Peel Thunder Colts finals campaign comes to an end

Tuesday, September 18, 2018 - 11:39 AM
The Peel Thunder Colts season came to an end in the Preliminary final against Swan Districts on Sunday, going down by 22 points.
After the game we spoke to head coach, Brad Dodd, about the finals campaign and the season in general. 
A topsy turvy finals campaign, losing to Swans twice and beating East Fremantle in a thriller, how did you see the Finals?
BD: We played some really good football in patches. We thought we were really strong in our first game against Swans but didn’t use the ball particularly well and didn’t take our opportunities going forward. It is an area we’ve focused on all year- being able to put a value on the ball, particularly inside 50. We almost won all of our major KPIs for that match but Swans had a touch more class when it counted and made their opportunities count. 
We were really happy with our game against East Fremantle, despite the fact the Sharks hit back and had a chance to win the game at the end. It was a great learning experience as our midfield become reactionary in the last quarter and that fed into the Sharks attacking mindset. In the end we were lucky to win. 
The group had set themselves for the rematch against Swans but apart from the first 10 minutes, where we had the majority of the play, Swans were the better team.  At one stage it looked like it could blow out so we were really happy the boys fought it out. While it was disappointing to fall short of a Grand Final berth, the players and coaching staff go away wth some pretty strong feedback.  
Through the course of the season, Peel was a high scoring team but that dried up in the Finals.   Is that an area of focus going forward?
BD: A little bit was our ball use going forward, especially in the first final against Swans. All our forwards seemed to collapse on each other and run into each others space.  It was a focus for the next 2 finals and though we didn’t kick high scores, the space and opportunities were there- we dropped a lot of marks we’d usually make and didn’t convert when we needed to. Our 2 key forwards in Jack Sears and Ben Middleton have only just turned 17 and have carried the burden of playing as key forwards in their first season. Add in the other forwards we used in Deon Welhan, Clifton Stack, Jake Willis, Tyrone Thorne and Brendan Cooke, who are all 17 year olds, it’s a fantastic learning experience for them to take into next season. Being able to stand up under pressure when the team needs you the most and being able to deliver against quality opponents. Tyrone Thorne was well held in the first final V Swans but responded and was our best player the second time around. That’s what you want to see from your young players. 
A bit of a surprise in the East Fremantle game with, leading goalkicker, Lachlan Cullen playing in defence.  What was the thinking behind that?
BD: The Sharks had an extremely talented group and some dangerous players up forward. We didn’t have a natural match up for Dylan Curley, who is an excitement machine, and it become apparent that Lachie was our best match up physically. It wasn’t a total reach, Lachie had done the whole pre-season training as a back and had played the first 2 games down there. Lachie Beverly got the match up on Dylan O’Reilly and did a fantastic job. James Ewing went to Luke Jackson. Against Swans, Kyle Penny shut down Jarrad Cameron after Cameron had kicked 4 in the first final. Beverly, Penny and Ewing will all be back next season and should take great confidence in how they performed in the Finals. 
Now that the season has come to a close, what are you over-arching thoughts on how the season went?
BD: Really happy with how the players attacked the program. With South Fremantle, we were the youngest squad for the year, which gives us a great leg up into next season. We managed to play 50 players, with 6 being 16 year olds. We used 28 players across the 3 finals with 13 of those being 17 or younger. I’d like to think that exposure will be really beneficial to those players as they head into the off-season and next season. Where do I need to get better? Our coaching group moved forward as a group and it was great to see our assistants in Michael McCann, Danny Chartres and Jayden Heuer take charge of a game, planning and implementing training and coaching the team on match day. Proud of James Sturrock and Lachlan Riley who, through prolonged good form, played League football. Overall, I was really happy with what we delivered. 
Where to from here?
BD: Our Talent Manager, John Deitz, and I will be conducting our Exit Interviews over the next few weeks. We have the Colts and Senior Best and Fairest in early October before a short break and re-charge before hitting pre-season for the 2019 season!
Finally, thoughts on the Grand Final between Subiaco and Swans?
BD: Subiaco have well and truly had Swans measure across the season. Similar to us against Swans, who we struggled to beat. Having said that, I think Swans can win this one. They’re well coached and have some genuine weapons that if they get off the chain and cause some damage.  Swans by 2 points. 
Brad Dodd - Colts Coach

Week 1 Finals Colts Wrap

Tuesday, September 4, 2018 - 4:30 PM - by Chris Pike

SWAN Districts' colts have booked in a second semi-final meeting with Subiaco after beating Peel Thunder on Sunday while East Fremantle kept its 2018 season alive with a derby win over South Fremantle on Saturday.

