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Jacka keen to write own story

Sam Jacka gets his kick away in Thomson’s qualifying final loss to Bell Post Hill. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

ON more than one occasion Sam Jacka has found himself gazing longingly at premiership photos that represent the most dominant era in Thomson’s history.

The flags of 2005, 2006 and 2008 represent the high watermark of success at Godfrey Street.

Now, Jacka, as captain of the club who was a teenage waterboy in those halcyon days, has the chance to join that pantheon of stars to deliver the ultimate success when the Tigers take on Inverleigh in Saturday’s GDFL Grand Final.

“I’d be lying if I didn’t say yes to that question, for sure,” the now 27-year-old said.

“I’d love to get my face up on the wall with 21 other blokes, and my dad there as well and all the coaches.

“There’s a big test coming this weekend, so it’s not going to happen easily.”

Thomson enters the clash having played every week of the finals, while Inverleigh has taken to the field just twice in the last month after winning the minor premiership and gaining direct entry to the grand final via the second semi-final.

Jacka hopes the momentum gained from wins over Geelong West and Bell Post Hill after losing to the Panthers in the qualifying final will hold them in good stead.

“I reflected on that on Saturday night and thought there is definitely a benefit from keeping that momentum going,” he said.

“We’ve got a pretty “full steam ahead” attitude and a big challenge on the weekend just past with Bell Post Hill.

“We’re certainly carrying some really good momentum going into Saturday’s clash with Inverleigh.”

Jacka, who was named on a half-back flank in the GDFL Team of the Year, says the flexibility of the Thomson forward line will be a key to causing an upset.

Daniel Freeman (39 goals), Paul Davis (38), Jared Matheson (22) and Brendan Wall (20) have all kicked 20 or more goals for the season, giving the Tigers one of the competition’s most potent attacks.

“We play big and small down there. I think our bigs are really, really good at ground level, too,” Jacka said.

“Getting Jake Kiddle (four goals in the preliminary final) back from a concussion last weekend was massive.

“We’ve always spoken to Jake more so about what he does without the goals against his name.

“It was massive to get him back and build another dimension to our forward line.”

Twitter: @tom_king79

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