PEEL Thunder will head into this weekend’s bye assured of the 2012 wooden spoon after an 81-point loss to Claremont.
Only by a very slim unrealistic chance can the Thunder avoid their eighth wooden spoon in 16 seasons in the WAFL.
The side matched it with the ladder-leaders in the opening term and after their upset round 11 win, the impossible again looked possible.
Kristin Thornton goaled early in the second to give his side the lead but that was as close as the side would get as the Tigers showed their class to kick away to a 38-point half-time lead.
The Tigers had 14 of the next 15 goals following Thornton’s effort to leave caretaker coach Mark Moody and his men relegated to the bottom of the table.
There were promising signs for Moody, including the form of young defender Kamdyn McIntosh.
McIntosh had 23 disposals including 19 kicks, eight marks and four inside 50s to be one of the finds of the season.
But other than McIntosh and captain Brendon Jones’ steadying influence, the Thunder did not have any big ball winners.
Jones ended his day as the leading possession-getter on the ground with 14 kicks, 13 handpasses and five inside 50s.
Goal scoring again proved the Thunder’s Achilles heel as they failed to reach double digits.
The Thornton brothers combined for three goals, while Brad Holmes continued his goal-scoring ways with two for the match.
Matthew Orzel kicked two goals to contribute to the seven-goal effort, but goalless matches from returning ruckman/forward Scott Lycett, Eddy Dann and half-forward Brendan Hancock showed Peel lack the forward line depth other clubs have at their disposal.
The Thunder now has two home games remaining to see out the 2012 season, with youth development expected to be a main focus.