Peel Thunder Football Club
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|Full name||Peel Thunder Football Club|
|Leading goalkicker||Matt Taberner (18 goals)|
|Best and fairest||Brendon Jones|
|Competition||West Australian Football League|
|Ground(s)||Rushton Park (capacity: 10,000)|
The Peel Thunder Football Club is an Australian rules football club playing in the West Australian Football League (WAFL). The team is based in Mandurah, Western Australia, with their home ground being Rushton Park. The club joined the WAFL as an expansion team in 1997.
Since the 2014 season, Peel has served as the host club for the Fremantle Dockers of the Australian Football League, an arrangement which will see Fremantle’s reserves players playing WAFL football for Peel.
Peel Thunder was formed in 1996 after the West Australian Football Commission (WAFC) granted a ninth licence in the WAFL to the Mandurah-Peel region. The licence was issued on the condition that the club be ready to compete in the 1997 Westar Rules competition. Geoff Miles was appointed as the club’s inaugural coach and Phil Gilbert appointed captain. The Thunder in 1997 won only one game against Claremont in the satellite town of Rockingham and finished last, with Scott Simister winning the inaugural best and fairest, and won only one further game in their next two seasons against East Perth at Perth Oval.
The Thunder did finally move off the bottom in 2000, but their improvement over subsequent seasons has been minimal. To the end of the 2014 season Peel Thunder has won only 73 matches out of 354 played, or a 20.62% winning percentage, which for comparison is even lower than the 21.27% success rate of Hawthorn between 1925 and 1953, and only marginally better than the 18.49% of South Adelaide in the SANFL between 1945 and 1963. The club has never won as many games as it lost in a season, and sixth place with seven wins in 2001 and eight wins in 2008 remains its best finish.
Colts Premierships: (2) 2004, 2005
- Highest score: Round 11, 2001 – 23.11 (149) vs. Swan Districts at Bendigo Bank Stadium
- Lowest score: Round 1, 2004 – 0.0 (0) vs. Claremont at Rushton Park[a]
- Greatest winning margin: Round 11, 2001 – 71 points vs. Swan Districts at Bendigo Bank Stadium
- Greatest losing margin: Round 3, 1999 – 195 points vs. South Fremantle at Fremantle Oval
a Peel actually kicked 10.10 (70), but had their score wiped through playing Peter Bird with an invalid permit. Their lowest total kicked during a match is 1.10 (16) against Subiaco in Round 14 of 2002.
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- Peel Thunder - WAFLOnline. Retrieved 17 July 2011.
- Peel fined for salary breach - FootyGoss. Written by Mr Dandalooa. Published 24 March 2011. Retrieved 27 July 2011.
- ‘Michie Voted Thunder’s Best and Fairest’
- ‘Fairytale Comeback Capped Off for Brendon Jones’