Football: Peel Thunder fall short in 50-metre zone

Left: Brayden Lawler evades a tackler in the Peel forward line.
Matthew Taberner, Brayden Lawler and Blair Bell close in on the footy.
Aaron Naughton clears the ball from the back line.
Left: Brayden Lawler evades a tackler in the Peel forward line. Matthew Taberner, Brayden Lawler and Blair Bell close in on the footy. Aaron Naughton clears the ball from the back line.

PEEL Thunder need to get the footy inside their attacking 50-metre zone more often to avoid another defeat like the 16-point loss against Swan Districts on Saturday, according to coach Cam Shepherd.

“We are getting plenty of the ball but we’re not getting it inside 50 enough,” he said.

“We need to work on that.”

Shepherd said it was a hard slog in tough conditions at Bassendean Oval on Saturday and Swans took advantage of a strong breeze in the last quarter, kicking 4.2 to 1.2.

Peel appeared to be on their way to building a match-winning lead to start the third quarter with goals to Pearce and Deluca as they opened a game-high lead of 19 points before Swans got a steadying goal through Slater.

Shepherd said Peel missed a couple of goals when they were six goals to three up and Swan Districts came back strongly.

“We had a couple of shots on goal that we should have kicked that would have put us well ahead.”

Shepherd said Rockingham Rams product Aaron Naughton has been in great form recently and was one of Peel’s better players.

“He was really good in defence again and has made a real impact.”

He said Trey Bennell, Garrick Ibbotson and Blair Bell, who kicked three goals, also played well.