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Monday, March 19, 2018 - 5:39 PM





Fresh from a strong performance against the Tigers, the Thunder Colts returned to Bendigo Bank Stadium to take on Subiaco last Friday night. 

The Thunder made 10 changes to the team that beat Claremont, bringing in Lachie Beverly, Rob Hutson, Deon Welhan, Jake Willis, Andrew Butler, Tom Rutherford, James Wiltshire, Aaron Hancock and Quinn Parsons for their first taste of Colts football. 

Kicking into the breeze in the first quarter, the Thunder had the early ascendancy, but due to some excellent pressure around the ball, couldn’t take advantage on the scoreboard. The Lions gained the upper hand in the midfield through the middle of the quarter and kicked 2 of the last 3 goals to lead by 6 at the break. 

The Thunder started the 2nd term strongly and found a strong avenue to goal in Ben Middleton, who attacked the contest with purpose and kicked 2 for the quarter. Jackson Perry and Tyson Powell were busy around the ball while key defender, Durak Tucker was having an engaging contest against Jack Mayo. The Thunder had kicked out to nearly a 3 goal lead before a late Subiaco goal saw the margin reduced to 9 points at half time. 

Subiaco dominated field position in the 3rd, getting well on top in the midfield and locking the ball almost exclusively in their forward half. Some resolute defending by Lee Chapman, Lachie Beverly, Jye Kimpton and Durak Tucker managed to restrict the damage before 2 late goals to James Sturrock and Tyrone Thorne had seen the Thunder extend the lead to 12, despite Subiaco leading the Inside 50 count 17 to 6 for the quarter. 

Kicking with the aid of the breeze in the last, the Thunder regained the ascendency in the midfield and were able to put a score on the board, outscoring the Lions 4.4 to 1.0 in the last to run out 34 point winners. Better players for the Thunder were Tyson Powell, who worked hard through the midfield, James Sturrock, who provided plenty of run on his wing, Jackson Perry, who found plenty of the ball inside and outside and Ben Middleton, who provide a strong aerial presence and finished off his good work with 3 goals. Lachie Beverly and Kilian Rawson both came in and built strong cases to play in round 1. 

The Thunder Colts list the moment is healthy, with all bar one likely to be available for selection this weekend. 

Pleasingly, 10 of our 17 year olds got to play in a game that had a fair amount of heat around the contest. All now have a clearer understanding of what is required to play at this level. We now host East Perth this Saturday at Bendigo Stadium before taking on the Sharks in Round 1 on Good Friday. 


Monday, March 19, 2018 - 11:34 AM






The Ocean Hill Estate Peel Thunder 16’s went up against Subiaco in round 2 of the WAFL 16’s carnival on Friday 16th March at Bendigo Bank Stadium. Coming off a really good effort the week prior against Claremont the boys were ready and up for the challenge.

In what was a tale of two halves for the boys, the first 10mins saw us get of to a really good start kicking 2 quick goals and the boys moving the ball well into our forwards, from there Subiaco managed to get a bit of control by folding numbers back at stoppages and we struggled to get the ball out of our back 50. The Second quarter we were reactive and loose around the contest as well as around the ground. Subiaco taking a 2 goal lead into half time, in a half I felt we hadn’t displayed any signs of how we want to play.

After a few adjustments at half time the boys really hit the ground running to start the 3rd, kicking into a slight breeze the boys managed to turn the game around and work the ball forward and lift the pressure that was so good the week prior. Andy Celesto was again having an impact around the contest while Isaiah Winder was starting to have a real influence in our front half which was resulting in not only shots on goal for himself but bring others into the game as well. Michael Hall was finding plenty of the ball off the wing and giving us plenty of drive with his long left foot kicking.

After a really strong quarter we managed to turn for home leading by 2 goals and the boys started the last where they finished off the 3rd with plenty of pressure around the ball, winning the ball on the inside and getting it going forward and running over the top to come away with a comfortable win on the night.

While we have started the carnival 2 and 0 we understand that there is plenty to work on, which the boys are up for. Very pleasing to see that in the first two games the boys have been challenged both on the field by the opposition and off the field by the coaches and have responded extremely well.

Next week we come up against East Perth at Bendigo Bank Stadium on Saturday the 24th of March. Will be a great chance to come and watch the talent coming through with all 4 sides playing on the same day.