The 2018 WAFL Finals Series got underway on Saturday at Fremantle Community Bank Oval and that began with a colts elimination final with East Fremantle taking on South Fremantle.

East Fremantle proved too strong going on to win 18.7 (115) to 8.5 (53) to keep its season alive and end the campaign of South Fremantle.

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TABtouch Finals Series

Tuesday, September 4, 2018 - 11:24 AM

The 2018 TABtouch WAFL Finals Series will commence on Saturday, September 1 with the Qualifying Final between South Fremantle (2nd) and West Perth (3rd) at Fremantle Community Bank Oval from 2.40pm.

Claremont (4th) and East Perth (5th) will battle it out in the Elimination Final the following day, September 2, at Claremont Oval from 2.40pm.

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Colts 1st Semi Final - Thunder v Sharks @ Arena Joondalup

Tuesday, September 4, 2018 - 11:10 AM

WAFL Colts 1st Semi Final

Get behind Peel Thunder Colts as they play East Fremantle Sharks this Sunday at Arena Joondalup.  Bounce down 8.55am.

Lets go Thunder!


Round 21 Colts Wrap up with Coach Brad Dodd

Tuesday, August 28, 2018 - 12:53 PM
The Peel Thunder Colts were back in action last Sunday, taking on East Perth at Domain Stadium. After the game we spoke with Head Coach, Brad Dodd.
A Colts Super Round to end the regular season, 3 games being played at Domain Stadium on Sunday. Another 2 debuts with Tyrell Metcalf and Ben Roberts coming into the team, tell us a little about the day and the players debuting?
BD: This was the 2nd Super Round for the season- it’s a great experience for the players and they were all pretty excited to be playing at Domain Stadium. Like most teams this time of year, we had a few injuries so it was disappointing for the likes of Tyson Powell and Jye Kimpton to miss out. James Sturrock was joined by Lachlan Riley in the League team- which was great reward for Lachie- who has been playing some great football. 
Tyrell is up from our 16’s program- making it 6 of our 16s that have played this year. He’s a hard running, skilful forward- he can do some pretty exciting things. Ben is one of our South West kids who has played the last 4 games in the Reserves which gave us a good chance to look at him closely. He mainly plays down back and generally uses the ball well. 
Perfect conditions to start the game, a dominant start that wasn’t reflected on the scoreboard and East Perth responded to lead by 6 points at the break- thoughts on the quarter?
BD: We started the game really strongly but didn’t convert. At one stage it was 1.8 to nil. As is often the case, East Perth gained momentum and managed to convert their chances. So it was disappointing to be behind after creating enough scoring opportunities.
East Perth opened up a 14 point lead half way through the 2nd, before the Thunder rallied to go into half time with a 6 point lead. Where’d you see the turnaround?
BD: We started to use the ball better and that created set shots for our forwards- who converted. It was still a real arm wrestle through the midfield but we felt we worked our way on top by the end of the quarter. 
A tight start to the 3rd before Peel exploded to open up a 31 point lead at the last change. You must’ve been happy with the response?
BD: We made some adjustments at half time but we kicked 5 goals from the centre bounce. Our inside mids went to work and our forwards managed to create space, which created one on ones. It was an exciting 8-10 minutes of play where we kicked 5 goals. 
East Perth threw everything at you in the last, but the Thunder held on to win by 19 points. Was the fade out a concern?
BD: We’ve been pretty strong in last quarters but by the end we were down to 2 on the bench and we fought it out. We’ve had some really good battles with East Perth over the year so it was good to get the win. We had our lowest possession count for the year (219) but still managed 44 Inside 50s and 26 scoring shots. 
Who were the better performers on the day?
BD: Tyrone Thorne was outstanding down forward, kicking 3.3 and proving strong defensive pressure. Michael Randall had a high impact game and was instrumental in our strong 3rd quarter. Jake Howes had one of his better games for the season and managed to hit the scoreboard. Down back, Rob Hutson and James Ewing continued their good form while Jack Sears had another strong game up forward. 
That’s the end of the regular season, Peel finishing 2nd with 12 wins and 6 loses. How have you seen the season to date?
BD: We ended up playing 50 players and we were the 2nd youngest team in the competition. We managed to win more games than last year and give ourselves at least 2 finals- which is fantastic for our players and their own development. We had 2 players play League football in James Sturrock and Lachie Riley while another 6 played Reserves football. We also saw our assistant coaches in Jayden Heuer, Danny Chartres and Michael McCann take the reigns and coach the team through the week and match day. Overall, we’re pretty happy with how the season has panned out and excited to see our players under the pressure of finals football. 
Swan Districts this week at Claremont Oval on Sunday, 9.15am - how have you gone against them this season?
BD: We’re 1-1, with both teams winning at home. As is often the case in Colts, the personnel will be quite different this time around. Swans have some very dangerous and exciting players that can rip games apart. It’s going to be a great challenge playing away but one we all look forward to. 
Brad Dodd - Thunder Colts Coach

