Demons out-battled us in final quarter: coach
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.