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Peel win tight contest

Shane Kersten was strong in the wet finishing with two goals. (Picture: Daniel Const - Curtin University)

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Peel Thunder have won their third game in a row, with a two-point victory against Claremont at Rushton Park on a wet Saturday afternoon.

With scores level late in the final term, Peel kicked the winning two points in the dying minutes, making the total score 8.5 (53) to 6.15 (51).

Fremantle’s Matthew Taberner kicked Peel’s first goal of the match in Peel’s four-goal opening quarter and went into the first break with a nine-point lead.

Peel held Claremont goalless in the second quarter, as well as booting two of their own stretching the lead to 23 points at the main break.

It was a tale of two halves as the Tigers strangled Peel’s forwards in the third quarter whilst clawing the Thunder’s lead back to just one-point heading into the final term.

Duman said Peel weren’t playing the game style they had planned for.

“Our run play wasn't there and our ball use, we were just kicking them long down the line,” he said.

“We weren't really pulling the trigger on the inside and playing the way we wanted to.

“Our ball use and our time management really came into the picture in the end.”

In the fourth quarter Claremont fought back late before Ben Hancock and Shane Kersten kicked the winning minors.

 “I think early on it was just about getting the ball down the field, a territory battle really,” he said.

“You just have to keep on playing and take the risk sometimes and bring it inside and play the way you want to play.

“When we did that it really broke open the game.” 

Fellow Freo player Sam Collins stood out with 19 disposals and a game-high 11 marks on a slippery afternoon.

When questioned on Collins’ effort, Duman said his consistency is unwavering.

“Week in week out you know he's going to deliver, he was really strong in the last quarter there for us,” he said.

Fremantle rookie Ryan Nyhuis was solid in defence with 30 disposals including 25 kicks. 

Fremantle’s Shane Kersten was one of seven goal kickers on the field, being the only player to score multiple goals.

Peel will face West Perth on Saturday 8 July at HBF Arena at 2.15pm.

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