PEEL Thunder have moved into the top five after a hard fought 18-point victory over Swan Districts at Bendigo Bank Stadium.
Peel won 10.18 (78) to 9.6 (60).
The Thunder’s Brayden Lawler said the Swans are a strong side to beat but the team dug for the win.
“They’re a very tough team, we know every time we play them – the ladder positions don’t really matter as much, we know it’s going to be a hard game,” he said.
“They did that today and we were lucky to get away with a win.”
Peel got off to an impressive start, keeping Swans scoreless for the first 15 minutes of the game.
Lawler said getting off to a good start had been a focus this season, especially leading into the game against Swans.
“I think a few games this year which we have lost is when we haven’t really started too well so that’s our main focus at the moment,” he said.
Peel kicked four second-term goals to the Swans three, increasing their lead to 24-points at half time.
The Swans fought back in the third term kicking three goals to close the margin to five points.
Peel dug deep in the final term, with goals by Taylin Duman, Sean Darcy and Gerald Ugle securing the win over the Swans.
Ruckman Sean Darcy had his best game of the season, kicking three goals and finishing with 31 hit-outs.
Peel Thunder face Subiaco next on Friday, June 6 at Leederville Oval in a Grand Final rematch.