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Round 7 - Q & A with Coach Brad Dodd

Monday, May 21, 2018 - 9:49 AM

The Ocean Hill Estate Peel Thunder Colts were back in action last Saturday, taking on Subiaco at Bendigo Bank Stadium. After the game, we spoke with Head Coach, Brad Dodd.

A solid performance against Claremont last game before the State bye, what did the team get up to over the break?

BD: We didn’t deviate too much from our normal format. We got our South West guys up twice during the bye week, which is great for the group as we usually only see them on a Monday. Our State representatives are now gone for 2 months and Bradley Oldfield got added to the squad after the Claremont game, which is exciting for him and us as a program.

Is having the State players away something you prepare for?

BD: As a program, we have. I guess you have an idea of players in the mix and we’re always pushing up our guys to the selectors but because there’s such an even spread of talent across the competition you’re never 100% certain. We made sure we invested heavily in our 17 year olds early so that they’re not all coming in now and are expected to pick up the tempo straight away. We’re happy with the 4 selected, and Durak Tucker would’ve made it 5 if he wasn’t injured, but we feel a few that have missed are a little unlucky. There’s still a chance some may get added.

Speaking of 17 year olds, another debutant this week in Deon Welhan. Tell us a little about him?

BD: Deon is a player who can play Inside Mid, Wing and Forward. He was apart of the State 16’s program last year. He’s a good mark for his size and plays with real energy when the ball is in his area. He’s had to work pretty hard to get a look in and he still has plenty of improvement left in him but we think he can have a bright future if he continues to improve.

Round 7 and Subiaco, who have started the season strongly but are coming off a last game loss against West Perth, their first for the season. Is that something that’s mentioned in the lead up?

BD:  Not really. Subiaco have had a strong start to the season, but it’s still quite early and teams are still finding their way at this level. We played them in a trial game, and while the sides were different, they certainly challenged us and had control of the game for long stretches. So we knew we’d need to be at our best to match them.

Subiaco got the early ascendancy in the 1st Quarter, opening up a handy 22 point lead at the break- where was the damage being done?

BD: There were a few areas of concern from the coaching box but primarily, Subiaco were out hunting us in the contest. They smashed us in contested ball and tackle count. We made some sloppy mistakes with the ball down back that cost us shots at goal. We had 8 Handball Receives for the quarter, so we weren’t running. All our major KPIs were red. The message at the break was simple,  we were being outworked and unless we addressed it, it was going to be a long day.

A positive start to the 2nd quarter, narrowing the margin to 10 points before Subiaco once again kicked away, leading by 29 points at half time. How did you see the 2nd Quarter and what was the message at half time?

BD: Defensively, we were still giving up easy goals through simple errors, sloppy free kicks or lost 1 on 1’s. Something as a group we pride ourselves on. All other areas that were out of whack in the 1st quarter evened out but Subiaco had 13 scores from 18 Inside 50s. The message was fairly blunt at half time but the game wasn’t out of reach and we really needed a stronger effort defensively, not just from the Backs, but across the whole ground.

A strong response in the 3rd, kicking 5 goals to 1 to close the margin to 7 points. How did you see the 3rd quarter?

BD: We had  stronger intent at the ball, and man, right from the first bounce. You could tell we were trying to be bolder with our ball movement. We’d had 13 Handball Receives to half time but had 17 in the 3rd quarter. That meant we moved the ball Inside 50 quicker and it gave our forwards a chance. Subiaco were still scoring a high percentage of times they went Inside 50 but we put them under more pressure when they had their shots- either by forcing them wider or putting pressure on the ball carrier when shooting on the run.

With the game in the balance, kicking into a slight breeze, what was the message?

BD: That we needed to continue to be bold with the ball. We reinforced with our Forwards that they needed to get the ball to ground, even if outnumbered. That our Backs win their 1 on 1s. That we continue to fight hard for each contest and move onto the next. We made some slight changes to our Midfield structure but we generally backed in our guys to fight their way through.

A cliffhanger, with a Subiaco shot after the siren (from 60m) falling short and a great come from behind 4 point win. What were you most pleased with?

