Peel Thunder secure a strong win over East Perth

Monday, August 6, 2018 - 6:35 PM


Peel Thunder secure a strong win over East Perth

Peel Thunder kept their finals hopes alive on Saturday with a 25 point win against East Perth at Bendigo Bank Stadium.

Despite cold and rainy conditions throughout the match, the Thunder stayed in front for the majority of the match to win 14.8 (92) to East Perth’s 10.7 (67).

The victory over East Perth saw Peel’s percentage rise from 81.4 per cent to 84.2 per cent, allowing the Thunder to move from eighth to fifth place on the ladder.

Peel’s Bradley McGowan, who scored a goal in the second quarter, said he was proud of his teams win.

“It was a great win for us today, it keeps our season alive,” he said.

“We just went back to the basics of footy… we defended first, won our one on ones and got on top of our KPI’s.”

Despite trailing by 15 points at quarter time, the Thunder fought back as the match progressed.

McGowan said East Perth played well during the match.

“They’re a tough team, they’ve got a lot of Eagles players playing for them,” he said.

“It’s good for us to get on top of them because we were both fighting for a finals spot for September.”

McGowan went on to say he was proud of his team for turning the game around during the second term, converting seven goals, three of them within the first three minutes while keeping East Perth goalless.

“Yeah we had to get on top of them because of the breeze, it was a five goal breeze,” he said.

“We used that breeze to our advantage and got on top of the game and on top of them.”

McGowan praised the efforts of fellow Peel goal scorers Blair Bell, Traye Bennell and Jordan Boullineau and the depth of the playing list.

“It’s the great thing with our club, we’ve got a spread of players who kick goals, Tray and Jordan from the backline which is good and Belly up the front which is always a good target,” he said.

Peel Thunder have a bye during round 19 before facing Claremont at Leederville Oval on Saturday, August 18.

Written by: Jade Bradford     Image:  Indiana Lysaght


Round 18 Colts wrap up with Coach Brad Dodd

Monday, August 6, 2018 - 2:29 PM
Round 18 Colts wrap up wtih Coach Brad Dodd
3 debutants this week with Aaron Hancock, Jack Walsh and Connor Heuer coming into the side, tell us a little about them?
BD: When Aaron arrived to pre-season he was seen as a ruckman but we threw him the challenge of training as a key back.  He’s a rangey type that needs to add some bulk to his frame but he has met every challenge we’ve thrown at him under the guidance of our backs coach, Danny Chartres.   Jack Walsh and Connor Heuer were apart of our U16's program. They joined the Colts program straight after the conclusion of their season. Jack is only small but very tenacious with a neat kick while Connor is a leading forward. This was our youngest team for the year which was very exciting. We’ve played 3 of our U16's so far and hopefully we can get a look at a couple of others over the last 2 games. 
Windy conditions again at Bendigo Bank Stadium, Peel kicked into the breeze in the first quarter and East Perth got a fast start leading by 18 at the break. How’d you see the quarter?
BD: East Perth were first to the ball and capitalised every time they went Inside 50. We gave away some silly free kicks and gave up some easy goals which was frustrating. At the end of the day, we were well beaten around the ball. The challenge was for our midfield to respond.
Kicking with the breeze in the 2nd quarter, Peel kicked 3 goals to nil to trail by 1 point at half time. A good response?
BD: East Perth were well on top early in the quarter and had 4 opportunities to open up a handy lead but didn’t take them. It was pleasing to be able to get back into the game mid quarter when we were under pressure. We began to win the 50/50s and use the ball a bit better. 
An important 3rd quarter, kicking into the breeze, Peel managed to outscore East Perth to go into the last 12 points up. A pleasing quarter?
BD: It was a really important last 5 minutes where we kicked 2 goals to open up the break. We were pretty dominant, having 16 Inside 50's to 2.  The problem was East Perth kicked 2.1 to stay in the game.  Jai Tregenza and Brendan Cooke were really important in the ruck while Jason Carter had a big influence on the game off the wing. We knew East Perth would throw everything at us in the last. We were in a similar position against South Fremantle a few weeks back and drop the game. 
A tight last quarter, with both teams having chances to win.   Peel prevailed to win by 9 points.  How’d you see the last?
BD: East Perth kicked the first goal and had a bit of momentum so it was pleasing to see the boys respond and tough out the win. We weren’t quite capable of delivering the knockout blow, which is a credit to East Perth but something that has been an issue for the last few seasons. We moved Tyson Powell up forward and though he didn’t have a lot of touches,  he gave us another tall target which meant we were more direct. 
Who were the better performers on the day?
BD: Jake Willis continued his good form. While his pressure up forward was again excellent, he managed to find a bit more of the ball and hit the scoreboard, kicking 2 goals. We went a little smaller in our forward line this week.   Kilian Rawson returned to the side and took his opportunities, kicking 3 goals. Through the middle, Lachlan Riley found the ball again, though he wasn’t as polished with it as he has been. Jason Carter was really influential in the 3rd quarter. Jarvis Pina, Lachie Beverly and James Ewing were rock solid down back. 
A bye this week before heading into the final 2 games. How do you attack those?
BD: At the moment we have James Sturrock playing League and 6 of our squad playing Reserves, which is fantastic. We’ve rested a few of our 17 year olds over the last few games so they’ll all be back for the last 2 games. In terms of selection, we’ll continue to expose players to different challenges. Hopefully we can push a few more up to League and Reserves if opportunities arise. We’ll recharge a little this week before taking on Claremont at Claremont Oval in 2 weeks time. 

