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Monday, April 30, 2018 - 3:49 PM





The Ocean Hill Estate Peel Thunder Colts were back in action last Sunday, taking on East Perth at Leederville Oval. After the game, we spoke with Head Coach, Brad Dodd.

You had a bye last week, what was the focus during the break?

BD: The bye gave us a chance to reflect on the previous 3 games and we were able to sit down as a group and identify areas we thought we were going well in and other areas where we thought there was room for improvement. There was more of a focus on our ball movement and trying to get more value from our Inside 50 entries.

East Perth came out and started the game strongly, where were you falling down?

BD: It was a really poor start by us and we were lucky not to be further behind at quarter time. We were punished by some lazy defending and a lack of intent in some crucial contests. Missed tackles, bumping instead of tackling, trying to mark when we needed a spoil, silly free kicks- all basic decision making errors but ones that cost us scores. 

A strong 2nd term, kicking 6 goals for the quarter, where did you feel you were getting on top?

BD: We thought we began to get on top around the ball, Tyson Powell, Cam Gavin and Bradley Oldfield began to get first hands and we found some avenues to goal. Jack Sears, who had started back, went forward and gave us a strong presence. Most of our forwards are 17 this year and still learning the work rate that’s required but Jack has been pretty consistent with his pressure and effort all season without getting much reward- so it was great to see him hit the scoreboard.

East Perth got back on top in the 3rd quarter and went into the last break with a 7 point lead. How did you see the 3rd?

BD: It’s been the tale of our season to date, where we haven’t been able to string quarters together. The challenge for us as a group is to find that level of consistency. The challenge for our on field leaders is be able to set the tone when momentum is swinging the other way. East Perth created plenty of opportunities in the 3rd and we held out for a while but some undisciplined free kicks and careless ball use shot us in the foot late in the quarter.

With the game in the balance at 3/4 time, what was the message?

BD: We just reinforced what our best football looks like and to embrace the challenge of the situation. Making sure we took the game on with our ball movement but we needed a big effort around the contest.

In the end a bit of a heartbreaker, with a Clifton Stack shot at goal sliding wide on the siren and a 1 point loss.

BD: We created enough chances early in the last quarter to put some space between us and East Perth but we just didn’t execute well enough. Over the past few seasons, we’ve lost a lot of games by under a goal. This was our 2nd loss this season by under a kick. The pleasing thing is that we learnt from the loss against Swans. We were better organised in evening up the numbers which gave us a chance to score, unfortunately the kick missed. We just lacked a little bit of composure at times going forward.

As coach, how do you address the group after a loss like that?

BD: Like all games, we spoke about things we did well and things we need to get better at. The pleasing thing is we gave ourselves a chance to win it, which we didn’t against Swans. We spoke about delivering under pressure and having some composure. How under pressure,  we just need to stick to our strengths and back in our structures and game style.

There must be some frustration at losing 2 close ones?

BD: Not really. It’s a great learning environment when you’re under pressure like that. You can train it but nothing compares to the real thing. Both games we were behind with a few minutes left. We saw a different mindset against EP than we did against Swans. That’s what we want to see, growth in our players.

Tell us a little about Jaxon Egan, who made his debut.

BD: Jaxon is one of our South West kids. He can play anywhere but mainly forward at the moment. He actually spent a fair chunk of the game across half back which was a different challenge for him. He’s a good mark and has a touch of class. It was a  step up for him from where he’s been playing but he did a couple of good things.   He’s another 17 year old and one who we think has a bright future.

Who were the better performers on the day?

BD: We thought Andrew Butler and James Sturrock continued their excellent start to the season. James started in the midfield before going to half back and giving us plenty of drive. Andrew played forward, wing and inside. He’s an incredibly hard worker. His kicking was a little off but he really stood up in the last. Bradley Oldfield had a good game- kicking 3 goals and providing some strong work around the stoppages. Down back, we thought Lachie Beverly was excellent. Just competed and played with a little bit of aggression.

Doesn’t get any easier, perennial grand finalists, Claremont next Saturday.

BD: As I’ve mentioned before, it’s a really even competition. Claremont had a great victory against South Fremantle on the weekend. They’re always very strong and have a very good midfield. Should be another great challenge for us.


