Round 7 - Peel go down in nail biter

Monday, May 27, 2019 - 9:34 AM

Written by: Charlotte Woolridge    Photos:  Canaan Thevarakam

Peel Thunder have suffered a nail-biting loss to West Perth by only 5-points at Joondalup Arena on Saturday.

After a dominant first half where the Thunder lead by 21-points, the Falcons fought back hard in a shocking comeback finishing 12.6.(78) and 11.7.(73).

Peel’s Corey Morris said the Thunders fiery start was a big turnaround from their previous games where the team were slower out of the gates.

“That was one of our focus points coming into the game… to start fast given that last game against Claremont and the week before against East Perth we started very slow,” he said.

The Thunders synergy between defence and the midfield in the first half led to seven clean goals to the Falcons three.

Morris said Blair Bell was pivotal to Peel’s success in the first half, scoring two goals within the first quarter.

“He’s been unreal … he’s been enormous for us this year and we love having him up forward. We know he’s going to give 100% effort every time,” he said.

However the strong start didn’t prepare the Thunder for the intensity West Perth brought into the third term.

Incomplete tackles and slow reactions spanning Peel’s midfield and defensive line allowed the Falcons to score seven goals almost uncontested, gaining on the Thunder by 37-points.

“During the third quarter and a little in the last quarter we just let them walk through a few of our tackles, we didn’t stick them, we weren’t strong enough, so I guess that let us down I guess in that third quarter mainly,” Morris said.

The final term saw Peel increase their pressure and close the margin to one-point, 24 minutes into the last quarter, but a goal scored by the Falcons in the final minutes of the game sealed their fate.
Despite the loss, Benjamin Hancock stood out as a Peel player to watch, finishing with 18 disposals.

“He’s had to step up since Ben Howlett’s gone out and he’s acting skipper,” Morris said.

“Hancock is one of my best mates at the footy club and I’m stoked to see him doing really well and playing really good footy.”

Morris said the Thunder’s focus would remain on faster starts and maintaining intensity.

“Last time we played Subiaco they dominated us in the first quarter, so our fast starts will be a key focus, and then just sustaining that throughout all four quarters rather than letting it slip in the third quarter like we did today,” he said
Peel Thunder are set to face Subiaco next week at David Grays Arena on Sunday, June 2 at 2.15pm.