Monday, December 8, 2014 - 2:35 PM

The Peel Thunder Colts Squad is thundering through the pre-season as they enter the 5th week of the pre-Christmas sessions. 91 players from within the Peel Thunder local and South West zone are being put through their paces by the coaching staff, headed by Beau Wardman, along with strength and conditioning staff Dave Norton and Ashton Bell. The players have taken part in a wide range of sessions, from endurance running, to sprint work, strength and conditioning, skill sessions and testing, beach work as well as all players taking part in a leadership and goal setting session facilitated by Jenny Carter.

The program sees the first intra-squad trial matches being played this Saturday, 13th December at Ross McLarty Oval, Pinjarra, which will give selectors a great opportunity to cast their eye over potential squad members under the pressure of match simulation. Player Development Manager John Deitz said that it is an exciting time for all players involved “All players are working extremely hard on the training track and there is a great feel amongst the entire squad. The scratch matches are a great opportunity for players to show the coaching group what they are capable of under the pressure of a game situation. All squad members are looking in really good condition, so players should be excited about the opportunity the games present to push their case for selection.” The games will be sure to provide plenty of thought for selectors who have to reduce the squad to 60 players heading into the Christmas break.

Deitz also was full of praise for the new look off-field team “We have been able to source some excellent coaches led by Beau, who along with John Kennedy, Nick Visser, Bob Dewar and 4th year assistant coach Craig Milward have been really well prepared, enthusiastic and positive which is creating a great environment for the playing group. The work of Dave Norton and Ashton Bell with Strength and Conditioning, along with assistance from Ric Curnow, Scott Goodrick and new physio Nick Krummenacher has been second to none in terms of the professionalism and expectations, and it has been pleasing to see all players really buying in to the expectations and standards being set.”

The scratch matches will commence at 8:30am at Ross McLarty Oval, Pinjarra for any members or supporters who may wish to cast their eye over some of the young talent Peel Thunder will have on display in 2015.