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Young talent competing in WAFL 16s Carnival

Tuesday, April 17, 2018 - 12:32 PM

More than 350 of the State’s top emerging footballers are showcasing their talent at the 2018 WAFL 16s Carnival which kicked off last month.

The six-round series of matches concludes on April 14, and following the carnival, the WA State 16s Academy selection panel will develop a list of 50 players to participate in the State 16s trial selection fixture on April 20.

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Round 3 - Game day with Colts Head Coach Brad Dodd, supported by Ocean Hill Estate

Tuesday, April 17, 2018 - 11:45 AM


Peel Thunder v Perth - Round 3

PE 15.12  102    d    PT  8.9  57

The Ocean Hill Estate - Peel Thunder Colts were back at home last Sunday, taking on the Perth Demons at Bendigo Bank Stadium. After the game, we spoke with Head Coach, Brad Dodd.
Plenty of opportunities for the forwards in the first quarter, with 15 Inside 50s, but Peel couldn’t hit the scoreboard, scoring just 2 behinds.
BD: It was a frustrating start to the game. Our forwards were collapsing in on each other, which made it easier to defend and when we were getting shots, we weren’t converting. We had 2 set shots go out on the full. 
Almost the opposite in the 2nd Quarter when Perth dominated field position but the Thunder were efficient going forward. 

Round 3 - Senior Development Match Report with Head Coach Daniel Haines

Tuesday, April 17, 2018 - 11:24 AM


Peel Thunder Senior Development - Round 3 v Perth

PE 15.5 95    d   PT 10.13 73

A disappointing finish to the game after a promising start.  We had more inside 50's and more scoring shots than Perth but didn't capitalize on those opportunities when the game was there to be won in the third quarter.

Goals to Perth late in the quarters cost us and is something we will need to address during the bye break. Our pressure and attack on the ball was strong but the composure with the ball in hand needs to be better to give our forwards some quality supply.

Better players on the day were Chris Wrigley who played his best game for the year,  providing plenty of drive from half back/wing and finishing with a great goal from long range.  Nick Merritt finished with 4 goals and is starting to build some consistency over the last few games.  Kegan Power had plenty of the footy but was a bit wasteful going forward.   Piggott, Dean and Mathers were all solid in defence.

We will look to freshen up with the bye this week, ready to attack East Perth at Leederville next week.   

Coach - Daniel Haines



Wednesday, April 11, 2018 - 1:02 PM

League Report with Cam Shepherd
PT v Swan Districts

SD 15.12 (102) d PT 13.10 (88)

Peel suffered our first defeat since the last round of fixtures in 2017.  We ventured up to Bassendean Oval last Saturday to take on Swan Districts expecting, as we always do, a real battle.

To Swannies credit they jumped out from the start and played a brand of football that provided for a wonderful game between two determined sides.  We were really proud of our boys in the team to keep fighting when things were obviously not going our way on the injury front.

Being down to 21 at half time is not unusual in today's game.  Although we had lost big Sean Darcy to a knee injury we thought we were well in the game. Unfortunately we lost both Michael Tassone and Brady Grey early in the 3rd quarter , which put our planning in some jeopardy.  However we had a plan to cover those losses and still strived for victory in the last quarter, which was further complicated with the loss of Michael Apeness and then Tom North late in the game.  Talk about a war zone!

Even so, Swan Districts played really good footy and deserved the win.  Our players held their heads high as we battled it out to the end.  Notable performances from Danyle Pearce, Darcy Tucker, Ethan Hughes and Blair Bell with Ben Howlett playing a great last half.

We look forward to this week's home game against Perth.


Wednesday, April 11, 2018 - 12:59 PM

Ocean Hill Estate Peel Thunder 16’s v Swan Districts 16’s
With Coach Aaron Ballantyne

Peel Thunder – 8.11 (59) d Swan Districts – 7.6 (48)

The Ocean Hill Estate Peel Thunder 16’s continued their carnival on Saturday the 7th April in an away fixture against Swan Districts at Steel Blue Oval.

Playing in the later time slot of 5pm the boys were challenged with a new preparation structure.  We began the game brightly, getting the first goal on the board through small forward Liam Pember,  slotting a set shot from close to the boundary. We managed to follow that up with another goal a few minutes later through key forward Zac Trigwell (5 Goals). The rest of the quarter was a tight battle, with the boys pressure around the ball and tackling leading the way.

We managed to play some good football throughout the 2nd and 3rd quarters and really looked to play the way we have trained since December.  Plenty of pressure and looking to get the ball to the outside runners, which the boys did.  Our backs were very good with their positioning and one on one efforts.  The midfield worked together and got on top in the clearances, while our forwards all had their own space and were hitting up at the ball carrier.

