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Tuesday, November 7, 2017 - 12:05 PM

Senior Development Head Coach


Peel Thunder Football Club is seeking applications for the position of Senior Development Head Coach for the 2018 season.

Peel Thunder Football Club is committed to maximizing the potential of footballers by providing field leading education and innovation. Peel Thunder Football Club strives to foster an environment where footballers can achieve their goals and perform at their best.

To be considered for this role, you will need significant and successful experience developing players, along with outstanding communication and leadership skills.

Our club is also focused on developing these people to be respected members of our community and the successful applicant will have the values and integrity needed to achieve this objective.

Suitable applicants will possess;

People Management & Planning:

  • Capacity to effectively manage young talented athletes and associated staff
  • Ability to lead, and influence within a high performance environment
  • Display a good understanding of the Peel Thunder Football Club zone
  • A passion for driving a strong and inclusive culture
  • Bring a fresh, energetic and positive attitude along with being well prepared
  • Assist with the recruitment of players                     

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Wednesday, November 1, 2017 - 2:46 PM

Strength and Conditioning Coach


About Us:

The Peel Thunder Football Club is a not-for profit organization competing in the West Australian Football League. We operate out of Bendigo Bank Stadium in Mandurah. During the season League, Reserves and Colts sides play against other WAFL sides in the highest grade of football outside the AFL.

Peel Thunder Football Club prides itself on its professionalism and will expect the same from the successful applicant.


About You:

Peel Thunder Football Club is seeking an enthusiastic and confident Strength and Conditioning Coach for the 2018 season. You will be required to attend training three times a week and game days on weekends.

You must have:

  • Strength and Conditioning qualification
  • Working with Children Check
  • Good clinical reasoning skills
  • Be knowledgeable in hands-on treatments and exercise rehabilitation
  • Be patient, self-motivated and adaptable to the needs of each player
  • Be great at understanding people and possess a confident and warm demeanour
  • Be passionate about living and promoting a healthy active lifestyle
  • Have experience in Pilates (desirable but not essential)
  • Hold a current Australian Registration and have relevant insurance
  • A sporting club background (desirable but not essential)

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Monday, October 16, 2017 - 10:22 AM

The Ocean Hill Peel Thunder Academy  program has wrapped up for the 2017 season, with the WAFL development carnival held over the September/October holidays. 

The carnival saw the 5 Peel Thunder sides (Year 8 Premier and Development, Year 9 Premier and Development and Year 10) play 4 games across the 2 weeks against Claremont, South West, South Fremantle and Perth, and has given players the ability to test themselves against the best players their age in the state. 

The Year 8 program was designed to give players an understanding of the basic requirements of WAFL football and an introduction to the club environment. The program was heavily focussed on skill development and developing an understanding of the style of football expected as they progress through the club. The squad was coached by Lee Dawson who was assisted by Craig Lindsay, Craig Gault, Theo Kearing and Neville Litchfield. Both the premier and development squads won 2 games and lost 2 through the carnival. 

The year 9 program was designed to continue to improve skill development whilst also aiming to develop players tactical understanding and development. A heavy focus was on teaching elements such as stoppage work, style of play, and defensive skills to prepare the players for under 16 football. The squad was well coached by Michael Glassborow with assistant coaches Pierce Dawson, Darren Dews, Shane Myers, Jayden Heuer, Steve Markham and Kevin Dalgetty. The premier side won 2 games and lost 2 games, whilst the development side won 3 games and lost 1 over the carnival. 

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Monday, October 9, 2017 - 4:35 PM

Congratulations to Sam Collins who was presented with the 2017 Peel Thunder Dudley Tuckey Medal, winning on 115 votes.   Runners up to Sam were Matt Taberner on 81 votes and 3rd place Cam Sutcliffe on 67 votes.

More than 250 people attended the awards evening at Bendigo Bank Stadium which was conducted by MC Jack Crawshaw.

The evening also included a special presentation to back-to-back Premiership Coach Cam Shepherd, U’18 All Australian Aaron Naughton and league player Rory O’Brien who announced his retirement.

Here is a snap shot from League Coach Cam Shepherd on Sam, Rory and Leroy.


2017 Dudley Tuckey Medallist – Sam Collins

Rarely does a Full Back win a fairest and best Award.   Such was Sam’s domination of all WAFL forwards that he was recognised as the premier defender in the competition.

His ability to mark nearly everything that came his way was inspiring. If he couldn't mark, he spoilt. Golden Fist.

He led the best defence in the competition and was outstanding in the finals for Peel Thunder.  His attitude is exemplary, he leads by example and is a complete footballer.

A very deserving winner, and a Fairest and Best winner in a premiership team.  A high honour. 

