Peel Thun­der on a roll

Pinjarra Murray Times - - SPORT -

PEEL Thun­der coach Cam Shep­herd praised the ma­tu­rity of his young side fol­low­ing their four-goal win over South Fre­man­tle at Bendigo Bank Sta­dium.

Peel kicked five of the open­ing seven goals and led at ev­ery change thanks to the bright open­ing quar­ter.

De­spite South Fre­man­tle nar­row­ing the mar­gin to two points at three-quar­ter time, Peel pro­duced a four-goal-to-one fi­nal quar­ter to se­cure its sixth win of the sea­son.

Shep­herd said he was proud of his side for stand­ing up in the fourth quar­ter to the third-placed Bull­dogs and learn­ing from the mis­takes of the pre­vi­ous week’s loss to Perth.

“It was re­flec­tive of our pre­vi­ous game against Perth; we were well ahead at three-quar­ter time and lost,” he said.

“When we were chal­lenged this week, we dug in and found a way to get over the line and it was one of our best quar­ters for the year.”

Shep­herd high­lighted Har­ley Ben­nell’s per­for­mance and sug­gested he was edg­ing closer to a Fre­man­tle Dock­ers re­call.

“He had a great first quar­ter, he won lot of clear­ances and kicked a goal,” he said.

“He had a slow patch in the mid­dle, but he was re­ally in­flu­en­tial in the last quar­ter and is nearly up to full game time.”

The con­sis­tent Mitchell Crow­den (27 dis­pos­als, nine tack­les and five in­side 50s) and Danyle Pearce (24 dis­pos­als) were again among Peel’s best as they held off a strong South Fre­man­tle mid­field.

Bray­den Lawler and fifth-gamer Hugh Dixon both snared three goals apiece, while cap­tain Ger­ald Ugle led by ex­am­ple with two goals and 10 tack­les, lead­ing Shep­herd to praise the ef­forts of the for­ward.

“Given the con­di­tions, it was an ad­van­tage be­ing a bit smaller than nor­mal,” he said.

“The smaller play­ers bought pres­sure, which bought turnovers and al­lowed us to play in for­ward half.”

Left: Peel Thun­der player Luke Str­nad­ica goes up for the mark. Right: Peel Thun­der’s Mitchell Crow­den only had eyes for the ball.

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