Heading for home and up by 30 points, Swans decided to roll the dice a bit and have a lot of players push forward. They set up a good wall, that the boys struggled to get the ball through.  When we did run and carry with handballs, we managed to get the ball going forward.  Swans did dominate the quarter on the score board but our boys held their own throughout.

All the coaches were happy with the boys attitude and effort.   We came away with an 11 point win.

This week we finish the 16’s carnival with a home game against the Perth Demons on Sunday 15th April at Bendigo Bank Stadium. Bounce down is at 5pm. With the club hosting its annual District Day for all the junior clubs in the area its will be a great day to come down and watch some football.

Trigwell, Avery, Stone, Yaccob


Tuesday, April 10, 2018 - 12:48 PM

Travelling to Steel Blue oval is never easy and with three players promoted up to the League team, after quality performances in Round 1, we knew Swans would be a tough assignment.

Keegan Power,  in for his first game after a year at South Mandurah, played a solid game on the wing and will be better for the run.   Joel O'Driscoll also played his first game back at the club, after a few Premierships with Pinjarra and looked right at home.  Joel finished with 4 goals.  His class around the forward line will be a massive asset for the club this year.   Rob Shindler Taylor also played his first game for the club and looked better the longer the game went.   His skills and run will add to our clubs quality.  Welcome to the club 'RST'.

Our start to the match was pleasing.   The intent to tackle and pressure on the opposition kept the ball in our half, which we did pretty well over the 4 quarters.   5 goals to 1 in the first quarter set up the win and the guys never looked back.

Luke Strnadika has been in good form in the ruck and gave our mids first use of the ball.  He took 12 marks and kicked 1 goal.  Brad Walsh continued his good start to the year with 35 disposals along with Michael Humble (24) and Corey Morris (24).

Kaine Ah-Chee's pressure set the tone for the forwards, causing turnovers which kept the ball in our forward line ,where Brad McGowan finished the hard work with 4 goals.

In the backline Matt Dean lead from the front with his aggressive marking and pressure acts which saved the team when we looked out of position. 

To finish the game with a 39 point win was a great reward for the team.   

Again we strive to improve upon last week, look to play our best football and bring great attitude against Perth.

Game times - Sunday 15th April

Colts - 9am   Senior Development - 11.30am  League - 2.15pm  16's - 5pm


Tuesday, April 10, 2018 - 9:04 AM
The Ocean Hill Estate - Peel Thunder Colts travelled down to Steel Blue Oval to take on Swan Districts last Saturday. After the game, we spoke with Head Coach, Brad Dodd.
For the second game in a row, the Thunder were slow out of the blocks, is that a concern?
BD: We’d like to be starting better, thats for sure. It was a pretty tough start to the game, both sides had a fierce attack on the man and ball. There were over 60 tackles between both teams for the quarter- which had an impact on our ball use. Swans played the slippery conditions slightly better and we were guilty of some positioning issues down back and were made to pay. 
More of the same in the 2nd Quarter, what was the message to the group at half time when you were 22 point down?
BD: It was pretty clear to us that Swans were outnumbering us at most contests in general play. We knew the game was likely to open up a little after the break but we needed to start to run. Pretty simple really. We challenged our players that hadn’t had a great start to turn it around. They needed to find ways to kick start their own games. 
For the second week in a row, the team came to life in the 3rd.
BD: It was a real arm wrestle for the first half of the quarter but we started to have repeat entries inside 50, locking the ball in our half but we weren’t making the most of our chances on the scoreboard. In the end, it took an individual effort by first gamer, Andrew Butler to get us going. He had 4 or 5 defensive efforts, smothered the ball and kicked a goal to set us away. 
Heading into the last with a 1 point lead, kicking into a slight breeze…. 
BD: As a group, we were pretty confident. We felt like we’d started to play our brand of football on the back of an increased work rate. We knew Swans would re-group and we expected it to go down to the wire. Unfortunately, we conceded the first goal from the CB and despite answering and having some opportunities to take the lead, Swans locked the ball in their half for most of the quarter and we found it hard to get it out. 
A 2 point loss in a real arm wrestle, who were your better performers?
BD: I was really happy with Zach Rankin on the wing. Zach is a 17 year old who played his first game last week. He’s one of our better runners and has a really strong work ethic. Andrew Butler came in for his first Colts game. Andrew missed nearly all of last year with an injury and had a delayed start to pre-season. But he’s been excellent since after Xmas and was unlucky to miss out Round 1. He gave us plenty of energy and a strong competitor in the contest. Jarvis Pina was excellent across half back- really strong in the air and defended well for most of the game. Backs Jye Kimpton, Lachie Beverly and Lachlan Cullen continued their strong start to the season while Lee Chapman and Bailey Taylor were solid. James Sturrock tried hard on his wing. 
Some unlucky news regarding Durak Tucker during the week?
BD: Durak dislocated his knee in an innocuous incident at training. At first thought the diagnosis was quite minor but after a scan it revealed he had ruptured his ACL and would need a reconstruction. Durak will miss the remainder of the season. His pre-season and early season form had been absolutely outstanding. He had set himself up for a great season. Durak is quite a resilient character, and while disappointed, he’s already champing at the bit to get stuck into rehab. 
Next week, back at home to face the Demons, who had a big win against the Sharks.
BD: I think we’ve already seen over the first few weeks that it’s a really even competition. Subiaco and Swans have gotten off to good starts, while most other teams have already had a win. Perth have some extremely talented players and it’ll be another great challenge for our group.
Peel Thunder v Perth
Sunday 15th @Bendigo Bank Stadium 
Colts - 9am
Senior Development - 11.30am
League - 2.15pm
16's - 5.oopm