Final Scores:

Peel Thunder: 9.12    Subiaco: 7.8

Best Players: Andy Celesto, Michael Hall, Isaiah Winder

Goal Kickers: 2 Dodds, Vidovich, Winder, 1 Pember, Fewson, Heuer


Monday, March 12, 2018 - 1:26 PM

The Peel Thunder Colts travelled to Claremont Oval to take on the Claremont Tigers in hot conditions last Saturday. 

Fielding a squad of 28, with 11 newcomers, the young Tigers got out of the blocks quickly in the 1st, kicking with the breeze. Clifton Stack was proving elusive up forward, kicking 2 and setting up 1 for the quarter, while key forwards Ben Middleton, Zavier Williams and Jack Sears were providing strong targets. The midfield was being lead by the hard working Brad Oldfield, while Jarrad Fazioli was relishing the freedom of playing up the ground. 

The Tigers responded in the 2nd term, lifting their work rate and taking full toll on some sloppy defending to kick 5 goals for the quarter. Brad Oldfield continued to work hard, along with Jake Howes and Kyle Penny while Durak Tucker was solid across half back.

The Thunder kicked it up a gear in the 3rd, lead by Michael Randall and Tyrone Thorne, who both kicked 2 goals each for the quarter. Jarvis Pina was providing plenty of rebound off half back while Lee Chapman and Durak Tucker kept the Tiger key forwards under control. 

The last quarter went goal for goal, with the Thunder running out comfortable winners. Better performers on the day were Brad Oldfield through the middle, Michael Randall, who kicked 3 and was strong over the ball, Clifton Stack and Tyrone Thorne, who both provided energy and pressure up forward. Down back Durak Tucker, Lee Chapman, Jye Kimpton and Jarvis Pina were all serviceable. Jarrad Fazioli found plenty of ball and provided some dash on his wing. 

Overall, it was pleasing to play all our South West players, who all contributed. We also saw solid efforts from our 17 year olds in Ben Middleton, Clifton Stack, Jack Sears, James Ewing, Tyrone Thorne, Kyle Penny, Jaxon Egan, Nic Pemberton and Zach Rankin. 

The group got through unscathed and we were able to try players in various positions. 

This week we play Subiaco at Bendigo Bank Stadium on Friday night. Colts - 7.20pm and 16's 5.30 pm **.

Goalkickers: Randall 3. Stack 2, Thorne 2. Fazioli 1, Rankin 1, Sears 1, Middleton 1, Sturrock 1, Powell 1, Williams 1.

Best Players: Oldfield. Randall. Fazioli. Pina. Stack

B. Dodd

Colts Coach

** Friday night the Peel Thunder Club Lounge is open, meals are available, all are welcome**

**Senior Development and League play Saturday 11.20am and 2.15pm**



Monday, March 12, 2018 - 12:14 PM


Peel Thunder have enjoyed a 59 point victory against Claremont on Saturday 10/3 at Claremont Oval.  Whilst recognising that Claremont were missing 5 or so regulars we were really pleased with how the Peel boys attacked the game. 

We played 25, 13 Peel based players and 12 Fremantle and the synergy and bond between the group was evident early through actions on field.

Despite losing the toss and kicking against a stiff breeze Peel were quickly into gear and tackled strongly early setting the tone for the game. Lawler and Switkowski along with Crowden continually hassled the opposition into error giving the Peel forwards opportunity.

Peel lead by 12 points at quarter time and extended that lead to 32 points by half time.

The second half mirrored the first with Peel eventually running out winners 13.11 to 4.6.

Better players for Peel were Ben Howlett, Gerald Ugle, Adam Cerra, Taylin Duman, Ryan Nyhuis, Mitch Crowden and Scott Jones.

What was also pleasing was the results in 16s, colts and Senior Development which gives Peel a great start albeit in a practice match as we all prepare for the big first game versus East Fremantle on 30/3.

This week we play Subiaco at Bendigo Bank Stadium, followed by our Season Launch at 6.30pm - we invite everyone to come down and support the boys.

Cam Shepherd

League Coach

*Saturday - Senior Development - 11.20am followed by League - 2.15pm

*Friday night - 16's - 5.30   Colts - 7.20


Sunday, March 11, 2018 - 1:48 PM



Speaking in front of a packed house at their Season Launch on Tuesday night, coach Brad Dodd spoke of the focus for the program through pre-season and gave a brief update on all the squad members progress. 

“I think as a program we had clear areas we wanted to improve on heading into our pre-season. We wanted to have an increased emphasis on strength and I think it’s clear we’ve made great advances in this area. New Strength and Conditioning coach, Mason Gittins has done an excellent job in fast tracking a lot of our young players. 

