Hard-fought but clean win

Pinjarra Murray Times - - SPORT - Josh Sun­der­land

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.

Pic­ture: Shazza J Pho­tog­ra­phy

Peel Thun­der beat South Fre­man­tle.

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