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Tuesday, May 23, 2017 - 2:50 PM

After a disappointing fortnight, where the Peel Development side suffered 2 heavy defeats, the team made their way to Lathlain Park to take on Perth.

It was a fairly even first quarter where Peel enjoyed the run of play for the first 10 minutes but couldn’t convert it on the scoreboard. Key forward Nic Merritt was looking dangerous and we were on top around the stoppages. Our early ascendancy was halted by some poor ball use, particularly out of defence, and Perth took full toll. Trailing by 2 goals at quarter time, we once again had a positive start in the 2nd quarter, closing the gap with another goal to Merritt.

Jackson Capurso was providing plenty of run off the half back line while Michael Humble, Brayden Lawler and Michael Tassone were giving us a slight advantage in the middle. Some poor defensive lapses allowed late goals to Perth and we went into half time 4 goals down.

The boys pushed hard in the 3rd to close the gap but couldn’t quite take advantage of some scoring opportunities and the the Demons kicked away for the win. It was disappointing the margin blew out in the end as it didn’t reflect the effort. We won most of our key indicators but poor ball use and defensive lapses meant we couldn’t take full advantage. These are 2 areas we will be focusing heavily on in the coming weeks.

Solid contributors on the day included Jackson Capurso who use his speed to provide some drive from defence, Nic Merritt who competed hard up forward but didn’t quite finish his hard work, Josh Mathers who had a strong battle against competition leading goal kicker, Callum Papertalk and Luke Strnadica, who again gave the mids first look but provided some options around the ground.

We head into the state bye in equal 5th, having now played every team at least once. There is a strong focus from the group to get better and work on improving across the second half of the season.

Senior Development Coach - Brad Dodd


Monday, May 22, 2017 - 1:31 PM

Rainy conditions didn’t stop Peel Thunder from continuing their winning streak with the side sealing a convincing 90 point win over the Perth Demons at Lathlain Park.

The Thunder were far too strong for the Demons containing the home side to just one goal in the final quarter, ending the game 18.15(123) to 5.3(33).

Leroy Jetta was in top form scoring 3 goals and 3 behinds for the side from just 9 possessions, alongside Josh Deluca with 3 goals and 1 behind with a high 22 disposal.

Sean Darcy, Hayden Ballantyne, Corey Morris and Jonathon Griffin each kicked 2 goals contributing to Peel’s victory.

It wasn’t just the forwards who sealed the win, with the Thunder’s defence keeping a tight rein on Perth, which showed on the scoreboard, with Brennan Cox taking a high 18 marks. Well supported by Sam Collins, Luke Ryan, Alex Bray and Ryan Nyhuis.

Key forward Leroy Jetta said “the impact the back line has on the team is crucial.  They were great today. Coxy and Collins took a big toll down there. I think Coxy took 18 marks so those two, down there have been awesome for us all year.”

Peel started the game strong with a goal in the first 2 minutes from Josh Deluca but each goal the Thunder kicked was matched by one from the Demons.

But this didn’t last long with the Thunder kicking 3 unanswered goals to end the quarter.

The pace slowed down slightly at the end of the first quarter with it becoming a game of kick to kick before the siren sounded.

Jetta said “The margin could have been a lot bigger considering the 18 behinds scored by the Thunder”.

“Yeah, accuracy is definitely something we still need to work on.”

“It was a bit wet and dewy today so that comes into consideration a bit but it’s still something we can definitely work on.”

The second quarter saw the 13-point lead extended to 42 points at the half time break with the Demons only kicking one late goal for the term in the 20th minute.

Costly turn overs in the forward 50 saw Peel Thunder lose valuable shots at goal but this did not stop the side from taking control of the third quarter, booting 6 goals against the Demons’ 1 goal.

As the rain picked up so did the intensity of the game as the Thunder refused to drop in the final quarter.

The Demons struggled to get the ball into their forward 50 for the majority of the second half, going down to their biggest loss of the season.

