Women's Senior Head Coach Applications invited

Monday, August 27, 2018 - 10:44 AM



Women’s Senior Head Coach

The Peel Thunderbirds Football Club seek applications for the position of Women’s Senior Head Coach for the 2019 season.

The Peel Thunderbirds Football Club is committed to maximizing the potential of footballers by providing field leading education and innovation. Peel Thunderbirds Football Club strives to foster an environment where footballers can achieve their goals and perform at their best. To be considered for this role, you will need significant and successful experience developing players, along with outstanding communication and leadership skills. Our club is also focused on developing these people to be respected members of our community and the successful applicant will have the values and integrity needed to achieve this objective

Suitable applicants will possess;

People Management & Planning:

  • Capacity to effectively manage young talented athletes and associated staff
  • Ability to lead, and influence within a high performance environment
  • Display a good understanding of the Peel Thunder Football Club zone
  • A passion for driving a strong and inclusive culture
  • Bring a fresh, energetic and positive attitude along with being well prepared
  • Assist with the recruitment of players                       

Football Knowledge:

  • Understanding of development theories and practice
  • Strong knowledge of coaching techniques/strategies/tactics
  • Sound understanding of skill development and learning strategies

Effective Communication:

  • Highly developed and proven communication (written, verbal, visual) and interpersonal skills.


  • Level 2 coach accreditation (minimum or working towards Level 2)

Applicants are required to submit a cover letter and coaching resume, with references (maximum of three A4 pages), which addresses the key competencies outlined above.

Applications are to be submitted no later than September Friday the 14th, by 5.00pm via email; footballmanager@peelthunder.com.au

Shane Creevey - Football Manager



Wednesday, August 22, 2018 - 5:59 PM



Peel Thunder Football Club wishes to thank all our donors, bidders and volunteers who supported the recent PTFC Banquet Auction.  

The feedback received from patrons on the night couldn't of been better.  The Club was able to raise some much needed funds to support our community and football programs in the Peel Region and couldn't be more pleased.

Once again THANK YOU!


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Round 20 Q&A with colts coach Brad Dodd

Tuesday, August 21, 2018 - 9:44 AM

The Peel Thunder Colts were back in action last Saturday, taking on Claremont at Claremont Oval. After the game we spoke with Head Coach, Brad Dodd.

Two fresh faces into the team this week with Jonathon Letto and Tyler Nesbitt making their debuts. Tell us a little about them?

BD: Both players are out of our Under 16s program. Tyler joined the Colts straight after and has been really impressive on the training track. He’s a medium defender with a good vertical jump and raking left foot kick. Jono is one of our South West kids. He’s still quite small but has a high work rate and is quite neat with his ball use. This was our youngest team for the year by far, with 16 of the 23 being 17 years old or younger. It was going to be a great challenge for the players but certainly exciting from a development point of view. 

Sunny but slippery conditions early, with the Thunder taking a five-point lead into the quarter time break. How’d you see the quarter?

BD: The scoreboard didn’t reflect the way the game was being played. We started brightly but didn’t get reward for effort early and Claremont controlled the middle part of the quarter and missed some easy chances themselves. Jono Ietto started brightly, kicking two first quarter goals.  

Claremont dominated the 2nd quarter, kicking 5.1 to 0.1 to open a significant lead at half time. It must’ve been disappointing?

BD: Totally out worked. All across the ground. Defensively, we made sloppy mistakes, basic errors and Claremont took advantage. We were smashed around the ball, out worked, which was disappointing as our senior players were all playing through there. The challenge in the second half was to respond. 

Claremont kept the pressure on in the 3rd quarter, winning the quarter by a goal to hold a 31-point lead at the last change. How’d you see the 3rd quarter?

BD: We were trying to get ourselves back into the game but Claremont continued to pressure strongly around the ball and we really struggled to generate scoring opportunities. Even though the tigers had a big lead, the group have shown through the season that we can score quickly and the door wasn’t shut. 

At the 12 minute mark of the last, Peel had reeled the margin back to 13 points but couldn’t quite go on with it, going down by 20 points. What got you back into the game?