Round 18 League wrap up with Coach Cam Shepherd

Monday, August 6, 2018 - 12:42 PM

PT 14.8 (92) d EP 10.7 (67)

Round 18 Wrap up with League Coach Cam Shepherd

Q : A great result you must be pleased with the win?

A : It sure was.  The next two games are so important for us to stay in the finals race. The win was really pleasing and I was extremely proud of the group. We had, I think eight or nine changes from the previous week so to regroup and then charge at the game highlighted how the team can come together and perform off a difficult preparation.

Q : Who were the better players?

A : Look, I think in the conditions we have to recognise it really was a team effort. Special mentions go to Tom Sheridan, Blair Bell, Sam Switkowski, Jordan Boullineau, Danyle Pearce, Hayden Matthews and keegan Power. But, as I said it was a team effort and especially pleasing as Jones and Johnson were withdrawn at 9.30 am on Saturday morning.  Which gave opportunity to Brad McGowan and Michael Tassone whom both performed well.

Q : What set the game up for you?

A : Probably our efforts in the first half, initially to keep EP to a 15 point lead at quarter time and then to take advantage of the strong breeze in the second quarter and kick 7 goals and hold them to no goals. The game became a bit of a slog in the second half with scores pretty even so the work was done in the first half.

Q : What's the plan now for the last two games?

A : We will, like all games, review this game then train hard  during our bye week. This will include having a rare training run together with our Freo boys next weekend. Then we will preview our match against Claremont and give it our best.



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Reserves match report

Monday, July 30, 2018 - 11:36 AM

After another good start to the game in the first quarter matching West Perth in all areas, our ability not to take the opportunities in front off goal cost the team as we kicked 3.10 in the first half  compared to West Perth 6.5.

We were lead well by Haydn Matthews, Keegan Power and James Kirby in the midfield, our forward pressure was not good enough which allowed West Perth to exit our forward 50 to easy on several occasions.

The second half we dropped our intensity and  the contested brand off footy we played in the first half dropped away, 

Having our key back Matthew Piggott, go down with an ankle injury put pressure on the defence and with the ease the ball was coming in the back line found it hard to help each other and West Perth made us pay with clean ball use and key forwards kicking straight.