Colts Qualifying Final - Peel Thunder v Swan Districts

Tuesday, August 28, 2018 - 12:08 PM

Congratulations to the Peel Thunder Colts Team on making this years WAFL Finals.

Get along and support them as they take on Swan Districts at Claremont Oval this Sunday, bounce down 9.15am.

See you there!

Women's Senior Head Coach Applications invited

Monday, August 27, 2018 - 10:44 AM



Women’s Senior Head Coach

The Peel Thunderbirds Football Club seek applications for the position of Women’s Senior Head Coach for the 2019 season.

The Peel Thunderbirds Football Club is committed to maximizing the potential of footballers by providing field leading education and innovation. Peel Thunderbirds Football Club strives to foster an environment where footballers can achieve their goals and perform at their best. To be considered for this role, you will need significant and successful experience developing players, along with outstanding communication and leadership skills. Our club is also focused on developing these people to be respected members of our community and the successful applicant will have the values and integrity needed to achieve this objective

Suitable applicants will possess;

People Management & Planning:

  • Capacity to effectively manage young talented athletes and associated staff
  • Ability to lead, and influence within a high performance environment
  • Display a good understanding of the Peel Thunder Football Club zone
  • A passion for driving a strong and inclusive culture
  • Bring a fresh, energetic and positive attitude along with being well prepared
  • Assist with the recruitment of players                       

Football Knowledge:

  • Understanding of development theories and practice
  • Strong knowledge of coaching techniques/strategies/tactics
  • Sound understanding of skill development and learning strategies

Effective Communication:

  • Highly developed and proven communication (written, verbal, visual) and interpersonal skills.


  • Level 2 coach accreditation (minimum or working towards Level 2)

Applicants are required to submit a cover letter and coaching resume, with references (maximum of three A4 pages), which addresses the key competencies outlined above.

Applications are to be submitted no later than September Friday the 14th, by 5.00pm via email;

Shane Creevey - Football Manager



Wednesday, August 22, 2018 - 5:59 PM



Peel Thunder Football Club wishes to thank all our donors, bidders and volunteers who supported the recent PTFC Banquet Auction.  

The feedback received from patrons on the night couldn't of been better.  The Club was able to raise some much needed funds to support our community and football programs in the Peel Region and couldn't be more pleased.

Once again THANK YOU!