BD: We started to be bolder with our ball use and we started see a greater work rate. At the half way mark of the quarter, we looked like we were in with a chance to pinch it but we weren’t clinical enough under pressure and half opportunities or opportunities to attack our goals went begging. Claremont, who had been the better team all day, shut the game down and closed out the result. 

Who were the better performers on the day?

BD: Lachie Riley had been really close to a league debut and he kept the pressure on with another workman like performance. His ball use wasn’t as damaging as it could’ve been but he was pretty consistent from quarter to quarter. Cam Gavin worked hard through the midfield but they were our only two serviceable performers through there. Down back, Rob Hutson and James Ewing were excellent under pressure. Deon Welhan worked hard but there weren’t many solid contributors across the whole game. We thought the two debutants in Jono Ietto and Tyler Nesbitt were pretty impressive at times. 

The last game of the regular season this week, with second spot locked away- how do you attack the game against East Perth?

BD: We have a few up playing reserves, with Lachlan Cullen going up and getting a taste this week. Some of those players will stay up, while a couple may come back. James Sturrock has been pretty solid for the league team. So we’ll look for a response from the playing group. The game is played at Domain Stadium as part of a Colts Super Round, which will be a great experience for the players. 

The Thudner colts will take on East Perth  in the final round of the home and away season, this Saturday 25th August at Bendigo Bank Stadium.

Peel suffer final quarter fade-out defeat against Claremont

Tuesday, August 21, 2018 - 9:27 AM

Peel Thunder’s finals hopes have been dealt a blow following an eight-point comeback loss at the hands of Claremont at Claremont Oval on Saturday.

The road to finals was looking clear when Peel finished the third quarter at an 11-point advantage, but the path quickly fogged when Claremont came out firing in the final term, finishing on 12.8 (80) to The Thunder’s 11.6 (72).

The Thunder’s Haydn Matthews said the close-call nature of the game was an upsetting aspect for the team.

“It was a disappointing result in the end to go down in a close game like that,” he said.

“We'd like to get over the line, but unfortunately we couldn't, but I hope we get an opportunity next week to have a shot of making it to fifth for the finals.”

The first quarter started with the two teams mirroring and trailing scores until it ended on a three-point margin to Peel.

Matthews said coach Cam Shepherd was happy with them at quarter time, and offered valuable advice to get them out firing in the second term.

“[Cam told us to] keep playing how we were doing, stick to those structures and the way we want to play, getting forward to the big forwards as they were taking lots of marks, and lead to us getting a few goals which was good,” he said.

The Thunder responded in the second term with a flurry of goals from Hugh Dixon, Blair Bell, Luke Strnadica and Lloyd Meek; catapulting the team to a 23-point lead at half time.

Despite the high stakes and tension on the field, the third term saw Peel hold their lead, thanks to a goal by Brayden Lawler.

Matthews said Lawler’s form was of great value to the team.

“Brayden's great, he does it week in, week out, his tackling pressures are what everyone values at the club and for him to hit the scoreboard as well is really valuable,” he said.

At the three-quarter break, coach Cam Shepherd stressed to the team the importance of the game, with the Thunder’s season on the line, expecting his players to “come off this field exhausted.”

Unfortunately for Peel, the Tigers came out just as hungry, firing off four goals to one, to snatch the eight-point win.

Matthews said the Thunder’s eventual demise was a result of being out-run by the Tigers and lack of attack on his team’s side.

“Their run just got too much for us in the end,” he said.

“We tried to protect the lead, which we could've been a bit more attacking and try hit that scoreboard.”

Peel Thunder face East Perth in a do-or-die game next week, with a win being absolutely vital in bumping them up to fifth place, to play in the WAFL finals again this year.

Peel Thunder play East Perth on Saturday 25th of August at Bendigo Bank Stadium, bounce down at 2:15pm.


Written by Teri Campbell - Curtin University

Peel Thunder secure a strong win over East Perth

Monday, August 6, 2018 - 6:35 PM


Peel Thunder secure a strong win over East Perth

Peel Thunder kept their finals hopes alive on Saturday with a 25 point win against East Perth at Bendigo Bank Stadium.

