In round 11 of the WAFL Colts Competition, Peel Thunder enhanced its status as a powerhouse in 2017 after dismantling the Subiaco Lions by 40 points at Bendigo Bank Stadium on Saturday morning.
Below were the standout performers on the day.
JAKE HOWES | PEEL THUNDER | MID | 171cm | 70kg
Still only 16, Howes was incredible in the midfield for the Thunder. He finished with 23 possessions (15 contested), five clearances, four tackles, four inside 50s and three rebounding 50s in a display that will see his stocks soar for the 2018 AFL Draft.
BRADLEY OLDFIELD | PEEL THUNDER | MID | 180cm | 72kg
Like Howes, Oldfield is only a 16-year-old but his performance against the Lions will see recruiters monitoring his progress for the 2018 AFL Draft. He is a clearance king, which was highlighted by him winning a game-high seven clearances. He also finished with 22 possessions (14 contested), three inside 50s and two tackles.
JACKSON PERRY | PEEL THUNDER | MID | 183cm | 73kg
Whenever Perry had the ball, one sensed that he would conjure up an attacking foray for the home team. He recorded 25 possessions (10 contested), six marks, five inside 50s, four clearances and four tackles in a dominant outing. His leadership was also inspirational.
JARVIS PINA | PEEL THUNDER | MID | 173cm | 58kg
Another 16-year-old, Pina was arguably the best player on the ground. He accumulated 26 possessions, took seven marks, laid four tackles and rebounded the ball from defensive fifty on four occasions. His decision-making often set up attacking opportunities for the Thunder.
MICHAEL STEVENS | PEEL THUNDER | FWD | 191cm | 91kg
The most dominant forward on the day, Stevens finished with four goals (he could’ve had seven if he kicked straight) from 12 possesssions (six contested). He also took six marks, recorded five inside 50s and two tackles in a powerful performance. He is now equal second in the WAFL Colts’ Leading Goalkicker Award with 13 goals from just four matches.
TOM EDWARDS-BALDWIN | SUBIACO | MID | 182cm | 76kg
He doesn’t get much attention, but Edwards-Baldwin is fast becoming one of Subiaco’s most important players. He gathered 16 possessions (nine contested), laid six tackles, won four clearances and got the ball inside attacking 50 on three occasions. In the second quarter he roved a pack inside the forward 50 and snapped the ball truly, posting Subiaco’s first goal.
MAX DENNIS | SUBIACO | MID | 183cm | 68kg
The heart-and-soul of the Subiaco midfield, Dennis simply tried to will his team to victory, but to no avail. He racked up 25 possessions (14 contested), six clearances and five tackles in a spirited effort.
LIAM HICKMOTT | SUBIACO | MID | 176cm | 67kg
Another week and another strong contribution from Liam Hickmott. The Sorrento-Duncraig junior was often at the coalface, finishing with 26 possessions (13 contested), six tackles and six clearances in a display full of heart.
XAVIER PEACOCK | SUBIACO | RUCK | 196cm/85kg
In his first game for Subiaco since round 2, Peacock produced a sensational performance in the ruck that highlighted why he is such a highly rated prospect for the 2018 AFL Draft. He won 27 hit-outs (Peel as a team won 26). He only gathered five possessions, but four of them were contested and he also laid four tackles, showing that he isn’t afraid to get his hands dirty.