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Thursday, August 17, 2017 - 12:18 PM

After 2 disappointing loses that end our finals chances, the Peel development side used the bye to realign focuses and set some short term goals over the remaining 3 games. We saw the game against Perth as an opportunity to measure our progress over the back end of the season. The last time we met, Perth recorded a pretty comfortable victory, running away with the game in the last quarter. Perth were sitting in 3rd position on the ladder and building towards a finals campaign. Out of the side went Corey Morris, Luke Strnadica, Josh McMahon and Brett Milward who were all rewarded with some strong form with a promotion to the League side. It was especially pleasing to see Brett and Josh go up as they had to fight pretty hard to earn their spots and had both been building pretty strong cases over the past few weeks.

We welcomed back Josh Mathers and Leroy Jetta from long term injury. Both were on restricted time and both got through the game with flying colours- which is a positive sign for the League finals campaign going forward.

The players were met with windy conditions at Bendigo Bank Stadium and Perth had the advantage of a 3-4 goal breeze in the first quarter. The Thunder closed the game down to perfection but still managed to kick 3 goals into the breeze. The strong start was built on tackle pressure with the Peel guys laying 26 tackles for the quarter. Trailing by 1 point heading into the 2nd with the breeze, the Thunder needed to make the most of the good start. Playing a fairly direct brand of football, the Peel boys kicked 7.1 from 11 Inside 50s to take a 4 goal lead into half time. Once again, tackle pressure was strong with the Thunder laying another 24 tackles (+16 for the half).

The 3rd quarter started similar to how the first half ended, with strong pressure around the ball and Peel moving the ball inside 50 efficiently. Into the breeze, the Thunder outscored the Demons 4 goals to 2 into the breeze to open up a 33 point lead at 3/4 time. Continuing the strong tackling trend of the first half, the Thunder laid a massive 39 tackles for the quarter, with James Kirby leading the way with 7. Kicking with the breeze in the last, the challenge was to go on with the game. As has been the case when were previously in these positions, we eased off, Perth lifted and were able to close the margin- kicking a goal after the siren to reduce the margin to 14 points.

Better players for the Thunder were James Kirby, who had 6 clearances, 8 inside 50s and laid 19 tackles. James has been knocking on the door for a League debut for a few weeks now but has continued to work on and elevate his game. Jake Janzekovic, relocated to defence late in the year, has become a strong performer in the back 6 and had his best game for the year. Jackson Capurso has been improving each week down back but we spun him up onto the wing and he provided plenty of speed and dash, collecting 20 possession, 6 tackles and a goal. Brad McGowan was lively up forward kicking 3 goals in his best game since returning from illness.

Overall, it was a fairly even performance, built on a strong work rate and high tackle pressure. The Thunder laid 109 tackles, with Kirby (19), Humble (10), Burkett (10) and Madih (9) leading the way.

Our next game sees us travel to Shark Park to take on East Fremantle. The Sharks are just outside the 5 and still a chance to make finals. We’ve had some close tussles with East Fremantle this year and the Thunder will need to attack the game with the same attitude it took into the Perth game.


Wednesday, August 2, 2017 - 3:54 PM

Written by: Michael Roberts

Peel Thunder lost their second game in a row with a 16-point loss to Swan Districts at Bassendean Oval on Saturday afternoon in stormy weather.  

Peel held a two-point lead heading into the final term before Swan Districts kicked four goals to one to set up a 11.6 (72) to 8.8 (56) victory.

Peel’s Calvin Thorne said it was disappointing his side dropped away in the last term.

“We played pretty well up until the fourth quarter when they ran over us,” he said.

“We have to get our head down and play four quarters of footy, I think that’s why we lost today”.

A victory would have given the Thunder an eight-point buffer over the fourth-placed Swans but instead they are now equally placed on 40-points for the season.

Rory O’Brien became Peel’s all-time games record holder in his 133rd game for the club.

The Sandover Medallist racked up 33 disposals but couldn’t do enough to get his side over the line.

In wet and windy conditions, Peel stuck to their game plan early – attempting to move the ball out of their defence with short passes - taking 40 more marks than Swan Districts at half time.

However The Thunder couldn’t transfer their possession superiority into scoring opportunities, largely due to the Swans intense tackling pressure 

Swan Districts took a one-point lead into quarter time after both sides traded blows in a hotly contested start to the game.

