Bulldogs overcome the Thunder

Monday, June 18, 2018 - 11:24 AM

Peel Thunder have been defeated by the South Fremantle Bulldogs at Fremantle Community Bank Oval on Saturday leaving them seventh on the WAFL ladder.

The Thunder’s six goal blitz in the final term wasn’t enough to secure a win with the final score as 16.11 (107) to 10.12 (72).

Peel defender Bradley McGowan said the Bulldogs were always going to be a challenge.

“They rebound really quickly and are in one way and out the other… They’re a real fast team to score,” he said.

The Thunder had a lack-lustre first term and were not able to convert a goal, trailing by 27-points at quarter time.

McGowan said a lack of momentum characterised their first term.

“We didn’t play four quarters of footy, we didn’t capitalise on goal kicking at the start,” he said.

“There was no big momentum or swing, we needed that.”

Peel matched the Bulldogs for goals and points during the second term but missed opportunities to hit the scoreboard through inaccuracy.

Captain Gerald Ugle’s first goal for the team wasn’t enough to keep the Thunder from falling behind 27 points going into the half.

McGowan said Ugle was crucial in the forward line.

“He’s very good up forward, he always is, he has great pressure and is a great leader too,” he said.

The third term saw the Bulldogs push away from the Thunder with the home side scoring five goals, leading at three quarter time by 44-points.

McGowan said Cam Shepherd’s words encouraged the team to fight back in the second half.

“[Cam] said we need to come out strong and we need to prove a point because the game is on the line and so is the season,” he said.

The fourth term saw Peel make a strong stand against the Bulldogs with six individual goal scorers to reduce the margin but it wasn’t enough to claim a victory against South Fremantle.

McGowan said Ben Howlett, who finished with 21 disposals and a goal, was a key player.

“He’s a great leader, he always gets around the young boys and teaches them the right thing to do,” he said.

“He always has his head over the ball, he’s a bull.”

Sean Darcy was crucial in the ruck in his return from injury with 41 hit outs.

McGowan said Darcy was an important inclusion around the ground.

“He’s the big target up forward and he’s a great tack ruckman… Sean taps the ball well to midfielders and gives them first use,” he said.

With a bye next week McGowan said the team will need to recover.

“We’ll be trying to get our bodies right… There is a few sore boys and we’ll do all the basics and do all the right things to get ourselves ready for next week,” he said.

Peel Thunder face fourth-placed Swan Districts at Bendigo Bank Stadium on Saturday, June 30 with bouncedown at 2.15pm.

