Round 17 Q&A with Colts Coach Brad Dodd

Monday, July 30, 2018 - 10:53 AM





The Peel Thunder Colts were back in action last Saturday night, taking on West Perth at Arena Joondalup. After the game we spoke with Head Coach, Brad Dodd.

Another debut this week, with Liam Richards coming into the side. Tell us a little about Liam?

BD: This year we picked a squad of 40 but we allocated an extra 5 spots for development players. Players that might not be quite ready yet but we see the benefit of them spending the year with us in preparation for 2019. Liam was one of our development players. He has come on in leaps and bounds. He had been close to getting a game earlier but he had a knack of getting injured just as he was about to be picked. He’s 17, a rangy type that we’ve been training as a back but can certainly play across all zones. He reads the play well and generally is a neat user of the ball. 

A later start than usual, the Colts playing after the League at 5pm, but the Thunder jumped out of the blocks to lead by 20 at the break. How you see the 1st quarter?

BD: Great challenge for our players where our preparation gets tested. It’s a long trip to Joondalup for most of our squad but we came out with the right attitude. West Perth probably started the better and we were a little lucky they didn’t capitalise on the scoreboard. But we managed to wrestle back control through the middle and create opportunities to score. 

Another strong quarter in the 2nd, kicking 3.3 while holding West Perth to 2 points. A big lead at the half, whats the message at the break?

BD: In the past we’ve been in these positions and haven’t gone on with it. Another opportunity to take the scoreboard out of the equation and build on the work we’ve done. So the challenge to the group was there. The conditions were quite dewy, so there was a focus on not overusing it, which we’ve been guilty of at times, and to continue to be fairly direct and give our forwards opportunities. Defensively, we’d been strong- be it, winning our one on one's and restricting West Perths inside 50s.     

A tight 3rd quarter, outscoring the Falcons 2 goals to 1. What were your thoughts on the quarter?

BD: A hard fought quarter. We gave ourselves chances to score but we weren’t able to use the ball as well as we had and the forwards had some numbers to deal with. It had been a solid performance to date, so we’ll be looking to close the game out to tick off a 4 quarter performance. 

A physical last quarter, Peel kicked the first 2 goals of the quarter before the Falcons kicked the last 3 to win the quarter. A 37 point win, what was your overall assessment?

BD: About half way through the quarter, West Perth upped their attack on the ball, and the man, and we didn’t respond. Really happy with our midfield and our stoppage work. It’s an area we’ve been good at all year but we managed to hit the scoreboard, something that’s been a focus. Defensively, we were strong, holding the Falcons to 5 goals. We were able to slow down their ball movement which restricted their Inside 50s. We still think we can get more reward from our Inside 50s and that’ll continue to be a focus. 

Who were the better performers on the day?

BD: Lachlan Riley has hit a rich vein of form and that continued against the Falcons. He was clearly the most influential player on the ground. He spent time inside and outside and found the right balance, winning the ball and finding it in space. Andrew Butler, Jake Howes, Cam Gavin and David Yaccob were all solid through the midfield. Down back, Lachie Beverly restricted Tom Medhat while Jarvis Pina and Jarrad Fazioli provide plenty of run. Tyson Powell was also good. Bit of an even performance up forward, with no real stand outs with all the boys chipping in. Jake Willis did lead the tackle count, with 7. 

Back home for the last time this year, playing East Perth, who won a thriller last time. With a finals spot now locked in- how do you attack the last 3 games?

BD: East Perth is the only team we haven’t beaten yet- so there’s a great opportunity to turn the tables at home. We continue to challenge our players to meet the standards that they have set. We only have 3 games before the finals so the competition for spots heats up a little. As a team, we don’t want to deviate from what our best football looks like and we’ll continue to challenge the players to deliver. 

Get down to Bendigo Bank Stadium this Saturday as the Thunder take on rivals East Perth.

Bounce down at 2:15pm

Round 16 Q&A with Colts Coach Brad Dodd

Monday, July 23, 2018 - 10:55 AM





The Peel Thunder Colts were back in action last Saturday, taking on South Fremantle at Bendigo Bank Stadium. After the game we spoke with Head Coach, Brad Dodd.

