Got their Mojo back? Peel back in the 5 after big win against Swans.

Wednesday, July 3, 2019 - 10:00 AM by Celeste Nocifora

Peel Thunder are back in the top five following a 79-point victory over Swan Districts at David Grays Arena on Saturday.


A 39-point lead in the first quarter set the tone for the Thunder who maintained their momentum to finish 19.11 (125) to 7.4 (46). 


Peel midfielder Jackson Merrett said he was impressed that the windy weather didn’t have too much of an influence on the team’s effort. 


“It’s really pleasing, obviously we’ve been a little inconsistent throughout the season, and lapsed for maybe a quarter in each game but it’s really pleasing to put four quarters together today,” he said. 


“I think we got a little bit used to it last week, it was quite wet and windy against Perth last week, so we had good prep coming into today’s weather conditions. We were just really pleased we put together a four-quarter effort and we had a lot of contributors across each line.” 


It was a cagey opening to the game with both teams trading goals though Blair Bell and Leigh Kohlmann. Lloyd Meek kicked Peel’s second and it was all one way traffic from that point on as Peel slammed on the next 4 goals of the quarter to lead by 39 at the first change.  


The Thunder continued their dominance in the second term despite working against 32km/h winds, finishing with 30 inside 50’s to the Swans 18 at half time. 


Merrett said coach Cam Shepherd had been happy with their work throughout the first half. 


“It’s just about effort, sustained effort over four quarters and we [need to] have contributors because if we have one bloke that’s off that’s all the opposition need and its quite a tight competition so it’s really pleasing,” he said. 


The Swans defence lifted in the final quarter, but Peel were able to maintain their tackling pressure and match their scoring to finish 79-point victors.  


Merrett finished up with 27 disposals, one goal and five tackles, with Mitch Crowden (29 disposals, two marks) also playing a major part in the victory. Blair Bell kicked 4, his biggest haul since he kicked 5 against the Sharks in Round 3. 


The Thunder face West Coast next Saturday, July 6th at David Grays Arena.