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Written by: Rhiannon Holmes


Round 11 Q&A with colts coach Brad Dodd

Monday, June 18, 2018 - 10:18 AM
With the State program having a bye, you welcomed back your State squad members- who came in?
BD: We welcomed back Jason Carter, Bradley Oldfield, Jarrad Fazioli and Tyson Powell- who all missed the last game, along with James Sturrock. We used it as an opportunity to manage our 17 year-olds that had played the majority of the season. Jack Sears, Tyrone Thorne, Cam Gavin and Clifton Stack were all rested. We’ve kept our younger guys informed that this would happen through the year. Zach Rankin was rested a few weeks back. Having the bye next week means they get 2 weeks off. 
Another debutant, with 17 year-old James Ewing coming into the side. Tell us a little about him?
BD: Unfortunately, Brendan Cooke hurt his shoulder late against West Perth so the door open for James. He’s a Key Forward who can pinch hit in the Ruck. He’s a South West kid who we think will be a key member of the squad next season. He can take a mark, presents at the ball well. We’ve trained and trialled him down back as well, so there’s a bit of flexibility there.  
A tight and tough 1st Quarter, with the Bulldogs taking a 6 point lead into the break. How’d you see the quarter?
BD: We knew the Bulldogs would be quite a physical team around the ball and we thought our guys didn’t handle the pressure well early. Our Forwards were looking dangerous but we couldn’t give them enough supply and SF took their chances going forward. 
Another tight Quarter in the 2nd, Peel reducing the margin by 3 points despite controlling large parts of the quarter. Was that frustrating?
BD: We just didn’t finish off our work in front of goals. We missed some easy set shots at goal and didn’t get full value from the amount of times it went Inside 50. We kept pressing and South Fremantle countered to kick 2 goals against the run of play. As a group, we felt we had control but we needed to finish off our work. 
Another arm wrestle in the 3rd, once again controlling the game for large parts. South Fremantle lead by 2 points at the last break- what was the message?
BD: We made some minor positional changes at the break and slightly changed our Forward make up. We threw the challenge down to the players to continue to push hard. Though we were on top for big portions of the game, we were behind on the scoreboard. It presented another great challenge for the group. Could we stay on task and grind our way through? 
A big last quarter, kicking 6 goals while holding the Bulldogs to a point, what was most pleasing?
BD: It was a game that was in the balance at 3/4 time. It could’ve gone either way but we had another strong last quarter. We thought that some players really stood up under pressure. Jarvis Pina, Jackson Perry, Billy Chambers and Bradley Oldfield in the midfield. Ben Middleton and Kilian Rawson down forward. Jake Howes had a strong last quarter. All efforts they can draw upon down the track. 
You now head into the bye with 8 games left. What is the focus over the rest of the season?
BD: We’ll continue to give our players opportunities to improve. We’ve played 38 players out of our 45 man squad- 15 of those are 17 years old this year. We’re trying to get at least 5 to 10 games into those players. As a program, we think that’s pretty important for next year- having an understanding of what’s required, what they need to work on, without overloading them. We’ll continue to challenge our older players. Hopefully we can see a few make their League debuts over the backend of the season. 
Who were the better performers on the day?
BD: We had a lot of players that floated in and out of the game. More consistent performers over the game were Bradley Oldfield, who was a strong presence around stoppages with 10 clearances and 9 tackles, Jackson Perry, who started on the wing but gave us some strong drive when moved inside, Jarvis Pina, who had a slow start but had an impact in the last quarter. Down forward, Ben Middleton and Lachlan Cullen kicked 3 goals each. Both have plenty to work on but gave us a target to kick to. Billy Chambers continued his good recent form in the Ruck. Michael Randall probably had his best game for the year as well. 
A bye next week to recharge the batteries, before a top of the table clash against Swan Districts. 
BD: Swans knocked us off last time by 2 points in a pretty tough battle. They’ve been on top of the ladder for most of the season, so it’ll be a great challenge for us. 

M & J Chickens Player of Round 10

Wednesday, June 13, 2018 - 11:46 AM - by Chris Pike

BEN Howlett couldn’t have worked any harder so far in the 2018 WAFL season upon return to Peel Thunder and he was rewarded on Saturday with a best on ground performance in a much-needed victory against West Perth.

Howlett has been named the M & J Chickens Player of Round 10 following his standout performance on Saturday which saw Peel Thunder hold on for the thrilling three-point victory against West Perth at Bendigo Bank Stadium.

That saw the Thunder win consecutive matches for the first time in 2018 as they chase what would be a history hat-trick of WAFL premierships with Howlett desperate to be part of that success upon return to the club after eight years in the AFL with Essendon.

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Round 10 - PT v WP - Q & A with Cam Shepherd

Tuesday, June 12, 2018 - 9:51 PM


PT 11.11  77   d     WP 11.8   74

Really wonderful result for the club. Hard fought and a credit to the 22 who took the field against a mature ,well drilled outfit in West Perth.


What we liked?

The performance of our leaders in Ben Howlett, Danyle Pearce, Michael Johnson and Gerald Ugle.

The continued development of Alex Cohen, Keegan Power, Brad McGowan and Lloyd Meek.

The hardness of Blair Bell, Cameron Sutcliffe, Ben Hancock and Cameron McCarthy.

Special mention to Jordan Boullineau who played with maturity and strength.


What could we be better at?

We were well ahead (29pts) with about 10 minutes to play, we needed to play with a bit more poise, control and defend at bit better - thus not giving the opposition a sniff.


What are we looking forward to?

A good week at training and then onto Fremantle to play South Fremantle. 

Followed by a week off, with a bye before we reload for the backend of the season with every game important.


League Coach - Cam Shepherd


Round 10 Match Report – Peel Thunder v West Perth

Tuesday, June 12, 2018 - 12:29 PM - by Chris Pike
PEEL Thunder made it consecutive wins for the first time in 2018 holding off Jay van Berlo and West Perth for a three-point win in challenging conditions at Bendigo Bank Stadium on Saturday.
Coming off winning the past two WAFL premierships, Peel had struggled to date in the 2018 season but now coming off a hard fought win against Claremont last week, they backed it up with another tight win against West Perth in Mandurah on Saturday.
The game went the way of the strong breeze with Peel kicking four goals to one to lead by 21 points at quarter-time before West Perth hit back with four goals to one in the second to trail by just two points at the main break. Read More ...