David Yaccob and Nic Pemberton made their debuts this week, tell us a little about them?

BD: David has just returned from the State 16s, where he was a part of the Leadership Group and was voted WA’s MVP. He’s a Winger/Running Back. Works really hard and can find the ball. As a program, we’re really keen to get some games into our 16s group, if we feel they’re physically ready. Nic is another one of our South West kids. He’s 17 and someone we see as a big part of our squad next season. He’s had to bide his time but he’s stuck at it and worked on the feedback we’ve given him. At this stage, we see him as a Lockdown Back, but he’s capable of playing through the Midfield. 

Wet and windy conditions to kick the 1st Quarter off, kicking into the breeze, you would’ve been happy only trailing by 8 points?

BD: We thought we were really disciplined through the 1st Quarter. It was disappointing to concede the goal we did as it was a result of a poor kick from defence. We then had opportunities to kick a goal or 2 ourselves and wasted them. We felt we played the conditions really well. 

Kicking with a strong breeze in the 2nd Quarter, Peel opened up a 15 point lead at the break. How’d you see the Quarter?

BD: We were well on top but didn’t convert our chances, kicking 3.7 for the Quarter. In reality, the door on the game should’ve been shut but it wasn’t and we still had some work to do. We felt we were on top through the Midfield- always important in wet conditions. Our tackle pressure was strong, laying 61 tackles for the half. We could’ve been a little more bolder with our Inside 50 entries. 

Wasted opportunities again haunted you in the 3rd Quarter, the Bulldogs closing the gap to 5 points. How’d you address the group?

BD: We once again wasted some really good opportunities to kick away, and South Fremantle made us pay by taking theirs. The message at the last break was all about the work rate that’s needed, that we want to be fairly direct with our ball movement and that we need a strong effort from our Midfield. We wanted a soccer goal mentality from our Backs. 

With the breeze swinging back the other way slightly, the Bulldogs proved too good running out 5 point winners. 3.19 for the day- that must’ve been frustrating?

BD: It was a great learning experience for our team heading into the finals. South Fremantle were exceptional with their pressure and sticking tackles that needed to be made. Under pressure a few of our Senior players went away from playing the percentages, which created opportunities for South and they took them. Goalkicking has been an issue all season. It’s up to our Forwards to finish off the work of the team- we’ll keep practicing and working with them. 

While the result was disappointing, what was your overall thoughts on the game?

BD: In tough conditions, we won most of our major indicators but didn’t get the reward on the scoreboard. As a group, it reinforces how important that part of the game is. Boys, we won all these areas but we lost the game. It sends a clear message to our Forwards that they need to get better in that area. It also gave us a glimpse of the type of pressure we’ll see later in the year. South were exceptional in the last 5 minutes when they were trying to hold on. It was our youngest side for the year, where we had more 16/17 year olds than 18 year olds. It’s great exposure for those players and the challenge was for them to stand up and influence the game. 

Who were the better performers on the day?

BD: Lachlan Riley continued his recent excellent form playing through the Middle and on the Wing. He gave us great drive and once again hit the scoreboard. Tyson Powell was swung all over the place and had a solid game. Andrew Butler also worked hard and gave us good drive through the Middle while Jack Sears toiled away up Forward. Ben Middleton gave us a strong target but wasted his chances, kicking 0.5.

A night game in Joondalup next week, taking on West Perth. How they going?

BD: We had a good battle against West Perth last time. Looking forward to seeing how our guys handle the long trip as it’s a venue we could potentially play at in the Finals. 

Brad Dodd

Round 16 match report - Cam Shepherd

Monday, July 23, 2018 - 10:49 AM


Peel Thunder started the round in equal 5th (actually 8th) and we were up against the second placed South Fremantle in an important game.

The players enjoyed the tough conditions, and from the start kept real pressure on SF and had a fast start kicking five goals to two in the first quarter.

Harley Bennell was dominant with his clearance work early, supplying the forwards and the pressure from Sam Switkowski and Brayden Lawler continually forced opposition error.

By the end of the third-quarter however, SF had fought their way back in the game, controlling possession and constantly getting the ball inside 50. A lead of two points coming into the last quarter with a charging Bulldogs, was a great challenge. With an even contribution across the ground the Peel boys dug in and regained control of the stoppages and outscored SF 4 goals to 1. Players to lead the way included Blair Bell, Danyle Pearce, Traye Bennell, and Ben Hancock.

