Howlett, Pearce share Peel's Tuckey Medal

Monday, October 15, 2018 - 12:59 PM - by Chris Pike

THE returning Ben Howlett and out of favour AFL veteran Danyle Pearce both did all they could to try and get Peel Thunder back into the finals in 2018 and were rewarded by sharing the Tuckey Medal as fairest and best winners.

On the back of playing in the club's first three ever finals series and winning the past two WAFL premierships, Peel wasn’t quite able to back it up and reach the finals again in 2018.

But that didn’t mean there weren’t some highlights along the way and some standout performers for the Thunder.

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Melbourne Cup with Peel Thunder

Tuesday, October 9, 2018 - 2:59 PM






The race that stops the nation! 

The Bear Trap will be transformed into a Spring Garden with the help of our favourite florist PEEL Flower HOUSE.

Treat yourself to a complimentary glass of champagne on arrival, canapés from Chef Glenn, entertainment from Dirty Little Secret The Band and an afternoon of fun with friends! 

There will be prizes for best dressed, Sweeps and door prizes.

Tickets $35

Doors open at 10.30am, don't miss out book tickets today - 9537 5400!




Ben Howlett and Danyle Pearce win Tuckey Medal award

Tuesday, October 9, 2018 - 1:53 PM


The Peel Thunder Football Club Tuckey Medal Count Awards night was held last Friday night with about 240 people attending the presenation to celebrate the players’ achievements.







The Tuckey Medal this Season was was won by Ben Howlett and Danyle Pearce for the league team.  Runner up was Blair Bell.









Joint Tuckey Medallist winners: Danyle Pearce & Ben Howlett











League runner up: Blair Bell

The senior development Ball Family Medal went to Haydn Matthews and the colts David Cameron Memorial Medal was awarded to Lachlan Riley with Oliver Walton finishing runner up.










Senior Development Ball Family Medal winner: Haydn Matthews









Senior Development runner up: Oliver Walton







Colts David Cameron Memorial Medal winner:  Lachlan Riley









Best Club Person: Chris Fairman








Most Consistent: Ben Hancock









Leading Goal Kicker: Gerald Ugle & Luke Strnadica











Arthur Marshall Memorial Award: Jordan Boullineau


League Coaches Award: Brayden Lawler (no image)









Senior Development Coaches Award: Jacob Perry










Players Player: Corey Morris







Tom Stone Award: Keegan Power

Colts Awards:
Players Player – Tyrone Thorne
Encouragement Award – Cameron Gavin
Best First Year Player – Jack Sears
Colts Coaches Award – Andrew Butler


