Strong North Beach stun West Coast Tuesday, May 2, 2017 - 9:29 AM - by Sarah Mozley

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Round three of the WAAFL A-grade season saw 2016s semi-finalists North Beach travel down the coast to take on West Coast at City Beach Oval. 

West Coast missed having their captain Lee Stringer, who was out injured from a concussion in round two, when they faced off against an on-form North Beach. 

The game opened with North Beach showing their finals-quality strength through their dominance in clearances, a strong backline and ability to lock the ball in their half. 

West Coast wasted their limited opportunities with the ball through poor decisions and basic skill errors that North Beach made them pay for with easy turnovers and scoring opportunities.

However, North Beach couldn’t shake their inaccuracy, missing several set shots throughout the game and finishing with a final score of 11.17 (83) to West Coast’s 6.9 (45). 

After another poor second quarter, West Coast managed to make a slight comeback after half time by opening the game up, increasing the pressure and giving themselves more opportunities.

Despite the contest seeming more even in the third term, North Beach still dominated the game through clean ball use and a strong defence that made West Coast’s scoring opportunities scarce.

West Coast wrestled their way to a competitive final quarter, however they could not get on top of North Beach who dominated throughout the four quarters. 

Despite the walkover North Beach handed to West Coast, both teams will want to address their kicking accuracy as an issue early-on this season. 

North Beach is living up to expectations by competing strongly so far this season and they sit comfortably on the ladder in fourth position and as potential final contenders.

West Coast has had a poor start to the season, opening with a 0-3 start leaving them in a vulnerable position as second last on the ladder.