BD: I was really happy for the group that we finally got over the line in a close game. Over the last 2 years there’s been about 10 games decided by less than a kick and i think we’ve won 1 or 2. We’ve been doing a lot of 2 minute scenarios and to see the players execute under pressure was really pleasing. It wasn’t perfect- and we spoke about things we could’ve done better after the game. Also happy that we were able to respond after half time- to be able to change the course of the game, as a team and as individuals, is something our guys are still learning- what works, what doesn’t- not accepting what is happening.

Who were the better performers on the day?

BD: We thought Jake Howes, Lachlan Riley and Andrew Butler were strong 4 quarter performers all day and lifted in the 2nd half. We moved Lachie into the middle at half time and he gave us a different look and some real drive. Jake really lead from the front and is continuing to get better each game. Andrew is having a great season. He’s become a really important player for us with his attack on the ball and strong work ethic. Up forward, we got great contributions from Lachlan Cullen, Jack Sears and Jaxon Egan. Lachie kicked 3 goals and had 6 tackles- often competing against defenders dropping into his space but continually bringing it to ground. Jack has been excellent for us and is regularly hitting the scoreboard now- he’s already found a consistent level. Jaxon had been quiet in his first 2 games but as I mentioned earlier, it’s takes a few games for the young guys to pick up the tempo and he should get a lot of confidence from his 2 goals and 5 Inside 50s.

Away to East Fremantle next Round, another big challenge. You’re yet to win on the road.

BD: Part of our groups development is learning how to prepare and play well away from Mandurah. Some have to travel 1.5 hours to get there, having to get up at 5am. Every away game gives them a chance to work on their routine and preparation, which is all apart of the learning process. Plus another great test against last years Premiers.

Round 7 - League match report - Peel v Subiaco

Monday, May 21, 2018 - 9:35 AM

Peel Thunder have gone down by 92 points to Subiaco in the Grand Final rematch at Bendigo Bank Stadium

Peel led at quarter time but trailed for the rest of the match, finishing 7.6 (48) to the Lion’s 21.14 (140).

The Thunder shot out of the blocks with the first three goals of the game, Luke Strnadica kicking two and Stefan Giro slotting one in the first five minutes.

Subiaco responded with two of their own but a goal from Scott Jones late in the first meant Peel led by eight at quarter time.

Peel defender Traye Bennell said the first quarter performance was promising but short-lived.

“I think we started off pretty good in the first quarter, we kept up with them but it just died off in the last three quarters,” he said.

A six goal to one second quarter in favour of Subiaco meant the Lions took a 24-point lead into the half.

Just two goals in the second half meant Subiaco kicked away to extend their winning margin to 92 and maintain their unbeaten record.

Ben Howlett was tough in and around the contest laying 13 tackles to go with 22 disposals.

Bennell said since his return to the club Howlett has played a key role running through the middle.

“He’s a good player to have around the stoppage,” he said.
“He’s a good leadership player and all the younger boys learn off him”.

Skipper Gerald Ugle backed up his appearance in the state game last Saturday, kicking one of Peel’s seven goals to go with 13 touches.

Blair Bell played forward in his return from a shoulder injury, gathering 12 possessions as well as four marks and four tackles.

Of the Fremantle listed players Stefan Giro, Luke Strnadica and Ethan Hughes were among the best.

Giro found plenty of the ball in his second game back from a knee injury, racking up 27 touches to be Peel’s leading ball winner.

Strnadica played forward and pinch hit in the ruck, kicking two early goals to go with 18 hit outs.

Hughes worked hard for 22 touches, pressing his case for a return to the Dockers side.

In his second game back from injury Harley Bennell played forward and gathered eight disposals at a high efficiency, also kicking one of Peel’s two goals in the second half.

Traye Bennell said Harley made most of the limited ball playing forward.

“In a game like today it’s not going down into the forward line much, but when he got the ball in his hands he used it well,” he said.

Peel Thunder face East Fremantle at East Fremantle Oval next Saturday May 26 at 2:15pm.

Written by: Jacob O'Reilly

Image: Hannah Salt


Players added to Kia WAFL State Squad

Tuesday, May 8, 2018 - 3:07 PM

South Fremantle’s Marlion Pickett and East Fremantle’s George Hampson have been added to the 2018 Kia WAFL State Squad for this weekend’s State Game against the South Australian National Football League in Adelaide.

