Round 15 Q&A with colts coach Brad Dodd

Monday, July 16, 2018 - 10:35 AM

The Peel Thunder Colts were back in action on Saturday, taking on Perth at Lathlain Oval. After the game we spoke with Head Coach, Brad Dodd.

James Sturrock was picked to make his League debut against Perth, that must be exciting?

BD: It’s great reward for the hard work James has done. He wasn’t picked to play last year until half way through the season, missed selection in the Talent Day but had a strong start to the year and was one of the last picked in the State 18’s, where he only played 1 game. Through it all, he’s been pretty focused on improving his game. As a group, we’re pretty proud he earned the opportunity and hopefully a few more can put their hand up before the season is out.  

Perth welcomed back a host of State 18s, what changes did Peel make??

BD: We got back Tyson Powell, Jason Carter and Bradley Oldfield from the State 18’s. We also brought in Jake Willis, Clifton Stack, Kyle White and Deon Welhan. It was our youngest team for the year with 11 of our 17 year-olds playing. It was a great challenge for them coming up against a strong Perth side, who beat us comfortably earlier in the season. 

A great start for Peel kicking 5 goals to 2 to open up an early lead. How did you see the 1st Quarter?

BD: In difficult conditions, we thought we started really well. We were well on top around the ball and our forwards were looking dangerous. Perth only had 4 inside 50’s and kicked 2.1, so that was a little disappointing, but overall it was a really strong start. 

Perth closed the gap early in the 2nd Quarter before Peel kicked the last 3 goals to lead by 31 at Half Time. What was the message at the break?

BD: Perth got on top at the stoppages early in the quarter and kicked the first 2 goals. We were a little undisciplined and it allowed them back in the game. The midfield responded and were able to extend our lead. The message at the break was just reinforcing that when our attack on the ball and man was high, we were in control. 

A strong 3rd Quarter, outscoring Perth by 12 points. How did you see the Quarter??

BD: We were really happy with our 3rd Quarter. It would’ve been nice to kick a few more goals as we created enough chances to but our finishing in front of goal was a little wasteful. Heading into the last, we were down 2 on the bench so the challenge was see the game out under circumstances we haven’t faced all season. 

A good 4 Quarter effort, running out 45 point winners. What was your overall thoughts on the game??

BD: Great last Quarter, even though we only won it by 2 points. We held our 6 defenders for the whole quarter and managed to defend stoutly, as Perth had the majority of the play. As mentioned, we had our youngest team in for the year and we thought they really accepted the challenge of not just getting through, to take charge of the game and influence it. It gave us a glimpse into next year’s team. Having said that, our 18 year olds were excellent and some really stood up all day. 

Who were the better performers on the day?

BD: We thought Tyrone Thorne was excellent up forward, his pressure was again first rate but he managed to create chances and hit the scoreboard, kicking 4 goals. He was supported well by Ben Middleton, Lachlan Cullen and Jack Sears. Through the midfield, Lachlan Riley was prominent, leading our clearances as well as pushing forward and kicking 2 goals. Jason Carter had his best game for the season while Jake Howes, Jarvis Pina and Bradley Oldfield had solid games. Down back, Tyson Powell was strong while Kyle Penny did an excellent job on Ian Hill.  

Another big game next week, taking on 5th placed South Fremantle.

BD: South Fremantle will be desperate to hold onto 5th spot. We had a real arm wrestle against them last time where we only pushed away from them in the last Quarter. They’re well coached and are the best defensive unit in the competition at the moment. It’s another great challenge, but all teams are this time of year. 

Round 14 Senior Development match report

Monday, July 9, 2018 - 3:29 PM

It was a disappointing result for the club against Subiaco on the weekend.   We can take a few positives from the reserves game with some off the younger players getting valuable game time and playing against a well drilled team with a great work ethic.

We started Ollie Walton on seasoned League player Adam Cockie.   We thought he handled the job well and got to see first hand what it looks like to play on a quality player.

Our first quarter was strong but we handed Subiaco 2 goals with direct turnovers which hurt.  We worked hard to retain the ball but our execution was poor.

