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Little separated the two teams throughout the contest, but there was always a sense that the Tigers would get the job done. Even with prevailing wintry conditions, making everything less predictable, it was felt the Beach would prevail.
The margin was a little tighter than it could have been, with Trinity Aquinas kicking a goal in the last minute to edge within a couple of points. And the Boomers then won the centre clearance, pushed the ball inside 50 and could have snared the result.
Perhaps that sense of confidence was a little mis-placed, but winning becomes a habit and the Beach, more often than not, have found a way to win the close games in 2017. This was an absorbing contest throughout and in the end, the difference between winning and losing was a few exceptional individual efforts.
At one end Jamie Sajich was flawless in defence, repelling attack after attack from the Boomers, in conjunction with Ben Sweeney, Michael Taylor and Luke Symonds. At the other Nic Reid was again inspirational in front of the big sticks, kicking five goals in a match-winning performance.
He capitalised on the supply generated by the likes of Sam Lamont, Dan Leishman, Beau Witheridge, Steve Mansfield and youngster Darby McCarthy while Tom Hooper and Nathan Dwyer did their bit to propel the club to an important 8.7 (55) to 8.5 (53) triumph.
They confronted top placed Trinity Aquinas and set the agenda from the outset. They tackled the league leaders before the worst of the weather blew in and they sent them packing with an emphatic 40-point win.
Young guns like Matt Holden, Nick Bowe, Tom DeCourtenay and Jack O’Gorman set the tone while experienced campaigners Adam Duff, Andrew Langsford and Jamie Cosgrove added some maturity to the performance.
The Beach led by four points at the last change, but were out-worked by an opposition with a stronger desire for victory, conceding four goals in the last 20 minutes – after TA had kicked only four goals to that stage of the game.
From the first bounce, however, the Beach was too fast, too skilful and had far more intensity and energy than the home team. All those attributes had been missing in the previous month and were key elements in an emphatic 34-point win.
Alex Hack was dominant in the ruck and as a result, the midfield of Mik McSween, Alex Luck, Mark Langsford and Tom Payton got first use of the ball which gave the Beach forwards quick opportunities, of which they took full advantage. Jerome Orr-Young was terrific in his first game of 3’s for the season and Adam Miotti was used in the backline on much bigger players and was dominant throughout.
Five of those goals came in the third term with sharp-shooter Ben McAuliffe and the imposing Joe Boys prominent. They went on to kick nine goals between them, while Scott Ward, Ryan Clapham and Tyler Hurley were also influential.
After winning the toss and kicking with the breeze, they expected to establish a strong early lead. But Swan Athletic defended the ground well, then counter-attacked and earned a 10-point advantage at the first break.
It was then time to test the defence of North Beach, which had been strong for most of this season. They maintained their reputation, holding Swan Athletic to 1.4 and turning eight points down at the half.
With a few bold moves through the forward line and Brodie Vance holding a key opposition play-maker under wraps, the Beach began to break loose. Lachie Howie provided a target up forward, some great ball movement from Aaron Ugle and Liam Hunter saw the Beach hold on to score a gallant win.