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Monday, October 16, 2017 - 10:22 AM

The Ocean Hill Peel Thunder Academy  program has wrapped up for the 2017 season, with the WAFL development carnival held over the September/October holidays. 

The carnival saw the 5 Peel Thunder sides (Year 8 Premier and Development, Year 9 Premier and Development and Year 10) play 4 games across the 2 weeks against Claremont, South West, South Fremantle and Perth, and has given players the ability to test themselves against the best players their age in the state. 

The Year 8 program was designed to give players an understanding of the basic requirements of WAFL football and an introduction to the club environment. The program was heavily focussed on skill development and developing an understanding of the style of football expected as they progress through the club. The squad was coached by Lee Dawson who was assisted by Craig Lindsay, Craig Gault, Theo Kearing and Neville Litchfield. Both the premier and development squads won 2 games and lost 2 through the carnival. 

The year 9 program was designed to continue to improve skill development whilst also aiming to develop players tactical understanding and development. A heavy focus was on teaching elements such as stoppage work, style of play, and defensive skills to prepare the players for under 16 football. The squad was well coached by Michael Glassborow with assistant coaches Pierce Dawson, Darren Dews, Shane Myers, Jayden Heuer, Steve Markham and Kevin Dalgetty. The premier side won 2 games and lost 2 games, whilst the development side won 3 games and lost 1 over the carnival. 

The year 10 program was focussed on developing players for colts and 16s football, with an emphasis on continuing to develop players game understanding and decision making skills. Coached by Chris McMahon and with assistance from Garry Monger, Mark and Tom Spence and Aaron Ballantyne, the squad won 1 of their 4 games. 

Talent Manager John Deitz said "The Ocean Hill Peel Thunder Academy program has been a year long program to develop players individually, whilst also teaching the style of football we want to play as a club. The games gave us a great opportunity to see all players under the pressure of game situations and allows us to provide feedback for individual players to improve their game to hopefully achieve their potential. It was great we were competitive in all games and saw some good signs that we have a talented crop of players coming through our pathway."

Players will receive their feedback over the coming week via email. Any players who haven't received their feedback by COB Friday 20/10 can contact John at to have it sent out. 


Monday, October 9, 2017 - 4:35 PM

Congratulations to Sam Collins who was presented with the 2017 Peel Thunder Dudley Tuckey Medal, winning on 115 votes.   Runners up to Sam were Matt Taberner on 81 votes and 3rd place Cam Sutcliffe on 67 votes.

More than 250 people attended the awards evening at Bendigo Bank Stadium which was conducted by MC Jack Crawshaw.

The evening also included a special presentation to back-to-back Premiership Coach Cam Shepherd, U’18 All Australian Aaron Naughton and league player Rory O’Brien who announced his retirement.

Here is a snap shot from League Coach Cam Shepherd on Sam, Rory and Leroy.


2017 Dudley Tuckey Medallist – Sam Collins

Rarely does a Full Back win a fairest and best Award.   Such was Sam’s domination of all WAFL forwards that he was recognised as the premier defender in the competition.

His ability to mark nearly everything that came his way was inspiring. If he couldn't mark, he spoilt. Golden Fist.

He led the best defence in the competition and was outstanding in the finals for Peel Thunder.  His attitude is exemplary, he leads by example and is a complete footballer.

A very deserving winner, and a Fairest and Best winner in a premiership team.  A high honour. 

Well done Sam.


Rory O’Brien retirement

Rory’s been a great player over many years at both Peel Thunder and East Fremantle. Whilst he has won accolades as a 5 times Fairest and Best winner and a Sandover Medallist, it is as a dual premiership player that I will fondly remember him.

His character and professionalism epitomised him as a player.  He has been so important in driving the standards of our group whilst building the bonds that have made our team great.

Well done Rory.
Rory O'Brien’s Career
244 WAFL League games (139 PTFC, 105 East Fremantle)
2016 & 2017 WAFL Premiership Player
2013 Sandover Medallist
2011 & 2013 WAFL State Player
2006 & 2010 PTFC Tuckey Medallist
2011, 2013 & 2015 EFFC Lynn Medallist
2014-2015 EFFC Captain
2004 WAFL Colts Premiership Player
2004 WAFL Colts Premiership joint Captain


Tom Stone award – Leroy Jetta

This award recognizes a player whom has endured hardship and shown resilience to achieve.

This years the award was presented to Leroy Jetta.