Goals from Corey Morris, Josh Deluca and Blair Bell in the final term saw the Peel Thunder secure their 5th win of the season.

Jetta praised Morris’ standout performance for the side.

“Corey has been good for the last 3 or 4 weeks and he does his job every week and I think he kept Jones to 20 touches this week,” he said.

“Jones had I think 30 odd last week so to keep him to 20 today is a great effort by Corey.”

The Thunder will play Subiaco on the 3rd of June at Bendigo Bank Stadium after the general bye.  This round is supported by Peel Thunder FC Partners Country Wide Insurance Brokers.

Written by: Eliza Wynn

Photo: Courtesy Community Newspaper Group


Tuesday, May 16, 2017 - 4:38 PM

After 100 minutes of football, absolutely nothing separated the Peel Thunder and Swan Districts colts sides on Saturday morning, with a draw the final result in a high quality game of colts footy.

The Thunder took to the field 7 changes from their side from the previous week, with Brayden Holtham, Jarvis Pina and Jacob Ingham making their colts debuts.

An earlier start of 8:25am saw the ground a little bit wet underfoot, however this didn’t affect the quality of the opening exchanges, with a clever Zac Moody snap out of a pack seeing the Thunder land the first blow. Swan Districts took the lead after a couple of goals from some ill discipline from the Thunder, but some good work across half back and through the midfield saw Michael Stevens and Tyson Powell kick goals before the break to see the Thunder take the lead at the first break 3-2 20 to 2-2 14.

The Thunder came out strongly in the 2nd quarter despite having Jaidon Kearing done for the day with a shoulder injury and ruckman Billy Chambers struggling with a thumb injury. Brad Oldfield, Kyle Havelberg and Jakeb Shine were getting on top through the midfield, while Stevens and Powell were great focal points up front. The Thunder played some strong footy over the quarter to take a 15 pont lead into the main break of 6-3 39 to 3-6 24.

The sides returned after half time and the pace of the game went up again. Stevens kicked the first 2 goals of the quarter to put the Thunder up by 5 goals, however Swans took advantage of some turnovers from the Thunder and started to impact the scoreboard, kicking the last 3 goals of the quarter to reduce the margin to 2 goals going into the final term.

Peel kicked the first goal of the quarter through Jarrad Fazioli after some great forward pressure from debutant Ingham, however a free kick against and another 2 goals from turnovers saw Swans hit the lead with 4 minutes to go. After a frantic final 4 minutes, Aaron Naughton took a pack mark 40 metres out from goal with 50 seconds to go. Naughtons set shot faded for a behind late, however was enough to secure 2 points for the Thunder and see them retain 2nd spot on the ladder with a final score of 9.9 63 each.

Interestingly the last time Peel Thunder played Swan Districts in the colts the score was 9.10 64 a piece which shows both sides are very evenly matched.

Goal kickers for Peel were Michael Stevens with 4, Tyson Powell 2, Jarrad Fazioli, James Sturrock and Zac Moody, while best players were Havelberg and Oldfield through the midfield, Stevens provided a strong target up forward and finished with 4 goals and 3 contested marks, Zac Moody provided plenty of pressure and impacted well across half forward, skipper Jakeb Shine was busy all day on a wing, Lee Chapman battled away in the unfamiliar position of ruck, while Durak Tucker provided a bit of rebound off half back. First gamers Holtham (17 possessions), Pina (19 possessions) and Ingham (9 tackles) all had real positive impact on the game as well in good signs for the clubs future.

The colts are looking to hopefully get the full 4 points this week against Perth in an away game at Lathlain Park at 9:00 on Saturday morning.

John Deitz - Talent Manager


Monday, May 15, 2017 - 10:07 PM

The Peel Thunder Development side headed into the game against Swan Districts keen to atone for a disappointing performance the week before.

