The North Beach Football Club is one of the powerhouse organisations within the highly-regarded West Australian Amateur Football League and is arguably the most successful senior community football club in Australia.
The North Beach Football Club was established in 1964 and has a proud and successful history. Currently 10 teams represent the club every Saturday. There are six senior and two colts team in the men’s competition, a senior team in the women’s competition and an Integrated team. Every week, more than two hundred players pull on the traditional club jumper to represent the North Beach Football Club while another 550 youngsters, who are attached to the North Beach Junior Football Club, also enjoy our great Australian game. The environment creates a flourishing network of sponsors, past players, officials and supporters.
Since 1989 North Beach has won 13 A-Grade premierships, including an unprecedented seven flags in succession from 2004 to 2010. That extraordinary run of success occurred under the direction of former Essendon premiership star and Norm Smith medallist Bill Duckworth. A couple of years later he stood down and was replaced by another high achiever at the elite level, 1994 West Coast Eagles premiership player David Hynes.
At the end of the 2017 season, when North Beach was beaten in the grand final, Hynes also stood down after five years as senior coach. He had done a remarkable job in his time at the helm under testing circumstances, with the club being re-moulded both on and off-field.
A number of the players who were a part of the Duckworth era enjoyed that ride to its end and retired at the same time so Hynes inherited a squad in transition. And, after finding his feet in his first season, the club then spent two years, quite literally, dislocated. While the City of Stirling was building what is now a remarkable facility at Charles Riley Reserve, the club operated out of the former home of Sorrento-Duncraig Junior Football Club at Percy Doyle Oval.
We were fortunate to have that option, but it was also challenging to keep the club together. Combined with the exodus of the majority of senior players, rather than contending for premierships, North Beach was fighting off relegation.
Hynes not only did that, but he rebuilt a list that is now on the cusp of more success.
In his first year as senior coach, Shane Paap, a four-times A-Grade premiership player who has spent the last five years honing his coaching skills, led the club into the finals, missing a second successive grand final appearance by a kick.
He certainly made an impact in his first year and has the club excited about the prospects that lay ahead in 2019.