Football: Peel’s Gerald Ugle to treasure memory of WA debut in win over SA

Peel Thunder's Gerald Ugle (left) and Ben Howlett. Ugle made his WA debut in the win over South Australia.
Peel Thunder's Gerald Ugle (left) and Ben Howlett. Ugle made his WA debut in the win over South Australia.

PEEL Thunder star Gerald Ugle said he would forever treasure the memory of his state representative debut after WA’s 26-point victory over South Australia.

Ugle was the only Peel player to be selected in the WA side who overcame a poor first quarter to triumph 15.12 (102) to 11.10 (76) over SA at Adelaide Oval.

The dynamic forward said it was an honour to represent the state, especially after missing out on selection previously.

“I made the squad a few years ago but didn’t make the cut, so to finally get the opportunity and to be able to experience playing at Adelaide Oval was a great feeling,” he said.

“It’s something I will look back on for the rest of my life.”

Ugle credited the midfielders, including Simpson Medallist Jye Bolton (34 disposals), ex-West Coast Eagle Sharrod Wellingham (27 disposals) and Kane Mitchell (25 disposals), for wrestling back control of the game after they were held goalless in the first term and trailed by 22 points.

“It started with the midfielders, they got back on top and got the game back on our terms,” he said.

“But I always had faith in the team to get the job done, most of the boys are pretty experienced.”

Ugle said he was looking forward to this weekend’s grand final rematch with Subiaco and despite the Lions’ dominant start to the season, expected a close game.

“It should be a good hit-out, especially after playing along alongside a few of those blokes on the weekend,” he said.

“I think it’ll be a great matchup, it’s always been a great matchup between Peel and Subiaco through the last couple of years, so it should be a cracker.”

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