About the Club - Peel Thunder FC
Peel officially entered into a landmark alignment with the Fremantle Dockers in 2014, and considering both clubs entered their respective competitions two years apart, a long and successful partnership is on the horizon.
In 1996 the Peel Thunder Football Club and the WAFC negotiated the issue of the ninth licence in the WAFL competition to the Mandurah (Peel) region. The licence was issued on the proviso that the Club be ready to compete in the 1997 WAFL competition which left only eight months to establish the Club's administration and recruit coaches and players in order to field teams in time for the 1997 WAFL competition. Despite its difficult and relatively short history Peel Thunder has achieved much with its Colts teambecoming WAFL Colts Premiers in 2004 and 2005 and runners-up in 2006. The Reserves team also competed in the Grand Final in 2005.
In 2002 Alistair Pickett became the Club's inaugural Sandover Medallist with teammates Daniel Wells placed equal second and Darren Bolton in fourth place.
Despite its difficult and relatively short history Peel Thunder has achieved much with its Colts team becoming WAFL Colts Premiers in 2004 and 2005 and runners-up in 2006. The Reserves team also competed in the Grand Final in 2005.
The Club is now taking the approach of concentrating on developing players from within the Peel district rather than recruit from outside its zone – an approach which appears to be paying dividends.
The 2008 season was a big one for Peel Thunder. The League side narrowly missed out on finals action while the "Pocket-Rocket" Hayden Ballantyne added a second Sandover Medal to the Club's name in a phenominalseason-long performance. Coach Chris Waterman re-signed as Senior Coach of the club making him the longest serving coach the Thunder have had.
In 2011, the club’s base at Rushton Park underwent a massive upgrade, and along with a major sponsor in Bendigo Bank, the newly-named Bendigo Bank Stadium is now the envy of the competition, winning multiple awards.
We believe our Club is a leading, respected and viable Community Sporting Club. As our Club grows from strength to strength in many respects, we have become the envy of our competitors’ and are continually setting the benchmark in Sporting Club Management. The PTFC is uniquely positioned in its own region, one of the fastest growing regional cities in Australia. PTFC continues to maximize its growth by:
• Partnering AFL Club the Fremantle Dockers in full alignment in 2014
• State of the art facility to attract not only local but regional, state and national bodies
• Nurturing the community to develop a “tribal” following of our Club
• Offering community participation via junior development programmes such as in/after school clinics, school holidays clinics & development squads
• Utilizing our Club and facility to encourage people to participate in sport and physical activity, and the opening of a commercial gymnasium
• Building strong partnerships with community and business organizations