1 goal in each of the first 3 quarters had us chasing tail from the outset and we struggled to get any sort off momentum during that time.

At 3 quarter time we set out to win the last quarter and to the guys credit they worked hard and outscored Subiaco 2.4-1.3 which was good to see some fight after a tough day at Leederville.   

We hope to get a few back from work commitments and suspension this week to tackle Perth at Lathlain Park.

Better players:

Haydn Matthews- 28 Possessions, 6 Tackles

Chris Wrigley - 18 Possessions, 7 Tackles

Michael Humble- 20 Possessions, 8 Tackles

Brynn Osborne - Ran hard all day and tackled strongley

Mitch Wallace- Returned form long term knee injury and played well.

Written by: Daniel Haines (senior development coach) 

Round 14 Q&A with colts coach Brad Dodd

Monday, July 9, 2018 - 3:16 PM





The Peel Thunder Colts were back in action last Saturday, taking on Subiaco at Leederville Oval. After the game we spoke with Head Coach, Brad Dodd.

A big win last week against Swan Districts, any changes to the side heading into the Subiaco game??

BD: Kyle White was unavailable this week as our Under 16’s headed to Melbourne to play a game against a local academy side. It’s a great initiative by our Talent Manager, John Deitz. The players go away and have 2-3 visits to AFL clubs as well as catch 3 AFL games. Jai Tregenza came in. Jai had a great pre-season and played our first 3 games. He’s had to wait patiently for another go and has had some injury setbacks along the way, but it was good to get him back in the side. 

A top of the table clash against Subiaco, with the winner going a game clear on the ladder, it was a tough and tight opening quarter. How you see it?

BD: We thought Subiaco started better, their pressure was excellent and we were playing a little wide. Our guys fumbled and made some basic mistakes: playing on off the mark and putting themselves under pressure, holding onto the ball too long,  things like that. All a reflection of the Subiaco pressure- real or perceived. But we managed to work our way into it and create an 8 point lead at the first break. 

Subiaco had the better of the 2nd term, not quite finishing off their work but opening up a 5 point lead going into half time. What was the message at the break??

BD: It was fairly clear that they were out-working us, especially through the Midfield, pushing harder and out-numbering at the next contest. This put our Backs under pressure. The message was fairly simple, we needed to start running. We made some slight personal changes in our Midfield to try and kick start our game. 

Peel had opportunities in the 3rd but wasted them, while Subiaco were very efficient moving it forward. Is that how you saw it?

BD: It was a disappointing quarter, we did create chances but our ball use was quite poor and we couldn’t hit the scoreboard. Subiaco got on top at the coal face and were able to find strong targets in attack in Martin and Mayo. Subiaco are extremely efficient going forward if they’re allowed to be. A combination of poor starting positions, conceding on the lead and slow transition played into their hands. 

What was the message at 3/4 time, 24 points down?

BD: There was still a strong belief that we could win the game but we needed our Midfield to lift, play a little more direct and take the game on while not rolling the dice defensively. 

In the end, despite threatening at times, Subiaco ran out clear winners by 27 points. What were your final impressions?

BD: A great test for our players. Subiaco are a well drilled, disciplined side who have shown to be the best team over the season so far. There are areas that we clearly need to get better at. We’d like to think we’re a pretty physical team but Subiaco showed that we still have some way to go in that regard. Our skills under pressure were poor and the lack of composure meant we struggled to score. Subiaco out-worked us for most of the day. 

Who were the better performers on the day?

BD: We thought Cam Gavin was the best of our Midfielders. Still needs to get more out of his possessions but continues to get better each week. Lee Chapman lowered his colours to Jack Mayo, the competitions leading goal kicker, but won some critical 1 on 1’s and competed hard. Jack Sears was excellent up forward, worked really hard for his 15 possessions. Kilian Rawson, Jake Howes and Jarvis Pina all had their moments. 

Another big challenge next week, taking on Perth at Lathlain Park. How have you seen Perth? 

