A MISERABLE last quarter condemned Peel Thunder to a 41-point loss to South Fremantle on Saturday.
The Thunder, which was celebrating Rory O’Brien’s 100th game for the club, matched the efforts of the table-topping Bulldogs for most of the day at South Fremantle Oval, but a seven-goal-to-two final term took the gloss off what was an otherwise impressive display.
Highly regarded Fremantle midfielder Michael Barlow suited up for Peel and fans would have liked what they saw as the elite midfielder gathered 39 touches.
Matt de Boer joined Barlow with a case of leather poisoning, also claiming 39 touches while kicking a goal and laying eight tackles.
Michael Apeness was the Thunder’s only multiple goal-kicker with two, while milestone man O’Brien (26 disposals) was dependable as always in midfield for the Mandurah outfit.
The 16.11 (107) to 9.12 (66) loss means Peel slip to 4-4 ahead of a crunch clash with the improving East Perth at Rushton Park next week.
Meanwhile, reserves fell to a crushing 24.20 (164) to 6.3 (39) loss against the Bulldogs. Keegan Power was the best for the visiting side with 22 disposals in a result that rooted the Thunder to the bottom of the table.
The Colts also lost and are in danger of falling out of the top five after posting the 14.14 (98) to 11.5 (71) loss.
Brett Milward was a highlight, booting four for the Thunder.