The last quarter was pleasing to outscore the opposition as we never give up and the resilience off the group under difficult circumstances has been positive given the amount off quality players are missing due to injury.

With 3 games to go we will work hard at training and look to play some attacking footy and learn how to stay in games for longer and take the opportunities when we have control off the game and how to take momentum away from the opposition when they have the game on their terms.

Better player for the game:

Keegan Power - Worked hard all day finished with 32 possessions and 6 inside 50's

Haydon Matthews- Another solid game from the captain with 39 possessions and 5 tackles, really sets the standard when playing back from the league side.

James Kirby- After being stiff to miss league selection after a solid game against South Freo James worked hard and his attitude was strong and finished with 27 possessions and had 7 tackles.

Jacob Shine- Always gives great effort in defense when the back line in under siege 

Michael Tassone- Ran hard and his effort all day was at a high standard, finished the day with 21 possessions, 5 inside 50's and 2 goals

Ben Roberts was good early and showed composure with the ball by hand and foot.

Calvin Torne- had 23 possessions and 7 inside 50's for the day and is building into some good form over the last couple off weeks.

Get down to Bendigo Bank Stadium this Saturday, August 4th to watch the Thunder take on rivals, East Perth.

Bounce down at 2:15pm.

Written by : Senior Development coach - Daniel Haines

Round 17 Q&A with League Coach Cam Shepherd

Monday, July 30, 2018 - 11:09 AM

Q : Were you disappointed to lose this game, especially following the great result v SF the week before?

A : Yes of course. We had set ourselves to win both of these games against teams in the top 3, and through that, establish ourselves in the 5. Unfortunately we couldn’t get the last bit done against WP, whom played a wonderful last quarter and capitalised a bit on our lack of rotations in the 4th quarter.

Q : Who were the better performers against WP ?

A : Our better players included D.Pearce, Grey, Taberner, Dixon and Bell. Obviously Harley played really strongly as well with one of his goals quite special. We were pleased with many players effort especially in the first 3 quarters. It should also be noted that we were playing a very mature and strong opposition with their youngest being two 20yo, then the rest being mainly experienced 23-30yo and hardened WAFL players. Our  Peel team on the other hand had 5 teenagers.

Q : So where to now. Are we still a chance to make the finals?

A : When you look at the table it seems the spots from 4th to 8th are so close that every team in those positions is still a real chance. We have to be realistic and recognise that our percentage is some way below some of our competitors so it is essential we keep winning and then assess weekly. In other words take care of our own destiny.

Q : Do you think having won the last two premierships that opposition sides prepare better than they did before when playing Peel?

A : There is no doubt that is the case, and we would want it any other way. We have earnt the respect of the competition through performance and we are proud of that. At the same time we want to maintain our high standards and compete in the finals in 2018.

Q : Anything you want to say to our members?

A : Yes. Come down to Bendigo Bank this Saturday and support the team, fly the flag for the boys!

Get down to the round 18 clash against East Perth, this Saturday 4th August.

Bounce down at 2:15pm.

Peels chances of finals slim after defeat by West Perth

Monday, July 30, 2018 - 10:56 AM

Peel Thunder’s finals hopes suffered a blow on Saturday at HBF Arena, after West Perth blind-sighted Peel in fourth quarter to win by 31-points.

Peel lead for the majority of the game before a seven goal final quarter surge saw the Falcons win 16.11.(107) to 11.10.(76).

The Thunder’s Traye Bennell said they played a good game despite the loss.

“We played a good three quarters and in the last one we died off,” he said.

“West Perth are a good team, second on the ladder… so they came back in the last quarter.”

Peel started the opening term strong, with the first goal of the game through Harley Bennell.

Peel’s momentum continued in the second quarter as they increased their lead to 10-points.

After half time the Falcons fought hard to tighten the gap to only four points by three quarter time, before a big final quarter surge saw them earn the win.

