Fuming West Perth coach fires up in Peel Thunder WAFL finals clash

Nick Rodda takes a strong mark. Picture: Dan White
Nick Rodda takes a strong mark. Picture: Dan White

WEST Perth coach Bill Monaghan was so angry with his side’s WAFL qualifying final 12-point deficit to Peel at quarter time, he ravaged his players with a tirade of expletives fit for a Quentin Tarantino script.

And the Falcons responded with a ruthlessness akin to a Reservoir Dogs execution, mounting a 121-point turnaround to win by 109 points in a 22.13 (145) to 5.6 (36) trouncing at Arena Joondalup on Sunday.

Peel took full advantage in the first term as repeated turnovers from the hosts allowed them a 3.2 (20) to 1.2 (8) lead at the break.

Monaghan fumed at quarter time, having expected better against the Fremantle affiliates, who had been decimated by players on AFL duty after the Dockers rested 11 of their men.

The Thunder were missing eight Fremantle-listed players who had featured the previous week, as well as first-choice pair Brendon Jones and Josh Bootsma to leave them with a skeleton team featuring five league debutants.

Monaghan told his troops in a range of unprintable phrases, they’d “had their pants pulled down” by the weakened Peel, questioning them with: “Do you know how embarrassing that is?”

The visitors would kick just two goals to the Falcons’ 21 for the rest of the game.

Sandover medallist Aaron Black collected possessions at will on the wing to gather a season-high 41 and a goal.

Drew Rohde played the best game of his 24-match West Perth career to amass 30 disposals and 12 marks.

Peel uncovered an unlikely strong performer in Brennan Gillam, whose 22 possessions were bettered only by Dockers rookie Thomas Vandeleur’s 23.

Gillam was playing his first league game of the year and has featured in senior footy just 35 times in six seasons.

West Perth marking powerhouses Marcus Adams and Nick Rodda were like Roman columns at each end of the ground.

Adams clunked 12 marks amongst 27 possessions in defence, while Rodda took a range of contested grabs to kick a game-high four goals up forward.

Spearhead Michael Lourey presented strongly throughout the match, kicking three goals.

The Falcons will make the WAFL grand final if they beat Subiaco in the second semifinal at Leederville Oval on Sunday.

If not, they return to Arena Joondalup for a second shot at a grand final berth in the preliminary final the following week.