Michael Humble and Calvin Thorne were rewarded for a string of solid performances with promotion to the League side. Through injury and illness, there were 9 changes to the team that ran out against Claremont. This provided opportunity to some players that had had limited exposure to the level and included 1st gamers Jackson Capurso, Reece Dillon and Ash Humphreys. All 3 had some positive moments with Reece and Ash building into the game to be solid contributors.

Unfortunately the work rate and tenacity that had been a trademark for the group so far this season was nowhere to be seen and we were convincingly beaten. For our young group it was a real wake up call and reinforces the work that needs to be done individually and collectively to be competitive at this level.

Strong performers on the day included Jacob Perry, who had his best game for the year, working hard through the midfield, Josh Deluca, who returned from a lengthy lay off to provide a strong contest around the ball, Luke Strnadica continued his good form in the ruck and found the ball around the ground while Jackson Burkett battled away all day.

While the last 2 performances haven’t met our expectation, we look forward to responding this week against Perth at Lathlain Park. 

B.Dodd - Senior Development Coach

***Note Post Match Awards following this weeks away game against Perth will be held at Crown Perth, Groove Lounge/Bar 5.30 - 6.30.  Everyone welcome


Monday, May 15, 2017 - 9:58 PM

The Thunder had an impressive victory last weekend with a 21 point win over Swan Districts, who are third on the ladder, two spots above the Thunder.

Thunder held their own against the favoured Swans’ with the defensive team working hard to halt the Swans progress.

The first quarter was low scoring with both sides maintaining pressure and good defensive play, and by the first break the Thunder was just a single point behind.

The defensive structure led by Griffin Logue and utilising key players Luke Ryan and Rory O’Brien was a force to be reckoned with as they squashed the Swans’ push back in the second and third quarters.

The fourth quarter was a tough one for the Thunder as the Swans came back from the three quarter break with renewed energy.

The Swans pushed hard and racked up four goals before the 10 minute mark in the fourth quarter.

The Swans were unable to sustain their comeback and a goal from stand out player Sean Darcy saw the Thunder recoup and put the pressure back on.

Peel thunder player Traye Bennell said “The team played better this week compared to other weeks when they had lost.”

“I think we played better. I think we’re playing four quarters now.” he said.

Thunder fans weren't the only ones concerned in the fourth quarter.  Bennell said “I was a little worried myself at the Swans’ come back.”

“I thought we were going to go down there for a little bit but we fought it out which was good” he said.

Brennan Cox said “ The team still had a bit to work on with the fourth quarter extending the lead and not letting the opposition come back.”

“I thought the team played very well, last quarter dropped off a little bit but we held our lead in the end and got the win.” he said.

The win was the fourth for Peel Thunder this season and marks them as very tough competition heading into next week’s round against Perth Demons at Lathlain Park.

Written by Keely Liron


***Note Post Match Awards following this weeks away game against Perth will be held at Crown Perth, Groove Lounge/Bar 5.30 - 6.30.  Everyone welcome





Monday, May 8, 2017 - 5:25 PM

Peel Thunder ended their losing streak with a 23 point win over Claremont at the Fremantle Community Bank Oval on Saturday.

It was the first Thunder League game for Michael Tassone who kicked one of the team’s goals for the day and rounded out the day with eight disposals and five tackles.

“It was definitely a lot quicker and faster, hits are a lot harder and you have less time to react and make a decision so it’s definitely a big step up,” he said.

“It was a pretty good feeling to snag one early, playing in the forward line is always a good feeling.  It was good when all the boys got around you and stuff like that so yeah, it was good.”

Tassone joked he would love to play for the Thunder next week against Swan Districts at Bendigo Bank Stadium, but he would have to see what coach Cam Shepherd ‘Shep’ had to say.

Griffin Logue  returned to the Thunder backline this week and played a good game, ending the day with 5 marks and 17 disposals.

