Wins are only currency in short season

Christian Bottechia has overcome injury and will play his first O’Rourke Realty A-Grade match of the season against Kingsley.

This abbreviated season means that every loss hurts a little more than usual. Conversely, wins are even more precious.

The 2020 season has been cut by 50 percent – nine qualifying games as opposed to the regular 18 in a normal year – meaning the value of a win is commensurate with the value of the Aussie dollar against the English pound.

So the O’Rourke Realty A-Grade was stung by a sub-par performance against Curtin University-Wesley in a clash of two undefeated teams last Saturday.

The coaches and players can’t afford to dwell on that loss, it’s a question of quickly hitting the re-set button and getting on with the next game.

And that is the challenge against Kingsley at Kingsley Reserve tomorrow.

The Beach will welcome back a cluster of important players, including rebounding defender Daniel Leishman, midfield general Andrew McGuinness, hard nut Steve Mansfield and experienced defender Christian Bottechia.

Leishman was unavailable last week because of a family matter while McGuinness and Mansfield are resuming from brief injury interruptions. Bottechia played his first game of the season in the Lifenet A-Reserves last week and was instrumental in guiding them over the line with the opposition surging in the dying minutes.

That cool head will be a welcome addition to the A-Grade backline.

The A-Reserves, meantime, will strive to keep their unbeaten record intact while the Plasterwise Phil Scott Colts will aim to rebound after consecutive losses – including a last second heartbreak against Wesley last Saturday.

After controlling the game for the majority of it, that loss stung and they will be looking to respond.

The Beyond Tools C5-Grade and the GJ Osplumb C5-Reserves will play top teams Forrestdale in their respective games at Charles Riley Reserve while the Grange Residential I-Grade play Kingsway at Kingsway Reserve.

Unfortunately, the club’s two women’s teams face road trips – the Project Ceilings A-Grade heading to Winnacott while the Peak Body Fitness C3-Grade play Hills Rangers.

The Hybrid Linings C4-Grade, Coast to Coast Imports C5-Reserves and the Indian Ocean Hotel Brett Jones Colts all have a bye

O’Rourke Realty A-Grade
Kingsley v North Beach, Kingsley Reserve, 2.45pm

Lifenet A-Reserves
Kingsley v North Beach, Kingsley Reserve, 1.05pm

Plasterwise Phil Scott Colts
Kingsley v North Beach, Kingsley Reserve, 11.25am

Beyond Tools C4-Grade
North Beach v Forrestdale, Charles Riley Reserve, 2.45pm

GJ Osplumb C4-Reserves
North Beach v Forrestdale, Charles Riley Reserve, 2.45pm

Project Ceilings A-Grade Women
Winnacott v North Beach, Winnacott Reserve, 9.50am

Peak Body C-3 Women
Hills Rangers v North Beach, Brown Park, 11.30am

Grange Residential I-Grade
Kingsway v North Beach, Kingsway Reserve, 11.15am

Hybrid Linings C5-Grade

Coast to Coast Imports C5-Reserves

Indian Ocean Hotel Brett Jones Colts