Peel Thunder captain Gerald Ugle 100th game a success

Captain Gerald Ugle being carried off by teammates Blair Bell (left) and Traye Bennell (right). Photo: Sean Allan Photography.
Captain Gerald Ugle being carried off by teammates Blair Bell (left) and Traye Bennell (right). Photo: Sean Allan Photography.

TWO-time premiership winning captain Gerald Ugle enjoyed a win in his 100th game at Bendigo Bank Stadium on Saturday, with an 18-point victory over Swan Districts.

Peel Thunder’s win kept the finals dream alive, finishing 10.18 (70) to 9.6 (60).

Gerald was welcomed on field by friends, family and teammates, as son Cade and daughter Summer ran alongside their dad through the celebratory banner.

Gerald’s wife Shiana sat front row with their two children to watch on as Ugle kicked a goal in the final minutes to seal the deal.

She said Gerald felt the pressure heading into his 100th game.

“Yes, he was very nervous because he knew all the family were coming down to watch him and it was a very surreal feeling reaching his 100th game … it’s a big thing,” she said.

Gerald has not missed a game since joining Peel Thunder in the 2015 season, playing all 79 matches.

In 2016 he was appointed captain of the team, leading them to premiership success in their last two years.

Shiana said the children don’t understand the gravity of their dad’s footy skills just yet but enjoy watching him play.

“They are still a little young but always love watching him play, they love telling the kids their dad is the captain of the Peel Thunder team,” she said.

Shiana revealed their son Cade has just begun his first season playing footy.

“Our son just started playing Auskick, so [Gerald] really loves that, he takes him every Saturday before his game,” she said.

The footy crazed family still pray Ugle has a second stint in the AFL, but have no major plans on moving away from Peel Thunder for the moment.