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Shepherd to depart at season's end

Thursday, August 19, 2021 - 6:00 PM

Shepherd to depart at season’s end

After nine seasons at Peel Thunder, premiership coach Cam Shepherd will finish up in the role at season’s end.

The mutual decision between Peel Thunder, Fremantle and Shepherd will see him coach Peel for the remaining rounds of this season.

Since the Peel and Fremantle alignment began in 2014, Shepherd has been responsible for delivering the Club’s first-ever WAFL Finals appearance in 2015, as well as the club’s inaugural back-to-back premierships in 2016 and 2017.

The former Perth and Claremont midfielder was appointed as Senior Coach at the end of 2012, with eight of those years in charge during the alignment.

Peel Thunder Football Club President Bob Ryan acknowledged the work Cam has done over the last nine years, and his commitment to the club and Peel community.

“On behalf of the Peel Thunder Football Club we would like to thanks Cam for his nine seasons, his dedication and commitment has been outstanding,” Ryan said.

Not only was he part of our first WAFL Finals Series appearance but also played an integral role in our back-to-back WAFL Premierships in 2016 and 2017.

“In our opinion Cam has had one of the toughest coaching roles in the WAFL Competition, managing the expectations of two clubs while strengthening our links to the Peel community. This has been evidenced by the large number of local players to have debuted for the club in the last two years.

“We wish Cam, Shauna and their family all the very best for the future and we look forward to continuing to welcome them to our great club.”

Shepherd said he was proud of his time as Senior Coach.

“It has been an honour to coach Peel Thunder for nine seasons and be part of many firsts for what is a proud Club, namely their first finals appearance and back-to-back Premiership wins,” Shepherd said.

“There is a passionate football community in the Peel Region and I would like to thank everyone I was involved with at Peel Thunder in that time.

“I would also like to thank the Fremantle Football Club for what has been a very successful working relationships through the past eight years of alignment.”

Fremantle Executive General Manager of Football Peter Bell praised the premiership coach for his dedication throughout the alignment in developing Fremantle’s youth.

“We would like to thank Cam for his dedication and service to not only the Fremantle Football Club for developing our exciting youth but to Peel Thunder Football Club as well,” Bell said.

“The Club understands the importance of a solid WAFL program and Cam has been at the fore front of that for eight years.

“We wish Cam all the best in his future endeavours.”Peel Thunder