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Tuesday, December 19, 2017 - 11:03 AM

The Peel Thunder Colts and Ocean Hill Academy programs are seeking a Medical Manager for the 2018 season.

The successful applicant will provide physiotherapy support for the PTFC colts as well as managing the medical component of the PTFC Ocean Hill Academy.


  • Qualified Physiotherapist
  • Demonstrated leadership skills
  • Demonstrated knowledge, involvement and understanding of talent development programs
  • Highly developed verbal and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to identify and nurture youth talent
  • Demonstrated ability to develop high levels of team unity
  • Previous experience working with young elite athletes

The successful candidate will be required to attend 2 training sessions per week (Monday and Thursday nights), as well as all PTFC Colts matches in the 2018 season.

For a detailed position description or to apply for the role please contact John Deitz at or phone 0409 084 392.

Applications will close on Monday 8th January at 5pm


Wednesday, December 13, 2017 - 10:28 AM



Thank you to everyone who attended last weeks wine tasting and introduction to new Club Sponsor Vintage House Wine and Spirits.

Craig and Sandra from VHWS were overwhelmed with the response and very much look forward to providing fine wines throughout Season 2018.

As promised Craig has put together an order form that can be emailed to myself and prepared for pick up from the Club Thursday 21st December, ready to be enjoyed over the festive season.

Please click on this link to take a look at whats on offer:  Vintage House Wine & Spirits Christmas Order Form

Orders must be placed by this Friday with with Paula Barnden - email:

- dozen bottle minimum order

- collection from the club from  Thursday 21st December


Monday, December 11, 2017 - 4:29 PM



From the Peel Thunder Players, Coaching Staff, Board of Directors and Staff we wish you and your family a very Merry and safe Christmas and happy New Year.

Please be advised that our Club including office and bar will be closed from Thursday 5pm 21st and will return Monday 8th January 9am.

Lets go Thunder is Season 2018!


Friday, December 8, 2017 - 5:24 PM

The Peel Thunder Football Club  is excited to have Ben Howlett commit his WAFL footy to Peel Thunder.

Ben has played 124 games for the Essendon Football Club and prior to that 60 Peel Thunder League games, he is also a previous winner of the Tuckey Medal.  

Exciting because Ben is still well and truly in his prime. We would expect Ben can play in the midfield, across half back or at half forward and his versatility will be important as we strive to continue our recent successes.

Importantly Ben will bring outstanding leadership to our young group and no doubt our young aspiring player will be able to learn greatly from such a highly decorated player.

Having spoken to Ben personally over the last few weeks it is obvious that he is a quality person whom is looking to become part of our resurgent clubs ongoing success.

Bring on 2018!

Cam Shepherd 





Monday, December 4, 2017 - 7:23 PM


Pre-season for the Peel Thunder Colts 2018 campaign kicked off on Thursday the 23rd of November with a 2km running test. It was a fairly even performance across the group with Jake Howes, Reece Harris, Bradley Oldfield and Zach Rankin excelling. 

We have now completed our first full week of training. The boys are training 3 nights a week with a strong focus on skill fundamentals, strength and ball movement. The standard from the group has been excellent- competition for spots in the squad will be tight but all the players are certainly putting their best foot forward. 

The 2018 coaching panel is now complete. Jayden Heuer returns as the Forwards Coach, Michael McCann joins us as Midfield Coach and Danny Chartres is our Backs Coach. Michael coached at East Perth Colts last season under new Swan Districts coach, Adam Pickering while Danny Chartres enters his second year coaching at the club, having been part of the Senior program last year.

The Colts program has also invested heavily in its South West zone, with the appointment of Garry Dyer as our South West Coach, supported by Peter Morrissey. The set up allows our South West prospects to train closer to home while still getting the adequate development required to perform and compete at WAFL Colts level. John Deitz has once again assembled a strong squad as Talent Manager, while Tim Overington is back on board as Team Manager. Strength and Conditioning is run by Mason Gittins. Like all good S&C, he’s already challenging the group physically and mentally. The club has invested heavily in its gym- providing a fantastic work area for weights. It’s a renewed focus for the Colts group.

As we close in on the half way mark of the pre-Xmas phase, training will ramp up before we break on Tuesday 19th December. 

Congratulations to Aaron Naughton on being selected in the AFL Draft by the Western Bulldogs. We all look forward to following your career closely. To those that missed out, I look forward to you striving to get better and improving in the year ahead. The door most definitely isn’t shut. 

Brad Dodd

Peel Thunder Colts Coach


Monday, November 27, 2017 - 12:16 PM

Can I start with a congratulations to Peel product Aaron Naughton on his selection at pick 9 to the Western Bulldogs in the AFL National Draft.  It is an extremely exciting time for Aaron and his family.  All the best Aaron.

As a Club we started our preseason segment on Wednesday 22/11/17 here at Bendigo Bank Stadium.

Our first two sessions were spent reinforcing our trademark and our senior players discussed the expectation of all players at the club. Particularly the leaders spoke about effort and intent and to make every session count.

We have 70 players at training, all with the aim to through outstanding work ethic get their chance to play at the highest level in the WAFL.

The first two sessions also gave our strength and conditioning coaches and physiotherapist the chance for base line testing.

 Our normal routine will commence from Monday 27/11.

The mood of the group is very positive with our recent successes driving the group to continue that in the Seniors whilst aspiring to further improve in our Development side.

The 2km run was won by Reece Dillon and the top ten were pretty close. The results were pleasing. Our premiership players have all come back in great nick.

We look forward to the next month of work/fun at training up to Christmas.


