Peel too tall an or­der

PERTH DE­MONS COME UP SHORT

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Residential - Mark Thorn­ber

PERTH were com­pet­i­tive against a much taller Peel side, with the Thun­der even­tu­ally shrug­ging off the De­mons to win by 13 points in over­cast con­di­tions at Lath­lain Park on Satur­day.

Perth went into the match lack­ing height, es­pe­cially in the back­line, with key de­fend­ers Brent Latch and David John­son be­ing late with­drawals.

The home side started well with young­ster Todd Steven­son kick­ing the first goal at the five minute mark, and then bounc­ingth­rough another.

Ai­dan Tropi­ano along with key mid­field­ers Dene White and Liam McKenna were all pick­ing up im­por­tant touches as the De­mons looked sharp early in the match.

The Thun­der kicked a cou­ple of quick goals half way through the term, but with late goals to Brett Wolfenden and McKenna, Perth took a 17 point lead into quar­ter time af­ter kick­ing five goals five to two goals six.

The sec­ond term saw the match change com­pletely with the Thun­der tak­ing con­trol in the ruck through Zac Clarke be­fore he left the ground in­jured, hav­ing the lux­ury of play­ing talls Craig Moller and Jack Ham­math both up for­ward to good ef­fect.

Peel added four goals to Perth’s one ma­jor right on the siren when Cal­lum Wal­ley snapped truly to lead Perth by 11 points at half time.

The sec­ond half again saw Peel jump out to a handy four goal lead as for­mer De­mon Bren­don Jones was dam­ag­ing along with Clancy Pearce.

To Perth’s credit though they re­ally lifted their work rate dur­ing the time-on pe­riod of the third quar­ter, which saw clever goals to Wal­ley and Ed­monds.

Perth drew level with their more fan­cied op­po­nents at three quar­ter time with the match now up for grabs.

The first goal of the last term was al­ways go­ing to be vi­tal and un­for­tu­nately for Perth fans, it was Peel through big man Ham­math that hit the score­board first.

The Thun­der kick­ing to the scor­ing end seem to have all the an­swers and were fin­ish­ing the bet­ter again kick­ing con­sec­ti­tive ma­jors to open up a three goal lead.

Close to time-on Peel cap­tain Jones kicked a great 50-me­tre run­ning goal to seal the match for the visi­tors.

Perth man­aged a cou­ple of late ma­jors with Wally kick­ing his 4th and promis­ing young­ster Mar­shall Jones his first, but the fight­back came too late as Peel hung on to win by 13 points.

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