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Tuesday, June 27, 2017 - 12:10 PM

The Peel Thunder Colts side moved to the top of the 2017 Redimed Colts Ladder with a gritty win over East Fremantle on Saturday.

In a physical, tightly fought match, the Thunder prevailed 7-10 52 to East Fremantle 3-7 25 to leapfrog the Sharks at the top of the ladder.

The Thunder had 11 changes from the previous week with 9 players playing state football, and a couple of injuries and exams allowing the coaching staff to give opportunity to some players who had worked hard all year without a lot of reward in terms of games played, with Eaton product Josh Scott coming in for his debut.

The game began as an extremely hard fought contest with both midfields pressure at a high level. A number of skill errors resulted as a result of the intensity of the contest, however the Thunders best passage of play resulted in a Jacob Ingham set shot to get the side on the board. Wesley Steele then converted from close range a couple of minutes later. A couple of quick goals from the Sharks saw them level the scores, however a late Jaidon Kearing goal saw the Thunder take a 5 point lead into the first change.

The second quarter began with a great snap to Lachlan Cullen after some strong work out of the midfield by Sturrock and Havelberg. Michael Stevens then hit the scoreboard for the first time after a strong mark in the goal square. The Thunder managed to keep the Sharks goalless for the quarter, with Brandon Gregory, Sayln Stein and Jakeb Shine all playing outstanding roles in the back half. The Thunder took a 18 point lead into the main break.

James Sturrock kicked a lovely goal on the run to start the Thunders third term, and after some strong work up the ground Stevens kicked his second on the run from the goal square. Another outstanding defensive quarter by the Thunder restricted the Sharks to 2 behinds only and the boys went into the final break with  33 point lead.

Unfortunately the boys couldn’t hit the scoreboard with a goal in the last quarter, but kept the Sharks to 1 goal to finish with a 27 point victory.

In an outstanding team effort the side laid 103 tackles and won the contested possession which was a focus of the coaching staff all week and the playing group followed this instruction to a tee.

Best performers were Kyle Havelberg who was a force in the midfield all day with 20 possessions (18 contested) and 20 tackles. Jakeb Shine had a great game across half back and led from the front. Billy Chambers was excellent in the ruck and gave the midfielders first use all day. James Sturrock again was strong on the wing (21 possessions, 5 tackles and a goal), while Michael Randall (20 possessions, 7 tackles), Jake Howes (23 possessions 5 tackles), Jacob Ingham (18 possessions 7 tackles) and Zac Moody (19 possessions 12 tackles), all fought hard in the middle of the ground. Down back Sayln Stein continued his impressive form, while Brandon Gregory was strong at full back.

Goalkickers were- Stevens 2, L. Cullen, Sturrock, Kearing, Steele and Ingham.

This week sees another big challenge for the Thunder with the boys coming up against Claremont at Bendigo Bank Stadium on Saturday with a 5:00pm bounce down.




Monday, June 26, 2017 - 6:33 PM

The bye gave the opportunity for the Development team to regroup and refocus after a tough month of football. As a group we came up with some key focuses for the remaining 9 games of the season. We are determined to finish the year off positively and build on the progress the group has made to date. First up was East Fremantle, who sat in 5th place on the ladder. Michael Humble and Nick Merritt were rewarded for some consistent football with a promotion to the League side. They were joined in the League side by other players 20 years old or younger in Alex Bray, Calvin Thorne, Haydn Matthews and Michael Tassone, a great sign for the future of the club going forward. The Development side welcomed back Josh McMahon, Brett Milward, Brad Walsh, James Kirby and Noah Hura with Matthew Yeates making his first appearance for the season, taking our players used at Development level to 44.

After a scrappy start, where the pressure form both sides was strong, Jacob Perry, skippering the team for the first time this season, kicked the opening goal with a clever snap from a stoppage. From that point the East Fremantle midfield got on top and finished the first quarter on top. It was a similar story for the start of the 2nd quarter with the ball bouncing back and forth between the half back lines before some strong forward pressure resulted in a turnover and a clever snap goal to Brett Milward. Another quick goal from the restart to James Kirby and the Thunder hit the lead. It was goal for goal for the rest of the first half. Peel came out strong at the start of the 3rd and opened up a decent lead through Brett Milward, who kicked 3 for the quarter. But East Fremantle weren’t going away and got back within a kick before a late Will Zilko goal, who had been switched forward at half time, gave the Thunder a 10 point buffer heading into the last. The last quarter was a tight contest with both sides having enough opportunities to take the game but the Thunder held on to record their 4th win for the season.