We now look forward to playing West Perth next week in another very important game.

Cam Shepherd

Doggies run scared from the Thunder

Monday, July 23, 2018 - 10:47 AM

Peel Thunder have earned a hard-fought 24-point win over South Fremantle at Bendigo Bank Stadium on Saturday, placing them just outside the top five.

South Fremantle brought the margin down to two points at three-quarter-time, but the Thunder held them off with four goals in the final term, finishing 13.12(90) to 9.12(66).

Peel’s Benjamin Hancock said the team focused on playing the brand of footy that saw them win two premierships in the last two years.

“We came out with a big focus just to play team footy and play the way we’ve played the last couple of years which boasts the success, so to come out today and beat South Freo, it’s a big win for us,” he said.

The Thunder started strong once again, kicking five goals to South Fremantle’s two in the opening term.

Hancock said their early lead lifted the team as they tried to bounce back from two previous losses.

“We always have a good challenge against them and getting up at quarter-time was a good boost for us,” he said.

The wet conditions started to have an impact in the second quarter as both sides increased their pressure around the ground, scoring three majors each.

South Fremantle swung the momentum in their favour after half-time, closing the margin to just two points heading into the final term.

Peel came out firing in the fourth quarter though with three unanswered goals, as well as applying aggressive pressure and locking the ball in their forward half.

This proved to be too much for South Fremantle’s defence, as the Thunder took home the Gary Holland Cup by 24-points.

Hancock said the Bulldogs are a tough side, so it felt great for Peel to close the game out cleanly.

“After half time they really challenged us in that third, then we held well and finished off the last quarter well so it was a good win,” he said.

Brayden Lawler and Hugh Dixon both ended the game with three goals to their names, Hancock said Lawler’s presence was important in getting the team over the line. 

“He’s always applying that pressure up forward and turning the ball over,” he said.

Hancock also praised second-gamer James Sturrock who managed his first goal for the side.

“He’s really good, he’s come along and slotted into that wing role perfectly, he’s still learning a bit but that’ll come, he’s only played two games obviously so for him to get his first goal as well was really good for him,” he said.

Dockers midfielder Mitchell Crowden (27 disposals and nine tackles) had another strong performance, supported by Luke Strnadica in the ruck, who dominated with 46 hit-outs.

With only four games left before finals, Peel will now face West Perth at Joondalup Arena on July 28 at 2:15pm.


Written by: Josh Sunderland - Curtin University


Ocean Hill Estate Peel Thunder Academy Under 15s squad announced

Wednesday, July 18, 2018 - 4:53 PM







The Ocean Hill Estate Peel Thunder Academy Under 15s squad has been selected following trials in the July School Holidays.

The squad of 40, who will be coached by Aaron Ballantyne, will commence their program on Wednesday 25th July with an induction session at Bendigo Bank Stadium at 6:30pm.

The squad is as follows:


Cole Agnew (Pinjarra)
Rhett Bazzo (South Mandurah)
Charlie Bourke (Waroona)
Tristan Bryce (Rockingham)
Hayden Cardilini (Pinjarra)
Joseph Castagna (Baldivis)
Harrison Cummings (Baldivis)
Ethan Donaghy (Baldivis)
Nasman Donovan (Mustangs)
Dominic Dravitzki (Rockingham)
Joshua Edwards (South Mandurah)
Jayden Evans (Waroona)
William Gault (Baldivis)
Tristan Hagemann (South Mandurah)
Zac Hall (Warnbro)
James Hay (Secret Harbour)
Jai Henare (South Mandurah)
Lachlan Hodge (North Mandurah)
Zack Hore (Halls Head)
Zakary Iley (Halls Head)
Rickardo Jetta (Waroona)
Michael King (Halls Head)
Riley Lang (Halls Head)
Harry Lee (Pinjarra)
Kallian Levitt (North Mandurah)
Zeke McAleer (Secret Harbour)
Conor McMeeking (Secret Harbour)
Noah McWilliams (Secret Harbour)
Jamal Morrison (Pinjarra)
Campbell Myers (Secret Harbour)
Clay Philpott (Pinjarra)
Luke Polson (Warnbro)
Tyron Powles (Rockingham)
Jake Properjohn (North Mandurah)
Tye Salter (Pinjarra)
Michael Sellwood (Baldivis)
Riley Seubert (Waroona)
Luke Taylor (Secret Harbour)
Brody Tuttlebee (Secret Harbour)
Riley Ward (Rockingham)


The squad will train over the August/September period and play games in the September/October School Holidays.