Peel Thunder Colts finals campaign comes to an end

Tuesday, September 18, 2018 - 11:39 AM
The Peel Thunder Colts season came to an end in the Preliminary final against Swan Districts on Sunday, going down by 22 points.
After the game we spoke to head coach, Brad Dodd, about the finals campaign and the season in general. 
A topsy turvy finals campaign, losing to Swans twice and beating East Fremantle in a thriller, how did you see the Finals?
BD: We played some really good football in patches. We thought we were really strong in our first game against Swans but didn’t use the ball particularly well and didn’t take our opportunities going forward. It is an area we’ve focused on all year- being able to put a value on the ball, particularly inside 50. We almost won all of our major KPIs for that match but Swans had a touch more class when it counted and made their opportunities count. 
We were really happy with our game against East Fremantle, despite the fact the Sharks hit back and had a chance to win the game at the end. It was a great learning experience as our midfield become reactionary in the last quarter and that fed into the Sharks attacking mindset. In the end we were lucky to win. 
The group had set themselves for the rematch against Swans but apart from the first 10 minutes, where we had the majority of the play, Swans were the better team.  At one stage it looked like it could blow out so we were really happy the boys fought it out. While it was disappointing to fall short of a Grand Final berth, the players and coaching staff go away wth some pretty strong feedback.  
Through the course of the season, Peel was a high scoring team but that dried up in the Finals.   Is that an area of focus going forward?
BD: A little bit was our ball use going forward, especially in the first final against Swans. All our forwards seemed to collapse on each other and run into each others space.  It was a focus for the next 2 finals and though we didn’t kick high scores, the space and opportunities were there- we dropped a lot of marks we’d usually make and didn’t convert when we needed to. Our 2 key forwards in Jack Sears and Ben Middleton have only just turned 17 and have carried the burden of playing as key forwards in their first season. Add in the other forwards we used in Deon Welhan, Clifton Stack, Jake Willis, Tyrone Thorne and Brendan Cooke, who are all 17 year olds, it’s a fantastic learning experience for them to take into next season. Being able to stand up under pressure when the team needs you the most and being able to deliver against quality opponents. Tyrone Thorne was well held in the first final V Swans but responded and was our best player the second time around. That’s what you want to see from your young players. 
A bit of a surprise in the East Fremantle game with, leading goalkicker, Lachlan Cullen playing in defence.  What was the thinking behind that?
BD: The Sharks had an extremely talented group and some dangerous players up forward. We didn’t have a natural match up for Dylan Curley, who is an excitement machine, and it become apparent that Lachie was our best match up physically. It wasn’t a total reach, Lachie had done the whole pre-season training as a back and had played the first 2 games down there. Lachie Beverly got the match up on Dylan O’Reilly and did a fantastic job. James Ewing went to Luke Jackson. Against Swans, Kyle Penny shut down Jarrad Cameron after Cameron had kicked 4 in the first final. Beverly, Penny and Ewing will all be back next season and should take great confidence in how they performed in the Finals. 
Now that the season has come to a close, what are you over-arching thoughts on how the season went?
BD: Really happy with how the players attacked the program. With South Fremantle, we were the youngest squad for the year, which gives us a great leg up into next season. We managed to play 50 players, with 6 being 16 year olds. We used 28 players across the 3 finals with 13 of those being 17 or younger. I’d like to think that exposure will be really beneficial to those players as they head into the off-season and next season. Where do I need to get better? Our coaching group moved forward as a group and it was great to see our assistants in Michael McCann, Danny Chartres and Jayden Heuer take charge of a game, planning and implementing training and coaching the team on match day. Proud of James Sturrock and Lachlan Riley who, through prolonged good form, played League football. Overall, I was really happy with what we delivered. 
Where to from here?
BD: Our Talent Manager, John Deitz, and I will be conducting our Exit Interviews over the next few weeks. We have the Colts and Senior Best and Fairest in early October before a short break and re-charge before hitting pre-season for the 2019 season!
Finally, thoughts on the Grand Final between Subiaco and Swans?
BD: Subiaco have well and truly had Swans measure across the season. Similar to us against Swans, who we struggled to beat. Having said that, I think Swans can win this one. They’re well coached and have some genuine weapons that if they get off the chain and cause some damage.  Swans by 2 points. 
Brad Dodd - Colts Coach

Week 1 Finals Colts Wrap

Tuesday, September 4, 2018 - 4:30 PM - by Chris Pike

SWAN Districts' colts have booked in a second semi-final meeting with Subiaco after beating Peel Thunder on Sunday while East Fremantle kept its 2018 season alive with a derby win over South Fremantle on Saturday.

The 2018 WAFL Finals Series got underway on Saturday at Fremantle Community Bank Oval and that began with a colts elimination final with East Fremantle taking on South Fremantle.

East Fremantle proved too strong going on to win 18.7 (115) to 8.5 (53) to keep its season alive and end the campaign of South Fremantle.

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TABtouch Finals Series

Tuesday, September 4, 2018 - 11:24 AM

The 2018 TABtouch WAFL Finals Series will commence on Saturday, September 1 with the Qualifying Final between South Fremantle (2nd) and West Perth (3rd) at Fremantle Community Bank Oval from 2.40pm.

Claremont (4th) and East Perth (5th) will battle it out in the Elimination Final the following day, September 2, at Claremont Oval from 2.40pm.

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Colts 1st Semi Final - Thunder v Sharks @ Arena Joondalup

Tuesday, September 4, 2018 - 11:10 AM

WAFL Colts 1st Semi Final

Get behind Peel Thunder Colts as they play East Fremantle Sharks this Sunday at Arena Joondalup.  Bounce down 8.55am.

Lets go Thunder!