Despite cold and rainy conditions throughout the match, the Thunder stayed in front for the majority of the match to win 14.8 (92) to East Perth’s 10.7 (67).

The victory over East Perth saw Peel’s percentage rise from 81.4 per cent to 84.2 per cent, allowing the Thunder to move from eighth to fifth place on the ladder.

Peel’s Bradley McGowan, who scored a goal in the second quarter, said he was proud of his teams win.

“It was a great win for us today, it keeps our season alive,” he said.

“We just went back to the basics of footy… we defended first, won our one on ones and got on top of our KPI’s.”

Despite trailing by 15 points at quarter time, the Thunder fought back as the match progressed.

McGowan said East Perth played well during the match.

“They’re a tough team, they’ve got a lot of Eagles players playing for them,” he said.

“It’s good for us to get on top of them because we were both fighting for a finals spot for September.”

McGowan went on to say he was proud of his team for turning the game around during the second term, converting seven goals, three of them within the first three minutes while keeping East Perth goalless.

“Yeah we had to get on top of them because of the breeze, it was a five goal breeze,” he said.

“We used that breeze to our advantage and got on top of the game and on top of them.”

McGowan praised the efforts of fellow Peel goal scorers Blair Bell, Traye Bennell and Jordan Boullineau and the depth of the playing list.

“It’s the great thing with our club, we’ve got a spread of players who kick goals, Tray and Jordan from the backline which is good and Belly up the front which is always a good target,” he said.

Peel Thunder have a bye during round 19 before facing Claremont at Leederville Oval on Saturday, August 18.

Written by: Jade Bradford     Image:  Indiana Lysaght


Round 18 Colts wrap up with Coach Brad Dodd

Monday, August 6, 2018 - 2:29 PM
Round 18 Colts wrap up wtih Coach Brad Dodd
3 debutants this week with Aaron Hancock, Jack Walsh and Connor Heuer coming into the side, tell us a little about them?
BD: When Aaron arrived to pre-season he was seen as a ruckman but we threw him the challenge of training as a key back.  He’s a rangey type that needs to add some bulk to his frame but he has met every challenge we’ve thrown at him under the guidance of our backs coach, Danny Chartres.   Jack Walsh and Connor Heuer were apart of our U16's program. They joined the Colts program straight after the conclusion of their season. Jack is only small but very tenacious with a neat kick while Connor is a leading forward. This was our youngest team for the year which was very exciting. We’ve played 3 of our U16's so far and hopefully we can get a look at a couple of others over the last 2 games. 
Windy conditions again at Bendigo Bank Stadium, Peel kicked into the breeze in the first quarter and East Perth got a fast start leading by 18 at the break. How’d you see the quarter?
BD: East Perth were first to the ball and capitalised every time they went Inside 50. We gave away some silly free kicks and gave up some easy goals which was frustrating. At the end of the day, we were well beaten around the ball. The challenge was for our midfield to respond.
Kicking with the breeze in the 2nd quarter, Peel kicked 3 goals to nil to trail by 1 point at half time. A good response?
BD: East Perth were well on top early in the quarter and had 4 opportunities to open up a handy lead but didn’t take them. It was pleasing to be able to get back into the game mid quarter when we were under pressure. We began to win the 50/50s and use the ball a bit better. 
An important 3rd quarter, kicking into the breeze, Peel managed to outscore East Perth to go into the last 12 points up. A pleasing quarter?
BD: It was a really important last 5 minutes where we kicked 2 goals to open up the break. We were pretty dominant, having 16 Inside 50's to 2.  The problem was East Perth kicked 2.1 to stay in the game.  Jai Tregenza and Brendan Cooke were really important in the ruck while Jason Carter had a big influence on the game off the wing. We knew East Perth would throw everything at us in the last. We were in a similar position against South Fremantle a few weeks back and drop the game. 
A tight last quarter, with both teams having chances to win.   Peel prevailed to win by 9 points.  How’d you see the last?
BD: East Perth kicked the first goal and had a bit of momentum so it was pleasing to see the boys respond and tough out the win. We weren’t quite capable of delivering the knockout blow, which is a credit to East Perth but something that has been an issue for the last few seasons. We moved Tyson Powell up forward and though he didn’t have a lot of touches,  he gave us another tall target which meant we were more direct. 
Who were the better performers on the day?
BD: Jake Willis continued his good form. While his pressure up forward was again excellent, he managed to find a bit more of the ball and hit the scoreboard, kicking 2 goals. We went a little smaller in our forward line this week.   Kilian Rawson returned to the side and took his opportunities, kicking 3 goals. Through the middle, Lachlan Riley found the ball again, though he wasn’t as polished with it as he has been. Jason Carter was really influential in the 3rd quarter. Jarvis Pina, Lachie Beverly and James Ewing were rock solid down back. 
A bye this week before heading into the final 2 games. How do you attack those?
BD: At the moment we have James Sturrock playing League and 6 of our squad playing Reserves, which is fantastic. We’ve rested a few of our 17 year olds over the last few games so they’ll all be back for the last 2 games. In terms of selection, we’ll continue to expose players to different challenges. Hopefully we can push a few more up to League and Reserves if opportunities arise. We’ll recharge a little this week before taking on Claremont at Claremont Oval in 2 weeks time. 