Better players for the day include James Kirby, who linked up well and provided some strong work around the stoppages, Brett Milward, who provided a lone marking target up forward and kicked 5, Dixon Wight, who provided strong run from behind and was strong in the air and Aaron Victor, who used the ball well from defence. Special mentions to Jacob Perry, who nullified a dominant Dion Anthony in the last quarter and Mitch Lewis, who gave a contest in the ruck but provided the mids with valuable support at ground level.

It was a step forward for the young group and the positive result helps reinforce the key areas we need to focus on each week.

We now take on Claremont at Bendigo Bank stadium next Saturday @ 11.30am, keen to improve on the first time we played them.



Monday, June 26, 2017 - 6:23 PM

Peel Thunder have won their second game in a row with a 36-point victory over East Fremantle at East Fremantle Oval on Saturday.

After kicking five unanswered goals in the final term the Thunder finished 9.12 (66) to 3.12 (30) in a low scoring game, with both teams only kicking a total of twelve goals between them.

Peel Thunder’s Alexander Bray said “Both teams consistently applied defensive and attacking pressure throughout all four quarters.  The pressure from both teams was pretty high, which probably caused a lot of skill errors,” he said.

The Thunder started strongly in the first term, with Zac Dawson kicking a major within the first two minutes of the game.

However, inaccuracy in front of goal caused problems for the Thunder, as they were only able to score 2.5 in the first quarter.

In the second quarter the visitors extended their lead, leading at half time by 17-points.

In the third quarter, the Thunder were held goalless by the home team, with East Fremantle kicking the only goal in the quarter.

With just a 7-point lead at three quarter time, Alexander Bray said “The Coach’s message was to keep on fighting.   He said not to give in and just try our hardest and eventually we cracked them and got over the line.”

The final term saw Peel blow out their lead to finish with a comfortable 36-point victory over the home side.

Rory O’Brien was an important factor in the team’s win, finishing with 23 disposals and three goals.

“Rory O’Brien through the midfield played strong all day and tackled hard,” Bray said.

Ethan Hughes (26 disposals), Matthew Humble (24 disposals and 10 tackles) and Matthew Taberner (17 disposals and two goals) were also instrumental in their side’s victory.

After winning five out of their last six games, Bray said “Peel had high hopes for the rest of the season.   We are starting to get to know each other pretty well now, so we are starting to just click a lot better.   We’re really moving forward really well, we’re pretty happy around the club, I think we’ll probably go into September again and really give it a good crack.”

Peel Thunder now sit in third position on the league ladder with seven wins.

They face Claremont this week at Bendigo Bank Stadium on July 1 at 2.15pm.




Tuesday, June 13, 2017 - 5:31 PM

The Peel Thunder Colts had a close loss against South Fremantle last Saturday at Fremantle Community Bank Oval.

In good conditions for football the colts went down by 5 points 10-8 68 to 11-7 73.

The game was identified by the coaches as a real danger game with South Fremantle in good form in recent weeks. Peel made a number of changes from the previous week, with Andrew Barker, Jaydon Cullen and Oliver Walton in for their first games, while Damon Cramer and Lachlan Mitchell returned from state duties. 

A hard fought first quarter saw Peel lead at quarter time by 5 points, with Michael Stevens kicking the first goal for the Thunder, with Jarrad Fazioli kicking 2, including one which came from great forward pressure from Jaidon Kearing. The midfield was going to work and the defence held strong against some dangerous South Fremantle attacking opportunities.

The second quarter started well for the Thunder with early goals through Stevens and a clever snap from James Sturrock seeing the Thunder out to a nearly 3 goal lead. From that point on however it was a tale of woe for the quarter for the Thunder who were out worked, out ran and out enthused by South Fremantle who kicked 7 goals in 17 minutes leading into half time and saw them lead by 21 points at the main break.

Craig Otto and his coaches gave the players the instruction that the workrate needed to lift around the contest and after South Fremantle kicked the opener of the second half it looked as though the game could be one way traffic to the Bulldogs. However Lachlan Mitchell, Jackson Perry and Jake Howes really stepped up in the midfield and began to create some chances forward. Stevens kicked a quality dribble kick goal from the pocket, kicked another great snap from the boundary, and then converted a set shot late in the quarter to give the Thunder some momentum going into the final term only 9 points behind the Bulldogs.