The game will be played at Adelaide Oval at 11.40am WA time on Saturday May 12 as a curtain-raiser to the Port Adelaide v Adelaide AFL Showdown. The game will be streamed live on the WAFL website and WAFL App and simulcast on radio in WA via Sport FM 91.3fm.

Pickett and Hampson both trained with the squad at Fremantle Oval last night after South Fremantle’s Ben Saunders, Ashton Hams, and Haiden Schloithe were all forced to withdraw with injuries.

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Round 6 - With Coach Cam Shepherd

Tuesday, May 8, 2018 - 12:58 PM

Peel Thunder 14.14 (98) defeated Claremont 11.12 (78)

It was a tough and bruising encounter. Both teams came into this game with 1 win and 3 losses so victory was critical. Important to keep touch with the top 5.

We started well with Leroy Jetta really playing well in the first quarter, kicking two goals which could easily have been three. Our midfield was getting their share and our pressure was back to our best. Our lead of 3 goals was good reward for effort.

Unfortunately Claremont really rallied in the second quarter and controlled the ball and ended up 2 points up at half time. We had lost Leroy Jetta to a hamstring strain and were down to 21 men.

The second half saw our midfield regain ascendancy and our forwards got on top and although both sides gave their all we were able to outscore our opponent 8 goals to 5 and end up winners by 20 points.

Better players for Peel included Lawler (11 tackles), Kersten (10 marks),Ugle (2 goals), Strnadica (3 goals), Pearce (33 possessions),Sheridan,Hancock,Tassone,Traye Bennell and Stefan Giro.

It was great to get Harley Bennell back on the park.

Looking forward now to Subiaco in 2 weeks time.

Senior Coach - Cam Shepherd

Image:  Lachlan Byrne


Next game - Peel Thunder v Subiaco Lions Saturday 19th May

Colts - 8.55am

Senior Development - 11.25am

Leagu e- 2.10pm

Round 6 - Match Report – Peel Thunder v Claremont

Tuesday, May 8, 2018 - 12:19 PM - by Chris Pike
PEEL Thunder and Claremont were both desperate to win on Saturday at Bendigo Bank Stadium and in the end it was Peel who control the second half to come away with the 20-point victory.
Both teams had won just the one game apiece in the opening five rounds of the 2018 WAFL season heightening the need to return to the winner's list when they did battle on Saturday in Mandurah.
Each side took advantage of the breeze in the opening half with Claremont taking a narrow two-point advantage into the long break.  Read More ...

Round 6 - Peel Secure Second Win

Tuesday, May 8, 2018 - 11:43 AM


Peel Thunder have won their second game of the season, defeating Claremont by 20-points at Bendigo Bank Stadium.

Despite two late goals from the Tigers, Peel’s continuous pressure resulted in a 14.14 (98) to 11.12 (78) win.

The Thunder came out strong, kicking five goals to Claremont’s two in the first quarter.

The Tigers kept Peel goalless for the first 28-minutes of the second quarter, kicking four goals to lead the Thunder by two points going into half time.

Peel midfielder Michael Tassone said although the pressure dropped off in the second quarter, their teamwork sealed the deal.

“It was really good for the boys to get off to that quick start today,” he said.

“It was just that trademark effort we always bring… the run, chase and tackle.”

Peel Thunder hit the scoreboard with three majors early in the third quarter, before leading the Tigers by 13 points going into the final term.

Tassone said Luke Strnadica had a large contribution to the win, after finishing with three goals and 21 hit-outs.

“He’s been good… he worked hard in the reserves and got his chance in the league side and it’s good to see him thriving at this level,” he said.

Fremantle midfielder Harley Bennell played his first game of the season, and despite his limited game time, was a strong performer in Peel’s forward 50 gathering nine disposals.

Tassone said Gerald Ugle was a key component to the win  with two important goals and 17 disposals.

“The pressure by Gerald down that forward half was exceptional,” he said.

Tassone said Fremantle utility Tommy Sheridan was impressive after racking up 28 disposals.

“Tommy’s leadership especially for me as a young kid trying to learn the wing structures is pretty handy,” he said.

Michael Tassone said he was happy with his own performance, contributing two goals to the win.

“There’s always room for improvement with the game, but to have an impact in the final term was good,” he said.