Round 10 - League match report - Peel V West Perth

Monday, June 11, 2018 - 11:17 AM

Peel Thunder have won consecutive games for the first time this season with a three-point victory over West Perth, at Bendigo Bank Stadium on Saturday.

Peel’s fast start was met by a late surge from the Falcons, however the Thunder held on to win 11. 11. (77) to 11. 8. (74).

The Thunder’s Alex Cohen said their early lead, helped them get the win.

“We didn’t want to fall behind [early], especially with the breeze and the weather, [we] didn’t want to be fighting at the end,” he said.

Peel were able to hit the scoreboard early in the first term kicking four goals and keeping the Falcons goalless until 20 minutes into the game.

West Perth were able to hit back in the second term but the Thunder were able to hold them off going into half time with a two-point lead.

Cohen said coach Cam Shepherd urged the team to stick out the game in the last half.

“[He told us] to keep in, not fall behind, if we got ahead early like we did in the third and the start of the fourth, that we could take [the win],” Cohen said.

Peel were able to maintain their lead throughout the third term and continue their pressure in the final quarter when the Falcons kicked five majors to the Thunder’s three.

Cohen said Ben Howlett, who collected 33 possessions and kicked two goals, was continuing his impressive form.

“Week in and week out he’s great, so having him helps us get the win,” Cohen said.

“He’s an important player [for us] every week.”

Cohen said Brayden Lawler’s intensity in the forward line was an inspiration to the team after kicking two goals.

“He’s great, his forward pressure is something that I’ve got to work towards,” he said

Next week Peel Thunder face South Fremantle at Fremantle Community Bank Oval on Saturday, June 16, at 2:15pm.


Written by: Ysabella Salisbury 

Photography: Jacob O'Reilly

Round 10 Q&A with Colts coach Brad Dodd

Monday, June 11, 2018 - 10:03 AM
The Peel Thunder Colts were back in action last Saturday, taking on West Perth at Bendigo Bank Stadium. After the game we spoke with Head Coach, Brad Dodd.
You played your youngest team for the year, with ten 17 year-olds playing, that must be exciting?
BD: We had a few changes this week with some injuries, 3 getting promoted to the State 18s and Lachlan Riley getting suspended. The 10x 17 year-olds had all played at some stage this year. We were mindful of not bringing players in at this stage that hadn’t experienced the level before. So it was Brendan Cooke’s 2nd game but most of the others had played 3-9 games. It is exciting. We threw the challenge to them to push their games forward in the others absence. As a coaching group, it gives us a glimpse towards next season. 
First time you’ve come up against West Perth, how have they been tracking?
BD: They’ve been playing some good football but not quite finishing off their work. They’re a young group. Watching them, they play a unique brand of football. It’s good to watch. They’ve got some good top end talent. We knew that we had to get our pressure up and try and limit their ability to control the ball. 
Windy conditions for the day, Peel kicking into a breeze took a 1 point lead into the break. How’d you see the quarter?
BD: We had control of the quarter for large parts but couldn’t quite get full value going forward and then we conceded goals that were preventable. Our midfield was on top early but we weren’t getting the ball in deep and West Perth countered strongly off the Half Back line. Defensively, we would’ve liked our tease distance to be a little tighter and to slow them down, and that was the message at the break. 
Kicking with the breeze, it looked like the Thunder would break the game open, but West Perth hung in there. Leading by 16 at half time, what was the message?
BD: We thought our pressure up forward increased, we defended better from our front half and limited uncontested marks. We thought our key korwards were competing with each other so we spoke about how we go about trying to create space. We reinforced that you can still score into the breeze. 
Another arm wrestle into the breeze, only being outscored by 2 points to take a 14 point lead into 3 quarter time. Any change in the message?
BD: Every time we kicked a goal, West Perth responded with one of their own. It was a great challenge for our group. In the past, we’ve been in these positions and we have let these games slip away. We just reinforced what our best football looks like, what we were doing well and what we couldn’t let happen.
A strong last quarter, kicking 3.8 to run out 34 point victors. How’d you see the last?
BD: Firstly, the breeze picked up significantly. That allowed us to play almost exclusively in our half. I thought our Midfield was excellent in the last. In these conditions, clearances are ultra important and we were +5 for the quarter. It would’ve been nice to convert better but we were creating chances with a strong presence from our key forwards and strong pressure at ground level. 
Overall, a pretty solid win. What were you pleased with the most and anything to work on?
BD: We created plenty of opportunities to score and we thought we used the ball well in the conditions. We’d like to convert our opportunities better and that falls on our ball use inside 50 and how our forwards present and find space. Defensively, after quarter time we were pretty sound, in particular our pressure from behind. 
Who were the better performers on the day?
BD: James Sturrock was outstanding with 36 touches, 8 tackles and 8 clearances. He’s still developing his game as an inside mid having, spent all of last season and the early parts of this season as a winger. The next step for him is to create more. Set up scores. Hit the scoreboard. He’s not far away from doing that. Jackson Perry has been a little inconsistent this year but had his best game for the year. He has some talent but when the work rate is also there he’s a very good player. Up forward, Lachlan Cullen looked dangerous kicking 4 goals. He hasn’t hit the scoreboard in the last few games but his pressure has been excellent and it was only a matter of time before he was rewarded. Down back, Jarvis Pina was very good. Lee Chapman and Kyle Penny defended stoutly. Jacob Hewitt, Cam Gavin and Brendan Cooke continued to show growth. 
Off to Fremantle Oval next week to take on South Fremantle. How have they been travelling?
BD: First meeting against South Fremantle for the year. The had a massive win over Perth and have some really damaging players that can swing a game. They’re sitting just outside the 5 and the Peel Colts have had a poor record at Fremantle Oval in recent times. A great challenge for our group.  