Monday, April 30, 2018 - 1:40 PM


Peel Thunder have suffered their third loss of the season at the hands of East Perth by 66 points at Leederville oval on Sunday.

The Thunder trailed the Royals at every break as East Perth cruised to a 21.8 (134) to 10.8 (68) finish.

Peel Debutant Kalani Scarrott said the intensity coming from Reserves to League was very different.

“It’s definitely a step up and it’s a bit more intense but we have a good bunch of lads… they were really helpful so it was good,” he said.

Peel Thunder hit the scoreboard with an early lead in the first quarter, although they struggled with their goal accuracy.

The Thunder’s inaccuracy continued in the second quarter as they failed to kick a major for the first 14 minutes.

Scarrott said Cam Shepard had a lot to say in the half time break about their intensity around the ball.

“Shep just wanted us to lift more constantly and keep going throughout…   and I think the start of the third we sort of hit it but we just trailed, off… it’ something we can work on for next week,” he said.

Peel Thunder were able to stay with East Perth in the third quarter, hitting the scoreboard with five goals to go into the final break trailing by 36 points.

However, the Thunder failed to stay with the Royals in the final term only managing to kick a single goal to East Perth’s six.

Leroy Jetta was one of the few standouts, racking up 11 disposals, three marks and kicking two majors.

Scarrott said “It was exciting to have someone like Jetta in the team, pushing up forward for them.

“I love having Jetts up forward… he has a good presence , basically we just need to get it in quicker to him and he will do the rest for us,” he said.

Peel Thunder take on Claremont Tigers at Bendigo Bank Stadium next Saturday, May 5, at 2:15pm.   


Written by:  Ysabella Salisbury



Kia WAFL State squad named

Saturday, April 28, 2018 - 4:36 PM

AN initial Kia WAFL State Squad of 33 players has been named for next month’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 online through the SANFL Digital Pass and simulcast on radio in WA via Sport FM 91.3fm.

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Young talent competing in WAFL 16s Carnival

Tuesday, April 17, 2018 - 12:32 PM

More than 350 of the State’s top emerging footballers are showcasing their talent at the 2018 WAFL 16s Carnival which kicked off last month.

The six-round series of matches concludes on April 14, and following the carnival, the WA State 16s Academy selection panel will develop a list of 50 players to participate in the State 16s trial selection fixture on April 20.

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Round 3 - Game day with Colts Head Coach Brad Dodd, supported by Ocean Hill Estate

Tuesday, April 17, 2018 - 11:45 AM


Peel Thunder v Perth - Round 3

PE 15.12  102    d    PT  8.9  57

The Ocean Hill Estate - Peel Thunder Colts were back at home last Sunday, taking on the Perth Demons at Bendigo Bank Stadium. After the game, we spoke with Head Coach, Brad Dodd.
Plenty of opportunities for the forwards in the first quarter, with 15 Inside 50s, but Peel couldn’t hit the scoreboard, scoring just 2 behinds.
BD: It was a frustrating start to the game. Our forwards were collapsing in on each other, which made it easier to defend and when we were getting shots, we weren’t converting. We had 2 set shots go out on the full. 
Almost the opposite in the 2nd Quarter when Perth dominated field position but the Thunder were efficient going forward. 

Round 3 - Senior Development Match Report with Head Coach Daniel Haines

Tuesday, April 17, 2018 - 11:24 AM


Peel Thunder Senior Development - Round 3 v Perth

PE 15.5 95    d   PT 10.13 73

A disappointing finish to the game after a promising start.  We had more inside 50's and more scoring shots than Perth but didn't capitalize on those opportunities when the game was there to be won in the third quarter.

Goals to Perth late in the quarters cost us and is something we will need to address during the bye break. Our pressure and attack on the ball was strong but the composure with the ball in hand needs to be better to give our forwards some quality supply.

Better players on the day were Chris Wrigley who played his best game for the year,  providing plenty of drive from half back/wing and finishing with a great goal from long range.  Nick Merritt finished with 4 goals and is starting to build some consistency over the last few games.  Kegan Power had plenty of the footy but was a bit wasteful going forward.   Piggott, Dean and Mathers were all solid in defence.