Peel Thunder will face Subiaco on Saturday, May 19, at Bendigo Bank Stadium.

Written by: Hannah Salt

Image:       Lachlan Byrne


Round 6 - Q & A with Coach Daniel Haines

Tuesday, May 8, 2018 - 11:32 AM


How did you see the start from the team in the first quarter?

Our first 15 minutes was very good with great pressure and skill execution, which helped us get the jump on the ladder leaders.  Brad McGowan and Keegan Power were in good touch.  We managed to get some clean ball into our forwards and went into quarter time 1 point up after a couple of turnovers late in the quarter, which let Claremont in for a couple of easy goals.


What happened in the second quarter?

It seemed our run and carry dried up in the second quarter and the pressure from Claremont when we had the footy made it very hard for our guys to get our ball movement where we wanted it to be.

Our skills dropped off and we had multiple turnovers, which resulted in direct goals to Claremont. We need to find a way to work our way through situations when opposition teams get momentum and how we stop that.


As a team what do we need to work on over the bye week?

The last two weeks we have been pretty average with clean hands and kicking efficiency so we will be working very hard on the track to rectify that.   Fitness is also a component as there has been a few that have missed some training and games due to injury. 


Who were the better players on the game?


Keegan Power had his best game for the year and is getting into some really good form over the last 2 games. Alex Bray and Chris Wrigley worked really hard in defense and provided great leadership.  Ollie Walton was terrific around the stoppages.  I'm really excited about his talent and attitude.    Alex Cohen was lively up forward and put on great pressure with tackles and chase downs.  Brett Milward kicked a couple and also showed he can play a role down back if required.


Overall we are pleased with the development and attitude the group that has been displayed.   We are confident the wins will not be far away and we look forward with great anticipation to the game in two weeks against a strong Subiaco side.


Congratulations to the Colts and League teams for the great wins on the weekend. 


Next game - Saturday 19th May @ Bendigo Bank Stadium

Colts - 8.55am

Senior Development - 11.25am

League - 2.10pm

Round 6 - Q & A with Coach Brad Dodd

Monday, May 7, 2018 - 10:47 AM





The Ocean Hill Estate Peel Thunder Colts were back in action last Saturday, taking on Claremont Tigers at Bendigo Bank Stadium.   After the game, we spoke with Head Coach, Brad Dodd.

A crucial game for the Colts so early in the season, was there any extra pressure?

BD: Maybe from the players perspective, they’re competitors and they’re aware of where we sit in the scheme of things but from the coaching perspective, we’re more focused on individuals and seeing them grow and develop as players. We are there to challenge and educate.

There were 2 more debutants this week in James Wiltshire and Kyle Penny, tell us a little about them.

BD: Jimmy was injured for the majority of last season. He was having a really strong pre-season before injuring his foot and missing quite a bit of training. He was right in the mix for Round 1 but he just missed out and he went away and worked hard on his game and got his opportunity. He’s a small forward that can also go through the wing and play Inside.  Kyle is a 17 year old who played State 16s last year. He would’ve played Round 1 but he injured his ankle at training and it’s taken him a little while to get over it. He plays back and we’re also keen to develop him as an inside mid. He’s ultra competitive and has a strong attack on the ball.

Starts have been an issue for the team, but a strong start against the Tigers. Was it a focus?

BD: We always put a focus on our starts. Our leaders were really vocal before the game in making sure we were ready to go from the start. We had a good 1st quarter but allowed a couple of easy goals to Claremont through some positioning and spoiling errors by our defenders.

Claremont came out and challenged early in the 2nd Quarter, taking the lead. But the Thunder responded to take a 22 point lead into half time. Where were you getting on top?

BD: Claremont are a very good team with a strong midfield. They were always going to respond at some stage. I thought we got back on top around the stoppages. Early in the quarter the Tigers had the ascendancy when we went away from our stoppage principles a bit, but we re-set and began to regain control.

The Thunder came out and kicked 7 goals for the 3rd quarter, 4 to Lachlan Cullen. He played last year as a forward but he’s been tried down back this year, what was the reasoning behind that?