The final quarter was a tight tussle with the Bulldogs defence holding firm early before 2 outstanding goals from Lachlan Mitchell saw the Thunder hit the lead with 4 minutes to go. Some poor decision making led to a turnover and South Fremantle goal with 2 minutes to go and saw the Thunder 4 points behind. A frantic final 2 minutes saw the Thunder with the ball on centre wing as the final siren went and 5 points in the negative.

In a good standard colts game Stevens was a great focal point up forward with 5 goals, while Mitchell had an outstanding second half to finish with 21 possessions and 11 tackles. 4 quarter performers were hard to find for the Thunder who had players contribute at different times but couldn’t maintain consistency over the match.

Goal kickers were Stevens with 5, Mitchell 2, Fazioli 2 and Sturrock.

The colts have a bye from WAFL footy this week but will be taking on the South West Landmark Colts in a match at Bendigo Bank Stadium on Saturday with a 12:00pm bouncedown.

Written by: John Deitz -  PTFC Talent Manager



Tuesday, June 13, 2017 - 4:51 PM

A late goal from Luke Strnadica has helped Peel Thunder hold off a fast-finishing South Fremantle by six points on Saturday at Fremantle Community Bank Oval.  After last week’s disappointing loss against ladder leaders, Subiaco, the Thunder were looking to get their sixth win, against second place, South Fremantle.

Ben Hancock played his long awaited 50th game and finished with an impressive two goals and 17 disposals.

Teammate Josh Mathers was impressed with Hancock’s performance.  “He went really well,” he said. “He kicked two goals, which he hasn’t done for a while.  He is a leader of our club so it’s really good for us to get the win for him.”

The Thunder started strong, kicking the first four goals of the game and went into the quarter time break with a 24 point lead.

Peel continued their hot start in the second term, kicking five goals to the Bulldogs one, extending the lead to 46 points at the main break.

The Thunder dropped off in the third allowing the Bulldogs to close the gap and bring the margin back to just 23 points heading into the last quarter.

The match went down to the wire with South Fremantle leveling the score late in the fourth before a late goal from Luke Strnadica sealed the win for the Thunder.

Mathers said "The midfield was crucial in the close win. It was mostly the midfield helping us out, when they’re on it makes it easier for us to defend. We get the weekend off so just regroup, look after the bodies and hopefully come firing out for the second half of the season. The group will use the bye to recover physically and prepare for the matchup with the Sharks.” 

Amongst a solid team effort, Josh Deluca had a stand out performance kicking two goals and amassing 22 disposals.  Brayden Lawler was also amongnst Saturday’s best, kicking two goals and racking up 10 disposals.

The Thunder have a bye this weekend before facing East Fremantle in round 14 at East Fremantle Oval 24th June.


Written by:  Nicole Salmeri

Photo:        Belinda Pike



Monday, June 5, 2017 - 8:19 PM


Ladder leaders Subiaco took home the four points this week against Peel, securing their win just minutes out from the final siren.

Peel came into this round as underdogs in fifth spot on the ladder compared to the Lions who sit on top with only one loss this season.

thunders effort was good in the first quarter with the team able to keep up with the visitors and maintain a margin of just 3 points.

At the end of the first quarter Subiaco were leading by 22 points (3,4) compared to the Thunders 19 (3,1)

“I thought we started really well in the first quarter but our second quarter really let us down in terms of our attack on the ball,” AFL draft pick Sam Collins said.

“Thunder had got their heads around the competition early in pre-game preparations and didn’t think that Subiaco being ladder leaders had affected the team.  We knew they were in really good form coming in, Shep mentioned it pretty early on in the week so we got our minds around that early on and just came out to play our brand of football.” Collins said.

Peel player Ben Hancock came away from the game with 14 disposals, 5 tackles and a goal under his belt.  Hancock said “He took positives and negatives from the match. “

“Yeah bit of mixed emotions, really disappointing to get in front in those last minutes and then to give an easy stoppage like that is pretty disappointing,” he said

“It’s good to get that fight back, I mean, we were down by 20 odd points at half time.  I guess the top side was really good, so you can take positives and negatives out of it but at the end of the day a loss is a loss so you’ve just got to take it.”

The second quarter lked pressure from the Peel side with the visitors driving up the margin to 27 points from a meagre 3 in the first quarter.

A goal after the half time siren from Traye Bennell saw the margin reduced to 21 points at half time.

