Connor Blakely set himself to play a big game in the WAFL grand final in a bid to play more for Fremantle next season.
The prolific Peel midfielder, who was awarded the Simpson Medal as best on ground despite being tied with Subiaco captain Kyal Horsley in the vote count, identified big-match performances as the key to success at elite level.
“Each game in the finals I have been working towards the bigger goal of playing more AFL footy,” he said.
“It is good to play well in a big game.
“That is what I set myself to do and to improve every time I play.
“If I am to play AFL footy for the rest of my career I have to keep improving every time I go out there.”
Blakely gathered 38 possessions to make a critical contribution to Peel’s 23-point win over Subiaco.
He had 11, nine, nine and nine disposals over the quarters in one of the most even performances in the match.
But Horsley, who stirred his team into action in the third term and finished with 39 touches, equalled Blakely’s tally with 11 votes from the umpires, ABC Radio’s Peter Spencer and Channel 7’s Andrew Embley.