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  • Writer's pictureJosh Kempton

Thunder embracing finals challenge; Gray

Peel Thunder veteran Brady Grey says stability will not be an issue for his side as they look to leave their mark in the finals.

The Thunder have continued to build in 2023 after making the finals for the first time in four years last season, currently sitting third on the WAFL ladder with an 11-4 win-loss record.

Grey told Sports Breakfast a volatile lineup was part and parcel of being an alignment club.

“I don’t think there’s a game where we haven’t had a change,” Grey said.

“The ethos of the guys who come in is to just play your role and the result will take care of itself.

“Blair Bell was a late out on Saturday and Haydn Matthews was able to come in and execute his role. We’ve lost a few guys to Fremantle over the last six weeks through selection and the guys who have stepped in have been clear on what their expectations are.

“We’ve been able to get evidence that it works, so that’s what we’ll keep doing.”

The Thunder kept pace with the chasing pack behind ladder-leaders East Fremantle with a 32-point win over Claremont in Mandurah on Saturday, with Grey saying the evenness of the competition means every club has to be at their best every week.

“It was a tough game, Claremont are stacked with players that have played good WAFL footy,” he said.

“The last quarter, Claremont threw everything at us. We got a few out the back through Bailey Banfield and Matt Taberner and those guys with AFL experience put on the finishing touches.

“We were really happy with the way we played, we played a game that’s our style and how we want to play.”

Grey was a part of the Thunder as a Fremantle-aligned player in their 2016 and 2017 premiership-winning seasons but did not play in either grand final.

The 28-year-old, who has also played for West Coast and Perth in the WAFL as well as the Box Hill Hawks in the VFL, said the club’s depth was stronger than what he had seen in his past years.

“It’s one of the main reasons I still play, I haven’t won in a state league premiership,” he said.

“There’s only a few boys left that were part of those teams.

“A lot of our group haven’t played a lot of state league footy but we’ve had guys come up from the colts who won the flag last year. Ben Hancock and Blair Bell, who were lucky enough to play in those flags then, we’ve got enough experience to know how unique this opportunity is.”

Peel can lock in their top-five position and potentially eliminate West Perth from the finals running when they take on the Falcons at Lane Group Stadium on Saturday.

IMAGE: The West Australian


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