As a coaching group we’re really happy where the group sits and as a group the players have shown to be hard working and ultra competitive.”

Captain Jake Howes spoke to the audience, congratulating the group for the work thats been done, thanking the players family for their continued support and sacrifice and wishing everyone well for the season ahead. 



Wednesday, February 28, 2018 - 1:51 PM

Written by Vanessa Schmitt  Mandurah Coastal Times


PEEL Thunder players took on Perth at Lathlain Oval on the weekend and did their bit to raise money for mental health programs.

The Tackling Suicide Celebrity and Community Charity Match, which included a Celebrity Community Game, raised almost $10,000 for LifeLine and Outside the Locker Room. The funding will benefit sporting clubs and schools with mens mental health programs.

Perth Demons and Peel Thunder battled it out in the curtain raiser, the inaugural Youth Focus Cup, and came home with the trophy.

Peel Thunder football manager Shane Creevey said Peel did really well and new players held their own.

He said some new Fremantle players also participated and gelled well with Peel players.

“It was good prep for the season,” he said.

Athletes and celebrities who signed up for the Celebrity Community Game included AFL champions Troy Cook, Peter Bell, Drew Petrie, Luke McPharlin, Andrew Embley, Daniel Kerr, Jake Edwards, David Wirrpanda, Dale Kickett, Paul Hasleby, Sam Butler, Shaun McManus and Ryan Crowley. Hockeyroo Ashleigh Nelson, ex-Kookaburra Simon Orchard as well as media personalities Paddy Sweeney and Nadia Mitsopoulos also agreed to put on their footy boots.

Ashleigh Nelson said mental health was an issue for sportspeople and other people in high pressure jobs.

Outside the Locker Room was founded by former Carlton player Jake Edwards, who was diagnosed with depression at the age of 19 and at his lowest, contemplated suicide.

Youth Focus community engagement manager Chris Harris said community awareness was an integral part of the organisation’s mission to prevent suicide.

“Youth Focus is proud to be involved in this community event, which raised awareness about youth mental health to help us continue our suicide prevention crusade,” he said.


Tuesday, February 27, 2018 - 11:22 AM



The Peel Thunder School holiday clinics are the perfect way to provide children with a full filled event on the School Holidays.

Peel Thunder  we will hold a Clinic on Wednesday 18th April at Bendigo Bank Stadium.  The Clinic will be run by our very own Ben Howlett who has returned to Peel Thunder from Essendon Football Club (playing 124 games for Essendon).

Age group - 5 - 12 years old

Places can be booked at $65 per child

What you get:

-skills training

-take home a football and a show bag

-morning tea and lunch

-double pass for mum and dad to come to a Peel Thunder home game

What to bring:

-wear your football gear

-water bottle


Registrations can be emailed or come into the Club. 

Download registration form here:

School Holiday Clinic Registration Form


Enquires to Ben Howlett - Peel Thunder Community Development Manager or M:0403 504 215






Thursday, February 22, 2018 - 9:06 AM







The Ocean Hill Private Estate Peel Thunder Colts recently attended a pre-season training camp.  The players took this opportunity to vote for the Leadership Group for the 2018 season. Over the course of the pre-season the group had discussed what leadership looked like to them, what they expected from a leader and gave examples of strong leadership, which wasn’t confined to the sporting world.

Congratulations to the following players on their appointment as the 2018 Peel Thunder Colts Leadership Group.

Jake Howes (Captain)

Durak Tucker (Vice Captain)

Tyson Powell (Vice Captain)

Bradley Oldfield

Lachlan Riley

Jake Howes is a busy inside mid with a high work rate. He sets the standard, on and off the field, which clearly impressed the coaching and playing groups. Addressing the group for the first time, Jake stated:  “It’s a great honour to be selected by the playing group to lead them for the 2018 season. With new coaching staff and some talented new players, I’m confident that the group is heading in the right direction.”

Durak and Tyson are both natural leaders who have a strong game sense and the ability to have strong influences on matches. Durak is a rebounding back who played State football in 2017, whilst Tyson is fairly versatile and is likely to spend time across all zones this season.

Bradley and Lachlan are both midfielders who have high work rates. Brad spent most of last season across half back where his attack on the ball was noticeable.  Lachie is an accumulator of the ball, providing strong run as a winger, and with the ability to play inside.

The Peel Thunder Football Club wishes the boys all the best in their roles and has full confidence that they will lead by example at all times.

The Colts first trial game is March 10th v Claremont at Claremont Oval.