We would like to thank all boys who trialled for the squad and wish all players the best over the remainder of the season.


John Deitz
Talent Manager

Ocean Hill Estate Peel Thunder Academy Under 14's squad announced

Wednesday, July 18, 2018 - 4:33 PM







The Ocean Hill Estate Peel Thunder Academy Under 14s squad has been selected following trials in the July School Holidays.

The squad of 60, which will see Colts Assistant Jayden Heuer, and Senior Development Assistant Shannon Cole take the reigns as head coaches, will commence their program on Wednesday 25th July with an induction session at Bendigo Bank Stadium at 5:30pm.

The squad is as follows:


Camden McGillivray, Byron Finch, Nathan Ford, Ashley Tarrant, Jackson Klepzig, Jaden Smith


Tarkyn Etherington, Brandon Logan, Ben Hollow, Jack Norris, Seth Clapp


Zak Gavin, Justin Whitby, Kalen Kazakoff, Peter Dimer, Samual Davies


Tyler Tune, Hugh Menzies


Daniel Affitzal, Jake Bidewell, Mitchell Zadow, Riley Arrowsmith, Dempsey Frewin, Logan Vidovich, Darcy Wills


Jamie Farrell, Zak Allan, Jai Smart, Darcy Perkins, Nickolas Weston, Heath Thomas, Joshua Draper, Israel Haliyamutu


James Langeard


Levi Burton, Taj Wyburd, Fletcher Coventry, Samuel Garton, Oscar Low, Cooper Osborne, Jack Gardiner, Sam Case, Jamaine McMillan, Jackson McLellan, Aidan Smith, Jack Ilott, Haimona Buchanan, Samuel Sheppard


Jed Adams, Lachlan Norris, Joel Rush, Zander Boaler, Seth Bore, Cameron Dudek


Jonathon Kitchen, Byron Hughes, Adam Booth, Oscar Hahn


William Dimasi, Jye Martelli

The squad will train over the August/September period and play games in the September/October School Holidays.

We would like to thank all boys who trialled for the squad and wish all players the best over the remainder of the season.

John Deitz
Talent Manager

Peel Thunder dust themselves off after shattering loss to the Perth Demons

Monday, July 16, 2018 - 12:09 PM

Peel Thunder have suffered a shattering eight-point loss in the lead up to finals against the Perth Demons at Lathlain Park.

Despite holding a 16-point lead at three-quarter time, the Demons fought back in the final term to win 10.15.(75) to the Thunder’s 10.7.(67).

Debutant James Sturrock said his team were unable to hold off Perth in the final term.

“In the last quarter, they dominated us in the midfield,” he said.

“I think that’s what went wrong for us.”

The Thunder started positively in Blair Bell and Traye Bennell’s 50th game, kicking four goals to the Demons two.

However, during quarter time coach Cam Shepherd warned his side to avoid over handling and over handballing.

Accumulating 11 disposals, Sturrock said his first league game was challenging.

“It was definitely a step up from colts level…a lot quicker game” he said.

“I thought I was clean with my hands but I need to work on my defence.”

The final term saw the Demons fight back, kicking four goals and earning themselves fourth spot on the WAFL league ladder.

Fremantle midfielder Brady Grey made positive contributions during the game in his return from injury, kicking two majors and collecting 11 disposals.

Sturrock attributed the team’s early success to Grey’s strength in the midfield.

“He is a key player in our team and is really strong in the midfield.”

Fremantle veterans Danyle Pearce (34 disposals) and Michael Johnson (17 disposals) also played well in their team’s loss.

“I think Pearce was our best player by far, he really was a big part of the drive coming from the midfield,” Sturrock said.