Despite Peel’s final quarter fadeout, Bennell said their defence fought hard.

“I thought our defence was pretty good all day, but I think we just died off in the end,” he said.

Bennell said Brady Grey (25 disposals and a goal) played a good game, alongside Danyle Pearce (34 disposals and a goal), and Matthew Taberner (three goals).

“Brady Grey was pretty good, Danyle Pearce as well… Taberner had his first game back from injury and was good up in forward,” he said.

With only three games left before finals, Bennell said the Thunder will have to give it their all to keep the dream of finals alive.

“We just have to keep working week in and week out, bring on each week and take one game at a time,” he said.

Peel Thunder will play East Perth on Saturday, August 4 at Bendigo Bank Stadium.

Bounce dwn at 2:15 pm.


Written by: Isabella Sullivan - Curtin University

Round 17 Q&A with Colts Coach Brad Dodd

Monday, July 30, 2018 - 10:53 AM





The Peel Thunder Colts were back in action last Saturday night, taking on West Perth at Arena Joondalup. After the game we spoke with Head Coach, Brad Dodd.

Another debut this week, with Liam Richards coming into the side. Tell us a little about Liam?

BD: This year we picked a squad of 40 but we allocated an extra 5 spots for development players. Players that might not be quite ready yet but we see the benefit of them spending the year with us in preparation for 2019. Liam was one of our development players. He has come on in leaps and bounds. He had been close to getting a game earlier but he had a knack of getting injured just as he was about to be picked. He’s 17, a rangy type that we’ve been training as a back but can certainly play across all zones. He reads the play well and generally is a neat user of the ball. 

A later start than usual, the Colts playing after the League at 5pm, but the Thunder jumped out of the blocks to lead by 20 at the break. How you see the 1st quarter?

BD: Great challenge for our players where our preparation gets tested. It’s a long trip to Joondalup for most of our squad but we came out with the right attitude. West Perth probably started the better and we were a little lucky they didn’t capitalise on the scoreboard. But we managed to wrestle back control through the middle and create opportunities to score. 

Another strong quarter in the 2nd, kicking 3.3 while holding West Perth to 2 points. A big lead at the half, whats the message at the break?

BD: In the past we’ve been in these positions and haven’t gone on with it. Another opportunity to take the scoreboard out of the equation and build on the work we’ve done. So the challenge to the group was there. The conditions were quite dewy, so there was a focus on not overusing it, which we’ve been guilty of at times, and to continue to be fairly direct and give our forwards opportunities. Defensively, we’d been strong- be it, winning our one on one's and restricting West Perths inside 50s.     

A tight 3rd quarter, outscoring the Falcons 2 goals to 1. What were your thoughts on the quarter?

BD: A hard fought quarter. We gave ourselves chances to score but we weren’t able to use the ball as well as we had and the forwards had some numbers to deal with. It had been a solid performance to date, so we’ll be looking to close the game out to tick off a 4 quarter performance. 

A physical last quarter, Peel kicked the first 2 goals of the quarter before the Falcons kicked the last 3 to win the quarter. A 37 point win, what was your overall assessment?

BD: About half way through the quarter, West Perth upped their attack on the ball, and the man, and we didn’t respond. Really happy with our midfield and our stoppage work. It’s an area we’ve been good at all year but we managed to hit the scoreboard, something that’s been a focus. Defensively, we were strong, holding the Falcons to 5 goals. We were able to slow down their ball movement which restricted their Inside 50s. We still think we can get more reward from our Inside 50s and that’ll continue to be a focus. 

Who were the better performers on the day?

BD: Lachlan Riley has hit a rich vein of form and that continued against the Falcons. He was clearly the most influential player on the ground. He spent time inside and outside and found the right balance, winning the ball and finding it in space. Andrew Butler, Jake Howes, Cam Gavin and David Yaccob were all solid through the midfield. Down back, Lachie Beverly restricted Tom Medhat while Jarvis Pina and Jarrad Fazioli provide plenty of run. Tyson Powell was also good. Bit of an even performance up forward, with no real stand outs with all the boys chipping in. Jake Willis did lead the tackle count, with 7. 

