Perfect start to 2014

By Gary Stocks

North Beach started the WA Amateur Football League season with a perfect seven, winning every match it contested on Saturday.

From the O’Rourke Realty A-Grade combination to the Express Bins E2-Grade, the club enjoyed victories across the board and celebrated in style.

In the first home game at Percy Doyle, the A-Grade clicked after a tight first half to eclipse Swan Athletic by 41 points – a victory built around a sublime third quarter in which total domination resulted in a eight goal quarter while the opposition failed to score.

Trailing by three points at half-time, the Beach was outstanding through the midfield, had winners all over the ground and eventually won 19.7 (121) to 12.8 (80).

Cale Potts was a reliable target up forward and in conjunction with Ben Wilson and Christian Bottechia always threatened while midfield ascendancy was established by Kody Enders, Craig Hoskins, Lewis Davies, Mitch Dwyer and Sam Lamont while Aaron Jarvis and Kyle Holden were outstanding down back.

Earlier the Credent Financial Services A-Reserves had also produced a solid performance, beating Swan Athletic by 29 points – 12.6 (78) to 7.7 (49).

The Coast to Coast Imports Phil Scott Colts put on a terrific display, winning 15.13 (103) to 3.5 (23).

The foundations of the victory were created by a terrific first quarter when the Beach rattled on six goals to one and the Beach never relinquished their hold on the game.

After a solid pre-season the Beach enjoyed the opportunity to play for four premiership points and relished the occasion, a feature being the fact that 10 players kicked goals in a complete team performance.

Joel Brown, Sam Zehnder and Ryan Turner were stand-out players in an impressive hit-out.

A goal in the dying seconds of the game from Ben Bubnich led the Cabling Network Solutions D1-Grade team to a last gasp victory over Whitford after the Beach had earlier produced a stellar display in the D1-Reserves clash.

The Hybrid Linings fourth grade combination established their superiority early and never relinquished their hold, winning by 44 points – 10.12 (72) to 4.4 (28).

The work rate of players like Michael Bramley and Byron Boys set the standard, which was met by their younger teammates, including Harry Byrne, who was exceptional in the ruck.

Captain Chris Langford was terrific down back while Tim Maconachie was lively across half-forward.

The Express Bins fifth grade team dominated throughout, while the Brett Jones Colts were also in good early season form, winning 13.16 (100) to 4.10 (34).

O’Rourke Realty A-Grade
North Beach       2.2          6.4          14.6        19.7        121
Swan Athletic    4.4          6.7          6.7         12.8        80
Goals – North Beach: Potts 5.
Best – North Beach: Hoskins, Enders, Jarvis, Potts, Dwyer, Bottechia, Lamont.

Credent Financial Services A-Reserves
North Beach 12.6 (78) def Swan Athletic 7.7 (49)

Coast to Coast Imports Phil Scott Colts
North Beach       6.1          7.5          12.7        15.13     103
Swan Athletic    1.0          2.0          3.2           3.5        23
Goals – North Beach: Bowe, Cameron, Warner, Waters, Zehnder 2; Brown, Csar, Lynch, McGuire, Turner.
Best – North Beach: Brown, Holdman, Zehnder, Chapman.

Brett Jones Colts
North Beach 13.16 (100) def Whitford 4.10 (34)

Cabling Network Solutions D1-Grade
North Beach def Whitford

Hybrid Linings D1-Reserves
North Beach       3.4          5.6          6.8          10.12     72
Whitford              0.1          1.2          3.2            4.4        28
Goals – North Beach: Kickett, Maconachie, Vry 2; Boys, Bramley, Copley, Flynn.
Best – North Beach: Bramley, Byrne, Langsford, Maconachie, Boys.

Express Bins E2-Grade
North Beach def Coolbinia-West Perth