Red letter day for Beach

Even by the lofty standards of the North Beach Football Club last Saturday – May 3, 2008 – was a significant day, with all six teams representing the Tigers at various levels emerging successful.

Both colts teams kicked things off positively, while the E-grade and E-reserves, who travelled to Coolbellup enjoyed a triumphant bus ride back to Charles Riley Reserve, and the A-grade and A-reserves also chalked up impressive victories.

It was a rare feat and one celebrated appropriately at Tigers headquarters in the evening.

In the A-grade encounter, the reigning premiers overcame a stubborn Whitford to eventually score a convincing 27-point victory – 13.13 (91) to 9.10 (64).

Unexpectedly trailing by seven points at the last change the corps of experienced North Beach stars took it upon themselves to impose their presence on the game with Chris and Simon Pearce, Brent Stewart, Reece Cunningham and Ben Wilson all key factors in claiming the four points and maintaining the team’s unbeaten standing.

Lloyd Quinlan, who has made an impressive start to the season, sustained his good form while Josh McGinnity was lively through the midfield.

Had Mitch Holbrook made the most of his opportunities, the result might have been more comprehensive, the brilliant Beach spearhead kicking an unusually inaccurate 3.9.


North Beach: 3.3 6.8 8.8 13.13 91
Whitford: 3.2 5.4 9.7 9.10 64
Goals: M. Holbrook 3; Quinlan 2; Wilson, Mossop, Fong, Ward, McGinnity, C Pearce, S Pearce, Cunningham 1.
Best: C Pearce, Stewart, S Pearce, Cunningham, Wilson, McGinnity, Quinlan.

A brilliant seven-goal opening quarter by North Beach set up a solid victory against Whitford, with Michael Pitman setting a wonderful example through his midfield endeavour and drive.

Pittman, best on ground, was ably supported by Todd James while Reece Burns was always dangerous in kicking four goals.


North Beach: 7.1 9.5 10.7 13.9 87
Whitford: 1.0 4.1 7.3 8.3 51
Goals: Burns 4; Pitman 2; Brooks, Potts, Green, Bebich, Langsford, Traeger, McEvoy.
Best: Pitman, Burns, James, Thomas.

Phil Scott Colts
After failing to reflect match dominance with scoreboard pressure, the Phil Scott Colts powered home in the final quarter to score an impressive 55-point victory.

With small forward Josh Schmook in brilliant touch, kicking eight goals, and strong efforts coming from ruckman Matt Whitbread and defender Chris Fullarton, the Tigers registered an important victory.

Leading by 15 points at the last change, a seven-goal final quarter saw the team finally get result for effort.


North Beach: 3.1 5.4 8.6 15.7 97
Whitford: 2.1 4.2 6.3 6.6 42
Goals: Schmook 8; Power 2; Plant, Fullarton, Bollen, Niblett, Wallis.
Best: Schmook, Whitbread, Fullarton, Holden, Plant, Lorimer.

The E-grade team was in control through in scoring 54-point victory against Coolbellup.

With the backline playing with great authority and setting the standard for the attack on the football, North Beach eclipsed their opponents 17.9 (111) to 8.9 (57).

President David Cassidy, in his first game for the year, was prominent along with Peter Edwards, Shane Piggott and Michael Duckworth.


North Beach: 17.9 111
Coolbellup: 8.9 57
Goals: Morling, Barwood, Salmon 3; Guhl, Piggott, T-bag, Golding, Shem, Hall.
Best: Killer, Edwards, Cassidy, Piggott, Duckworth.

Despite struggling for accuracy in front of goal, the E-reserves were always in control of their contest with Coolbellup in scoring a 51-point victory – 10.20 (80) to 4.5 (29).

Goalkicking practice might be on the agenda this week as they strive to improve the strike rate from scoring opportunities, Declan Parnell, Peter Panagopoulos and Adam Austin were all central to the success and ensured an abundance of opportunities were created inside the attacking 50.


North Beach: 3.6 6.9 8.14 10.20 80
Coolbellup: 1.1 2.4 3.5 4.5 29
Goals: Panagopoulos 3; Gough, Hayward, Richards 2; Austin.
Best: Parnell, Panagopolous, Austin, Hayward, Hampton.

West Coast Eagles Colts
The West Coast Eagles colts maintained their unbeaten start to the season with a commanding display against Scarborough at Millington Reserve.

The Tigers controlled the tempo of the game all day, courtesy of a dominant midfield and a defensive unit which answered every challenge thrown at it.

Josh Dohnt, in his first game for the club, was outstanding in the midfield as well as centre half-back while Rory Fagan appreciated the ground time and Daniel Rees was lively off a half-back flank and through the middle.


North Beach: 3.5 5.6 10.7 15.11 101
Scarborough: 1.0 2.2 4.2 5.5 35
Goals: Macdonald, Dohnt 3; Douglas, Hall, Hogg 2; Seeds, Shadbolt, Graham.
Best: Fagan, Dohnt, Rees, Hall, Seeds, Graham.