Fremantle defender Alex Pearce played full minutes in the WAFL at the weekend as he prepares for potential selection in the senior side for Fremantle’s round 13 clash with Gold Coast.
It was Pearce’s third consecutive game with Peel after returning from a knee injury, as the WAFL side faced off against Swan Districts at David Grays Arena on Saturday.
The defender finished with 14 disposals, seven marks and a behind.
“My body is feeling really good, I’m feeling more confident each week and I’ve had more game time each week,” Pearce said.
“It was another step forward today from a personal point of view.
“Whenever it is that I’m needed and picked, I’ll be ready.”
The inaccurate Peel Thunder outfit finished with a score line of 7.17.59 falling short to Swan Districts by just eight points, despite leading in inside 50s and scoring shots.
“We were on top for a lot of that game and had plenty of chances,” Pearce said.
“In that last quarter we had the ball forward and had a lot more inside 50s than (Swan Districts) and a lot more shots.
“It’s disappointing because we had our opportunities, but it was our inaccuracy and ball use going forward that let us down.”
Pearce said he had enjoyed playing alongside experienced defender Reece Conca (16 disposals, five marks) in the Peel backline, while helping to guide young backs Nathan O’Driscoll (20 disposals, eight marks) and Brandon Walker (15 disposals, six marks).
“We’re both leaders at the club, so it is part of our role on and off the field,” Pearce said.
“I’ve really enjoyed being able to work with Nathan and Brandon down back, they have had some really good games.
“It is good to give them some guidance and help them along, but they are both really good kids, eager to learn and are playing some good footy.”
Midfield pair Brett Bewley and Luke Valente both finished with 21 disposals and five marks each in impressive individual performances.
“It’s good to have (Bewley) back, he has had some injury troubles himself and hopefully he can string some games together,” Pearce said.
“When he gets his chance in the AFL – which hopefully is not too far away - he will be able to deliver like he did today.
"Luke has been building each week and his work around the ball today was one of the best in the team.”
Meanwhile, Lloyd Meek was dominant yet again in the ruck, amassing 34 hit outs and kicking two goals, while Stefan Giro also popped up with two majors and 12 disposals.