Loss but still in fi­nals

Mandurah Coastal Times - - SPORT - Kath­leen McA­dam

PEEL Thun­der lost the last game of the WAFL home and away sea­son to South Fre­man­tle by 34-points at Rush­ton Park on Satur­day.

The two teams played a tightly con­tested game but the Bull­dogs pulled away in the fourth quar­ter to fin­ish the game at 18.12 (120) to 12.14 (86).

Peel had an in­ac­cu­rate first term kick­ing three goals and five be­hinds to take a two point lead into quar­ter time.

Thun­der player Alexan­der Bray thought the team played a strong first three quar­ters.

“I thought the team played re­ally well un­til three quar­ter time then we dropped off a bit and kicked some easy goals, other than that I thought it was a strong com­pe­ti­tion to­day” he said.

It was a tight con­test through­out the sec­ond term, with both teams ap­ply­ing a level of pres­sure around the ball re­sult­ing in both teams kick­ing four goals each.

Bray said this showed in South Fre­man­tle’s game play in the sec­ond quar­ter.

“They just brought more pres­sure in the sec­ond quar­ter and re­ally stood up more and re­ally matched us for most of it” he said.

The pres­sure con­tin­ued through­out the third quar­ter with Peel kick­ing three goals to the Bull­dogs four, head­ing into the fourth quar­ter with a 13-point lead.

Peel kicked the first goal of the fourth quar­ter be­fore South Fre­man­tle kicked five unan­swered goals, ,which ul­ti­mately se­cured them the win.

Peel’s Leroy Jetta was among the best for Peel, kick­ing three goals for the team.

Bray spoke about how vi­tal Jetta is to the squad week in­week out.

“Yeah he’s al­ways re­ally im­por­tant up for­ward, he usu­ally kicks two or three goals a game so he's usu­ally pretty vi­able for the for­wards suc­cess”

Other stand outs in­cluded Ger­ald Ugle who kicked two goals and Rory O’Brien who racked up 23 dis­pos­als and a goal.

Peel will face South Fre­man­tle again next Satur­day at Fre­man­tle Oval in the first WAFL Qual­i­fy­ing Fi­nal.

Peel’s Haydn Matthews comes in for the tackle.

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