Thunder too good for Falcons
COACH HAPPY WITH GAME 100
AN accurate Peel Thunder have defeated West Perth by 30 points at Joondalup on Saturday afternoon after holding the Falcons goalless in the first half.
The win was Peel’s fourth in a row and coach Cameron Shepherd’s 100th game for the club.
The Thunder built an early lead and were in front for the entire game, kicking eight unanswered goals in the first half on their way to a 16.3 (99) to 9.15 (69) victory.
Peel debutant Damon Cramer said the backline was crucial in keeping West Perth goalless in the first half.
“They didn’t really have too many easy shots, they were always under pressure so they were under the pump, and the defence held up really strong,” he said.
The Thunder capitalised on their opportunities early, scoring five straight goals from six inside 50s.
The accuracy didn’t wear off for Peel as they kicked three more goals in the second quarter without blemish, while only letting West Perth score five behinds to take a 56-point lead into the main break.
It wasn’t until the third term that the Falcons kicked their first two goals of the match but the Thunder responded with three goals to set them up for strong finish and big win.
Cramer said: “Coach Cam Shepherd urged them at three quarter time to keep pushing hard down forward.”
“Keep going down the line and we look dangerous, instead of playing around with it too much in the half back line,” he said.
Peel were able to hold off a seven-goal final term from West Perth with five goals of their own to seal the victory.
Thunder young guns Traye Bennell (22 disposals) and Haydn Matthews (21 disposals) stood out with their play off the backline.
Cramer said they were great players to look up to.
“They are two really good young players for Peel and they’re good role models for me.”
Peel will face East Perth on Saturday July 15 at Leederville Oval at 2.15pm. The week following, on July 22 Peel will return home to to play Subiaco, which is a free entry day for all patrons. Daniel Const