Leroy missed 2016 through the Essendon saga and watched whilst his team mates won the first ever premiership for Peel Thunder.  Whilst obviously hurting inside he showed his support whenever he could.

He was enormously focused on having a big year and achieving in 2017.

And so he did in the first ten games Leroy played extremely well, kicked 26 goals and played for WA in the historic victory against the Vic’s in June.

Disaster struck for Leroy late in a mid-season game against Subiaco when he fully ruptured his MCL. It was unlikely he would return, let alone get back for finals at Peel.

But coach Cam Shepherd and Leroy designed a plan to give him a chance. Leroy stuck religiously to a plan working himself tirelessly, losing some weight to take the load off his legs.  During this period there were times when he didn't think it would come good.

But as he grew strength, he grew in confidence.  An inspiring game in the reserves 3 games prior to finals was enough to convince the selectors to give him a go.

The rest is history. Two goals in the Grand Final including one in the last quarter putting Peel in front from the boundary line and he was part of the 2017 premiership team.

Well done Leroy.


League awards

Dudley Tuckey Medallist – Sam Collins

Runner up fairest and best – Matt Taberner

3rd place fairest and best – Cam Sutcliffe

Most consistent – Traye Bennell

Leading goal kicker – Matt Taberner

Arthur Marshall young player of the year – Haydn Matthews

Tom Stone award – Leroy Jetta

Coaches award – Ben Hancock

Player’s player – Corey Morris

Best player of the finals series – Luke Ryan


Senior Development awards

Ball Family Medal – Brad Walsh

Runner up fairest and best – Brett Milward

Coaches award – Chris Wrigley


Colts winners

David Cameron Memorial Medal winner – Lachlan Mitchell

2nd place fairest and best – Jordan Boullineau

3rd place fairest and best – Jakeb Shine

Players Player – Kyle Havelburg

Encouragement Award – James Sturrock

Leadership Award – Tyson Powell


Other award winners

Life Membership – Terry McCarthy

Life Membership – John Ditchburn

Best Club person – Geoff Campbell


Congratulations to all winners and thank you Sponsors of the awards.   The Club wishes to extend an invitation to supports, volunteers, sponsors, families and players to help celebrate what was Season 2017 and take advantage to wish Sam Collins all the best - @ The Bear Trap this Wednesday 4pm.  Bar open and sausage sizzle available.

Bring on Season 2018 and LETS GO THUNDER, LETS GO!

Image: Mandurah Coastal Times


Saturday, October 7, 2017 - 10:06 AM


Rory O'Brien Peel Thunders most decorated player and one of the WAFL's greatest has announced his retirement following two premierships with the Peel Thunder Football Club.

O'Brien was honoured with 5 Fairest and Bests awards (2 Tuckey Medals and 3 Lynn Medals) the 2013 Sandover Medal, 2016-17 WAFL league premierships, 2004 Colts premiership as joint Captain, represented the state in 2013/14 and was Captain of East Fremantle in 2014 & 2015.

Cam Shepherd, league coach of Peel Thunder paid tribute to O'Brien.

“Rory’s been a great player over many years at both Peel Thunder and East Fremantle. Whilst he has won accolades as a 5 times Fairest and Best winner and a Sandover Medallist,  it is as a dual premiership player that I will fondly remember him.

His character and professionalism epitomised him as a player.  He has been so important in driving the standards of our group whilst building the bonds that have made our team great. Well done Rory,” Shepard said.
Rory O'Brien’s Career
244 WAFL League games (139 PTFC, 105 East Fremantle)
2016 & 2017 WAFL Premiership Player
2013 Sandover Medallist
2011 & 2013 WAFL State Player
2006 & 2010 PTFC Tuckey Medallist
2011, 2013 & 2015 EFFC Lynn Medallist
2014-2015 EFFC Captain
2004 WAFL Colts Premiership Player
2004 WAFL Colts Premiership joint Captain



Thursday, October 5, 2017 - 11:30 AM

Hard running midfielder Lachlan Mitchell has claimed his first David Cameron Memorial Medal, pipping defenders Jordan Boullineau and Jakeb Shine in a thrilling count on Wednesday night.

Mitchell from the Baldivis Football Club, averaged 22 disposals and four marks per game in 2017 and kicked 8 goals across 16 matches. 

He also was amongst the leaders in tackles (6 per game), clearances (5 per game), handball receives (7 per game) and disposal efficiency (70%).

Finishing with 99 votes, Mitchell held off a surging Boullineau, who polled strongly in the back half of the season, whilst Shine was a constant in the top 3 all evening and held the lead at round 20.