Thursday, February 15, 2018 - 10:59 AM






The 2018 Ocean Hill Estate Peel Thunder Under 16's squad has been announced.
Selectors have named a 35 player squad to play in the WAFL Under 16's Development Carnival to be held in March/April. Players have been selected over their performances in the 2017 Year 9 and 10 carnival as well as the pre-season program.
Players in this squad will be on show for State selectors and will look to develop their football under the guidance of Head Coach Aaron Ballantyne, and assistants Craig Lindsay, David McGarry and Glen Andrews.
The squad is:
Renee Anderson (Mustangs), Connor Avery (Secret Harbour), Zac Burgess (Donnybrook), Corey Burton (Secret Harbour), Andy Celesto (North Mandurah), Toby Dodds (Secret Harbour), Wes Fewson (Halls Head), Jack Fourie (Secret Harbour), Jacksyn Gater (Halls Head), Roy George (Bunbury), Michael Hall (Rockingham), Connor Heuer (Halls Head), Liam Hutton (Bunbury), Jonathon Ietto (Harvey), Campbell Italiano (HBL), Reid Kinninmont (HBL), Bodie Kitchingman (Secret Harbour), Brodie Lake (Secret Harbour), Max Layton (Rockingham), Ethan McWilliams (Secret Harbour), Tyrell Metcalf (Mustangs), Tyler Nesbitt (South Mandurah), Bailey Norris (South Mandurah), Liam Pember (Rockingham), Jacob Schreiber-Wood (Warnbro), Lachlan Shipton (South Mandurah), Calvin Stone (South Mandurah), Zane Sutherland (Halls Head), Zac Trigwell (Bunbury), Riley Vidovich (Pinjarra), Jack Walsh (Rockingham), Malachy Watson (South Mandurah), Kyle White (Waroona), Isiah Winder (Eaton), David Yaccob (Pinjarra)
The squad will play 7 games over the coming weeks:
24/2/18- v South Fremantle (Medina Oval)- 4:30pm
10/3/18- v Claremont (Claremont Oval)- 8:45am
16/3/18 v Subiaco (Bendigo Bank Stadium)- 5:30pm
24/3/18 v East Perth (Bendigo Bank Stadium)- 9:00am
30/3/18 v East Fremantle (Bendigo Bank Stadium)- 9:30am
7/4/18 v Swan Districts (Steel Blue Oval)- 5:00pm
14/4/18 v Perth (Bendigo Bank Stadium)- 9:30am
Players will be presented with their jumpers at the Colts and Under 16's jumper presentation evening in the Platinum Room commencing at 7:00 pm on Tuesday 6/3/18.   A buffet meal will be available to guests and players. Bookings are encouraged - $28.50 pp.

For bookings please contact John Deitz at



Thursday, February 15, 2018 - 10:56 AM





The pre-season for the Peel Thunder Colts is still in full swing with the squad of 45 now finalised. Over the last few months the players have made great individual gains in strength and conditioning and we’re now well and truly advanced in our game style and positional development. The players have all tackled this phase with a strong work ethic and willingness to learn and adapt. 
In early February, the squad's 17 year olds had a hit out against the Peel Under 16 squad. There were plenty of positive performances on the day, with strong showings from South West key forwards, James Ewing, Zach Rankin, rebounding defender, Ben Roberts, Jaxon Egan and Lachie Beverly. It also gave the coaching staff an early sighter of the Under 16s who will join our program at the completion of their competition. 
The following weekend the squad assembled for a Training Camp. Set over the Saturday, we refreshed and reinforced the way we want to play before playing 3 x 20 minute periods of the Under 17s Vs the Under 18s. It was great to see our emerging 17 year olds pit themselves against a strong Under 18 group. Better performances on the day were Tyson Powell, Lachlan Riley, Durak Tucker, Jake Howes, Tom Rutherford and Lee Chapman for the 18s, while Tyrone Thorne, Jai Tregenza, Cam Gavin and Jack Sears held their own for the 17s. Bragging rights from the result went to the U18s. 
Following a run down of the recovery process, the players voted for the 2018 Leadership group. We hope to announce that early next week. 
The first trial match against Claremont is now just over 3 weeks away. The list is relatively healthy, with only a couple in the rehab group with minor issues. This week, 9 of the squad are taking part in a State U18 trial. We wish the boys all the best and hopefully they put their best foot forward. The rest of the squad will take part in a Testing Day on Saturday. 
The squad will have its Jumper Presentation on Tuesday the 6th of March. 
Brad Dodd
Peel Thunder Colts Coach