WAFL: Thunder makes its mark on Swans

Blair Bell takes a strong mark under pressure.  Picture: Gavin Harrison.
Blair Bell takes a strong mark under pressure. Picture: Gavin Harrison.

PEEL Thunder had an impressive victory last weekend with a 21-point win over Swan Districts.

Thunder held its own against the favoured Swans’, with the defensive team working hard to halt the Swans progress.

The first quarter was low scoring, with both sides maintaining pressure and good defensive play, and by the first break the Thunder were just one point behind.

The defensive structure led by Griffin Logue and key players Luke Ryan and Rory O’Brien was a force to be reckoned with as they squashed the Swans in the second and third quarters.

The fourth quarter was a tough one for Peel as the Swans came back from the three quarter break with new energy.

The Swans pushed hard and racked up four goals before the 10-minute mark in the fourth quarter.

But they were unable to sustain their comeback and a goal from stand-out player Sean Darcy saw the Thunder regroup and put the pressure back on.

“The team played better this week compared to other weeks when they lost,” Peel Thunder player Traye Bennell said.

“I think we played better. I think we’re playing four quarters now.”

Thunder fans weren’t the only ones concerned in the fourth quarter.

“I was a little worried myself at the Swans comeback,” Bennell said.

“I thought we were going to go down there for a little bit, but we fought it out which was good.”

“The team still had a bit to work on with the fourth quarter extending the lead and not letting the opposition come back,” Brennan Cox said.

“I thought the team played very well, last quarter dropped off a little bit but we held our lead in the end and got the win.”

The win was the fourth for Peel Thunder this season and marks them as very tough competition heading into next week’s round against Perth Demons at Lathlain Park.

The Peel Thunder colts fought out a thrilling draw to be second on the ladder. The final score was 9.9 (63) to 9.9 (63).

In the reserves, the Thunder lost by 125 points, 3.7 to 23.12.

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