Connor Blakely is pressing for a recall, but which other Dockers are performing well at WAFL level? Here’s how every Peel Thunder AFL-listed player performed at last weekend.
Moved freely and with composure winning plenty of ball and getting it out cleanly for 31 disposals. Looks ready to go for a call-up to the AFL but may find it hard to get a spot with the top team firing.
Great fist in the first quarter in front of the sticks helped kill an early goal scoring opportunity for East Perth. Had the most marks for Peel and was pretty busy in the first half.
Good tackling and offensive pressure up the ground early, wasn’t under as much pressure as the previous week when he was one of the best on. Managed to get a surprise goal when his man went back to help defend.
Had a good second half in the first quarter, putting on tackles, winning taps. Managed to get a mark against three defenders using the right timing to push off Tony Olango but wasn’t able to convert on the goal from about 30m out on a slight angle.
Quietly goes about his business racking up seven inside 50s and 22 disposals without being flashy.
Ran for days and set-up some good plays including giving the feed to Connor Blakely for a goal.
Laid a lot of tackles, great forward pressure and had one of the most accurate boots on the day getting seven inside 50s. Was one of Peel’s best.
Won the hitouts battle and took some good lines out of the full forward position, was a little dirty on himself not making as many contested marks up front but a big improvement compared to the match against Subiaco.
Made some odd decisions at times including kicking to a teammate 15m in front of him who was flat footed with a defender hanging off when there were other options. Picked up his game in the last two quarters snapping a goal but probably could have picked up another one.
Ran hard and was one of the instigators of the early forward pressure which stifled East Perth alongside Ryan Bennell and Blair Bell. Missed a goal in the second quarter early at the one minute mark but finished with three and nearly took a great speccy on the wing.
Kept his head, very cool under pressure and helped direct the backline in a game where the last line of defence didn’t have too much to do.
Made a whopping 12 tackles but his defensive effort didn’t take away from his offensive game as one of the key men in the middle for Peel for the game.
In his first game back for the year lost a few one-on-ones against wily veteran Sharrod Wellingham who was slotted up in the full forward. Was a key voice alongside Brennan Cox directing the backs.
Highlight play was taking the ball in the air and making a great behind-the-head no-look disposal to Lachie Schultz on the fly as he steamed down the ground which ended with a bell-ringing post kick into the post instead of a goal in an otherwise fun play. Got around the ground chipping in here and there without being spectacular.