Back home for the last time this year, playing East Perth, who won a thriller last time. With a finals spot now locked in- how do you attack the last 3 games?

BD: East Perth is the only team we haven’t beaten yet- so there’s a great opportunity to turn the tables at home. We continue to challenge our players to meet the standards that they have set. We only have 3 games before the finals so the competition for spots heats up a little. As a team, we don’t want to deviate from what our best football looks like and we’ll continue to challenge the players to deliver. 

Get down to Bendigo Bank Stadium this Saturday as the Thunder take on rivals East Perth.

Bounce down at 2:15pm

Round 16 Q&A with Colts Coach Brad Dodd

Monday, July 23, 2018 - 10:55 AM





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

David Yaccob and Nic Pemberton made their debuts this week, tell us a little about them?

BD: David has just returned from the State 16s, where he was a part of the Leadership Group and was voted WA’s MVP. He’s a Winger/Running Back. Works really hard and can find the ball. As a program, we’re really keen to get some games into our 16s group, if we feel they’re physically ready. Nic is another one of our South West kids. He’s 17 and someone we see as a big part of our squad next season. He’s had to bide his time but he’s stuck at it and worked on the feedback we’ve given him. At this stage, we see him as a Lockdown Back, but he’s capable of playing through the Midfield. 

Wet and windy conditions to kick the 1st Quarter off, kicking into the breeze, you would’ve been happy only trailing by 8 points?

BD: We thought we were really disciplined through the 1st Quarter. It was disappointing to concede the goal we did as it was a result of a poor kick from defence. We then had opportunities to kick a goal or 2 ourselves and wasted them. We felt we played the conditions really well. 

Kicking with a strong breeze in the 2nd Quarter, Peel opened up a 15 point lead at the break. How’d you see the Quarter?

BD: We were well on top but didn’t convert our chances, kicking 3.7 for the Quarter. In reality, the door on the game should’ve been shut but it wasn’t and we still had some work to do. We felt we were on top through the Midfield- always important in wet conditions. Our tackle pressure was strong, laying 61 tackles for the half. We could’ve been a little more bolder with our Inside 50 entries. 

Wasted opportunities again haunted you in the 3rd Quarter, the Bulldogs closing the gap to 5 points. How’d you address the group?

BD: We once again wasted some really good opportunities to kick away, and South Fremantle made us pay by taking theirs. The message at the last break was all about the work rate that’s needed, that we want to be fairly direct with our ball movement and that we need a strong effort from our Midfield. We wanted a soccer goal mentality from our Backs. 

With the breeze swinging back the other way slightly, the Bulldogs proved too good running out 5 point winners. 3.19 for the day- that must’ve been frustrating?

BD: It was a great learning experience for our team heading into the finals. South Fremantle were exceptional with their pressure and sticking tackles that needed to be made. Under pressure a few of our Senior players went away from playing the percentages, which created opportunities for South and they took them. Goalkicking has been an issue all season. It’s up to our Forwards to finish off the work of the team- we’ll keep practicing and working with them. 

While the result was disappointing, what was your overall thoughts on the game?

BD: In tough conditions, we won most of our major indicators but didn’t get the reward on the scoreboard. As a group, it reinforces how important that part of the game is. Boys, we won all these areas but we lost the game. It sends a clear message to our Forwards that they need to get better in that area. It also gave us a glimpse of the type of pressure we’ll see later in the year. South were exceptional in the last 5 minutes when they were trying to hold on. It was our youngest side for the year, where we had more 16/17 year olds than 18 year olds. It’s great exposure for those players and the challenge was for them to stand up and influence the game. 

Who were the better performers on the day?

