In round 18 of the WAFL Colts Competition, Peel dismantled Subiaco by 46 points at Bendigo Bank Stadium on Saturday morning.
The result sees the Thunder rise to second spot on the ladder, just two points behind East Fremantle. The Lions, on the other hand, are in fifth position and just one game clear of East Perth and West Perth.
Below were the most notable players in the game.
BILLY CHAMBERS | PEEL THUNDER | RUCK | 197cm | 80kg
The Peel ruckman was instrumental in getting his midfielders into the game. He finished with 13 possessions, 25 hit-outs, five marks, five inside 50s and two tackles in an inspiring performance. He also kicked a great running goal in the third quarter, when he gathered the ball on the wing, ran off and took a couple of bounces before converting from 40 metres out.
JARRAD FAZIOLI | PEEL THUNDER | SMALL FORWARD | 172cm | 71kg
The livewire small forward was at his crafty best for the Thunder against the Lions. He finished with three goals from 13 possessions, but it was his defensive pressure (three tackles) that would’ve had his coaches pleased. He is now ninth in the competition’s Leading Goalkicker Award with 14 goals.
KYLE HAVEBERG | PEEL THUNDER | MIDFIELD | 180cm | 75kg
The Rockingham Rams’ junior continued his fine form for the Thunder with yet another excellent display. He only gathered 16 possessions, but he laid 10 tackles which would have the Peel coaches ecstatic. In the last quarter, he kicked two goals to halt the Lions’ momentum and ended any chance of a miraculous comeback from Subiaco.
JACKSON PERRY | PEEL THUNDER | MIDFIELD | 183cm | 73kg
After a six-week absence, Perry came back into the Peel line-up and looked every bit like he belonged. He finished with 25 possessions, three marks and two inside 50s in a best afield performance for the home team.
DURAK TUCKER | PEEL THUNDER | DEFENDER | 187cm | 77kg
The 2017 WA U18s representative continues to impress for the Thunder as a bottom-age player. Against Subiaco he accumulated 19 possessions, took five marks and laid five tackles, stationed on the half-back line. So far in 2017, Tucker is averaging 16 possessions, six marks and two tackles, and with such performances, his draft ranking is set to rise for 2018.
KYRON HAYDEN | SUBIACO | MIDFIELD | 185cm | 88kg
He only gathered 17 possessions, but Hayden was the raging bull in the midfield for the Lions. He was the one burying himself into the bottom of packs to win the hard ball and dishing it out to the outside runners, and often produced some superb “don’t argues” to get himself out of trouble.
LIAM HICKMOTT | SUBIACO | MIDFIELD | 176cm | 67kg
Arguably Subiaco’s best player, Hickmott was excellent in the midfield. He accumulated a game-high 27 possessions, laid four tackles, took two marks and kicked a goal in what was yet another outstanding performance.
ZANE SHELLABEAR-HEALEY | SUBIACO | HALF-FORWARD | 172cm | 71kg
The 2015 U15s State Schoolboys’ representative was brilliant in his debut for Subiaco. He finished the game with 12 possessions, five marks, four inside 50s, three tackles and two goals in a dazzling display. Shellabear-Healey looks to have a very bright future with the Lions.
- Highly rated prospects Brayden Ainsworth (Subiaco), Damon Cramer (Peel), Aaron Naughton (Peel) and Ben Miller (Subiaco) did not play.