BD: Lachlan has a high level of athletic talent: he’s quick, can jump, powerful kick and can take a mark. Most of his career to date, he’s been allowed to sit in the goal square and those attributes have gotten him by. As a coaching group, we wanted to give him a different challenge. He was quite apprehensive about the move at first but settled into his role down back, working closely with our backs coach, Danny Chartres. Lachy had performed solidly in the first 2 games as a back before missing the Perth game with injury.  We put him forward this game and he had a stronger intent with his competitiveness and defensive pressure as well as still being able to hit the scoreboard.

With a big lead at 3/4 time, what is the message to the group?

BD: Just to stick to the process. That was the message all week and the last quarter was probably when we were going to be tested the most.

In the end, a big win. What was the most pleasing thing about the performance?

BD: The fact that we had a strong appetite for each contest. That when we were challenged in the 2nd Quarter, we responded. That it was a pretty even performance across the board. That individuals who were down, responded during the week at training and that flowed into the game. 

Who were the better performers on the day?

BD: It was a really even performance by the group. We thought our midfield had a huge influence on the game, James Sturrock was excellent inside collecting 30 touches, 8 clearances and making 6 tackles. Lachlan Riley has had a consistent start to the year and he gave us great drive from the wing and half back, linking up and using the ball well. Jackson Perry and Bradley Oldfield were also very good. Up forward, Lachlan Cullen, Jack Sears, Tyson Powell and Billy Chambers all provided strong targets while Tyrone Thorne was at their feet, providing strong pressure and kicking 3 goals. Jarvis Pina and Andrew Butler continued their strong starts to the year. Our skipper, Jake Howes, set the tone and had his best game for the year with 27 touches and 6 tackles.

State Game bye this week and the State Under 18 players go away for the Carnival preparation, who made it from Peel?

BD: The squad hasn’t been finalised yet but on the initial intake, Tyson Powell, Jarrad Fazioli and Jason Carter all made the squad. We’re hoping for a few more to be added this week.

Anything planned for the Bye week?

BD: Business as usual. We’ll continue to look at parts of our game, as a team and as individuals, that we can improve and train accordingly. 


*Next game:  Peel Thunder v Subiaco @ Bendigo Bank Stadium - Saturday,19th May

Colts - 8.55am

Senior Development - 11.25am

League - 2.10pm



Wednesday, May 2, 2018 - 3:56 PM

Peel Thunder v East Perth
EP 13.11 89    d   PT 10.5 65

After a week off and the early start, the Senior Development guys were on the back foot from the start with East Perth applying great pressure and hitting the scoreboard in the first quarter, 4 goals to 2.

 The effort and intent from all players was positive however the polish with our hand and foot skills let us down all day.

 Matthew Piggott and Mat Dean continued their good form in defence.   Jacob Perry played his first game for the year along with Carl Collard.  Both will be better for the run.

Nick Merritt, Brad McGowan and Brett Milward worked hard up forward.  Overall it was a tough day for the club.   It's a short turnaround this week, with a 6 day break to work on skill execution and ball retention as we come up against top off the ladder Claremont at home on Saturday.  




Wednesday, May 2, 2018 - 3:46 PM

Peel Thunder V East Perth
EP 21.8. 134 d PT 10.8. 68

After the bye last weekend, we travelled to Leederville for an important game v East Perth, who are in strong form.
Congratulations to Kalani Scarrott and Stefan Giro on their league debuts this week, and also to Tommy Sheridan, who played his 50th game for Peel Thunder.
An even start to the game saw both sides apply strong pressure around the contest. Our forwards looked dangerous. Ryan Nyhuis, in a new role playing forward, was lively, kicking two first quarter goals.
East Perth found too much space in the second quarter, with a high number of uncontested marks placing our defence under pressure. Despite the efforts of Ben Hancock and Traye Bennell, East Perth built a good lead at half time.
A response was required from the team. 5 consecutive goals in the third quarter brought us back into the game, on the back of better ball movement and improved contested ball winning. However, we were unable to sustain our pressure, and East Perth were able to finish the game strongly.
Admirable efforts from Hancock, Bennell, Shane Kersten and Ben Howlett [11 tackles] showed good leadership. An encouraging return to football for Michael Apeness in the ruck, and 8 marks and 2.2 from Luke Strnadica was pleasing and positive looking forward.
The players understand the need for us to play a more consistent brand of footy, and will be determined to strike back with a strong effort versus Claremont this Saturday.