Irvine, Black, Coleman, Brooks, Quinn.

Beast Carpet Cleaning C5-Reserves
North Beach       7.4          16.6        24.10     35.13     223
Baldivis                 1.0          2.0            2.2          2.2          14
Goals – North Beach: Zehnder 7; Wickstein, Dolling 5; Cuzens, McAuliffe 4; Miotti, Purser, Goodin 2; Stevens, Seidner, Brown, Baroni.
Best – North Beach: Cuzens, Collins, Purser, Seidner, McAuliffe, Zehnder.

Beyond Tools E2-Grade
Lyn-Ferndale     2.2          4.3          5.5          6.7          43
North Beach       1.1          4.3          5.4          5.5          35
Goals – North Beach: Cooke, Smith, Persichitti, Osborne, Steffensen.
Best – North Beach: Osborne, Cooke, Njegich, Cavanagh, M Duckworth.

GJ Osplumb E3-Grade
Ocean Ridge 16.5 (101) def North Beach 3.4 (22)

Peak Body Fitness C4-Grade women
Swan Athletic     2.1          2.2          2.3          2.5          17
North Beach       0.3          0.3          1.3          1.3          9
Goals – North Beach: N/A
Best – North Beach: N/A

Grange Residential Integrated Rules
Warnbro Swans 4.6 (30) def North Beach 3.9 (27)

Beach pays for drop off

Craig Hoskins was solid through the midfield

A small drop in intensity, effort and drive can have a dramatic impact.

That was the case for the O’Rourke Realty A-Grade last Saturday when they slipped to their first defeat of the season against a hungrier and more committed Fremantle CBC at Charles Riley Reserve.

Obviously the Beach flagship team had taken all before it until last Saturday, occasionally even wining when not being at their best. But CBC was relentless on and when they smelled blood in the water, they went in for the kill.

CBC won 13.13 (91) to 8.5 (53) after a dominant performance and on balance of play the result could have been even more pronounced.

After scores were level at half-time the visitors kicked 10 goals to four as they marched away with the points. Doubtless, the performance will be reviewed in depth to ensure it is merely an aberration.

While it was a disappointing result, there were some strong contributions from the likes of midfielder Craig Hoskins, forward Nic Reid, who finished with three goals, youngsters Dylan Brockbernd and Lachie Scurria as well as defender Hamish Coulton.

But the loss highlighted the need for an even contribution across the board and a united buy-in to the game plan.

The Lifenet A-Reserves maintained their unbeaten status with a commanding 53-point victory, ensuring pressure is maintained for places in the senior team.

They were in control throughout on their way to a 15.9 (99)-7.4 (46) triumph against a quality opponent.

Young defenders Jackson Martino and Connor Boylan were outstanding, while forward Nathan Adler continued his stellar season with five goals and Kade McKenzie and Beau Witheridge were strong in the clinches.

In addition Tim Edwards, Nic Bowe and George McColgan made strong contributions to ensure the Beach held sway throughout.

Perhaps the most outstanding team performance of the day was produced by the Plasterwise Phil Scott Colts who dominated after quarter-time in winning 11.4 (70) to 6.6 (42).

After trailing by a point at the first change, the Beach rattled on seven goals to two thereafter on the back of some brilliant work by the likes of Egan Brooks and Flynn Rose.

As Kobi Martin and Tai Kirkpatrick, who are ultra-consistent, made significant contributions once more, Corey Belouard and Joshua Moses were also at the forefront of the performance.

The Indian Ocean Hotel Brett Jones Colts were jumped by University and while they recovered, the balance of play relatively even after quarter-time, the damage was done.

It was a tough start under new coach Darcy Sparks, but they boys are committed and will work to improve.

Half-forward Riley Sparks was in good touch while midfielders Ronan Rose and Lachie McLeod put their shoulder to the wheel and defenders Anthony Stephenson and Jacob Frediani stood up to the University pressure.

Despite those efforts, the Scholars endured 8.10 (58) to 2.10 (22).

Results, Round 11
Saturday, July 10
O’Rourke Realty A-Grade
Fremantle CBC  1.3          3.11        7.13        13.13     91
North Beach       3.2          4.3          6.5          8.5         53
Goals – North Beach: Reid 3; Brockbernd 2; Garcia, Scurria, Mansfield.
Best – North Beach: Reid, Leishman, Hoskins, Scurria, Mansfield, Coulton.

Lifenet A-Reserves
North Beach       4.0          9.5          12.6        15.9        99
Fremantle CBC  2.2          3.1            4.3          7.4        46
Goals – North Beach: Adler 5; McColgan, Swain 2; O’Connell, Thompson, Johnson, Webster, C Wells, N Wells.
Best – North Beach: Martino, Adler, Boylan, McKenzie, Edwards, Witheridge, McColgan, Bowe, Webster.

Plasterwise Phil Scott Colts
North Beach       4.0          7.1          9.4          11.4        70
Fremantle CBC  4.1          5.2          6.3          6.6         42
Goals – North Beach: Bothe, Kirkpatrick 2; Cooper, Martin, McCaffery-Nicholls, McIlduff, Moses, O’Shea, Rose.
Best – North Beach: Brooks, Rose, Martin, Kirkpatrick, Belouard, Moses.