BD: Perth beat us comfortably the last time we played them. They have a talented list with a strong midfield. It’ll be a great test for our Midfield going up against Sydney Stack, Luke English, Ian Hill and Deven Robertson. 

Lions roar too loud for Thunder

Monday, July 9, 2018 - 10:26 AM

Peel Thunder fell short against the Subiaco Lions by a 52-point margin at Leederville oval on Friday night, after failing to kick a goal in the first three quarters.

With a spot in the finals up for grabs, Peel failed to capitalise against the undefeated Lions, finishing 9.15(69) to 2.5(17).

The Thunder’s Corey Morris said the disappointing defeat highlighted the different skill level of both teams.

“Unfortunately we weren’t quite there with them and their class just shone through,” he said.

“We were certainly under the pump down back, so I guess I just tried to play my role and defend as well as I could to try help the team and try stem that flow of goals from Subi.”

Peel scored some behind’s during the first half, but were unable to secure their eventual two goals until the final term.

Morris said at the half-time break, coach Cam Shepherd offered the boys some words of encouragement to keep on fighting

“He just said not to give up, just keep fighting the fight, we knew the areas that we had to improve on where they had been on top of us and we tried to come out and rectify that in the second half but unfortunately Subi just kept going on strong,” he said.

Morris said the Thunder’s poor ball movement out of defence restricted them from gaining any momentum in the third term.

“We just couldn’t get the chain from our back line up to the forward line and when we did, we just seemed to make silly little errors that then prevented us from getting it forward,” he said.

“Subi’s back line just rolled off well and stopped us from getting inside 50.”

The team returned from the three-quarter-time break with fire in their bellies as Matthew Piggott and Luke Strnadica converted Peel’s only goals for the game.

Ben Howlett (20 disposals and eight tackles) and Blair Bell (18 disposals and seven tackles) were among Peel’s best in the loss.

Morris said moving forward, the Thunder will take it game by game, but they’ll have to take out the majority of the remaining rounds to make finals.

“We’ll review the game, see where we did go wrong, and then we’ll work on those improvements for next week to make sure we’re sharp against Perth,” he said.

Peel Thunder will face Perth Demons next on Saturday July 14th at Lathlain Park, bouncedown at 2:50pm.


Written by: Teri Campbell - Curtin University

Round 13 match report - Cam Shepherd

Monday, July 2, 2018 - 4:18 PM

There are going to be many games in the coming months that will shape the top 5. This was one of them. Both sides were desperate to remain in the hunt for September action.

It was really pleasing that the Peel boys worked hard enough for long enough to defeat the Swannies whom just wouldn’t lie down.

Capably led by Gerald Ugle in his 100th game and supported by Brad Hill, Harley Bennell, Taylin Duman and Brayden Lawler the game foundation was set up in the first quarter against the breeze outscoring the opposition 3.2 to 1.0.

If it wasn’t for poor kicking at goals the game should have been done by half time with Peels 7.7 (14 shots) to SD 4.1 (5 shots). That inconsistency in front of goals would haunt Peel all day in the end having 28 shots to 15.

It was great to see the boys dig in, in the last quarter when the game was up for grabs and Peel was short of available men with Boullineau, Harley Bennell and then Brad Hill finished for the day that the fighting qualities of the team shone through.

A great win. Now to take on the undefeated Subiaco next Friday.

Round 13 Q&A with colts coach Brad Dodd

Monday, July 2, 2018 - 10:23 AM





The Peel Thunder Colts were back in action last Saturday, taking on Swan Districts at Bendigo Bank Stadium. After the game we spoke with Head Coach, Brad Dodd.

Another 2 debuts this week, with 17 year-olds Kyle White and Rob Hutson coming into the side. Tell us a little about them?

BD: Kyle did the pre-season with us- but we decided he would play in the 16’s Carnival at the start of the year where he was selected in the State Squad as a developing Ruckman. We’re pretty excited about what he offers and see a heap of upside in him. Rob Hutson is a Back at the moment but if he can increase his endurance we see him playing through the Midfield next year. He reads the play really well, competes and attacks the game.