“He [Johnson] was rebounding outside the fifty really well and was  really strong in defence along the backline.”

After being handed their eighth loss for the season, Sturrock said there was a definite need for improvement.

“We need to continue to improve on the team’s structure during play and get the ball deeper into the midfield using less handballs” he said.

Peel Thunder are set to take on South Fremantle at Bendigo Bank Stadium this Saturday, 21st July, in the annual Gary Holland Cup.

Bounce down at 2:15pm.


By: Jade Bradford - Curtin University


Round 15 Q&A with colts coach Brad Dodd

Monday, July 16, 2018 - 10:35 AM

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

James Sturrock was picked to make his League debut against Perth, that must be exciting?

BD: It’s great reward for the hard work James has done. He wasn’t picked to play last year until half way through the season, missed selection in the Talent Day but had a strong start to the year and was one of the last picked in the State 18’s, where he only played 1 game. Through it all, he’s been pretty focused on improving his game. As a group, we’re pretty proud he earned the opportunity and hopefully a few more can put their hand up before the season is out.  

Perth welcomed back a host of State 18s, what changes did Peel make??

BD: We got back Tyson Powell, Jason Carter and Bradley Oldfield from the State 18’s. We also brought in Jake Willis, Clifton Stack, Kyle White and Deon Welhan. It was our youngest team for the year with 11 of our 17 year-olds playing. It was a great challenge for them coming up against a strong Perth side, who beat us comfortably earlier in the season. 

A great start for Peel kicking 5 goals to 2 to open up an early lead. How did you see the 1st Quarter?

BD: In difficult conditions, we thought we started really well. We were well on top around the ball and our forwards were looking dangerous. Perth only had 4 inside 50’s and kicked 2.1, so that was a little disappointing, but overall it was a really strong start. 

Perth closed the gap early in the 2nd Quarter before Peel kicked the last 3 goals to lead by 31 at Half Time. What was the message at the break?

BD: Perth got on top at the stoppages early in the quarter and kicked the first 2 goals. We were a little undisciplined and it allowed them back in the game. The midfield responded and were able to extend our lead. The message at the break was just reinforcing that when our attack on the ball and man was high, we were in control. 

A strong 3rd Quarter, outscoring Perth by 12 points. How did you see the Quarter??

BD: We were really happy with our 3rd Quarter. It would’ve been nice to kick a few more goals as we created enough chances to but our finishing in front of goal was a little wasteful. Heading into the last, we were down 2 on the bench so the challenge was see the game out under circumstances we haven’t faced all season. 

A good 4 Quarter effort, running out 45 point winners. What was your overall thoughts on the game??

BD: Great last Quarter, even though we only won it by 2 points. We held our 6 defenders for the whole quarter and managed to defend stoutly, as Perth had the majority of the play. As mentioned, we had our youngest team in for the year and we thought they really accepted the challenge of not just getting through, to take charge of the game and influence it. It gave us a glimpse into next year’s team. Having said that, our 18 year olds were excellent and some really stood up all day. 

Who were the better performers on the day?

BD: We thought Tyrone Thorne was excellent up forward, his pressure was again first rate but he managed to create chances and hit the scoreboard, kicking 4 goals. He was supported well by Ben Middleton, Lachlan Cullen and Jack Sears. Through the midfield, Lachlan Riley was prominent, leading our clearances as well as pushing forward and kicking 2 goals. Jason Carter had his best game for the season while Jake Howes, Jarvis Pina and Bradley Oldfield had solid games. Down back, Tyson Powell was strong while Kyle Penny did an excellent job on Ian Hill.  

Another big game next week, taking on 5th placed South Fremantle.

BD: South Fremantle will be desperate to hold onto 5th spot. We had a real arm wrestle against them last time where we only pushed away from them in the last Quarter. They’re well coached and are the best defensive unit in the competition at the moment. It’s another great challenge, but all teams are this time of year. 

Round 14 Senior Development match report

Monday, July 9, 2018 - 3:29 PM

It was a disappointing result for the club against Subiaco on the weekend.   We can take a few positives from the reserves game with some off the younger players getting valuable game time and playing against a well drilled team with a great work ethic.

We started Ollie Walton on seasoned League player Adam Cockie.   We thought he handled the job well and got to see first hand what it looks like to play on a quality player.