BD: Lachlan Riley continued his recent excellent form playing through the Middle and on the Wing. He gave us great drive and once again hit the scoreboard. Tyson Powell was swung all over the place and had a solid game. Andrew Butler also worked hard and gave us good drive through the Middle while Jack Sears toiled away up Forward. Ben Middleton gave us a strong target but wasted his chances, kicking 0.5.

A night game in Joondalup next week, taking on West Perth. How they going?

BD: We had a good battle against West Perth last time. Looking forward to seeing how our guys handle the long trip as it’s a venue we could potentially play at in the Finals. 

Brad Dodd

Round 16 match report - Cam Shepherd

Monday, July 23, 2018 - 10:49 AM


Peel Thunder started the round in equal 5th (actually 8th) and we were up against the second placed South Fremantle in an important game.

The players enjoyed the tough conditions, and from the start kept real pressure on SF and had a fast start kicking five goals to two in the first quarter.

Harley Bennell was dominant with his clearance work early, supplying the forwards and the pressure from Sam Switkowski and Brayden Lawler continually forced opposition error.

By the end of the third-quarter however, SF had fought their way back in the game, controlling possession and constantly getting the ball inside 50. A lead of two points coming into the last quarter with a charging Bulldogs, was a great challenge. With an even contribution across the ground the Peel boys dug in and regained control of the stoppages and outscored SF 4 goals to 1. Players to lead the way included Blair Bell, Danyle Pearce, Traye Bennell, and Ben Hancock.

We now look forward to playing West Perth next week in another very important game.

Cam Shepherd

Doggies run scared from the Thunder

Monday, July 23, 2018 - 10:47 AM

Peel Thunder have earned a hard-fought 24-point win over South Fremantle at Bendigo Bank Stadium on Saturday, placing them just outside the top five.

South Fremantle brought the margin down to two points at three-quarter-time, but the Thunder held them off with four goals in the final term, finishing 13.12(90) to 9.12(66).

Peel’s Benjamin Hancock said the team focused on playing the brand of footy that saw them win two premierships in the last two years.

“We came out with a big focus just to play team footy and play the way we’ve played the last couple of years which boasts the success, so to come out today and beat South Freo, it’s a big win for us,” he said.

The Thunder started strong once again, kicking five goals to South Fremantle’s two in the opening term.

Hancock said their early lead lifted the team as they tried to bounce back from two previous losses.

“We always have a good challenge against them and getting up at quarter-time was a good boost for us,” he said.

The wet conditions started to have an impact in the second quarter as both sides increased their pressure around the ground, scoring three majors each.

South Fremantle swung the momentum in their favour after half-time, closing the margin to just two points heading into the final term.

Peel came out firing in the fourth quarter though with three unanswered goals, as well as applying aggressive pressure and locking the ball in their forward half.

This proved to be too much for South Fremantle’s defence, as the Thunder took home the Gary Holland Cup by 24-points.

Hancock said the Bulldogs are a tough side, so it felt great for Peel to close the game out cleanly.

“After half time they really challenged us in that third, then we held well and finished off the last quarter well so it was a good win,” he said.

Brayden Lawler and Hugh Dixon both ended the game with three goals to their names, Hancock said Lawler’s presence was important in getting the team over the line. 

“He’s always applying that pressure up forward and turning the ball over,” he said.

Hancock also praised second-gamer James Sturrock who managed his first goal for the side.

“He’s really good, he’s come along and slotted into that wing role perfectly, he’s still learning a bit but that’ll come, he’s only played two games obviously so for him to get his first goal as well was really good for him,” he said.

Dockers midfielder Mitchell Crowden (27 disposals and nine tackles) had another strong performance, supported by Luke Strnadica in the ruck, who dominated with 46 hit-outs.

With only four games left before finals, Peel will now face West Perth at Joondalup Arena on July 28 at 2:15pm.


Written by: Josh Sunderland - Curtin University