Round 21 Colts Wrap up with Coach Brad Dodd

Tuesday, August 28, 2018 - 12:53 PM
The Peel Thunder Colts were back in action last Sunday, taking on East Perth at Domain Stadium. After the game we spoke with Head Coach, Brad Dodd.
A Colts Super Round to end the regular season, 3 games being played at Domain Stadium on Sunday. Another 2 debuts with Tyrell Metcalf and Ben Roberts coming into the team, tell us a little about the day and the players debuting?
BD: This was the 2nd Super Round for the season- it’s a great experience for the players and they were all pretty excited to be playing at Domain Stadium. Like most teams this time of year, we had a few injuries so it was disappointing for the likes of Tyson Powell and Jye Kimpton to miss out. James Sturrock was joined by Lachlan Riley in the League team- which was great reward for Lachie- who has been playing some great football. 
Tyrell is up from our 16’s program- making it 6 of our 16s that have played this year. He’s a hard running, skilful forward- he can do some pretty exciting things. Ben is one of our South West kids who has played the last 4 games in the Reserves which gave us a good chance to look at him closely. He mainly plays down back and generally uses the ball well. 
Perfect conditions to start the game, a dominant start that wasn’t reflected on the scoreboard and East Perth responded to lead by 6 points at the break- thoughts on the quarter?
BD: We started the game really strongly but didn’t convert. At one stage it was 1.8 to nil. As is often the case, East Perth gained momentum and managed to convert their chances. So it was disappointing to be behind after creating enough scoring opportunities.
East Perth opened up a 14 point lead half way through the 2nd, before the Thunder rallied to go into half time with a 6 point lead. Where’d you see the turnaround?
BD: We started to use the ball better and that created set shots for our forwards- who converted. It was still a real arm wrestle through the midfield but we felt we worked our way on top by the end of the quarter. 
A tight start to the 3rd before Peel exploded to open up a 31 point lead at the last change. You must’ve been happy with the response?
BD: We made some adjustments at half time but we kicked 5 goals from the centre bounce. Our inside mids went to work and our forwards managed to create space, which created one on ones. It was an exciting 8-10 minutes of play where we kicked 5 goals. 
East Perth threw everything at you in the last, but the Thunder held on to win by 19 points. Was the fade out a concern?
BD: We’ve been pretty strong in last quarters but by the end we were down to 2 on the bench and we fought it out. We’ve had some really good battles with East Perth over the year so it was good to get the win. We had our lowest possession count for the year (219) but still managed 44 Inside 50s and 26 scoring shots. 
Who were the better performers on the day?
BD: Tyrone Thorne was outstanding down forward, kicking 3.3 and proving strong defensive pressure. Michael Randall had a high impact game and was instrumental in our strong 3rd quarter. Jake Howes had one of his better games for the season and managed to hit the scoreboard. Down back, Rob Hutson and James Ewing continued their good form while Jack Sears had another strong game up forward. 
That’s the end of the regular season, Peel finishing 2nd with 12 wins and 6 loses. How have you seen the season to date?
BD: We ended up playing 50 players and we were the 2nd youngest team in the competition. We managed to win more games than last year and give ourselves at least 2 finals- which is fantastic for our players and their own development. We had 2 players play League football in James Sturrock and Lachie Riley while another 6 played Reserves football. We also saw our assistant coaches in Jayden Heuer, Danny Chartres and Michael McCann take the reigns and coach the team through the week and match day. Overall, we’re pretty happy with how the season has panned out and excited to see our players under the pressure of finals football. 
Swan Districts this week at Claremont Oval on Sunday, 9.15am - how have you gone against them this season?
BD: We’re 1-1, with both teams winning at home. As is often the case in Colts, the personnel will be quite different this time around. Swans have some very dangerous and exciting players that can rip games apart. It’s going to be a great challenge playing away but one we all look forward to. 
Brad Dodd - Thunder Colts Coach

Colts Qualifying Final - Peel Thunder v Swan Districts

Tuesday, August 28, 2018 - 12:08 PM

Congratulations to the Peel Thunder Colts Team on making this years WAFL Finals.

Get along and support them as they take on Swan Districts at Claremont Oval this Sunday, bounce down 9.15am.

See you there!

Women's Senior Head Coach Applications invited

Monday, August 27, 2018 - 10:44 AM



Women’s Senior Head Coach

The Peel Thunderbirds Football Club seek applications for the position of Women’s Senior Head Coach for the 2019 season.

The Peel Thunderbirds Football Club is committed to maximizing the potential of footballers by providing field leading education and innovation. Peel Thunderbirds 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                       

Football Knowledge:

  • Understanding of development theories and practice
  • Strong knowledge of coaching techniques/strategies/tactics
  • Sound understanding of skill development and learning strategies

Effective Communication:

  • Highly developed and proven communication (written, verbal, visual) and interpersonal skills.


  • Level 2 coach accreditation (minimum or working towards Level 2)

Applicants are required to submit a cover letter and coaching resume, with references (maximum of three A4 pages), which addresses the key competencies outlined above.

Applications are to be submitted no later than September Friday the 14th, by 5.00pm via email;

Shane Creevey - Football Manager