We will look to freshen up with the bye this week, ready to attack East Perth at Leederville next week.   

Coach - Daniel Haines



Wednesday, April 11, 2018 - 1:02 PM

League Report with Cam Shepherd
PT v Swan Districts

SD 15.12 (102) d PT 13.10 (88)

Peel suffered our first defeat since the last round of fixtures in 2017.  We ventured up to Bassendean Oval last Saturday to take on Swan Districts expecting, as we always do, a real battle.

To Swannies credit they jumped out from the start and played a brand of football that provided for a wonderful game between two determined sides.  We were really proud of our boys in the team to keep fighting when things were obviously not going our way on the injury front.

Being down to 21 at half time is not unusual in today's game.  Although we had lost big Sean Darcy to a knee injury we thought we were well in the game. Unfortunately we lost both Michael Tassone and Brady Grey early in the 3rd quarter , which put our planning in some jeopardy.  However we had a plan to cover those losses and still strived for victory in the last quarter, which was further complicated with the loss of Michael Apeness and then Tom North late in the game.  Talk about a war zone!

Even so, Swan Districts played really good footy and deserved the win.  Our players held their heads high as we battled it out to the end.  Notable performances from Danyle Pearce, Darcy Tucker, Ethan Hughes and Blair Bell with Ben Howlett playing a great last half.

We look forward to this week's home game against Perth.


Wednesday, April 11, 2018 - 12:59 PM

Ocean Hill Estate Peel Thunder 16’s v Swan Districts 16’s
With Coach Aaron Ballantyne

Peel Thunder – 8.11 (59) d Swan Districts – 7.6 (48)

The Ocean Hill Estate Peel Thunder 16’s continued their carnival on Saturday the 7th April in an away fixture against Swan Districts at Steel Blue Oval.

Playing in the later time slot of 5pm the boys were challenged with a new preparation structure.  We began the game brightly, getting the first goal on the board through small forward Liam Pember,  slotting a set shot from close to the boundary. We managed to follow that up with another goal a few minutes later through key forward Zac Trigwell (5 Goals). The rest of the quarter was a tight battle, with the boys pressure around the ball and tackling leading the way.

We managed to play some good football throughout the 2nd and 3rd quarters and really looked to play the way we have trained since December.  Plenty of pressure and looking to get the ball to the outside runners, which the boys did.  Our backs were very good with their positioning and one on one efforts.  The midfield worked together and got on top in the clearances, while our forwards all had their own space and were hitting up at the ball carrier.

Heading for home and up by 30 points, Swans decided to roll the dice a bit and have a lot of players push forward. They set up a good wall, that the boys struggled to get the ball through.  When we did run and carry with handballs, we managed to get the ball going forward.  Swans did dominate the quarter on the score board but our boys held their own throughout.

All the coaches were happy with the boys attitude and effort.   We came away with an 11 point win.

This week we finish the 16’s carnival with a home game against the Perth Demons on Sunday 15th April at Bendigo Bank Stadium. Bounce down is at 5pm. With the club hosting its annual District Day for all the junior clubs in the area its will be a great day to come down and watch some football.

Trigwell, Avery, Stone, Yaccob


Tuesday, April 10, 2018 - 12:48 PM

Travelling to Steel Blue oval is never easy and with three players promoted up to the League team, after quality performances in Round 1, we knew Swans would be a tough assignment.

Keegan Power,  in for his first game after a year at South Mandurah, played a solid game on the wing and will be better for the run.   Joel O'Driscoll also played his first game back at the club, after a few Premierships with Pinjarra and looked right at home.  Joel finished with 4 goals.  His class around the forward line will be a massive asset for the club this year.   Rob Shindler Taylor also played his first game for the club and looked better the longer the game went.   His skills and run will add to our clubs quality.  Welcome to the club 'RST'.

Our start to the match was pleasing.   The intent to tackle and pressure on the opposition kept the ball in our half, which we did pretty well over the 4 quarters.   5 goals to 1 in the first quarter set up the win and the guys never looked back.

