WAFL: Thunder flags intentions early says coach Shepherd


Top: The Peel Thunder 2016 premiership banner is unfurled on the weekend; Bottom from left: Gerald Ugle leads in a race to the footy; Bradley Walsh evades a tackle; Bradey Grey kicks a kick away. Pictures: Phil Elliott, Pixell Photography and Cofo Coto
WAFL: Thunder flags intentions early says coach Shepherd
WAFL: Thunder flags intentions early says coach Shepherd
WAFL: Thunder flags intentions early says coach Shepherd
Top: The Peel Thunder 2016 premiership banner is unfurled on the weekend; Bottom from left: Gerald Ugle leads in a race to the footy; Bradley Walsh evades a tackle; Bradey Grey kicks a kick away. Pictures: Phil Elliott, Pixell Photography and Cofo Coto

PEEL Thunder players brought a good attitude and strong intent to the league side’s first home game on Saturday, according to coach Cameron Shepherd.

The Thunder thumped East Fremantle by 86 points after watching its 2016 premiership flag being unfurled in front of the proud home crowd.

“We played really strongly and have started the year in good fashion,” Shepherd said.

“Our pressure was relentless.”

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He said Leroy Jetta and Matthew Taberner both played well in the forward line, while midfielders Harley Balic, Traye Bennell and Gerald Ugle were also standouts.

In the backline, Ethan Hughes and Sam Collins continued their fine form, and big men Sean Darcy and Luke Strnadica were also dominant.

Shepherd said the flag unfurling was a great day for the club.

“That gave us a brief period of time to reflect on our achievement,” he said.

Shepherd also acknowledged the performance of Josh Mathers, who notched up his 50th game on Saturday after coming back from a leg injury last season.

He said the club was now focusing on next week’s clash with South Fremantle.

“It will be a tough game next weekend because they lost on the weekend so they will be keen to strike back. They were the premiership favourite at the start of the year; we will be keen to have a crack at them,” he said.

The game will be played at home on Saturday; bouncedown 2.15pm.