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Monday, April 9, 2018 - 10:41 AM

Thunder fight right to the end.
Written by: Rhiannon Holmes

A fast finishing Swan Districts have defeated Peel Thunder by 14-points after a highly contested game at Steel Blue Oval on Saturday.

Scores were level early in the fourth term before the Swans kicked two goals in the final ten minutes; finishing 15.12 (102) to 13.10 (88).

Peel’s Benjamin Hancock said the Thunder tried to hold off a strong Swans but couldn’t get the job done.

“Swans are a strong side, it’s obviously always disappointing to lose but the boys really fought it out,” he said.

“I think we only ended up with 17 on the field in the last five minutes, same as last week, we fought it out but disappointing not to get the win.”

Despite Peel kicking two majors in the first quarter, a dominant Swan Districts led the first term with four goals under their belt.

The Thunder fought back in the second term, lifting their intensity and converting four goals through Leroy Jetta, Gerald Ugle and Blair Bell to close the gap to six points.

Following half time, Peel kicked four goals to Swan Districts’ two surging into three-quarter-time with a seven-point lead.

Hancock said Coach Cam Sheppard encouraged the Thunder to finish the game strong.

“We were a couple of players down at the halfway mark and then a couple more down going into the last; so for the boys to fight it out Shep was really proud of that,” he said.

“I think we’ll hold our heads high and look forward to next week.”
The Thunder’s scored three majors in the final term as their defensive structure struggled to keep Swan Districts at bay, conceding six goals.

Leroy Jetta was a strong force throughout the game, racking up two goals and three behinds.

Hancock said Jetta was missed from last weeks game.

“It’s good to have Leroy back and he’s come back with a bang,” he said.

“It’s always good to have him in the forward kicking goals.”

Lloyd Meek commanded his space on the field with 18 disposals and 23 hit outs while contributing a goal to the Thunder’s final score.

Hancock said Meek was a good target to have down the line.

“Lloyd is just a big target and he’s useful in the ruck as well” he said.

Hancock said Peel will work on getting off to a quick start in next week’s game.

“The last two weeks we’ve been slow out the box, we don’t really want to chase the score all day, we want to get in front and hold it from there” he said

Peel Thunder will host the Perth Demons at Bendigo Bank Stadium, Sunday the 15th of April with bounce down at 2.15pm.


Thursday, April 5, 2018 - 2:29 PM

Peel Thunder have won their first game of the 2018 WAFL season after beating East Fremantle by 15 points in a nail biting game at Bendigo Bank Stadium on Friday.

The Thunder overcame an 11-point deficit heading into the fourth term to take the lead and steal the win with the final score 11.12 (78) to 9.9 (63).

Peel’s captain Gerald Ugle said "It was the Thunder’s unique game plan that got the team their first four points of the season."

“I think just our effort and our trademark in the last half got us over the line,” he said.

Peel trailed the Sharks for most of the game, kicking only three goals to East Fremantle’s four in the first term.  

In the second quarter the Thunder had chances to hit the scoreboard, but were inaccurate in front of goals, only kicking one goal for the term.

After half time Peel were able to stay with the Sharks kicking two goals, trailing going into three quarter time by 11 points.

It was the fourth quarter that saw the Thunder push back, kicking five goals to the Sharks one in the final term to defeat the Sharks by 15 points.  

Ugle said that Peel lifted their intensity around the ball in the fourth quarter assisting their push for the lead.

“Our pressure around the ball and our ball use, skills and speed helped us get that lead,” he said.

A big part of that defence was Blair Bell who racked up 20 disposals, seven tackles and took a screamer of a mark during the second term.

Ugle said,  "Belly had a great game and was a significant contributor towards the win".

“He was really strong in the midfield, he got the ball going forward for us a lot of the time,” he said.

“He was amazing today.”

 Peel Thunder face Swan Districts next Saturday, April 7, at Steel Blue Oval.



Thursday, April 5, 2018 - 11:02 AM




Tuesday, April 3, 2018 - 3:41 PM






The first game of the year saw Peel Thunder unfurling the 2017 Premiership flag and then go into battle against East Fremantle.

Prior to the game we unfortunately had to pull out Tom North who injured himself in the warm up and was replaced by Haydn Matthews.

From the first bounce it was evident that East Fremantle had planned well and come with great intent. In the first ten minutes we were 3.2 (20) to nil down and looking clearly in some trouble. Fortunately our boys steadied and clawed our way back into the game and went into the first change a goal down EF 4.3 to PT 3.3.

The battle continued in the second and third quarters with East Fremantle playing a strong brand of footy, and at times edging up to 3 goals in front. Both teams suffered injuries which would lead the two teams to struggle with rotations. East Fremantle lost Boekhurst, whilst Peel lost Sutcliffe and Dixon during the first half or so with none of those able to return.

The last quarter was set up to be a battle of attrition….last man standing stuff. Peel starting 11 points down had the aid of a breeze and we were able to hold the ball in our forward half for most of the quarter and kick 5 goals to 1 and thus run out a 15 point winner. The game was a real slog and credit goes to both teams for their attitude and intent.