Round 9 - League match report with Cam Shepherd

Tuesday, June 5, 2018 - 10:47 PM

PT 10.5 defeated Cl 7.12

In a tough and bruising game, with the season on the line for both clubs Peel were in front all day, and despite being challenged fiercely in Q4 we managed to kick some critical goals and get the important win.

Peel had made 11 changes to the team, the most in my memory and to the credit of all players the team combined efficiently.

Better players on the day included Brandon Matera, Ben Howlett, Michael Johnson, Blair Bell, Ryan Nyhuis and Jordan Boullineau.

Alex Cohen played really well in his first league game capped off with 2 goals and it was great to have Haydn Ballantyne playing for his old club.

Good returns also from Keegan Power and Brad McGowan in their first games for the season.

We know look forward to the big game this week v WP.

Cam Shepherd - League Coach

Round 9 - Senior Development Match report with Ass. Coach Shannon Cole

Tuesday, June 5, 2018 - 10:42 PM

The Senior Development team had the task of taking on top of the ladder side in the Claremont Tigers at Claremont Oval on Saturday.

The group started the contest with great spirit and had a ferocious appetite for the contest going to quarter time within 6 points of regular grand finalists Claremont. Flying starts to James Kirby, Brett Millward and Kalani Scarrot saw our defensive unit on top of the game dominating in the air and providing plenty of drive of half back. A knee injury to Millward took him out of the game and soon followed by a concussion injury to Ash Humphreys which ruled him out for the remainder of the contest.

The Thunder continued to battle hard in the second quarter but could not put the score on the board and went into the main change 4 goals down.

Unfortunately for the guys, the weight of numbers started to tip the contest in the Tiger’s favour after half time and with some poor skill execution from Peel, Claremont kicked away running out winners by 12 goals despite relentless effort from the likes of Kirby, Matthews, Tassone, Wrigley and Jakeb Shine.

While the coaching group was disappointed at the result, we were also buoyed at some positive signs including the recapture to form of Calvin Thorne (18 disposals), the return to the side of Henrico Madhi and Mitch Lewis for their fist games of the year. As well as debutants Jarlath Duke and Rakeen Pickett.

A primary duty of the senior development side is to provide a platform for the club’s younger players to hone their craft and earn promotion to the league side and we congratulate league debutant Alex Cohen as well as Brad McGowan, and Keegan Power for their return to WAFL league football.

