PEEL Thunder coach Cameron Shepherd said the team had achieved their first goal: to get into the grand final.
“Now we will look at moving forward with training,” he said. Shepherd dismissed criticism by former AFL player Scott Watters about the number of Fremantle Dockers players Peel fielded.
“I do not worry about outside influences,” he said.
“We are clearly playing within a set of rules that has its own challenges.
“The team only get to train together three times a year.
“We train separately and come together as a team on the weekend.”
Shepherd said local players such as Benjamin Hancock and Traye Bennell were thriving.
He said Leroy Jetta missed out last year, but this year he was being given the opportunity to play in a grand final.
Shepherd encouraged local residents to travel to Domain Stadium for the grand final on September 24.
“We would really appreciate the support,” he said.
“We have an exciting few weeks ahead.”
Peel Thunder 14.8 (92) defeated Subiaco 10.8 (68)