Taylin Duman, who walked away with 21 disposals and 9 marks this round, said “The team’s focus moving forward is to sustain the team’s effort round to round.”

“I guess it’s just sustaining it now, we can’t do it for one week and then drop off the next, we’ve got to be able to sustain it week after week.”

The fourth quarter fizzle still seemed a bit of an issue for the team this week, with Claremont managing to score 4 goals in the fourth quarter and reduce the Thunder’s lead.

“Finishing off games probably hasn't been something we’ve been too good at. We’ll hit the track, recover well and hopefully improve on that next week. They did come hard late but we stuck to our structures and it really worked for us.” Duman said.

Other key players this week included Leroy Jetta, a consistent performer for the Thunder, and Captain Gerald Ugle who kicked four goals this week.

Next week’s game against Swan Districts will prove whether or not the Thunder are able to repeat their winning effort at Bendigo Bank Stadium. League game time 1.40pm.

Written by Keely Liron


Monday, May 8, 2017 - 5:00 PM

The Peel Development side headed in to the Round 8 clash with Claremont full of confidence having won their previous 2 games. With both sides sitting at 3-3, this was shaping up as a key early season battle.

With Brett Milward and Michael Tassone being promoted to League for their good early season form, Peel welcomed back Michael Apeness, Noah Hura and Jacob Perry from injury, while Josh Mathers and Luke Strnadica returned from the League side.

After an early arm wrestle where the ball bounced back and forth between the half back lines, Claremont opened the scoring through Corey Mitchell. Peel responded straight away from the Centre Bounce with a goal to Matthew Piggott. From that point on it was all Claremont for the remainder of the first half, with the young Tigers giving the Thunder a lesson in work rate and gut running. Despite a more competitive effort in the 2nd half from Peel, Claremont ran out easy winners to consolidate their position in the top 5.

Better performers for Peel on the day were Brad Walsh, who worked hard through the midfield and had 35 possessions with 15 clearances. He was supported well by Michael Humble who had 32 possessions, 7 tackles and 14 clearances. Luke Strnadica was serviceable in the ruck with 15 touches and 16 hit outs to advantage while Calvin Thorne continued his good form with 19 possessions and 4 goals. Chris Wrigley provided some drive from defence while Noah Hura was serviceable returning from injury. Plenty of players were well down on their normal output.

It was a disappointing performance from the Reserves. After making a positive start to the season they’ll be looking to respond this weekend Vs Swan Districts at Bendigo Bank Stadium - Game Time 10.55am

Senior Development Coach - Brad Dodd


Monday, May 8, 2017 - 4:47 PM

The Peel Thunder Colts took on perennial colts powerhouse Claremont at Fremantle Oval on Saturday. Peel made 3 changes from the previous game, with Aaron Naughton returning from injury, Brandon Penny came back into the side, while James Sturrock made his debut for the club

The game commenced in slippery conditions with Claremont adapting the better in the early exchanges. Claremont were getting first hands on the ball early whilst Peel were tentative with their ball movement.   Claremont kicked the first 2 goals of the game and were putting tremendous pressure on the Peel defence, however a goal to Lachy Mitchell late in the quarter saw the Thunder hit the scoreboard for the first time.

The second quarter again was a real arm wrestle, with clean footy and open play rarely seen.  Jaidon Kearing kicked a fine set shot from the pocket to register the only score for the Thunder for the quarter, who went in at the main change down by 13 points 3-7 25 to 2-0 12.

The ground began to dry up and the footy became a lot more open after half time. Claremont had more winners around the ground than Peel over the 3rd quarter, who were struggling to find a way to score.  A snap by regular defender Brandon Gregory was the only goal scored by the Thunder for the quarter who could not find a way forward, while Claremont kicked 4 goals for the quarter to lead at the final change 7-9 51 to 3-3 21.