Swan Districts got the jump on you in Round 2, but a much better start this time around opening up a 25 point lead. How’d you see the 1st Quarter?

BD: Swans are a physical team who hit us hard early in Round 2. They’re the top tackling team (by averages) in the competition so we knew we needed to impose ourselves around the contest and keep the ball moving. Our Captain, Jake Howes, really lead from the front with his intent and attack on the ball. We were able to move the ball quickly forward and our forwards capitalised. 

Like all good sides, Swans responded at the start of the 2nd Quarter, closing the gap to 12 points before a strong response saw Peel lead by 35 at Half Time. What were your impressions?

BD: Swans got on top in clearances and were able to take advantage of the field position. To our mids credit, they were able to wrestle back control and we took our chances going forward. Swans had 15 Inside 50’s but our backs defended strongly and our pressure in general was strong. We managed to win the Quarter, which was pleasing as Swans had been in control for the majority of it. 

A big 3rd Quarter by the Thunder, kicking 6.6 to nil to open up a big lead. What were your impressions of the Quarter?

BD: We were kicking with the breeze but played some really exciting football. We moved the ball well, especially from Defensive 50 and we were able to get the ball into our Forwards quickly and into 1 on 1’s. We’ve been working hard on creating space for each other down Forward and we’re slowly seeing that being executed in games. 

What was the message at 3/4 time, with a big lead going into the last?

BD: That you can always get something out of a Quarter of footy. The challenge is to stick to the task and not look for the easy option- whether that’s your attack on the ball, the urgency to defend or work rate in general. 

In the end, Swans responded in the last but a big win in the top of the table clash. What were you most pleased with?

BD: Over the last 2 seasons, Swans have had the wood over us. So it was important that we put in a strong performance. We were really happy with how most of our guys performed against a good opposition. As a team we defended really well, we only had 5 more Inside 50s, but restricted Swans scoring to 6 goals. In an attacking sense, we moved the ball quickly and we had an even performance from our Forwards- who created contests and then pressured well on the way out. We had 18 tackles Inside 50. 

Who were the better performers on the day?

BD: Really even across the group but we thought Kilian Rawson was excellent down back. He’s played most of his football Forward but has played the last few down back and this was his best performance. He’s a strong mark and came off and intercepted really well. Kyle Penny, Lee Chapman and Jarvis Pina were solid down back. Through the Midfield, Billy Chambers continued his good form in the Ruck while James Sturrock, Jake Howes, Michael Randall and Cam Gavin gave us good drive through the Middle. Up forward, it was a pretty even effort with James Wiltshire making the most of his chances with 4 goals. Ben Middleton and Lachlan Cullen flashed in and out and kicked 3 each. 

Another tough challenge next week, taking on Subiaco at Leederville in another top of the table clash. How have you seen Subiaco? 

BD: We’ve played them twice already- once in a trial game, in-season we had a tight win after trailing by 5 goals early in the 3rd Quarter. Both games were quite physical. Subiaco have a strong Midfield and some big marking Forwards, who gave us some grief last time. Another great challenge and an opportunity for our guys to test themselves against the best. 

Round 13 Match Report

Monday, July 2, 2018 - 10:05 AM

Peel Thunder have moved into the top five after a hard fought, 18-point victory over Swan Districts at Bendigo Bank Stadium.

Peel celebrated captain Gerald Ugle’s 100th game, winning 10.18 (78) to 9.6 (60).

The Thunder’s Brayden Lawler said the Swans are a strong side to beat but the team dug deep to get the win.

“They’re a very tough team, we know every time we play them – the ladder positions don’t really matter as much, we know it’s going to be a hard game,” Lawler said.

“They did that today and we were lucky to get away with a win.”

Peel got off to an impressive start, keeping Swans scoreless for the first 15 minutes of the game.

Lawler said getting off to a good start in the first quarter has been a focus this season, especially leading into the game against Swans.

“I think a few games this year which we have lost is when we haven’t really started too well so that’s our main focus at the moment,” he said.  

Peel kicked four second-term goals to the Swans three, increasing their lead to 24 points at half time.

