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Tigers look to shift gear

Thomson captain Sam Jacka in action. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

CAPTAIN Sam Jacka says Thomson is yet to play its best footy despite opening its premiership defence with five consecutive wins.

The Tigers, who are overwhelming favourites to claim consecutive flags, have barely been troubled in the opening month of the season, with a 12-point victory over Geelong West the outlier.

“We’ve talked about that internally, that we’re functioning in third or fourth gear, (and) not to get ahead of ourselves because there’s no guarantee you get to that fifth or six gear,” Jacka said.

“It hasn’t clicked yet, but there have been glimpses of it, and I think the game we last played (an 80-point win over Anakie) it probably started to come together in that second half.

“Overall, we’re sitting at 5-0, and that was our goal coming into this point of the year.

“To be where we are is really, really good. But it’s fulfilling to know we haven’t hit our straps yet.”

Contributing to that has been the fact the Tigers, who travel out to Myers Reserve for a clash with Bell Post Hill on Sunday, have already used 31 players as they look to find the right mix with one of the GDFL’s most talented lists.

“We’ve probably only played our near-strength side maybe once when we played against West,” Jacka said.

“And you don’t get your best output when it’s the first time they’re together.

“We’ve brought a few new guys into the club who have really bought-in, but it’s getting used to each other, isn’t it?

“Getting used to what the player next to you is doing and what we like to do as a group.

“It’s coming; it’s close. Hopefully, it’s the next game.”

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