Thun­der too good for Fal­cons


Weekend Courier - - Sport -

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

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