A message from CEO – John Ditchburn

Firstly, I want to thank each and every one of our members for their support in the 2020 season.

The 2020 season looked a little different after COVID-19 threw a spanner in the works, but we soldiered on with a reduced season, and the support of our members never wavered. We are already looking towards next season, putting plans in place to ensure we continue to improve and climb our way back up the ladder.

After an interrupted pre-season for all sides, we headed into the 2020 season full of gusto. We knew things would be a little bit difficult for our League side, but with the changes at hand it was an opportunity to blood some young local talent. Opportunity knocked for many of our colts to step up and experience playing league football, and nine players made their league debut for the Thunder. The team battled hard all season, and we can take many positives into season 2021. We are excited to announce that our captain, Ben Howlett, has re-signed, along with key players Jackson Merrett, Josh Bootsma, Ben Hancock and Blair Bell.

The Peel Thunder Women’s Program continues to go from strength to strength. Under the guidance of coach Steve Markham, the WAFLW League team went from last place to first, heading into the GF as underdogs, and upsetting a strong Subiaco team to claim the WAFLW flag for the very first time. Our Rogers Cup girls also continued to impress by making their second Grand Final appearance. Although they were comprehensively beaten on the day, the girls can hold their heads up high for the stellar season they had.

The club welcomed an important signing this month, with former West Coast Eagle and Gold Coast Sun, and former Peel Thunder player, Matt Rosa, taking up the position of General Manger of Football Operations. Matt not only brings to the club his knowledge and experience of playing in the AFL, but strong culture and leadership skills that will be an important key to building relationships with the players, coaching staff, local community clubs and our district zone.

We are excited for what the 2021 season can bring, but we need you, our valuable members on our side. Our members and supporters are the heart of the club. The club is on an exciting journey, and by renewing your membership today, you can share this journey with us.



Best Regards 

John Ditchburn

Chief Executive Officer


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