Noth­ing good about Fri­day loss

Weekend Courier - - Sport -

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.

Chris Pike

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