Peel Thunder enjoy convincing win against East Perth

Peel Thunder’s Ryan Bennell only had eyes for the ball. Photos by Shazza J Photography.
Peel Thunder’s Ryan Bennell only had eyes for the ball. Photos by Shazza J Photography.

PEEL Thunder defeated East Perth by 77 points in a commanding display at David Gray’s Arena on Saturday.

Taking the lead early in the first term and never surrendering it, the Thunder were rarely troubled by the visitors, kicking the last eight goals of the match to run out 19.11 (125) to 7.6 (48) winners.

The Thunder had 12 individual goal-kickers for the match, spearheaded by the trio Gerard Ugle, Lachie Schultz and Blair Bell, who kicked three goals apiece as the side reached triple figures for the first time this season.

Speaking after the match, Brayden Lawler praised the effort of the team’s forwards and the midfield.

“We weren’t overusing the football, we were kicking it inside 50 well. Just get it in and let the forwards get to work and kick a winning score, which they did,” he said.

The game started scrappily, with neither side able to put a score on the board until nearly 10 minutes into the first term when Bell slotted his first for the day.

Peel went on to keep East Perth scoreless for the entire quarter.

Peel kicked another two themselves to establish a 19-point quarter-time lead, which the Royals were never able to reel back in.

Lawler admitted it was something Peel was pleased with, especially given they had only won the first term once previously this season.

“It just came down to work rate and effort; last week we were a little bit off and Subiaco capitalised,” he said.

“Today we came with a better attitude and worked hard for one another and that’s just what happened.”

Peel continued to kick away in the second term, kicking themselves out to a 38-point lead at one stage before the Royals kicked two late to bring the margin back to 26 points.

This run continued into the third term, where East Perth kicked themselves to within 14 points before the Thunder steadied. Peel kicked four goals to one for the remainder of the term to reach the final change 36 points in front before running away with the game in the last term.

Peel have a week off before facing the Tigers on May 18 at Claremont Oval.