All Go Engineering

Aluminium Plus
Anderson Sheds
Andrew Hastie MP
Angove McLaren  Vale
Angove Warboys Vineyard
APE Medical 
Askin Performance Panels
Australian Skin Clinics
Bali Avalon
Ballantyne Plumbing, Gas & Electrical 
Barb and Geoff Campbell
Basement Health & Fitness
BDR Business Accountants
Bendigo Bank Halls Head
Blair Bell
Brad Dean
Bunnings Mandurah
Burley Sekem
Carlton United Breweries
Catch 22 Tapas & Cocktail Lounge 
Charneen and Chris Fairman
CMI Electrical
Coast FM
Coastal Dog Training  
Coconutz  B & B Broome
Corrie and Rae Davison 
Corsair Aviation
Country Wide Insurance Brokers 
Crown Melbourne 
Crown Perth
David Grays Aglink
David Templeman MLA
EmbroidMe Mandurah
Essendon Football Club
Essential Beauty, Mandurah Forum
Essentials Refrigeration
F45 Training Rockingham
Flic's Kitchen
Flooring Xtra Rockingham  
Food Packaging Australia
Foot Print WA
Forty Winks Mandurah
FPA Australia
Fremantle Football Club
Gilberts Fresh
Global Diagnostics
Great Southern Fuels
H & N Perry
Helen and Ron Taggart
Helloworld Mandurah
HHG Legal Group
Hind's Sand Supplies & Earthmoving
Hind's Transport Services
Holly Drage Canine Behaviour Technologist
Horizontal Falls Adventures
IGA Silver Sands 
Independant Parts
Infiniti Group
ISC Sport
Kaye Pratt
Kelly's Hot Water & Gas 
Kennards Hire 
Kerry Argoon
Kevin Sheedy
L & P Nail Spa, Halls Head
Lakelands Mechanical
Laser Corps Combat Adventures
Lavoro Italiano Restaurant
Lesley Moir
Liquor Barons Port Mandurah
Lockdown Security
Lu Lu's Café, Rockingham
Mandurah Bus Charters
Mandurah Business Machines 
Mandurah Caravan & Tourist Park
Mandurah Coastal Times
Mandurah Country Club
Mandurah Cruises 
Mandurah Day & Night Pharmacy
Mandurah Holden
Mandurah Outboards
Mark Stewart
Matrix Express
McDonalds Mandurah, Greenfields, Lakelands
Meadow Springs Golf & Country Club
Media Tonic
MM Electrical Mandurah
Nannup Hotel
Novus Windscreens
Optus Business Centre
Optus Stadium
Orbit Fitness
Paintball Skirmish
Paparazzi Cafe
Peel District Football Development Council
Peel Flower House
Peel Finance Brokers
Pest Guard WA
Pinjarra Golf Club
Pinjarra Race Club
Pink Duck Bar & Bistro
Playford Hotel, Adelaide
R & N Photography
Rebecca Stewart
Red Manna Waterfront Restaurant
Renee Hardman, LJ Hooker Mandurah
Rentco Transport & Equipment Rentals
Retravision Rockingham
Roadsy's Road Trip
Rockingham Apartments
Ron & Rachel Pelham
Rose Bucktin
Roz Cameron
Rustic Earth/Nails by Kel
Ryza Homes
Seashells Mandurah
Secret Harbour Golf Links
Silver Sands Resort 
Southend Electrical Contractors
Stephanie and Kim Hames
Sylvia Stewart
Textile Traders Rockingham
The Bridge Garden Bar
The Fisho
The Shoe Bar
Things Living Emporim
Toyworld Mandurah
Tyrepower Mandurah
Vintage House Wines & Spirits 
Wagin Motel and Palace Hotel
Weight Watchers Australasia
West Australian Football Commission
West Coast Eagles
Workforce Power Tools
Yvette Bowman
Zak Kirkup MP
Zen Body Massage

Round 20 Q&A with colts coach Brad Dodd

Tuesday, August 21, 2018 - 9:44 AM

The Peel Thunder Colts were back in action last Saturday, taking on Claremont at Claremont Oval. After the game we spoke with Head Coach, Brad Dodd.

Two fresh faces into the team this week with Jonathon Letto and Tyler Nesbitt making their debuts. Tell us a little about them?

BD: Both players are out of our Under 16s program. Tyler joined the Colts straight after and has been really impressive on the training track. He’s a medium defender with a good vertical jump and raking left foot kick. Jono is one of our South West kids. He’s still quite small but has a high work rate and is quite neat with his ball use. This was our youngest team for the year by far, with 16 of the 23 being 17 years old or younger. It was going to be a great challenge for the players but certainly exciting from a development point of view. 

Sunny but slippery conditions early, with the Thunder taking a five-point lead into the quarter time break. How’d you see the quarter?

BD: The scoreboard didn’t reflect the way the game was being played. We started brightly but didn’t get reward for effort early and Claremont controlled the middle part of the quarter and missed some easy chances themselves. Jono Ietto started brightly, kicking two first quarter goals.  

Claremont dominated the 2nd quarter, kicking 5.1 to 0.1 to open a significant lead at half time. It must’ve been disappointing?

BD: Totally out worked. All across the ground. Defensively, we made sloppy mistakes, basic errors and Claremont took advantage. We were smashed around the ball, out worked, which was disappointing as our senior players were all playing through there. The challenge in the second half was to respond. 