The Peel backline stood firm with great games from all, especially Cox, Kersten, Traye Bennell and Duman. We were really pleased the efforts of the small forwards in Grey, Switkowski, Lawler and Ugle. Tucker, Pearce and Bell als played strongly through the middle.

PT 11.12 (78) d EF 9.9 (63)

We are at Steel Blue Oval this weekend to take on Swan Districts, we look forward to your support.

Cam Shepherd


Tuesday, April 3, 2018 - 3:29 PM





The Peel Thunder Colts kicked off their 2018 campaign with a 25 point win over last year's WAFL Colts Premiers, East Fremantle, at Bendigo Bank Stadium on Good Friday. After the game, we spoke with Head Coach, Brad Dodd.

East Fremantle got off to a fast start. You must of been pleased with how the players responded?

BD: We thought our attack on the ball and the man was fine in the first quarter, but we didn’t use the ball well and fumbled in tight. It’s generally a strength of ours but a combination of nerves and East Fremantle’s pressure got the better of us. It was something the players acknowledged at the quarter time break. We had a couple of defensive lapses early that really cost us.

The 2nd Quarter was a real arm wrestle.  You had plenty of opportunities going forward but the Sharks held firm and seemed to kick a goal when they needed?

BD: We felt we had the better of the 2nd term, giving our forwards plenty of opportunities to score but we couldn’t quite nail the Inside 50 kick. We went Inside 50 16 times for the term, so to come away with 2.4 for the quarter was a little frustrating. Even though we were a goal down at the break, the players felt we weren’t far away from turning the game around.

It was pretty much more of the same in the 3rd until a late burst saw the Thunder open up a good lead. What did you feel contributed to the scoreboard finally turning over?

BD: In the end, I think weight of numbers told the story. We had another 18 Inside 50s and we managed to take advantage. Our smalls were excellent in the 3rd, Jarrad Fazioli kicked 2 for the quarter while Tyrone Thorne, Lachlan Riley and James Sturrock all kicked goals. Our young key forwards in Jack Sears and Ben Middleton weren’t getting great service, but they were providing a contest and giving our smalls a chance.

Heading into the last with a 5 goal lead, was there a particular focus for the quarter?

BD: Not really. It was a hot day and it’d been a pretty physical game, so we were mindful of fatigue- especially with 7 debutants. We left it up to the players really, in terms of how fast we wanted to move the ball. In the end, we chipped it around a little and we didn’t quite create the opportunities we had earlier- but to see the group control that themselves was pleasing.

You mentioned the 7 debutants, care to shed some light on them as players?

BD: Pretty exciting to give 6 of our 17 year olds debuts along with a promising 18 year old ruckman.
I mentioned the key forwards in Jack Sears and Ben Middleton, they’re going to be quite a handful next year as 18 year olds if they continue down their development pathway. Ben had a great pre-season and has really put on some size- he’s just a natural goalkicker who can take a mark. Jack hasn’t set the world on fire in terms of goals so far but his pressure and contested work has been really important in our forward line. Cam Gavin is a big inside mid, who hits the ball hard and has a high work rate. Zach Rankin is one of our South West kids, hard running winger who can also play inside. Lachie Beverly is part of our back 7, real old fashioned type footballer who is very good one on one. Tyrone Thorne is a small forward who pinches through the middle. He’s only little but provides excellent tackle pressure up forward. He kicked 2 on the weekend and was really important for us. Jai Tregenza is a developing ruckman who has come a long way over the pre-season. He’s quite athletic and gives our mids great support on the ground and Jason Carter also made his Peel debut- he’s only been back 2 games from injury but he’s slotted in nicely across half back.

Who were the Thunder's better performers on the day?

BD: We shifted Durak Tucker onto Dillion O’Reilly late in the 1st term after he had kicked 3 goals. Durak had to curb his natural game a little as a result but still managed to find the ball while keeping Dillion in check. I thought our captain, Jake Howes, was excellent. Stood up early, hit the scoreboard and created scoring opportunities for others. I thought Brad Oldfield and Tom Joyce had a pretty even battle through the midfield. Brad had missed the last 2 weeks with injury but picked up where he left off with his ability to get from contest to contest. I was really happy with our back 7. Our backs coach, Danny Chartres, has done some great work with them and we’re starting to see some strong performances as a unit. 2 of our defenders were forwards last year in Lee Chapman and Lachlan Cullen, so we’ve seen some growth from them every game they’ve played. Tyrone Thorne and Jarrad Fazioli up forward gave us a lift when we needed it.

Next week, off to Steel Blue to play Swans. Sounds like plenty to work on this week?

BD: Definitely. Swans had a good win on the weekend and are traditionally always strong in the Colts. I think as a coaching and playing group, we left Friday feeling there’s still some areas of our game that we can definitely sharpen up.



Tuesday, April 3, 2018 - 2:41 PM


Round was was a very pleasing start to the season with a consistent team performance.  After a long pre-season it was great to see the way the players performed.   Our midfield was in control with Brad Walsh leading from the front with a solid 4 quarter performance 30 disposal game.  He was helped by the 60 hitout performance by Luke Strnadika in the ruck which gave our mids first use all day.  Michael Humble and Corey Morris were  solid thoughout.

