It is now time to head to the big siblings in the North, the North Beach Sea Eagles!
Home Ground – Blueforce Park, Charles Riley Reserve, North Beach
2022 Seniors – ALL GRADES – Men’s Fuel To Go & Play Premiership, Women’s Premiership, Val Murphy Trophy & Women’s League Tag
Highlights – On the aggregate, the North Beach Sea Eagles were the strongest senior club over the course of the season taking into account all 4 grades. Without the finals their club went… Premiership – 3rd, Val Murphy Trophy – 1st, Women’s Premiership – 2nd, Women’s League Tag – 3rd. The only club to feature in all 4 finals competitions.
In the Fuel To Go & Play Premiership, they proved the doubters wrong with a heroic effort in the preliminary final to knock over the Rockingham Sharks, and earn a spot in the GF. Unfortunately that was a mountain a bit too tall to climb and they had to settle for being the runner up. On the flipside, their Val Murphy team, who hadn’t lost a game in what seemed like an age, stumbled into the finals series after a couple of lacklustre games, only to go home in a couple of brutal losses to the Tigers and Roosters in the finals. In a first, they also managed to enter a second Val Murphy side, which was competitive in its own right and can be commended for the way they went about their business.
In the Women’s competitions, the North Beach sides looked like they would be close to the side to beat in the middle of the year, but their form seemed to taper off, and both teams were bundled out in the Preliminary final on a dreary day down in Rockingham, both against the Joondalup Giants. The Tag side lost in an absolute heartbreaker to the Joondalup Giants. Controlling the game from the start, they fell asleep right at the death to allow the Giants to send the game into extra time, and then when the Giants got their chance they didn’t miss. And in the tackle premiership, the Giants form was irresistible as they romped to what was a destiny meeting with the Rabbitohs. But the question remained. Is the Sea Eagles the club to watch out for in the Women’s?
Players To Watch – Bailey Millar is starting to play the kind of rugby league that seniors is all about. While not as flashy as he was in his junior days, his defensive nous and grit has continued to come a long way and although him and Woolley have headed east, who knows what the future holds. But the real surprise was the little known firebrand named Kayd Donkin. Showing up mid season, he last a couple of games in Val Murphy Trophy, before cementing a spot in Premiership, and then the WA State team. A rugged and no nonsense second rower, Kayd will be a key component moving forward for the Sea Eagles.
In the ladies, Melodie Toby is a young utility full of potential, and along with Anahera Te Rahui, might shape the future of not just the Sea Eagles, but the WA state sides in the near future. Both with ball skills, ability to read the play and the ability to take the line on it will only be a matter of time before it clicks for the pair. Sinead Loundes is still a linchpin in both tag and tackle. With her speed, work rate and unheralded ability to beat defenders, when she adds some play making to her game, she will be that much more dangerous.
2022 Juniors – 14s Boys, 15s Boys and 17s Boys
Highlights – Not the strongest year for the competition grades for the Sea Eagles, but they have identified their areas and have a healthy young group of non competition ages coming through. With multiple teams in the mini age groups, they hope to have the nest soaring once again, especially off the back of their seniors success.
In an ultra competitive age group, the 14s Boys for the Sea Eagles should be commended for just hanging in there. They team consisted of alot of underaged players, who continued to put their hands up and try their best in tough circumstances. And similar could be said of the 15s Boys team, who in most games stayed in the hunt with the gun sides, but lacked the physicality of some of their counterparts. These are some big 15 year old kids. But the Sea Eagles had the last laugh in the competition age groups. With the U17s ruling the roost, they played a creative and uncompromising style to finish as the premiers for 2022. Their lone premiership for the season, but a satisfying one, in a brilliant game of rugby league against the Sharks.
Players To Watch
U14 Boys – Thomas Sinclair – A whisker off making the WA State U15 side while still 14 years old, Thomas is a smart and underrated player. Possessing the ability to play anywhere in the spine, he might not be the most dynamic player in the world, but he makes up for it with his heads up game play. Skilful and with great ability, skys the limit this season.
U15 Boys – Reuben Dickson – A big last name around the WA ground, Reuben is a tough uncompromising lock forward who excels in the tough stuff. The more you seem to give him, or put him in physicality’s way, the more he thrives. A strong and fast player, and a natural captain, his mental growth needs to come to the fore to make him go to the next level.
U17 Boys – Jayden Evans – There was not a more dominant performance in the whole season, in any grade, than the one young Jayden came up with to win the 17 Boys grand final for the Sea Eagles. With Rockingham happy to go toe to toe with the boys from the North, Jayden stamp his ability on the game with a blistering performance in the second half to take the game away from the opponents. A brilliant hooker, with electric speed and strength, he will be one to watch.
And that’s a wrap of the on field stuff with the North Beach Sea Eagles for 2022, and we look forward to a bigger and better year in 2023 from the older sibling in the north!
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