Round 18 League wrap up with Coach Cam Shepherd

Monday, August 6, 2018 - 12:42 PM

PT 14.8 (92) d EP 10.7 (67)

Round 18 Wrap up with League Coach Cam Shepherd

Q : A great result you must be pleased with the win?

A : It sure was.  The next two games are so important for us to stay in the finals race. The win was really pleasing and I was extremely proud of the group. We had, I think eight or nine changes from the previous week so to regroup and then charge at the game highlighted how the team can come together and perform off a difficult preparation.

Q : Who were the better players?

A : Look, I think in the conditions we have to recognise it really was a team effort. Special mentions go to Tom Sheridan, Blair Bell, Sam Switkowski, Jordan Boullineau, Danyle Pearce, Hayden Matthews and keegan Power. But, as I said it was a team effort and especially pleasing as Jones and Johnson were withdrawn at 9.30 am on Saturday morning.  Which gave opportunity to Brad McGowan and Michael Tassone whom both performed well.

Q : What set the game up for you?

A : Probably our efforts in the first half, initially to keep EP to a 15 point lead at quarter time and then to take advantage of the strong breeze in the second quarter and kick 7 goals and hold them to no goals. The game became a bit of a slog in the second half with scores pretty even so the work was done in the first half.

Q : What's the plan now for the last two games?

A : We will, like all games, review this game then train hard  during our bye week. This will include having a rare training run together with our Freo boys next weekend. Then we will preview our match against Claremont and give it our best.



Join the Peel Thunder Players this Saturday 10am - 1pm at their sausage sizzle at Forty Winks Mandurah.  There will be sausage sizzle, bouncy castle and facepainting.  Click on the link below for further details.

Mandurah Forty Winks, 5/9 Gordon Road, Mandurah



Reserves match report

Monday, July 30, 2018 - 11:36 AM

After another good start to the game in the first quarter matching West Perth in all areas, our ability not to take the opportunities in front off goal cost the team as we kicked 3.10 in the first half  compared to West Perth 6.5.

We were lead well by Haydn Matthews, Keegan Power and James Kirby in the midfield, our forward pressure was not good enough which allowed West Perth to exit our forward 50 to easy on several occasions.

The second half we dropped our intensity and  the contested brand off footy we played in the first half dropped away, 

Having our key back Matthew Piggott, go down with an ankle injury put pressure on the defence and with the ease the ball was coming in the back line found it hard to help each other and West Perth made us pay with clean ball use and key forwards kicking straight.

The last quarter was pleasing to outscore the opposition as we never give up and the resilience off the group under difficult circumstances has been positive given the amount off quality players are missing due to injury.

With 3 games to go we will work hard at training and look to play some attacking footy and learn how to stay in games for longer and take the opportunities when we have control off the game and how to take momentum away from the opposition when they have the game on their terms.

Better player for the game:

Keegan Power - Worked hard all day finished with 32 possessions and 6 inside 50's

Haydon Matthews- Another solid game from the captain with 39 possessions and 5 tackles, really sets the standard when playing back from the league side.

