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Thunder captain excited by new game plan



Peel Thunder skipper and former Bomber Ben Howlett anticipates a revitalised game style will put his side back in finals contention for 2020.


It comes after consecutive seasons without finals for the Mandurah based club, who won back to back flags in 2016 and 2017.


The Thunder's game style is heavily modelled on AFL alignment club Fremantle, and with Justin Longmuir now at the helm the WAFL side is set to undergo a footballing makeover this season.


Howlett said his team was embracing the changes on the track.


"I think you will see a lot more of an attacking game style. We'll play six forwards ahead of the ball, and look to get the ball in quicker." Howlett told Sports Drive on Tuesday.


" We'll still concentrate on the defensive side of the game and shutting down teams as much as possible and keeping them to low scores, but I think you will see Peel Thunder and Fremantle scoring heavily in games which will be really exciting."


Peel finished seventh in 2019 with a 7-11 record, only winning three of their last eight matches.


Howlett said Thunder premiership coach Cam Shepherd was also embracing change at the club.


" I think he's really excited about not only what's happening up at Freo but also down here at Peel because their is a lot of talent coming through, our colts played in a Grand Final last year so I think there's that really new fresh vibe around the place." he said.


"There's some young talent coming through that we're keen to show and I'm sure they're going to perform really well throughout the season."


Peel start their season on April 4th at Leederville Oval against East Perth.


IMAGE: WAFL website.




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