The back line was strong all day providing rebound and keeping the East Freo forwards quiet.  Piggott, Bray and Mathers were always in the game and, as senior players took control in defence.

The forwards were very dangerous, Alex Cohen has had a great pre-season and finished the day with 5 goals, Leroy Jetta finished with 4 goals, Kaine Ah-Chee and James Kirby  put on great pressure and provided a strong target going forward.

We hope to build on our Round 1 performance and play with the same effort and attitude against Swan Districts away from home at Steel Blue Oval, Bassendean in Round 2.



Tuesday, April 3, 2018 - 2:27 PM





Peel Thunder 16’s v East Fremantle 16’s

The Ocean Hill Estate Peel Thunder 16’s went up against East Fremantle at Bendigo Bank Stadium on Good Friday. In what we felt was going to be a really big challenge for the group, the boys came prepared and ready to go.

The first quarter saw us get off to another solid start kicking the first goal of the game through Isaiah Winder with a strong mark deep inside our forward 50. The boys played a very good quarter with our pressure and ball movement giving us plenty of opportunities to get scoreboard impact against a good opposition. Defensively we held East Fremantle goalless for the quarter.

In the second quarter we were challenged both physically and mentally and at times struggled to move the ball into our attack which was a credit to East Fremantle. Once we got our composure back and looked to play the Peel 16’s way we again managed to put scoreboard pressure on and head to the half time break in a strong position.

In the second half we managed to hold the Sharks at arm’s length and while still playing the way we wanted to play. Moving the ball forward and controlling the game by foot at times was really good to see and gave the boys plenty of confidence. With a few boys cramping due to the hot conditions we were forced to try a few players in different positions and they all shone once moved there. A couple of errors late in the 4th quarter allowed the Sharks to kick a few goals and reduce the final margin back to 48 points.

We have spoken about playing 4 quarters and are still looking for that. The trust and the growth in this group since the start of January has been outstanding. All the boys are stepping up at times both on game day and on the track to lead the group.

Heading into this week, we travel to Swan Districts to face the Swans at Steel Blue Oval. The game commences at 5pm right after the league. With 4 great efforts behind us we will be looking to build on that this weekend.

Peel Thunder
14 – 5 – 89

East Fremantle
5 – 11 – 41

Metcalf, Stone, Letto, Shipton


Tuesday, March 27, 2018 - 5:15 PM
The long road towards the start of the season was rubber stamped last weekend as the Peel Thunder Colts finished off their trial campaign with a hit out against East Perth at Bendigo Bank Stadium. 
7 players came into the side for their first match of the pre-season while we also got to look at 7 of our South West kids who had missed the previous week. All our squad managed to play at least one game in the pre-season, with 35 playing 2 games. 
The first quarter of the East Perth trial was a scrappy affair with both sides creating opportunities but both teams unable to convert up forward. Peel opened their account with a goal line scramble that resulted in a goal to Jackson Knight before an impressive Jaxon Egan converted one of his chances to round off the scoring. A wasteful Peel lead at quarter time, 2.6 to 0.1. Andrew Butler was finding plenty of the ball through the middle while Cam Gavin was working his way into the game after a 3 week lay off with injury. 
Peel came out with more intent in the 2nd quarter, and started to convert their chances. Brendan Cooke was providing a strong target up forward, kicking 2 goals for the quarter, while Cam Gavin, Lachlan Riley and Zach Rankin were busy through the middle. Down back, Jason Carter was providing plenty of dash. At half time, the Thunder held a substantial lead. 
It was more of the same after half time, with Kilian Rawson, Andrew Butler and Zach Rankin once again finding plenty of ball. At times the young Thunder team were guilty of overusing it but for the most part played the style of football thats been evident through the whole pre-season campaign.
The last quarter saw a strong response from East Perth, with the Royals outscoring the Thunder 4.3 to 2.1. Overall, it was a solid performance by the Thunder as they ran out winners by 61 points. Better players on the day included Andrew Butler, Kilian Rawson, Jaxon Egan, Lachlan Riley, Zach Rankin and Brendan Cooke. 
The squad now heads into a short week, kicking off the 2018 campaign against the reigning premiers, East Fremantle, at 11.30am on Good Friday. 
Brad Dodd


Tuesday, March 27, 2018 - 5:13 PM

PT 20.9 (129) d EP 3.7 (25)

We played our last practice match before the real season starts last Saturday.

The game was played in good spirit between the two clubs and we were pleased to be able to work on many aspects of our game in preparation for the coming weeks.

It helped immensely that we got off to a flyer in the first quarter and were able to continue the effort throughout the game.

Great individual performances came from Hugh Dixon (6 goals) and Michael Apeness (10 marks) with solid contributions from the rest of the 23.

We are not getting carried away with our pre season form (which has been strong), and our focus is bringing our best this week against EF on Good Friday.

Every club in the WAFL will be looking for a win in game one so we know that the challenge is in front of us.

We look forward to all of Peel's supporters coming down to Bendigo Bank Stadium and supporting the boys.

Cam Shepherd


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.