A DEPLETED Peel Thunder slumped to a disappointing 39-point loss to wooden spoon contenders Swan Districts at Rushton Park on Saturday.
Thunder went into the match without several key Dockers players who were missing through injury, but it did not show early as the home side grabbed the first goal of the match.
However, Swans recovered and set the pace, taking the lead just before quarter time before piling on eight goals in the second term to lead by 49-points at the main change.
Hardnosed Dockers midfielder Clancee Pearce added to his side’s woes; his day was done when he hurt his ankle, adding to the extensive injury list.
Shane Yarran rounded out a horror second term after he was reported for striking Swan Districts’ Matt Riggio.
Rory O’Brien (38 disposals and a goal) and Andrew Haydon (30 disposals) led the way for Peel in the third as they clawed back to be 37 points down at the final change, but they could not overcome the Swans, who claimed just their second win of the season, 18.10 (118) to 12.7 (79).
Blair Bell continued his solid performances, grabbing two goals alongside Jake Dowding, Karl Collard and Joshua Mathers.
Ricky Cary was most potent for the visitors kicking six goals while Adam Faulkner (30 disposals and three goals) and Riggio (27 disposals, eight tackles, nine inside 50s) were also damaging.
It was a similar result in Reserves with Swan Districts running out 70-point winners. The match was highlighted by four goals for 18-year-old colts forward Brett Milward in the 21.13 (139) to 9.15 (69) loss.
The Colts looked destined to lose in a heartbreaker at the start of the day, before two late goals secured a draw.
After leading by four points at the start of the final term, Peel fell behind at the 15-minute mark and looked unlikely to get anything from the game.
But a late resurgence allowed the side to bag two goals and secure a draw against fourth-placed Swans. Lachlan Mitchell (24 disposals) and Brandon Penny (15 disposals, nine tackles) were highlights in the 9.10 (64) draw.
Next week Peel will enjoy the bye before returning to Rushton Park to take on West Perth.