Hard-fought but clean win
PEEL Thunder have earned a hard-fought 24point win over South Fremantle at Bendigo Bank Stadium on Saturday , placing them just outside the top five.
South Fremantle brought the margin down to two points at three-quarter time, but the Thunder held them off with four goals in the final term, finishing 13.12(90) to 9.12(66).
Peel’s Benjamin Hancock said the team focused on playing the brand of footy that saw them win two premierships in the last two years.
“We came out with a big focus just to play team footy and play the way we’ve played the last couple of years which boasts success, so to come out today and beat South Freo, it’s a big win for us,” he said.
The Thunder started strong once again, kicking five goals to South Fremantle’s two in the opening term.
Hancock said their early lead lifted the team as they tried to bounce back from two previous losses.
“We always have a good challenge against them and getting up at quarter-time was a good boost,” he said.
South Fremantle swung the momentum in their favour after half-time, closing the margin to just two points heading into the final term.
Peel came out firing in the fourth quarter though with three unanswered goals, as well as applying aggressive pressure and locking the ball in their forward half.
This proved to be too much for South Fremantle’s defence, as the Thunder took home the Gary Holland Cup by 24 points.
Hancock said the Bulldogs were a tough side, so it felt great for Peel to close the game out cleanly.
“After half-time they really challenged us in that third, then we held well and finished off the last quarter well so it was a good win,” he said.
Peel Thunder beat South Fremantle.