The players and coaches will review the game strongly and continue to focus on building the skills and conditioning of the playing list as we head into West Perth at Bendigo Bank Stadium for Round 10 action.

Hope to see you all there!

Shannon Cole - Assistant Coach/Senior Development

Round 9 - Q & A with Colts Coach Brad Dodd

Tuesday, June 5, 2018 - 10:36 PM
The  Ocean Hill Estate Peel Thunder Colts were back in action last Saturday, taking on the Claremont Tigers at Claremont Oval. After the game we spoke with Head Coach, Brad Dodd.
Another debutant this week, tell us about Brendan Cooke?
BD: Cookie is another 17 year old who plays Ruck/Forward. As a coaching group we really had one eye on next season with Brendan, but we wanted him to be apart of the program so we could monitor his progress. He’s really come on in leaps and bounds- had a strong start to the season for his local team and in the end he needed to be rewarded. 
The second meeting in 4 games between these 2 teams, a big win last time, does the group take any confidence from that? 
BD: You’d think so but we were wary of the response. Claremont are always effected heavily by PSA Football so we knew the team running out would be quite different to the one we played earlier. Opportunity can breed enthusiasm and they’ve made the last 5 Grand Finals, so we weren’t taking them lightly. 
Slippery conditions in the 1st, the radar was off in front of goal, kicking 2.5 to take 10 point lead not Quarter time. How’d you see the Quarter?
BD: Claremont were well on top around the ball early but we managed to wrestled back control and get the scoreboard ticking over. We had 37 tackles for the quarter and won contested ball. So the intent was there. We just needed to use the ball a bit better- a little bit of over-use was going on. 
The Thunder kicked 2 early goals in the 2nd to open up a 22 point lead before Claremont came surging back into the contest to trail by 4 points at the main break. What happened?
BD: Claremont stuck at it and from our perspective, we felt we had a drop off with our defensive intensity. We felt that we were dropping off early and conceding easy lead ups, which put the Backs under pressure. When the ball is in your area down back you need to be in the game 100% of the time- some of our defenders switched off at times and we were made to pay.  
Claremont hit the lead after kicking the first goal of the 3rd quarter, before the Thunder responded to open up an 18 point lead at the last break. Where were you getting on top?
BD: Firstly, our Backs got their starting positions and defensive actions right. We got a strong response from our Midfield- who looked dangerous when we got it out into space. Down forward, we started to work for each other and get the ball into some one on ones. We probably didn’t get full value for our effort- our ball Inside 50 could’ve been more clinical at times. 
A strong last Quarter, kicking 5 goals to run out 36 point victors. How’d you see the last?
BD: We were pretty efficient going forward, having 8 scoring shots from 8 Inside 50’s. We played some really unselfish football- taking the easiest option when we weren’t quite doing that earlier. We ran really hard to space and created some overlap due to a strong work ethic. 
Overall, a pretty solid win. What were you pleased with the most and anything to work on?
BD: We were happy that we created enough scoring opportunities from our Forward entries to kick a score. Our ability to win the ball and get out into space was excellent- it’s been a focus over the last month and we’re starting to see some positive signs. Happy that we only conceded 7 goals but we still have some work to do individually, and as a team, with our defensive actions, starting positions and structures. Still some work to do on our goalkicking, which has dropped away the last 2 weeks. 
Who were the better performers on the day?
BD: Pretty even across the group but had a few of our younger guys step up. We thought Cam Gavin was excellent in the Midfield. Cam is one of our promising 17 year olds, who has played 7 games this season. We see him as leading our Midfield next year. We’ve used him off the bench all season and he’s been improving each week and impacting more. LJ Hewitt, in his 2nd game, used the ball well, kicking a goal and having 3 score assists off his wing. Jack Sears continued his excellent year, providing a strong presence and kicking 3 goals up forward. Our leaders in Lachlan Riley, Jake Howes, Bradley Oldfield and Tyson Powell had a strong influence on the match while Bailey Taylor and Jye Kimpton were solid down back. 
Back at Bendigo Bank Stadium this week to take on West Perth. How have they been travelling?
BD: We’re yet to play West Perth but they’ve had a positive start to the year and sit just outside the Top 5. The challenge for our group is to consistently perform and improve each week. We still feel there are a few areas we need to be better at and West Perth will represent another great challenge.