Cam Shepherd 
League Coach


Friday, November 24, 2017 - 10:00 AM

Did you know Friday night is Members night at Peel Thunder.  New Members are more than welcome.  If you haven't been before, it's a great night.   

Memberships starts from $50 and offers a discount accross the bar.

You will also find the Membership draw, Chase the Ace and raffles.  The kitchen also offers meals.

Why not come down and experience the Thunder scene!









Thursday, November 23, 2017 - 12:18 PM

Peel Thunder Memberships are now available online

To celebrate the launch of our online Membership Portal, renew or become a Peel Thunder Member by 31st January 2018 and you will go into the draw to win a mixed dozen premium wine selection -  worth $200, courtesy of Official Wine Partner of the Peel Thunder Football Club - Vintage House Wines and Spirits.

Click here to go directly to the Membership shop:

How to use our online shopping portal:

The great news is if you were a member in 2017,  you most likely have an account already set up for you, all you need to do is click  ‘forgot password’  and an email will be sent to you and you can reset your password

The same account can be used for both the Team Store and Membership store

Please take the opportunity to update your contact information


A message from CEO John Ditchburn

2017 has been another fantastic year for the Peel Thunder Football Club both on and off the field.

For the second consecutive year our League side has brought the WAFL Premiership Cup back to Bendigo Bank Stadium.

This sustained on-field success is a fitting reward for the ongoing belief and support of management, coaching staff, players, members and sponsors throughout some very tough years and has again validated our place in the competition.

However, along with the excitement, it is important for us all to understand that in order to recruit and support our senior players and nurture young local players through our development programs, our excellent facilities at Bendigo Bank Stadium must be fully utilized to offset not only football expenses but also staffing requirements, maintenance and operating costs.   

A strong and involved membership base is vital to the Club’s future financial security and we therefore ask for your support by renewing your membership for 2018 and making the Club your “second home” for socializing and entertaining.

As a member of the Peel Thunder Football Club you and your family will have access to one of the best facilities in in the WAFL competition.   There are numerous membership packages to choose from which offer great value for everyone and include member discounts on beverages and on function booking fees.

We need your support and that of your family, friends, neighbours and workmates.  We urge you to become a member or renew your membership, and encourage others to become members too.

Thank you for your greatly valued support.  

Best regards,

John Ditchburn

Chief Executive Officer

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Tuesday, November 21, 2017 - 8:16 AM

Peel Thunder Football Club – Strength and Conditioning Internship Opportunity

The Club:
The Peel Thunder Football Club is a not-for profit organization competing in the West Australian Football League. Based in Mandurah, the club operates out of training and administration facilities which are considered elite for a state level organisation, including a newly refurbished strength and conditioning facility which will provide athletes and coaches a competitive edge in the semi-elite competition.
The Peel Thunder Football club provides itself on professionalism and will be a key requirement of the successful applicant.
The Role:
The Peel Thunder Football Club is looking for the future Strength and Conditioning Coach. The successful applicant will assist the Head Colts Strength and Conditioning coach in the delivery of weights programs, running sessions and testing protocols. The new structure of the WAFL colts competition will provide the successful applicant exposure to elite program design, GPS monitoring, athlete monitoring and game day processes.
Key Responsibilities:
• Assist Head S&C coach in delivery of programs
• Assist in recording data
• Assist in GPS monitoring
• Assist in performance testing
• Assist on game day including
o Live GPS tracking
o Using interchanger software
o Athlete monitoring
o Data collection
• Unique hands on experience
• Networking opportunities
• Semi-elite environment
• Access to games
• May lead to future practicum opportunities and employment in S&C positions
• Pre-graduation experience – CV!
• Please note that this is not a paid position.
Applicant Requirements
• 2nd/3rd year of exercise science/physiology bachelor’s degree or equivalent (Essential-1st years still completing exams will be considered)
• Completed S&C unit or ASCA Level 1 (Essential)
• Passion for Strength and Conditioning (Essential)
• Willingness to learn (Essential)
• Working with Children’s Check (or willing to obtain one – essential)
• Basic knowledge of Australian Rules Football (Advantage)
• SMA Sports Trainer Level 1 (Preferred)
Available a minimum of 1 training per week (Monday/Tuesday/Thursday) plus Saturday mornings during the playing season.
Additional Information
• Pre-Christmas training runs from the 27/11/17 - 19/12/2017.
• Post-Christmas re-commences 15/1/2018 with the season finishing in September.
• There will be the potential of up to 3 positions available.
How to apply?
If you have a desire to immerse yourself within a professional environment where you will have the opportunity to learn new skills and build upon your current knowledge base, please send in an email addressing the following;
1. University background
2. Address the applicant requirements
3. Any relevant experience e.g. coaching/S&C/research etc.
4. Why do you want to work in strength and conditioning?
5. Why do you want to do this internship?
6. Contact details
Please email your application to;
Mason Gittins
Head Strength & Conditioning Coach – Colts
Please send in your application or questions about the position by 5:30pm Friday the 24th November.


Tuesday, November 7, 2017 - 4:29 PM



Congratulations to Mr. D. Farmer who today won our major prize of a trip for 2 to Bali including 7 days stays accomodation at the Nusa Dua Beach Hotel and return flights.

2nd prize was won by great supporter of the Peel Thunder Football Club Mr. Phil Vergone picking  up a double Platinum Membership.

3rd prize was won by Gary Kempton who won 2 Gold Family Memberships.

Thank you to everyone who entered the draw and to Helloworld Travel Mandurah/Halls Head,  the Official supplier of all Peel Thunder Football Club Travel.

Winning ticket numbers were:

1st  – 1511

2nd – 1082

3rd – 4784