Indian Ocean Hotel Brett Jones Colts
University           4.3          5.5          6.8          8.10        58
North Beach       0.1          1.2          1.6          2.12        24
Goals – North Beach: Jolley, Mortimer.
Best – North Beach: Rose, Stephenson, McLeod, Sparks, Frediani.

Beach depth on show

Craig Hall, a tough competitor who set the bar for his teammates

While much of the attention in the first half of the season, the club’s depth also been made abundantly clear.

Remarkably the Hybrid Linings C5-Grade and the Beast Carpet Cleaning C5-Reserves have mirrored the efforts of the club’s A-Grade and A-Reserves outfits to stand undefeated atop their respective ladders.

Tomorrow they will play on the northern oval at roughly the same time as the two senior teams so the North Beach faithful will get the opportunity to cast an eye over the talent within their ranks. No doubt they will be impressed.

C5 captain Craig Hall is a heart and soul player, a man who leads by example and he has great experience around him. Half-back Matt Irvine was an automatic A-Grade selection before taking a break in 2020, Shane Duckworth and ruckman Tom DeCourtenay have also played senior footy.

There’s some exciting youngsters as well, with Callum Corbett, Liam Hunter and Travis Corbett.

It’s a similar story for the C5-Reserves with some accomplished players like Joel Brown, Liam Vardy, Josh Cuzens, Adam Miotti and Sam Zehnder surrounded by youth like Nic Baroni, Isaac Seidner, Jayden Hunt and Ben Pedulla all capable – and likely – to push higher up the grades.

The play Baldivis, who have had a tough season, so the Beach should win comfortably. Just the same it will be enlightening to see those teams in action.

The Grange Residential I-Grade and the Peak Body Fitness C4-Grade women will also play on a big program at Charles Riley while the Indian Ocean Hotel Brett Jones Colts, the Beyond Tools E2-Grade and the GJ Osplumb E3-Grade will travel for their engagements this week.


CBC will bring heat

Steve Mansfield…has been important in the clinches

When playing against Fremantle CBC there is one thing that can be guaranteed – it will be a contest.

Throw in the uncertainty of the current environment which saw a round of fixtures called off last week and that fact that CBC are in a battle for one of the bottom two positions in the top five and the situation is magnified.

CBC sit in fifth position, just percentage behind fourth-placed Kingsway and a win in advance of three teams pressing to leap frog them – Trinity Aquinas, North Fremantle and Scarborough. It’s a concertina between fourth and eighth.

So every win is precious. Indeed, in this circumstance, every goal is precious. Percentage can – and is likely – to play a part.

It means that the O’Rourke Realty North Beach A-Grade outfit can expect great heat in this battle. So far, the Beach has answered every challenge and have been able to respond when other teams have put down the hammer.

In what looms as a big day at the Beach, which would have been even bigger if not for last week’s COVID intervention which caused a postponement of ladies day, Shane Paap and his team will be looking to consolidate top spot.

It’s always something of an unknown when teams have had a week off, but hopefully when the Beach turns the key the engine is humming as it was a fortnight ago.

In terms of ladder positions it’s a similar story for the Lifenet A-Reserves, a case of the undefeated North Beach unit tackling fifth placed CBC.

Only in this competition, CBC are not under as much pressure from teams below them, with a two-game and 90 percent buffer between themselves and Wembley.

The Beach will welcome back Nathan Dwyer and Michael Schofield back into the reserves and both will be keen from strong performances.

Forward Ben Johnson and hard-edged midfielder Alex Thompson have also been elevated.

The Plastwerwise Phil Scott Colts face an absorbing contest with CBC – with victory galvanising their position in the top five.

The Beach holds down third spot, but only on percentage and CBC are sixth, just one win away. If the Beach can prevail it will keep their opponents at arm’s length.

There will be action aplenty at Royal Chas Riley, with the three A-Grade fixtures, as well as the Peak Body C4-Grade women, the Grange Residential Integrated Rules and both the third and fourth grades all strutting their stuff before the Beach faithful.

Fixtures, July 10
O’Rourke Realty A-Grade
North Beach v Fremantle CBC, Charles Riley Reserve, 2.40pm
Lifenet A-Reserves
North Beach v Fremantle CBC, Charles Riley Reserve, 12.50pm
Plasterwise Phil Scott Colts
North Beach v Fremantle CBC, Charles Riley Reserve, 11am
Hybrid Linings C5-Grade
North Beach v Baldivis, Charles Riley Reserve (2), 2.30pm
Beast Carpet Cleaning C5-Reserves
North Beach Baldivis, Charles Riley Reserve (2), 12.40pm
Indian Ocean Hotel Brett Jones Colts
University v North Beach, McGillivray Oval, 11am
Peak Body Fitness C4-Grade women
North Beach v Swan Athletic, Charles Riley Reserve (2), 9.30am
Beyond Tools E2-Grade
Lynwood Ferndale v North Beach, Ferndale Park, 2.30pm
GJ Osplumb E3-Grade
Ocean Ridge v North Beach, Heathridge Park, 2pm
Grange Residential Integrated Rules
North Beach v Warnbro Swans, Charles Riley Reserve (2), 11.10am
Project Ceilings A-Grade women