James Kirby- After being stiff to miss league selection after a solid game against South Freo James worked hard and his attitude was strong and finished with 27 possessions and had 7 tackles.

Jacob Shine- Always gives great effort in defense when the back line in under siege 

Michael Tassone- Ran hard and his effort all day was at a high standard, finished the day with 21 possessions, 5 inside 50's and 2 goals

Ben Roberts was good early and showed composure with the ball by hand and foot.

Calvin Torne- had 23 possessions and 7 inside 50's for the day and is building into some good form over the last couple off weeks.

Get down to Bendigo Bank Stadium this Saturday, August 4th to watch the Thunder take on rivals, East Perth.

Bounce down at 2:15pm.

Written by : Senior Development coach - Daniel Haines

Round 17 Q&A with League Coach Cam Shepherd

Monday, July 30, 2018 - 11:09 AM

Q : Were you disappointed to lose this game, especially following the great result v SF the week before?

A : Yes of course. We had set ourselves to win both of these games against teams in the top 3, and through that, establish ourselves in the 5. Unfortunately we couldn’t get the last bit done against WP, whom played a wonderful last quarter and capitalised a bit on our lack of rotations in the 4th quarter.

Q : Who were the better performers against WP ?

A : Our better players included D.Pearce, Grey, Taberner, Dixon and Bell. Obviously Harley played really strongly as well with one of his goals quite special. We were pleased with many players effort especially in the first 3 quarters. It should also be noted that we were playing a very mature and strong opposition with their youngest being two 20yo, then the rest being mainly experienced 23-30yo and hardened WAFL players. Our  Peel team on the other hand had 5 teenagers.

Q : So where to now. Are we still a chance to make the finals?

A : When you look at the table it seems the spots from 4th to 8th are so close that every team in those positions is still a real chance. We have to be realistic and recognise that our percentage is some way below some of our competitors so it is essential we keep winning and then assess weekly. In other words take care of our own destiny.

Q : Do you think having won the last two premierships that opposition sides prepare better than they did before when playing Peel?

A : There is no doubt that is the case, and we would want it any other way. We have earnt the respect of the competition through performance and we are proud of that. At the same time we want to maintain our high standards and compete in the finals in 2018.

Q : Anything you want to say to our members?

A : Yes. Come down to Bendigo Bank this Saturday and support the team, fly the flag for the boys!

Get down to the round 18 clash against East Perth, this Saturday 4th August.

Bounce down at 2:15pm.

Peels chances of finals slim after defeat by West Perth

Monday, July 30, 2018 - 10:56 AM

Peel Thunder’s finals hopes suffered a blow on Saturday at HBF Arena, after West Perth blind-sighted Peel in fourth quarter to win by 31-points.

Peel lead for the majority of the game before a seven goal final quarter surge saw the Falcons win 16.11.(107) to 11.10.(76).

The Thunder’s Traye Bennell said they played a good game despite the loss.

“We played a good three quarters and in the last one we died off,” he said.

“West Perth are a good team, second on the ladder… so they came back in the last quarter.”

Peel started the opening term strong, with the first goal of the game through Harley Bennell.

Peel’s momentum continued in the second quarter as they increased their lead to 10-points.

After half time the Falcons fought hard to tighten the gap to only four points by three quarter time, before a big final quarter surge saw them earn the win.

Despite Peel’s final quarter fadeout, Bennell said their defence fought hard.

“I thought our defence was pretty good all day, but I think we just died off in the end,” he said.

Bennell said Brady Grey (25 disposals and a goal) played a good game, alongside Danyle Pearce (34 disposals and a goal), and Matthew Taberner (three goals).

“Brady Grey was pretty good, Danyle Pearce as well… Taberner had his first game back from injury and was good up in forward,” he said.

With only three games left before finals, Bennell said the Thunder will have to give it their all to keep the dream of finals alive.

“We just have to keep working week in and week out, bring on each week and take one game at a time,” he said.

Peel Thunder will play East Perth on Saturday, August 4 at Bendigo Bank Stadium.

Bounce dwn at 2:15 pm.


Written by: Isabella Sullivan - Curtin University