Boullineau (also from Baldivis), who played across half back also had a stellar season, representing Western Australia in the national carnival, and being selected in the Redimed Colts Team of the Year. Boullineau averaged 18 possessions and 5.5 marks per game. 

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Thursday, September 28, 2017 - 3:25 PM

The last game of Australian Rules ever to be played at Subiaco Oval (Domain Stadium) was an intense and physical encounter. Two evenly matched teams with great pride. There was only to be one winner, and that was to be Peel Thunder FC. The youngest club in the competition had won Back to Back premierships.
The teams resolve and ability to work together for the common cause was evident throughout the battle.
The first quarter erupted at a frenetic pace with Peel getting an early break, scoring the first two goals through Dawson and Ugle  before the rain set in. With the rain came the stoppages. Sean Darcy started to exert his influence and Danyle Pearce was effective in surging the ball forward. 

At Quarter time Peel held a lead of under a goal and the game was bound to be a battlefield.  Peel suffered the loss of Zac Dawson with a serious leg injury and were a man down midway through the first quarter which was magnified as Josh Deluca suffered  a massive cork to his thigh which limited his ability to run at speed.   Peel were under siege with 3 quarters still to play.

The second quarter remained an arm wrestle and a half time Peel held a slender lead of 3 points. 
The third quarter was dominated for the first 20 minutes by Subiaco and whilst their kicking in front of goal let them down, many of their shots were under extreme pressure from the relentless Peel defence led by Ryan, Nyhuis,Ibbotson and Bennell.  With Peel down 13 points late in Q3 they managed two late goals, one a Josh Deluca snap and another from a Taberner mark following a clear centre clearance from D.Pearce.  Peel were well and truly back in the game at 3 Q time.
The last quarter is one to remember. The coach asked for the players to aspire to Greatness and not one wavered in their resolve. Bodies were thrown on the line. The side defended bravely and heroics were consistently observed. Goals to Duman following a excellent pass from Taberner as well as unbelievable set shot snaps from Sheridan and Jetta put Peel in the position to win an epic game.  Trademark efforts from O’Brien, Sutcliffe, Suban, Collins, Darcy, Cox, Nyhuis(completely blanketing Liam Ryan) and Luke Ryan were memorable.

The last quarter from Danyle Pearce was outstanding. Smothering from Ugle, Lawler, Hancock and Bell inspiring. Every player just stood up and wanted to achieve. Like Suban’s 15 tackles and Lawler's 10 tackles the effort across the board had been glorious.
The last goal to Logue iced the game on the siren and the celebrations began and were well deserved.
As coach I could not have wished for a better result. Hard fought and under siege this group had achieved the ultimate…….Premiership Glory.

Cam Shepherd



Wednesday, September 27, 2017 - 8:36 PM

Written by:  Kathleen McAdam

Peel Thunder have won the 2017 WAFL Premiership, defeating Subiaco by 16 points at Domain Stadium for their second consecutive flag .

Despite the heavy rain earlier in the day, 18,180 supporters turned out to see the two teams collide, the largest crowd for the WAFL Grand Final since 2013.

Peel finished the game at 11.6 (72) to 7.14 (56).

Peel started the game off fast, with Zac Dawson securing their first goal just minutes into the first quarter.

The Thunder would kick two more in the quarter alongside two Subiaco majors to take a five-point lead into quarter time.

Gerald Ugle kicked the second goal of the first term, finishing the game with one goal and 12 disposals.  

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Wednesday, September 13, 2017 - 2:01 PM


Peel Thunder’s Board has reappointed Cam Shepherd as the Club’s Senior Coach for a further two years. 

“Cam has developed into an outstanding coach, rewarding the Club with its first final appearance, first Premiership and another Grand Final appearance in 2017.” Peel CEO John Ditchburn said.  “We are delighted to extend his tenure for a further 2 years."

“2017 saw 7 players from Peel Thunder Development Programs make their league debut, which takes the total to 34 local products making their league debut over Cam’s tenure as senior coach."

“Cam has shown a passion for developing and promoting our local talent into league football over the past 5 years and has shown a strong belief in the talent coming through our programs with the numbers of local players given the opportunity to play at league level.”

President Bob Ryan said the reappointment of Shepherd as senior coach for Season 2018 and 2019 was a reflection of how highly regarded he is held at Thunder.

“We wish him and the team well for the future and, in particular, for the upcoming Grand Final.” Ryan said.

Go Thunder!