Our first quarter was strong but we handed Subiaco 2 goals with direct turnovers which hurt.  We worked hard to retain the ball but our execution was poor.

1 goal in each of the first 3 quarters had us chasing tail from the outset and we struggled to get any sort off momentum during that time.

At 3 quarter time we set out to win the last quarter and to the guys credit they worked hard and outscored Subiaco 2.4-1.3 which was good to see some fight after a tough day at Leederville.   

We hope to get a few back from work commitments and suspension this week to tackle Perth at Lathlain Park.

Better players:

Haydn Matthews- 28 Possessions, 6 Tackles

Chris Wrigley - 18 Possessions, 7 Tackles

Michael Humble- 20 Possessions, 8 Tackles

Brynn Osborne - Ran hard all day and tackled strongley

Mitch Wallace- Returned form long term knee injury and played well.

Written by: Daniel Haines (senior development coach) 

Round 14 Q&A with colts coach Brad Dodd

Monday, July 9, 2018 - 3:16 PM





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

A big win last week against Swan Districts, any changes to the side heading into the Subiaco game??

BD: Kyle White was unavailable this week as our Under 16’s headed to Melbourne to play a game against a local academy side. It’s a great initiative by our Talent Manager, John Deitz. The players go away and have 2-3 visits to AFL clubs as well as catch 3 AFL games. Jai Tregenza came in. Jai had a great pre-season and played our first 3 games. He’s had to wait patiently for another go and has had some injury setbacks along the way, but it was good to get him back in the side. 

A top of the table clash against Subiaco, with the winner going a game clear on the ladder, it was a tough and tight opening quarter. How you see it?

BD: We thought Subiaco started better, their pressure was excellent and we were playing a little wide. Our guys fumbled and made some basic mistakes: playing on off the mark and putting themselves under pressure, holding onto the ball too long,  things like that. All a reflection of the Subiaco pressure- real or perceived. But we managed to work our way into it and create an 8 point lead at the first break. 

Subiaco had the better of the 2nd term, not quite finishing off their work but opening up a 5 point lead going into half time. What was the message at the break??

BD: It was fairly clear that they were out-working us, especially through the Midfield, pushing harder and out-numbering at the next contest. This put our Backs under pressure. The message was fairly simple, we needed to start running. We made some slight personal changes in our Midfield to try and kick start our game. 

Peel had opportunities in the 3rd but wasted them, while Subiaco were very efficient moving it forward. Is that how you saw it?

BD: It was a disappointing quarter, we did create chances but our ball use was quite poor and we couldn’t hit the scoreboard. Subiaco got on top at the coal face and were able to find strong targets in attack in Martin and Mayo. Subiaco are extremely efficient going forward if they’re allowed to be. A combination of poor starting positions, conceding on the lead and slow transition played into their hands. 

What was the message at 3/4 time, 24 points down?

BD: There was still a strong belief that we could win the game but we needed our Midfield to lift, play a little more direct and take the game on while not rolling the dice defensively. 

In the end, despite threatening at times, Subiaco ran out clear winners by 27 points. What were your final impressions?

BD: A great test for our players. Subiaco are a well drilled, disciplined side who have shown to be the best team over the season so far. There are areas that we clearly need to get better at. We’d like to think we’re a pretty physical team but Subiaco showed that we still have some way to go in that regard. Our skills under pressure were poor and the lack of composure meant we struggled to score. Subiaco out-worked us for most of the day. 

Who were the better performers on the day?

BD: We thought Cam Gavin was the best of our Midfielders. Still needs to get more out of his possessions but continues to get better each week. Lee Chapman lowered his colours to Jack Mayo, the competitions leading goal kicker, but won some critical 1 on 1’s and competed hard. Jack Sears was excellent up forward, worked really hard for his 15 possessions. Kilian Rawson, Jake Howes and Jarvis Pina all had their moments. 

Another big challenge next week, taking on Perth at Lathlain Park. How have you seen Perth? 

BD: Perth beat us comfortably the last time we played them. They have a talented list with a strong midfield. It’ll be a great test for our Midfield going up against Sydney Stack, Luke English, Ian Hill and Deven Robertson.