The team came back from the half time break with a renewed focus on the game.

Defender Sam Collins said “They were able to fight back in the second half by increasing the pressure on Subiaco.”

Hancock agreed that pressure was important but that hitting the scoreboard was important as well.

“You want to defend, stop your goals but you also want to attack and get on the scoreboard. Just got to run both ways, footy is not just about attack it’s about defending as well.”

A strong third quarter for the Thunder saw Lawler, Dawson and Jetta kick a goal a piece in a five minute period with the progress not slowing into the fourth.

Peel snagged the lead in the final minutes of the game with Thunder fans rejoicing at what looked like a last minute win for the underdogs.

Unfortunately for the Thunder they were unable to seal the deal and a last minute reply from Subiaco saw Thunder fall short.

Collins said “The team thought they had it in the bag but some poor choices with the ball had allowed Subiaco to come back with a goal to take a 3 point lead”.

“It was a great game to be a part of and the boys had a lot of belief in our ability to come back and fight through that deficit that we had and I thought we did that well but obviously we let ourselves fall short in the end.”

Hancock said “The team had showed resilience and determination in their second half”.

“Just in that second quarter we lost a little bit of momentum, around our pressure and stoppages especially, pretty sloppy so to come back and fight like that showed real determination and resilience.” he said.

Josh Deluca’s performance this week with 25 disposals, 5 marks and 7 tackles didn't go unnoticed by Hancock who praised his performance.

“I though Josh Deluca through the gaps was pretty good, some real surge through the forward line which was good,”

“I guess we’ve built a bit of a rivalry with them especially from the two games last year and the grand final as well but they’re always a good challenge for us and hopefully next time we can get the chocolates.”

The Thunder will play away next Saturday against South Fremantle at the Fremantle Community Bank Oval.

Colts: 9am Reserves: 11.30am League: 2.15pm

Written by:  Keely Liron




Wednesday, May 31, 2017 - 4:43 PM

*** Book your end of year function before September 1st and receive FREE VENUE HIRE ***

THE BEAR TRAP is a unique function space created with rustic repurposed pallet furniture and groovy colourful cushions.  The open style kitchen adds theatrics to this contemporary space – providing all guests with a memorable and enjoyable experience.

It is the perfect area to host a special celebration, end of year function, sundowner or twilight event.   Live acoustic entertainment is perfect addition in this space.

Peel Thunder invites members, guests and friends to enjoy and utilise this new function area.

Dare if you will.  Get caught in The Bear Trap!

Click on the link below to view The Bear Trap Function Menu:

The Bear Trap Function Menu


Wednesday, May 31, 2017 - 4:22 PM

Congratulations Leroy Jetta

PEEL Thunder forward Leroy Jetta was part of the WA team’s historic 63-point win against Victoria last Saturday.

Jetta kicked two goals in the side that was the first ever WA senior team to beat Victoria in Melbourne.

On 23 previous attempts, WA teams whether they be interstate matches, as part of carnivals, State of Origin or representative clashes, they have failed to find a way to beat the Big V in Melbourne.

On the last attempt it was a day everyone in the WAFL would care to forget at the very same Port Melbourne venue in 2007 with a 119-point defeat.

The 63-point winning margin, (20.14 to 10.11) was a terrific reward for WAFL coach Michael Broadbridge and his staff who picked a squad who were experienced, had big bodies and were perfectly suited to play to the conditions on the small ground.

Written by Tim Slater - Community News

2017 PTFC Banquet Auction

Wednesday, May 31, 2017 - 4:00 AM


Peel Thunder will hold their Annual Banquet Auction in the Platinum Room at Bendigo Bank Stadium. Proceeds raised from the Auction assist the Club to ‘Build A Stronger Community’ and to continue to be the success that it is.

As always, you will find a vast array of items to bid upon, offering something for everyone. To book your ticket, reserve a table or donate please contact the Club or Paula Barnden at or phone 0402 799 925 

Click on the following llink for Booking/Donor form:

2017 PTFC Banquet Auction Donor/Booking Form

Tickets include: 

Silent Auction

Main Auction with Darren McAullay

Complimentary drinks 5- 6.30pm

3 Course Meal

If you are a looking for a cost effective way to have your business profiled whilst supporting the Club please consider donating goods or services. 

We are always look for great ideas to get the juices flowing or our bidders!   Donors  will be recognized on the evening and throughout various marketing.



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