Have you booked tickets to the Grand Final?  We need all the Peel Thunder Supporters there!  Click on the link below for function, transport and tickeet information:


Monday, September 11, 2017 - 5:17 PM

Written by: Fraser Palamara

Peel Thunder are back-to-back grand finalists after beating the Subiaco Lions by 24-points at Leederville Oval to earn a spot in the 2017 WAFL Grand Final.  The Thunder held the lead at each major break finishing with a final score of 14.8 (92) to Subiaco’s 10.8 (68).

Peel player Brayden Lawler said securing a win and a spot in the grand final is good, but is only half the job.  “It’s awesome, Peel are a good chance to go back to back this year,” he said

“It’s a great feeling, but we know that getting there is only half the job and we still have to rock up to the game and give a good effort on the day and come home with a win.”

Subiaco were first to score with a behind one minute into the game, but were goalless until 25 minutes into the first term, whilst Peel scored five majors.

Lawler expressed the importance of having a strong start to the game as Subiaco broke away early last time they played each other.

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Monday, September 11, 2017 - 12:52 PM



Peel Thunder  have secured our place in the 2017 WAFL Grand Final, Sunday 24th September.  Please join us as we aim for back-to-back WAFL Premierships.  There are limited bookings available, please make your book with the Club asap.

Sunday 24th September 2017

John Worsfold Room, Domain Stadium

1.15pm for a 1.30pm start


      Function tickets:

      $150 Grand Final Function including:

      Game day ticket

      Private function in John Worsfold Room

      Outdoor seating 

      Pre-game Canapes

      Half time cheeseboard and dessert

      Complimentary drinks package 1.30pm - 5.30pm


      Bus tickets:

      $20 return bus

      Bus departs Bendigo Bank Stadium at 11.30am

      Return departure time 6pm from Domain Stadium 


      Please click on the link to download booking form

      and return to: or call 08 9537 5400.


Peel Thunder Grand Final Function & Bus Booking Sheet


Thursday, September 7, 2017 - 12:48 PM

Written by: John Deitz - Talent Manager

The Jack Clarke Medal for the Reidimed WAFL Colts Competition was held at Domain Stadium on Wednesday night.

In a landslide victory, Perth Football Clubs Luke English was named the winner of the Jack Clarke Medal, following Peel Thunder midfielder Michael Humbles 2016 victory.

Peel Thunder had a strong night in terms of awards with 4 players selected in the Redimed Colts Team of the Year, as well as recognition of achievements by individuals within the State Under 18s program.

Jordan Boullineau was selected on a half back flank in the Team of the Year. Boullineau had a strong season, playing 14 games, averaging 17.5 disposals and 5.5 marks per game across half back. Boullineau also represented Western Australia in the national championships in all 4 carnival games and made his mark on the competition. The Baldivis product was Peels best player in their semi final loss to East Perth on the weekend and will be looking to perform well at the State Combine in October.

Aaron Naughton was recognised for his outstanding season with selection at Centre Half Back in the Team of the Year. Naughton was a standout in his 7 colts games early in the season, before representing WA in the national carnival and now graduating to league football over the finals series. Naughton averaged a staggering 4.5 contested marks in his colts games, 18 possessions and also went forward to kick 5 goals. The Rockingham Rams junior also was named Western Australias best and fairest player for the national carnival, as well as receiving his All-Australian jumper from AFL Academies Manager Michael Ablett in an outstanding recognition of his season. 

Damon Cramer was named on a half forward flank in the Team of the Year. Cramer averaged 13 possessions and 6 marks in his 12 colts games, kicking 15 goals. Cramer also represented the state in the Under 18s carnival and made his league debut in round 16 vs West Perth. The Rockingham junior is a great example of persistence, as he missed selection for Peel at Under 16s level and only played 3 games in his first year of colts footy, and to have made his league debut and play state football is a huge credit to his resilience and hard work. 

Kyle Havelberg was named as a midfielder on the interchange bench after a season full of grunt work inside the contest. Havelberg averaged 20 possessions a game (14 contested), 6 clearances and over 7 tackles per game. He also drifted forward to kick 8 goals over the course of the season. Havelberg, also from Rockingham, was a key in the Thunders midfield all season and had a number of games with over 20 possessions and 10 tackles. Havelberg finished 3rd overall in the Jack Clarke medal with 30 votes.

Havelberg placed 3rd in the Jack Clarke Medal on 30 votes, with Lachy Mitchell polling 24 votes, Jake Howes 22, with Jakeb Shine and Jackson Perry on 19.