Monday, April 9, 2018 - 10:41 AM

Thunder fight right to the end.
Written by: Rhiannon Holmes

A fast finishing Swan Districts have defeated Peel Thunder by 14-points after a highly contested game at Steel Blue Oval on Saturday.

Scores were level early in the fourth term before the Swans kicked two goals in the final ten minutes; finishing 15.12 (102) to 13.10 (88).

Peel’s Benjamin Hancock said the Thunder tried to hold off a strong Swans but couldn’t get the job done.

“Swans are a strong side, it’s obviously always disappointing to lose but the boys really fought it out,” he said.

“I think we only ended up with 17 on the field in the last five minutes, same as last week, we fought it out but disappointing not to get the win.”

Despite Peel kicking two majors in the first quarter, a dominant Swan Districts led the first term with four goals under their belt.

The Thunder fought back in the second term, lifting their intensity and converting four goals through Leroy Jetta, Gerald Ugle and Blair Bell to close the gap to six points.

Following half time, Peel kicked four goals to Swan Districts’ two surging into three-quarter-time with a seven-point lead.

Hancock said Coach Cam Sheppard encouraged the Thunder to finish the game strong.

“We were a couple of players down at the halfway mark and then a couple more down going into the last; so for the boys to fight it out Shep was really proud of that,” he said.

“I think we’ll hold our heads high and look forward to next week.”
The Thunder’s scored three majors in the final term as their defensive structure struggled to keep Swan Districts at bay, conceding six goals.

Leroy Jetta was a strong force throughout the game, racking up two goals and three behinds.

Hancock said Jetta was missed from last weeks game.

“It’s good to have Leroy back and he’s come back with a bang,” he said.

“It’s always good to have him in the forward kicking goals.”

Lloyd Meek commanded his space on the field with 18 disposals and 23 hit outs while contributing a goal to the Thunder’s final score.

Hancock said Meek was a good target to have down the line.

“Lloyd is just a big target and he’s useful in the ruck as well” he said.

Hancock said Peel will work on getting off to a quick start in next week’s game.

“The last two weeks we’ve been slow out the box, we don’t really want to chase the score all day, we want to get in front and hold it from there” he said

Peel Thunder will host the Perth Demons at Bendigo Bank Stadium, Sunday the 15th of April with bounce down at 2.15pm.


Thursday, April 5, 2018 - 2:29 PM

Peel Thunder have won their first game of the 2018 WAFL season after beating East Fremantle by 15 points in a nail biting game at Bendigo Bank Stadium on Friday.

The Thunder overcame an 11-point deficit heading into the fourth term to take the lead and steal the win with the final score 11.12 (78) to 9.9 (63).

Peel’s captain Gerald Ugle said "It was the Thunder’s unique game plan that got the team their first four points of the season."

“I think just our effort and our trademark in the last half got us over the line,” he said.

Peel trailed the Sharks for most of the game, kicking only three goals to East Fremantle’s four in the first term.  

In the second quarter the Thunder had chances to hit the scoreboard, but were inaccurate in front of goals, only kicking one goal for the term.

After half time Peel were able to stay with the Sharks kicking two goals, trailing going into three quarter time by 11 points.

It was the fourth quarter that saw the Thunder push back, kicking five goals to the Sharks one in the final term to defeat the Sharks by 15 points.  

Ugle said that Peel lifted their intensity around the ball in the fourth quarter assisting their push for the lead.

“Our pressure around the ball and our ball use, skills and speed helped us get that lead,” he said.

A big part of that defence was Blair Bell who racked up 20 disposals, seven tackles and took a screamer of a mark during the second term.

Ugle said,  "Belly had a great game and was a significant contributor towards the win".

“He was really strong in the midfield, he got the ball going forward for us a lot of the time,” he said.

“He was amazing today.”

 Peel Thunder face Swan Districts next Saturday, April 7, at Steel Blue Oval.



Thursday, April 5, 2018 - 11:02 AM