Blackberry looms as Storm's danger man

WESTERN Storm captain Jay Blackberry's importance to his side is shown by the fact that he has been attracting more tags this season.

The 22-year-old mechanic has notched up  94 senior games and is a pivotal ball mover for his team through the midfield.

Blackberry was looking forward to taking on the Northern Bombers tonight in their State League clash and keeping the Storm's winning run going after their Foxtel Cup success.

``It was just a great experience to go over there with a developing young side and work on what we wanted to and not really worrying about the opponent we were going to come up against,'' he said.

``To be able to do what we did and get the win was an awesome effort from everyone.'

``We had a few doubts whether our game plan would work on a big oval like Adelaide but we pulled it off perfectly so it should give us confidence to really pressure every team and kick some good scores.''

While respecting his opposition and having been impressed by North's performance against Clarence last week for three quarters, he said he hoped the Storm could overrun the Bombers too.

``But we really have to stick to our game plan and do what we've done over the past couple of weeks with the tackle pressure right up.

``They've got some really good young kids and are going to be a very good side in a few years and once they get a few experienced guys back like O'Sign and Sam Carins back they will hard to stop.''

Enjoying the captaincy role with the Storm for the first time, he said he had plenty of leadership support from his former South Launceston premiership teammates.

``I've tried to take my professionalism and performances up a notch so I can hopefully be a good role model for the younger blokes and push them to really want to succeed as well,'' he said.

``We've gelled really well and we have a great bunch of guys who really want to play for each other.

``That's really shown over the past couple of weeks.

``I think the loss to Launceston was a good thing and we probably needed it.

``But  we've really sharpened up over the past couple of weeks and we just need to keep that rolling through the whole season.'' 

Western Storm captain Jay Blackberry has started the year in strong form and is proving a pivotal ball mover for his team through the midfield. Picture: GEOFF ROBSON

Western Storm captain Jay Blackberry has started the year in strong form and is proving a pivotal ball mover for his team through the midfield. Picture: GEOFF ROBSON

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