Luke Strnadika has been in good form in the ruck and gave our mids first use of the ball.  He took 12 marks and kicked 1 goal.  Brad Walsh continued his good start to the year with 35 disposals along with Michael Humble (24) and Corey Morris (24).

Kaine Ah-Chee's pressure set the tone for the forwards, causing turnovers which kept the ball in our forward line ,where Brad McGowan finished the hard work with 4 goals.

In the backline Matt Dean lead from the front with his aggressive marking and pressure acts which saved the team when we looked out of position. 

To finish the game with a 39 point win was a great reward for the team.   

Again we strive to improve upon last week, look to play our best football and bring great attitude against Perth.

Game times - Sunday 15th April

Colts - 9am   Senior Development - 11.30am  League - 2.15pm  16's - 5pm


Tuesday, April 10, 2018 - 9:04 AM
The Ocean Hill Estate - Peel Thunder Colts travelled down to Steel Blue Oval to take on Swan Districts last Saturday. After the game, we spoke with Head Coach, Brad Dodd.
For the second game in a row, the Thunder were slow out of the blocks, is that a concern?
BD: We’d like to be starting better, thats for sure. It was a pretty tough start to the game, both sides had a fierce attack on the man and ball. There were over 60 tackles between both teams for the quarter- which had an impact on our ball use. Swans played the slippery conditions slightly better and we were guilty of some positioning issues down back and were made to pay. 
More of the same in the 2nd Quarter, what was the message to the group at half time when you were 22 point down?
BD: It was pretty clear to us that Swans were outnumbering us at most contests in general play. We knew the game was likely to open up a little after the break but we needed to start to run. Pretty simple really. We challenged our players that hadn’t had a great start to turn it around. They needed to find ways to kick start their own games. 
For the second week in a row, the team came to life in the 3rd.
BD: It was a real arm wrestle for the first half of the quarter but we started to have repeat entries inside 50, locking the ball in our half but we weren’t making the most of our chances on the scoreboard. In the end, it took an individual effort by first gamer, Andrew Butler to get us going. He had 4 or 5 defensive efforts, smothered the ball and kicked a goal to set us away. 
Heading into the last with a 1 point lead, kicking into a slight breeze…. 
BD: As a group, we were pretty confident. We felt like we’d started to play our brand of football on the back of an increased work rate. We knew Swans would re-group and we expected it to go down to the wire. Unfortunately, we conceded the first goal from the CB and despite answering and having some opportunities to take the lead, Swans locked the ball in their half for most of the quarter and we found it hard to get it out. 
A 2 point loss in a real arm wrestle, who were your better performers?
BD: I was really happy with Zach Rankin on the wing. Zach is a 17 year old who played his first game last week. He’s one of our better runners and has a really strong work ethic. Andrew Butler came in for his first Colts game. Andrew missed nearly all of last year with an injury and had a delayed start to pre-season. But he’s been excellent since after Xmas and was unlucky to miss out Round 1. He gave us plenty of energy and a strong competitor in the contest. Jarvis Pina was excellent across half back- really strong in the air and defended well for most of the game. Backs Jye Kimpton, Lachie Beverly and Lachlan Cullen continued their strong start to the season while Lee Chapman and Bailey Taylor were solid. James Sturrock tried hard on his wing. 
Some unlucky news regarding Durak Tucker during the week?
BD: Durak dislocated his knee in an innocuous incident at training. At first thought the diagnosis was quite minor but after a scan it revealed he had ruptured his ACL and would need a reconstruction. Durak will miss the remainder of the season. His pre-season and early season form had been absolutely outstanding. He had set himself up for a great season. Durak is quite a resilient character, and while disappointed, he’s already champing at the bit to get stuck into rehab. 
Next week, back at home to face the Demons, who had a big win against the Sharks.
BD: I think we’ve already seen over the first few weeks that it’s a really even competition. Subiaco and Swans have gotten off to good starts, while most other teams have already had a win. Perth have some extremely talented players and it’ll be another great challenge for our group.
Peel Thunder v Perth
Sunday 15th @Bendigo Bank Stadium 
Colts - 9am
Senior Development - 11.30am
League - 2.15pm
16's - 5.oopm