Sloppy Beach escape with draw

Josh Bollen…kicked an important goal

By Gary Stocks

An uncustomary sloppy performance from North Beach saw it lucky to escape with a draw against a more efficient CBC Fremantle at Charles Riley Reserve last Saturday.

Some statistics had the clanger count at an amazingly inefficient 58 times and the Beach was forced to recover from a five-goal half-time deficit to split the points with their opponents.

Amazingly, given the amount of times the Beach surrendered the football to CBC, they still ad a winning opportunity when leading by more than a goal deep into the final term, but could not hold onto the advantage.

Had it not been for the defensive effort of the ever-reliable Scott Ward, midfielder Matt O’Donnell, the physical influence of Andrew Nunan, wingman Beau Witheridge and the dependable Reece Cunningham it would have been a dirty day for the Beach.

O’Donnell capped his day off with three goals while Mitch Holbrook also kicked a couple.

North Beach                       3.2          3.4          7.5          12.6        78
CBC Fremantle                  3.1          8.3          9.5          12.6        78
Goals – North Beach: O’Donnell 3; M Holbrook 2; Dwyer, Bollen, Paap, Cassidy, Perkin, Witheridge 1.
Best – North Beach: Ward, O’Donnell, A Nunan, Witheridge, Cunningham, Smith.

The A-Reserves continued their ascent up the ladder with a convincing 67-point victory over CBC with an even team performance setting up the win. That was best illustrated by the fact 13 individuals were responsible for the 13 goals posted.

Deon Jacobs celebrated his 200th game for the club in style while Matt Allan, Hayden Bell, Jamie Sajich, Rob McComiskie and Ben Wilson were also good contributors.

While coach Michael Pratt was satisfied with four premiership points he is still searching for four-quarter consistency and will be hoping to find that against Wesley Curtin this week – a team which sits two points and one position above the Tigers on the ladder.

North Beach                       4.4          7.7          9.14        13.15     93
CBC Fremantle                 0.0          1.2           2.2            4.2       26
Goals – North Beach: Couper, R McComiskie, Collins, Allan, Wilson, Gangemi, Billi, Italiano, Jacobs, Fishlock, Bell, Potts 1.
Best – North Beach: Jacobs, Allan, Bell, Jamie Sajich, McComiskie, Wilson.

The all-conquering E-Grade combination once again excelled, this time churning out a 166-point thrashing of the struggling Quinns Districts.

With a neat blend of experience melded in with a host of recent graduates from colts football, the Beach were never challenged and kicked seven, eight, seven and eight goals on their way to a 30-goal haul.

Ryan Chapman bagged eight, Sam Keeley netted five, Nick Morling kicked four while Justin Plant and David Bates each kicked three in the dominant performance.

There were winners all over the ground, while Brett Rice, Byron Boys and Blake Hurley were also outstanding players.

North Beach                     7.4          15.8        22.11     30.14     194
Quinns                                 0.1              3.2           4.4          4.4        28
Goals – North Beach: Chapman 8; Keeley 5; Morling 4; Plant, Bates 3; Coutts 2; B Boys, Rice, Hurley, Ongley, Robinson 1.
Best – North Beach: Rice, Chapman, Boys, Hurley.

The E-Reserves were similarly emphatic in their demolition of Quinns, romping to a 210-point win.

Again strong contributions from Lindsay Gaunt, who bagged double figures, Andy Meares, Yannick Siegwart and Paul Cavanagh were central to the victory.    

North Beach 34.18 (222) d Quinns 2.0 (12)
Goals – North Beach: Gaunt 10; French 8; Pritchard 4.
Best – North Beach: Gaunt, Meares, Siegwart, French, P Cavanagh.

The Phil Scott Colts were left to lament a concentration lapse in the second term as they slipped to a nine-point loss against the undefeated CBC Fremantle.

With CBC goal-less mid-way through the second quarter, the Beach boys relaxed slightly, lost concentration and their classy opponents rattled on four quick goals to take a one-point advantage into the half-time break.

The Beach continued to fight admirably, but could not snare a well-deserved victory despite the efforts of Ben Sweeney, Khalil Campbell, Ben Clark, Matt Irvine, Mark Langsford and skipper Jacob Griffiths.   

Phil Scott Colts
CBC Fremantle                0.2          4.5          7.6          10.7        67
North Beach                       2.4          4.4          6.7          8.10       58
Goals – North Beach: Irvine, Kickett 2; Knott, J Robinson, Waldock, Brooks 1.
Best – North Beach: Sweeney, Campbell, Clark, Irvine, Langsford, Griffiths.

The Brett Jones Colts scored a much-needed win against Whitford with a solid performance after quarter-time.

The Beach kicked nine goals to three in the middle quarters to set up the triumph on the back of the tireless efforts of ruckman James Cusack, dominant forward work of Josh Stott, Jesse Scales and Chris Mead and selfless team play of players like Ivan DeRooster and Jackson Howell.

The boys will be looking to build on that effort against the highly rated CBC Fremantle at Charles Riley Reserve this Saturday.

Brett Jones Colts
North Beach                     1.1          5.4          10.6        12.11     83
Whitford                             3.1          4.3            6.3          8.6      54
Goals – North Beach: Mead 4; Stott 3; Christie, Perris 2; Slatter 1.
Best – North Beach: Cusack, Mead, DeRooster, Christie, Avery, Foley, Scales, Howell.