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  • Writer's pictureJosh Kempton

Thunder not struck out yet: Blight

Peel defender Jacob Blight believes the strength of the Thunder’s best football is enough to overcome any team in the WAFL.

The Thunder missed their chance to seal a grand final spot with a 5-point semi final defeat at the hands of East Fremantle last Saturday, but will host the preliminary final at Lane Group Stadium thanks to their qualifying final win over Subiaco two weekends ago.

Blight told Sports Breakfast some positives had been drawn from the loss to the Sharks.

“Reflecting on last week, when we get our powers up and our momentum going, we are a hard team to stop,” Blight said.

“Of course, we can’t look past Subiaco because that’s going to be a very tough matchup in itself.

“I think we’ve got the goods … I feel like we can beat any team.”

Recruited to Mandurah from Claremont over the summer, Blight has been a standout in his first season of consistent league football, being named at centre half-back in the WAFL Team of the Year.

The 21-year-old key defender said senior coach Geoff Valentine and development coach Tendai Mzungu had helped him take his game to the next level.

“Having the opportunity to go to Fremantle and train throughout the summer, I think it’s fast-tracked my development and overall understanding of the game,” he said.

“Playing alongside players like Joel Hamling and Nathan Wilson and Travis Colyer who have been in and around the system for a very long time, I’ve been very fortunate in that regard.”

“If I want to make it to the AFL, which is my ultimate dream and desire, I feel like immersing myself among AFL players on a weekly basis was going to give me a chance to see what they do and rise to the standard and put my best foot forward.”

With a spot in the grand final on the line against the Lions on Sunday, Blight said producing a strong four-quarter effort was his side’s key focus.

“It’s been quite evident in the last few weeks we haven’t played four quarters, we’ve only really had one or two good quarters and we’ve still managed to stay in the game,” he said.

“It’s no secret, Subi’s midfield is the strongest in the competition. I feel like if our boys can match them or get on top of them early, it’ll go a long way to helping us win the game.”

“We’re pretty confident that we can get the job done.”

The clash between Peel Thunder and Subiaco gets underway at 2:10pm and is being broadcast live on 91.3 SportFM.

IMAGE: Albany Advertiser.


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