Well done Sam.

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Saturday, October 7, 2017 - 10:06 AM


Rory O'Brien Peel Thunders most decorated player and one of the WAFL's greatest has announced his retirement following two premierships with the Peel Thunder Football Club.

O'Brien was honoured with 5 Fairest and Bests awards (2 Tuckey Medals and 3 Lynn Medals) the 2013 Sandover Medal, 2016-17 WAFL league premierships, 2004 Colts premiership as joint Captain, represented the state in 2013/14 and was Captain of East Fremantle in 2014 & 2015.

Cam Shepherd, league coach of Peel Thunder paid tribute to O'Brien.

“Rory’s been a great player over many years at both Peel Thunder and East Fremantle. Whilst he has won accolades as a 5 times Fairest and Best winner and a Sandover Medallist,  it is as a dual premiership player that I will fondly remember him.

His character and professionalism epitomised him as a player.  He has been so important in driving the standards of our group whilst building the bonds that have made our team great. Well done Rory,” Shepard said.

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Thursday, October 5, 2017 - 11:30 AM

Hard running midfielder Lachlan Mitchell has claimed his first David Cameron Memorial Medal, pipping defenders Jordan Boullineau and Jakeb Shine in a thrilling count on Wednesday night.

Mitchell from the Baldivis Football Club, averaged 22 disposals and four marks per game in 2017 and kicked 8 goals across 16 matches. 

He also was amongst the leaders in tackles (6 per game), clearances (5 per game), handball receives (7 per game) and disposal efficiency (70%).

Finishing with 99 votes, Mitchell held off a surging Boullineau, who polled strongly in the back half of the season, whilst Shine was a constant in the top 3 all evening and held the lead at round 20.

Boullineau (also from Baldivis), who played across half back also had a stellar season, representing Western Australia in the national carnival, and being selected in the Redimed Colts Team of the Year. Boullineau averaged 18 possessions and 5.5 marks per game. 

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Wednesday, October 4, 2017 - 11:33 AM


Thursday, September 28, 2017 - 3:25 PM

The last game of Australian Rules ever to be played at Subiaco Oval (Domain Stadium) was an intense and physical encounter. Two evenly matched teams with great pride. There was only to be one winner, and that was to be Peel Thunder FC. The youngest club in the competition had won Back to Back premierships.
The teams resolve and ability to work together for the common cause was evident throughout the battle.
The first quarter erupted at a frenetic pace with Peel getting an early break, scoring the first two goals through Dawson and Ugle  before the rain set in. With the rain came the stoppages. Sean Darcy started to exert his influence and Danyle Pearce was effective in surging the ball forward. 

At Quarter time Peel held a lead of under a goal and the game was bound to be a battlefield.  Peel suffered the loss of Zac Dawson with a serious leg injury and were a man down midway through the first quarter which was magnified as Josh Deluca suffered  a massive cork to his thigh which limited his ability to run at speed.   Peel were under siege with 3 quarters still to play.

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Wednesday, September 27, 2017 - 8:36 PM

Written by:  Kathleen McAdam

Peel Thunder have won the 2017 WAFL Premiership, defeating Subiaco by 16 points at Domain Stadium for their second consecutive flag .

Despite the heavy rain earlier in the day, 18,180 supporters turned out to see the two teams collide, the largest crowd for the WAFL Grand Final since 2013.

Peel finished the game at 11.6 (72) to 7.14 (56).

Peel started the game off fast, with Zac Dawson securing their first goal just minutes into the first quarter.

The Thunder would kick two more in the quarter alongside two Subiaco majors to take a five-point lead into quarter time.

Gerald Ugle kicked the second goal of the first term, finishing the game with one goal and 12 disposals.  

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Wednesday, September 13, 2017 - 2:01 PM


Peel Thunder’s Board has reappointed Cam Shepherd as the Club’s Senior Coach for a further two years. 

“Cam has developed into an outstanding coach, rewarding the Club with its first final appearance, first Premiership and another Grand Final appearance in 2017.” Peel CEO John Ditchburn said.  “We are delighted to extend his tenure for a further 2 years."

“2017 saw 7 players from Peel Thunder Development Programs make their league debut, which takes the total to 34 local products making their league debut over Cam’s tenure as senior coach."

“Cam has shown a passion for developing and promoting our local talent into league football over the past 5 years and has shown a strong belief in the talent coming through our programs with the numbers of local players given the opportunity to play at league level.”

President Bob Ryan said the reappointment of Shepherd as senior coach for Season 2018 and 2019 was a reflection of how highly regarded he is held at Thunder.

“We wish him and the team well for the future and, in particular, for the upcoming Grand Final.” Ryan said.

Go Thunder!


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