Perth hit the scoreboard early as new captain Paul Bevan kicked truly at the two-minute mark. This was soon followed by another to gun recruit Kyle Reimers as the home side was playing some great team football.
When wingman Michael Florio kicked his side’s third goal on the run the Demons had opened up a handy lead. Dan Murray was winning the ruck battle and was being well supported in the midfield by Chance Bateman, Brett Hodge and Alistair Smith.
Despite a late goal to the Thunder Perth had a comfortable lead at the first break, 5.1 to 1.4.
Peel slowly trimmed Perth’s lead mainly through Kristen Thornton, who was looking dangerous up forward for the Thunder.
The home side came out firing in the second half and it wasn’t long before Michael Mather and first gamer Matthew Boyle snapped truly to create a buffer.
Peel edged back with a couple of late goals just before three quarter to close within 3 goals after Perth kicked five goals to three in the third quarter.
Perth had their chances early in the term to really seal the result, however missed some set shots at goal as the Thunder just kept coming. The visitors closed within 12 points in the final term, but the Demons managed to run out winners by two goals despite just kicking six points to Peel’s 1.6 for the term.