Another week, another slow start and powerful finish for Josh Treacy.
In almost a carbon copy of his defining performance in Peel’s upset win over Claremont a week earlier, the young Dockers forward emerged from the shadows of a quiet first half to propel the Thunder to another big win.
Held to just three touches in the first half, Treacy turned the clash with Subiaco at Leederville Oval on Saturday around with two crucial goals as the Thunder erased a 24-point deficit to hit the lead in the third term.
And then with scores tied and only a few minutes remaining, the 19-year-old calmly slotted a 45m set shot which proved to be the game-winner.
Treacy has responded strongly to his axing from Fremantle after their round nine loss to the Gold Coast, but he is eager to rectify his slow starts as he builds his case for an AFL recall.
“Obviously I’d like to be more in the game in the first half, but I’ll keep chipping away and bringing my traits to the game,” Treacy said.
“I’ve probably got to get myself to better shots, work a little bit harder and compete a little bit harder as well.
“I suppose I’ve got the belief that in a half of footy, it can turn around pretty quick and I always have the belief in myself to half if not win the contest every time.
“Obviously it’s a bit disappointing (being dropped from the AFL), but at the same time I’m rapt for the boys and it’s probably a good direction to go in and a good spot for the club to have a fair few boys playing down here (at Peel) and to see both sides going well, it’s really good.
“I’ll bide my time. It’s only my second year so I’ll keep learning and growing and my time will come.”
Treacy had a moment to forget late in the game when his attempt at a left foot snap from deep in a pocket flew high in the air and away from goal.
That followed a shanked shot on goal from Dockers star Nat Fyfe, who made a solid return from a back injury in his first WAFL game in 12 years.
But Peel won the ball back and Treacy gained redemption with his booming set shot.
“It was good to get that in, especially after the left-foot snap,” Treacy said.
“For the siren to go (shortly after), I was just rapt for the boys.”
Subiaco looked set to breathe new life into their lacklustre 2022 campaign with a strong start, highlighted by three first-quarter goals from lively small forward Jordan Faraone.
But the Thunder stormed back into the contest with Treacy, Fyfe (24 disposals) and Blair Bell (22) running riot against the reigning premiers.
The only sour note was an ankle injury to exciting forward Sebit Kuek in his first game for Peel after he was recruited by Fremantle in the AFL mid-season draft.