Sharks thun­der­struck

Pinjarra Murray Times - - SPORT - Chris Pike

EAST Fre­man­tle was on tar­get for its third win of the WAFL sea­son on Satur­day to stay off the bot­tom of the lad­der, but Peel Thun­der turned on a huge last quar­ter to win by 13 points and se­cure third po­si­tion.

The Sharks led by four points at half-time and 31 points at three-quar­ter-time, but Peel got rolling in the fourth term, boot­ing seven goals to nil to win 10.8 (68) to 8.7 (55).

The Thun­der will face South Fre­man­tle in a qual­i­fy­ing fi­nal at Fre­man­tle Com­mu­nity Bank Oval in the open­ing week of the fi­nals.

The re­turn of star for­ward Leroy Jetta was a big pos­i­tive for the Thun­der.

He only had five kicks and a goal, but will be bet­ter for the run and ready to make an im­pact come fi­nals time.

Ruck­man Jonathon Grif­fin had a big say in the fi­nal re­sult too, fin­ish­ing with 17 pos­ses­sions, four marks, 36 hit outs and two goals. Brett Mil­ward also kicked two goals for the Thun­der.

Haydn Matthews con­tin­ued his im­pres­sive form this sea­son for Peel with an­other 25 pos­ses­sions, five tackles and a goal, with Tom Sheridan fin­ished with 23 dis­pos­als, nine tackles and seven marks as well.

Calvin Thorne played likely his best game for 2017, with 22 pos­ses­sions and five marks, while Traye Ben­nell gath­ered 20 dis­pos­als, Rory O’Brien 20 and Gar­rick Ib­bot­son 19 in de­fence to go with seven marks.

East Fre­man­tle cap­tain Jamie McNa­mara kicked two goals from 18 pos­ses­sions, with Tom Ben­nett out­stand­ing, step­ping into the role left va­cant by Jay­den Schofield run­ning off half­back. He kicked two goals to go with 23 dis­pos­als and seven marks.

Peel Thun­der hosts South Fre­man­tle at Bendigo Bank Sta­dium on Satur­day, with both teams un­able to move from third and sec­ond on the lad­der re­spec­tively, and will then play one an­other the fol­low­ing week in the qual­i­fy­ing fi­nal.

Tom Sheridan and Cameron Eard­ley race for the ball.

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