Backman set for pivotal hit-out
By: ADAM SMITH
``I had only been on the ground 10 seconds.
``That was all good fun as a 16-year-old.''
Now a key component of Clarence's backline, Blight is preparing for a clash against the side which gave him his start this weekend.
The Roos host the Magpies at Bellerive Oval in a contest pivotal to both sides.
Clarence (third) sits a win behind Glenorchy but has a game in hand, while Devonport is clinging to sixth spot after dropping its past four matches.
Bellerive has become the Roos' fortress this season -- the side has not lost a match at the ground and has produced some blistering performances.
Since falling to Glenorchy in round nine, Clarence has found the ingredient which had them mentioned as a premiership favourite early in the year.
And Blight is confident the group is hitting its straps at the right time of the year.
However, he is refusing to underestimate a Devonport outfit armed with some of the best young talent in the competition.
``In terms of clubs, they probably have the best kids out of anyone,'' Blight said.
``You're talking Rhys Mott, Sam Rundle, Vin Ponsonby, Brad Symmons and Clay Hardy -- they are four or five that have been in the Mariners' best 20.
``They've got some high quality kids and they are going to be a different side with the kids in this week.
``We were probably a bit inconsistent early in the year but now we have strung together three wins on the trot so we are starting to build some momentum.''