The Swans fought back in the third term kicking three goals to close the margin to five-points.

Peel dug deep in the final term, with goals by Taylin Duman, Sean Darcy and Gerald Ugle securing the win over the Swans.

Bradley Hill made a successful return to the field from injury, collecting 25 disposals in a dominant first-half performance.

Harley Bennell and Danyle Pearce were also standouts with 21 disposals, one goal and 35 disposals respectively.

Ruckman Sean Darcy had his best game of the season, kicking three goals and finishing with 31 hit-outs.

Peel Thunder will face an undefeated Subiaco next Friday night, July 6 at Leederville Oval.

Bounce down 7:10pm


Written by: Indiana Lysaght


Ugle's 100th Game Success

Monday, July 2, 2018 - 9:57 AM

Two-time premiership winning captain Gerald Ugle finished his 100th game in stellar conditions on home soil at Bendigo Bank Stadium on Saturday, with an 18-point victory over Swan Districts.

Peel Thunder’s win kept the finals dream alive finishing 10.18 (70) to 9.6 (60).

Ugle was welcomed on field with the applaud of friends, family and team mates, as son Cade and daughter Summer ran alongside their dad through the celebratory banner.

Ugle’s wife Shiana sat front row with their two children and family to watch on as the game came to a narrow win with Ugle kicking a goal in the final minutes to seal the deal.

She said Gerald felt the pressure heading into his hundredth game.

“Yes, he was very nervous because he knew all the family were coming down to watch him and it was a very surreal feeling reaching his 100th game… It’s a big thing”, she said.

Gerald Ugle started his football career at 15-years-old after winning the reserves best and fairest award.

After that his career kicked off at AFL level playing three games for the GWS, then returning to Western Australia at the end of 2013 to join the WAFL.

“After playing for the GWS he moved back to Perth to play for the Demons, but then he made a split decision to join Peel down in Mandurah,” she said.

The Ugle family made the move down to Mandurah in 2014 which has proven to be a victory on and off field for Gerald.

Shiana said the move from Perth to Mandurah was a big change for the family.

“It was really scary we didn’t know how it was going to go, but now we’ve made the move we love it.”

Ugle has not missed a game since joining Peel Thunder in the 2015 season, playing all 79 matches.

In 2016 he was appointed captain of the team leading them to a winning success in their last two years.

Shiana said the children don’t understand the gravity of their dad’s footy skills just yet but enjoy watching him play.

“They are still a little young but always love watching him play, they love telling the kids their dad is the captain of the Peel Thunder team”, she said.

While Ugle celebrates his 100th WAFL match, Shiana revealed their son Cade has just begun his first season playing footy.

“Footy is his life, everything we do now is for his footy, his work schedule is great because it allows him to get to footy training on time,” she said.

“Our son just started playing Auskick, so [Gerald] really loves that, he takes him every Saturday before his game.”

The footy crazed family still pray that Ugle has his second wind with the AFL, but have no major plans on moving away from Peel Thunder for the moment.

“I don’t really know, we always hope that he [Ugle] will get picked up again, but for now we are happy here and Gerald loves being captain here, and we love Mandurah,” she said.

2018 Landmark Country Football Championships

Friday, June 29, 2018 - 11:42 AM

This year's Landmark Country Football Championships games will be played in the metropolitan area between July 6 and 8, including Colts games in Mandurah and senior finals in Perth.

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Move to Peel keeps paying off as Ugle reaches 100

Friday, June 29, 2018 - 11:42 AM - by Chris Pike

HIS move to Mandurah has proved the best decision of his life with Gerald Ugle becoming a dual premiership captain with Peel Thunder and now the only thing that would take he and his young family away would be a second AFL chance as he approaches game 100 in the WAFL.

Being able to settle living in Mandurah with his wife, son and daughter now since making the move from Perth at the end of 2014 has proven quite the successful decision to make for Ugle both on and off the field.

The result is that he has not missed a game since joining Peel for the 2015 season. He has played 79 of a possible 79 matches at the Thunder and that has included the only nine finals that the club has ever participated in.

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