East Fremantle coach Bill Monaghan pleased with win over Peel Thunder, who are sweating on Docker’s scans

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Blaine Boekhorst was prolific for the Sharks.
Camera IconBlaine Boekhorst was prolific for the Sharks. Credit: Shazza J Photography/Shazza J Photography

East Fremantle coach Bill Monaghan was pleased to bounce back and get the win for captain Matthew Jupp’s 150th after overcoming a late deficit to prevail over Peel Thunder at the WACA Ground on Saturday.

The inaccurate Sharks booted 11 more behinds than their opponents which proved to be the final scoreline of 12.16 (88) to 12.5 (77).

It puts them back into second spot after top-five rivals South Fremantle and Claremont both suffered shock losses to West Coast and East Perth respectively.

“It was fantastic,” Monaghan said.

“He was really keen to get the win and part of being a good leader and he’s very good at it, is putting the team first before yourself.

“We were disappointed that we didn’t get the win against Claremont last week.

“The competition is really tight with Claremont and South going down to East Perth and West Coast on Saturday and that helped us a little bit as well.”

Monaghan rued his team’s inaccuracy in front of the sticks and a quiet second quarter which were the only blight on an otherwise strong performance.

“From a statistical point of view and field position point of view, it felt like, apart from the second quarter, we controlled a fair bit of the game,” he said.

“We kicked poorly on goal and that probably kept them in the game, so it felt like it should’ve been slightly more but we’ll take it heading into the bye.”

Monaghan highlighted the game of fellow milestone man Blaine Boekhorst, saying his 10 tackles were equally as impressive as his 40 possessions and stunning final-quarter goal in his 50th appearance as a Shark.

“He’s been having a fantastic season,” he said.

“He provides plenty of spark and he’s running really well across the ground which complements some of the guys who are doing the heavy lifting.

“He’ll be angry if I don’t mention that he did have 10 tackles, I told him I’m going to have to watch the tape and make sure there’s 10.”

The Sharks are hoping to get dynamic midfielder Kyle Baskerville (shoulder) and Josh Schoenfeld (knee/back) back, and potentially a couple more, after the bye against Subiaco at Leederville Oval on July 9.

Former Gold Coast Sun Schoenfeld got through his first game in well over a year, amassing 26 possessions and kicking two goals in managed minutes in the reserves.

Peel coach Geoff Valentine felt the final margin “flattered” his team, who were well down in scoring shots (25-17), inside 50s (53-36), possessions (331-264) and tackles (77-51).

WAFL round 10 - East Fremantle v Peel Thunder at the WACA Ground. 
Credit: Shazza J Photography
Camera IconDocker Nathan Wilson was one of a number of AFL-listed players to line up for Peel, but they still couldn’t get past East Fremantle. Credit: Shazza J Photography/Shazza J Photography

“It was disappointing,” Valentine said.

“They outhunted us around the contest. They dominated the possession count and still had 26 more tackles than us.

“We didn’t move the ball well. We weren’t good enough in a lot of areas of the game and 11 points probably flattered us in the end.”

Valentine praised AFL premiership defender Joel Hamling on his performance down back but thought many others went missing for too long.

“I thought Joel Hamling was pretty good down back for most of the day and is really starting to build into some form now which is really good for Freo and for us,” he said.

Fellow Docker Darcy Tucker, who booted three goals before half-time, bravely played through a hand issue in the second half but was restricted to one disposal after getting heavily tagged by Enrique Aiken-Featherstone.

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