Claremont kept the pressure on in the 3rd quarter, winning the quarter by a goal to hold a 31-point lead at the last change. How’d you see the 3rd quarter?

BD: We were trying to get ourselves back into the game but Claremont continued to pressure strongly around the ball and we really struggled to generate scoring opportunities. Even though the tigers had a big lead, the group have shown through the season that we can score quickly and the door wasn’t shut. 

At the 12 minute mark of the last, Peel had reeled the margin back to 13 points but couldn’t quite go on with it, going down by 20 points. What got you back into the game?

BD: We started to be bolder with our ball use and we started see a greater work rate. At the half way mark of the quarter, we looked like we were in with a chance to pinch it but we weren’t clinical enough under pressure and half opportunities or opportunities to attack our goals went begging. Claremont, who had been the better team all day, shut the game down and closed out the result. 

Who were the better performers on the day?

BD: Lachie Riley had been really close to a league debut and he kept the pressure on with another workman like performance. His ball use wasn’t as damaging as it could’ve been but he was pretty consistent from quarter to quarter. Cam Gavin worked hard through the midfield but they were our only two serviceable performers through there. Down back, Rob Hutson and James Ewing were excellent under pressure. Deon Welhan worked hard but there weren’t many solid contributors across the whole game. We thought the two debutants in Jono Ietto and Tyler Nesbitt were pretty impressive at times. 

The last game of the regular season this week, with second spot locked away- how do you attack the game against East Perth?

BD: We have a few up playing reserves, with Lachlan Cullen going up and getting a taste this week. Some of those players will stay up, while a couple may come back. James Sturrock has been pretty solid for the league team. So we’ll look for a response from the playing group. The game is played at Domain Stadium as part of a Colts Super Round, which will be a great experience for the players. 

The Thudner colts will take on East Perth  in the final round of the home and away season, this Saturday 25th August at Bendigo Bank Stadium.

Peel suffer final quarter fade-out defeat against Claremont

Tuesday, August 21, 2018 - 9:27 AM

Peel Thunder’s finals hopes have been dealt a blow following an eight-point comeback loss at the hands of Claremont at Claremont Oval on Saturday.

The road to finals was looking clear when Peel finished the third quarter at an 11-point advantage, but the path quickly fogged when Claremont came out firing in the final term, finishing on 12.8 (80) to The Thunder’s 11.6 (72).

The Thunder’s Haydn Matthews said the close-call nature of the game was an upsetting aspect for the team.

“It was a disappointing result in the end to go down in a close game like that,” he said.

“We'd like to get over the line, but unfortunately we couldn't, but I hope we get an opportunity next week to have a shot of making it to fifth for the finals.”

The first quarter started with the two teams mirroring and trailing scores until it ended on a three-point margin to Peel.

Matthews said coach Cam Shepherd was happy with them at quarter time, and offered valuable advice to get them out firing in the second term.

“[Cam told us to] keep playing how we were doing, stick to those structures and the way we want to play, getting forward to the big forwards as they were taking lots of marks, and lead to us getting a few goals which was good,” he said.

The Thunder responded in the second term with a flurry of goals from Hugh Dixon, Blair Bell, Luke Strnadica and Lloyd Meek; catapulting the team to a 23-point lead at half time.

Despite the high stakes and tension on the field, the third term saw Peel hold their lead, thanks to a goal by Brayden Lawler.

Matthews said Lawler’s form was of great value to the team.

“Brayden's great, he does it week in, week out, his tackling pressures are what everyone values at the club and for him to hit the scoreboard as well is really valuable,” he said.

At the three-quarter break, coach Cam Shepherd stressed to the team the importance of the game, with the Thunder’s season on the line, expecting his players to “come off this field exhausted.”

Unfortunately for Peel, the Tigers came out just as hungry, firing off four goals to one, to snatch the eight-point win.

Matthews said the Thunder’s eventual demise was a result of being out-run by the Tigers and lack of attack on his team’s side.

“Their run just got too much for us in the end,” he said.

“We tried to protect the lead, which we could've been a bit more attacking and try hit that scoreboard.”

Peel Thunder face East Perth in a do-or-die game next week, with a win being absolutely vital in bumping them up to fifth place, to play in the WAFL finals again this year.

Peel Thunder play East Perth on Saturday 25th of August at Bendigo Bank Stadium, bounce down at 2:15pm.


Written by Teri Campbell - Curtin University