Round 6 - Peel Secure Second Win

Tuesday, May 8, 2018 - 11:43 AM


Peel Thunder have won their second game of the season, defeating Claremont by 20-points at Bendigo Bank Stadium.

Despite two late goals from the Tigers, Peel’s continuous pressure resulted in a 14.14 (98) to 11.12 (78) win.

The Thunder came out strong, kicking five goals to Claremont’s two in the first quarter.

The Tigers kept Peel goalless for the first 28-minutes of the second quarter, kicking four goals to lead the Thunder by two points going into half time.

Peel midfielder Michael Tassone said although the pressure dropped off in the second quarter, their teamwork sealed the deal.

“It was really good for the boys to get off to that quick start today,” he said.

“It was just that trademark effort we always bring… the run, chase and tackle.”

Peel Thunder hit the scoreboard with three majors early in the third quarter, before leading the Tigers by 13 points going into the final term.

Tassone said Luke Strnadica had a large contribution to the win, after finishing with three goals and 21 hit-outs.

“He’s been good… he worked hard in the reserves and got his chance in the league side and it’s good to see him thriving at this level,” he said.

Fremantle midfielder Harley Bennell played his first game of the season, and despite his limited game time, was a strong performer in Peel’s forward 50 gathering nine disposals.

Tassone said Gerald Ugle was a key component to the win  with two important goals and 17 disposals.

“The pressure by Gerald down that forward half was exceptional,” he said.

Tassone said Fremantle utility Tommy Sheridan was impressive after racking up 28 disposals.

“Tommy’s leadership especially for me as a young kid trying to learn the wing structures is pretty handy,” he said.

Michael Tassone said he was happy with his own performance, contributing two goals to the win.

“There’s always room for improvement with the game, but to have an impact in the final term was good,” he said.

Peel Thunder will face Subiaco on Saturday, May 19, at Bendigo Bank Stadium.

Written by: Hannah Salt

Image:       Lachlan Byrne