A few changes to the side and some quick ball movement forward saw Aaron Naughton kick the first 2 goals of the quarter to give the Thunder a sniff, however Claremont held firm and answered with 3 goals in the middle of the quarter to snuff out the Thunders chances. Late goals to Kyle Havelberg and Zac Moody saw the margin reduced to 21 points in a disappointing performance from the Thunder who were outworked and beaten in the contested ball by a hungry opposition side.

Final score was Claremont 10-10 70 to Peel Thunder 7-7 49.  Best players were Brad Oldfield who was strong down back and got his hands on the ball in the midfield, Aaron Naughton and Jordan Boullineau who won a lot of the football across half back, with Kyle Havelberg hard at the ball in and under and was clean with his hands in the conditions.

The Thunder have another huge game this Saturday against Swan Districts, who have been very impressive in the early stages of the competition. The game is at Bendigo Bank Stadium with an early start time of 8:25am.

John Deitz - Talent Manager



Monday, May 1, 2017 - 2:53 PM


The Peel Thunder Colts improved their record to 5 wins and 1 loss after a hard fought 3 point victory over East Perth on Saturday at Bendigo Bank Stadium. 


The side got off to a flying start with Kyle Havelberg and Jackson Perry in great touch in the midfield. Lee Chapman looked dangerous up forward and the side got out to an early 3 goal break. East Perth hit back late in the quarter to reduce the margin to 1 point at the first change.


The second quarter saw the boys play some of their best football for the season. The midfield and defence stood tall, and the ball use inside 50 was excellent. Damon Cramer was providing a lively target up forward, whilst Chapman kicked his 3rd for the game leading into the main break. At half time the score was 9.6-60 to 4-4 28 in favour of the Thunder.


East Perth brought great pressure after the main break and started to hit the scoreboard. The Royals kicked 3 goals to the Thunders 2 in the third term to go into the final change down 23 points. In a frantic last quarter East Perth managed to bring the margin back to 3 points with 90 seconds to go, but some stout defending and a couple of crucial bounces went the way of the Thunder who held on for a win against a quality opponent.


Final score was PTFC 12-12 84 to EP 12-9 81. Goal kickers were Damon Cramer 4, Lee Chapman 3, with Jake Howes, Michael Stevens, Tyson Powell, Jarrad Fazioli and Jaidon Kearing kicking one each.


Best players were Jordan Boullineau in an outstanding game across half back, Cramer who was lively up forward, Michael Randall in his first game for the season across half back, Jackson Perry in the midfield, whilst Brad Oldfield and Sayln Stein both played their best games at colts level in defence.


The Colts will hope to continue their good form against reigning premiers and perennial Colts powerhouse Claremont this Saturday at Fremantle Community Bank Oval at 9:00 am in what shapes as another quality game of Colts football.

Peel Thunder Talent Manager

John Deitz


Monday, May 1, 2017 - 2:39 PM

Peel Thunder are pleased to announce the following players have been selected in the DEPPRO WA State Academy for 2017.


UNDER 16’s: Ben Middleton (Halls Head Football and Netball Club), Kyle Penny (South Mandurah Football Club), Deon Welhan (Secret Harbour Dockers Football Club)


UNDER 18’s: Jordan Boullineau (Baldivis Football Club), Damon Cramer (Rockingham Rams Football & Netball Club), Jarrad Fazioli (Eaton Boomers), Lachlan Mitchell (Baldivis Football Club), Aaron Naughton (Rockingham Rams Football & Netball Club), Durak Tucker (Bunbury Football Club).


Congratulations to these players on their selections. They form part of a 30+ squad for each age group representing WA in the upcoming ‘NAB U 18’s National Carnival’ in June, two of which games will be televised. The next progression is potential selection for National Clubs.


Peel Thunder Talent Manager John Deitz said "This is a real positive for our Development Programs, these players are a product of the Ocean Hill Peel Thunder Academy and I am really looking forward to seeing how the boys progress over the next couple of months.  This is also a great reflection of the Coaching Staff as well as the players themselves."