Perth’s weekend storm came down in force at the first break – making playing conditions extremely difficult at the start of the second term.

The Thunder kicked two goals to one in the quarter, including an amazing goal from Blair Bell where he scissor-kicked the ball in mid-air.

Peel kicked away early in the third term when Daniel Pearce and Josh Deluca capitalised on the Thunder’s dominance across the ground.

With a clean pair of heels Deluca scored a magnificent running goal to give Peel a game-high 19-point lead five minutes in. 

Just as it looked like Peel would open up a big lead - Swan Districts fought back converting four majors to reduce the margin to two points at the last break.

Turnovers continued to hurt the Thunder as Swan Districts kicked three quick goals to give themselves a 15-point lead midway through the last quarter.  

Peel only kicked one goal in response suffering their seventh loss of the season.

Young gun Aaron Naughton continued to impress in his third league game for Peel, finishing will 11 marks and 22 disposals. 

Peel forward Blair Bell adapted well to the wet weather kicking three goals in his second game back from a five-week suspension.

Next week the Thunder have a bye and will take on Perth on Saturday, August 12th. 


Wednesday, August 2, 2017 - 3:48 PM

The Peel Development team arrived at Steel Blue Oval keen to put up a much more competitive display than the last time the 2 sides met. The earlier clash saw Swans destroy the Thunder by 125 points in what was probably the low point of our season. Heading into the clash, both teams were on 6 wins and a game outside the 5. Peel were coming off a disappointing result against Subiaco, having lead by 4 goals at half time, before being overrun and losing by 9 points.

The Thunder lost the promoted Chris Wrigley and Calvin Thorne to League, while key position player, Matt Piggott was ruled out with hamstring tightness. Aaron Victor was also a late, late withdrawal in the warm up with Reece Dillon, Jackson Burkett, Jackson Capurso and Zac Beckman returning to the team.

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Wednesday, July 26, 2017 - 8:33 PM

It was with great pleasure that the Peel Thunder Football Club Ladies Committee, represented by Corrin Ditchburn,  were able to continue their support of Ronald McDonald House Perth by presenting, Ronald McDonald House Perth CEO Peter King a cheque for $9144.66.  

The presentation was made at last weekends home game at Bendigo Bank Stadium where McDonalds Mandurah Forum, Greenfields and Lakelands sponsored an open gate.  Giving patrons 'FREE ENTRY' for the day.

By supporting Ronald McDonald House Perth, they are able to keep families close by, providing a home away from home for regional WA families who have a sick child receiving hospital treatment in Perth.

The Peel Thunder  Ladies Committee hold an annual "Ladies Day" at a Peel Thunder Home game to raise funds for a nominated charity.

Ronald McDonald House Perth have been the charity recipient in 2016 and 2017.   

Many Peel Thunder Sponsors such as McDonalds Mandurah Forum, Lakelands and Greenfields support this endevour, local business's, ladies of the Club and of course our Members.  

Thank you to the ladies who form the Committee that work behind the scenes to bring this all together.  Led by Corrin Ditchburn (picutred) ,Lee Smith, Trish Morris, Mel Verdoes, Donelle Piggot, Ebony O'Brien and Paula Barnden. 

We look forward to Season 2018 Ladies Day and giving back to the Community!





Tuesday, July 25, 2017 - 3:27 PM

The Peel Colts moved back into second position on the WAFL colts ladder on Saturday with a 36 point win over Subiaco.

In slippery conditions early both sides were evenly matched kicking 2 goals a piece in the first quarter. A late Subiaco goal in the second quarter saw the Lions take a 6 point lead into the main break 5-5 35 to Peels 4-5 29.

The second half, as generally is always the case in colts footy, saw the conditions improve. It became a lot more conducive to running and carrying, and allowed for better ball handling which allowed the Peel boys to play to their strengths. The midfield dominated the 3rd term which saw the Thunder kick 7 goals to Subiacos 2 to take a 25 point lead into the final change.

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Tuesday, July 25, 2017 - 1:43 PM

Written by: Fraser Palamara

Photo: Karina Vakil

Peel Thunder’s five-game win streak has come to an end after losing to the Subiaco Lions by 46 points at Bendigo Bank Stadium on Saturday.  The Thunder were caught off guard by the Lions early game and had a slow start for a final score of 6.4 (40) to Subiaco’s 12.14 (86).

