A TRIUMPHANT return from Anthony Morabito was the only highlight for Peel Thunder as it crashed to a 30-point defeat against East Perth at Rushton Park last weekend.
Morabito collected 23 disposals on his return from a torn hamstring, which he suffered in early February at Dockers’ training.
However, it was not enough for Peel, falling to a 2-2 record while East Perth claimed its first win of the season 15.14 (104) to 11.8 (74).
The Thunder started brightly in the first term before a resurgent Royals outfit managed to level the scores at quarter time.
Both sides continued the closely contested duel in the second term, with the Royals able to take a three-point lead into the main break.
East Perth’s lead expanded to 10-points at the final change, before a six goal to three final term propelled them to a convincing victory.
Matt Taberner and Hayden Crozier staked their claims for a recall from Fremantle with three goals each while Rory O’Brien was dominant in midfield, gathering 33 touches.
For the Royals, West Coast-listed Patrick McGinnity was impressive with 25 touches and two goals, while veteran Craig Wulff continued to show he’s still got it with 23 touches, five tackles and a goal.
It was a dirty day for the reserves who went down by 60 points 5.6 (36) to 14.12 (96).
Luke Shepherd booted three major for the home side while Scott Jones dominated the ruck for the visitors with 43 hit-outs.
Meanwhile a last gasp goal from the colts got them over the line 12.7 (79) to 10.16 (76).
Brett Milward kicked five major for Peel while Alex Cohen (24 disposals), Michael Humble and Brandon Penny (both 23 touches) were solid through midfield.
Peel has a bye next weekend but will take on Claremont at the Showgrounds for ANZAC round on April 23.