Demons out-bat­tled us in fi­nal quar­ter: coach

Pinjarra Murray Times - - SPORT - Ben Smith

PEEL Thun­der coach Cam Shep­herd ad­mit­ted he was dis­ap­pointed his side were un­able to close out the game dur­ing their eight-point lost to a fast-fin­ish­ing Perth Demons.

In an evenly poised game where both teams en­joyed a sim­i­lar amount of dis­pos­als, a four-goal fi­nal quar­ter from Perth was enough for them to over­come Peel.

Scor­ing was at a pre­mium for both teams and al­though the vis­i­tors led by 16 points at the fi­nal change, the Demons came home with a wet sail to seal the vic­tory.

Shep­herd de­nied fa­tigue was an is­sue and said Perth sim­ply out-bat­tled his side in the fi­nal quar­ter.

“They had the use of breeze, they were ahead in most key in­di­ca­tors, sharp around goal, strong in mid­field and that was the dif­fer­ence,” he said.

Danyle Pearce led the way for Peel with 34 touches and five in­side-50s, while Ben­jamin Han­cock (24 dis­pos­als and four in­side-50s) and Mitchell Crow­den (20 dis­pos­als) were also busy.

Young­sters Kee­gan Power (20 dis­pos­als and eight marks) and Jor­dan Boullineau (seven tack­les) also left their mark on the game in a promis­ing sign for Shep­herd.

The loss left the Thun­der sec­ond last on the lad­der on per­cent­age, but still on equal points with fifth­placed East Perth.

With fi­nals not out of the ques­tion, Shep­herd said his side would take the run home week by week.

“We play a good South Fre­man­tle side this week and we’ll see how we go,” he said. “At the mo­ment, we’re not look­ing any fur­ther ahead than next week­end.”

Thun­der boys and their coach Cam Shep­herd.

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