Rory O’Brien reached the record of most Peel Thunder games played at 132 games, equalled with Brandon Hill, finishing with 24 disposals and 11 tackles.

Peel’s Blair Bell said “O’Brien has a presence for the team that is invaluable.  The way he leads at the front and at training, he sets the standard, keeps putting in week in week out, he was a big part of our premiership last year.”

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Tuesday, July 25, 2017 - 12:55 PM

After back to back road trips the Thunder were back at home last weekend, hosting the Subiaco Lions, keen to continue their recent good form. Previously the teams had met twice with the Lions winning both, holding off a fast finishing Thunder in Round 4 by 2 points and then pulling away in the last to win by 34 points in Round 11.

Peel welcomed back Matt Piggott, Chris Wrigley and Corey Morris while Brad McGowan was returning to football after a long lay off through illness.

The game started exactly as you’d expect from 2 teams that are both very strong around the contest. Peel had a slight edge in the stoppages but Subiaco’s resolute defence stifled ball movement and forced the Thunder down the line. Some poor one on one defending and unnecessary free kicks meant the Lions took an 8 point advantage into quarter time.

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Monday, July 17, 2017 - 8:50 PM

In a frustrating performance, the Peel Thunder colts lost their 5th game of the year on Saturday against a tenacious East Perth side.

The colts were not without their chances, however could only manage 7.14 to East Perths 9.9 to go down by 7 points.

The game started well for the Thunder with Brynn Osborne kicking the first goal of the game for the second week in a row, followed by Alex Cohen converting a set shot from close range to go into the first break up 2.5 to 2.2.

After an early East Perth goal in the second quarter, the midfield led by Lachy Mitchell, Michael Randall and Kyle Havelberg started to get their hands on the ball. Combined with some strong defending from the likes of Durak Tucker and Ben Waddington, the Thunder started to control the game. Goals to Brandon Gregory, Randall, and a great kick from Ty Anderson saw the Thunder get out to a 17 point lead with 4 minutes to go in the 2nd term. A poor final 4 minutes however saw East Perth kick 2 late goals to reduce the margin to 5 points at the main change.

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Monday, July 17, 2017 - 8:23 PM

Match report written by: Michael Roberts

Photo: Megan West

Peel Thunder have continued to push their case as premiership contenders, with a 28-point victory over East Perth at Leederville Oval on Saturday.

Peel kicked five goals to one in a dominant third term, to set up their fifth win-in-a-row and a 12.7 (79) to 7.9 (51) victory.

Peel defender Matthew Piggott said Rory O’Brien’s 33 disposals and six tackles were crucial for his side.

“I thought he was awesome, he plays trade mark footy nearly every game and he just keeps finding ways to get the footy and it’s awesome for us,” he said.

Piggott was also impressed with Peel youngster Hayden Matthews, who finished with 25 disposals and six tackles.

“I thought he was really good for us in tight, in the congestion,” he said.

“It’s really rewarding to see him play really good footy coming out of the reserves at the start of the year.”

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Monday, July 17, 2017 - 7:59 PM

The Thunder Development team were looking to back up on the road with another positive performance against East Perth at Medibank Stadium. The teams had met twice previously, with the Royals putting the Thunder to the sword in Round 1 only for Peel to return the favour in Round 7. Chris Wrigley was promoted to the League side to make his debut after a strong performance against West Perth. Chris’s promotion is a great story for all our players as he has worked hard on his game and certainly earned his opportunity. Brad Walsh was also promoted after a great game against the Falcons, while we welcomed back James Kirby, Noah Hura, Cameron Hayden-Quartermaine and Aaron Victor. Jaidon Kearing was also selected to make his debut. Only 18, Jaidon is a small forward/wing who has spent most of the year with the Colts- sitting 3rd on their goal kicking table.

East Perth started the stronger side but through a combination of their poor ball use, luck and our solid defending, Peel managed to weather the early storm to kick the first goal of the game through a Cameron H-Q snap, after some smart work from Brett Milward. The next 10 minutes of the quarter was a real arm wrestle with both sides wasting opportunities on goals. Brett Milward, again looking dangerous, finally finished off some good work up the ground to convert after taking a strong mark. East Perth answered almost immediately after a high tackle gave them a simple set shot before Luke Strnadica converted after the siren to give the Thunder a 12 point buffer at 1/4 time.

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