Nothing good about Friday loss
WEST Perth couldn’t have responded to a 103-point loss in better fashion, rebounding on Good Friday to beat Peel Thunder by 35 points, 15.18 to 11.7, at Rushton Park.
Both Peel and West Perth came into the contest on the back of two-game losing runs, but it was the Falcons with redemption on their minds, especially following a 103-point loss to South Fremantle the previous Saturday.
West Perth also had the added motivation of Shane Nelson playing his 100th game and the Falcons were remarkably dominant straight out of the blocks.
After five minutes, Peel had only touched the ball a total of five times and just seven in the opening seven minutes.
By the end of the opening term, the Falcons’ dominance was illustrated with a remarkable 145 possessions to just 65 from Peel.
West Perth led by 21 points as well and then by 47 at half-time.
Peel showed some fight with the breeze behind them in the third term, but the Falcons had all the answers to end up winning 15.18 (108) to 11.7 (73).
Peel did a good job to limit the influence of Nelson in his 100th game as well, but plenty of other midfielders stood up for West Perth, led by Aaron Black who finished with 38 possessions.
Peel came into the contest having lost its last two games to South Fremantle and Subiaco on the back of a seven-game winning streak, including last year’s premiership, but the Thunder would have been disappointed with the start in particular against West Perth on Good Friday.
The Thunder just couldn’t find the ball at all in the opening quarter, meaning they were playing catch up the rest of the day.
Matt Taberner had a slow start and was well beaten by Mark Hamilton early on.
But he hit back to finish with a solid day’s work made up of 25 possessions, seven marks and three goals.
Cameron Sutcliffe also kicked two goals to go with 23 disposals and 10 tackles for the Thunder. Darcy Tucker delivered his second straight strong showing trying to get back into Fremantle’s AFL team with 27 touches, eight tackles, six marks and a goal.
Veteran Rory O’Brien worked tirelessly for the Thunder with a team-high 33 possessions along with 10 tackles.
Alex Bray also came into the team for his first league game of the season and battled hard for 19 disposals and five marks.
Sam Collins and Zac Dawson did reasonably well down back for the Thunder as well on what turned out a tough afternoon.
Peel Thunder has the round six bye before taking on East Perth at Rushton Park.