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Murphy is calm before storm
Murphy is calm before storm

Feisty Claremont on-baller Jake Murphy has enjoyed a less stressful preparation for tomorrow's grand final than last year.

Suspended for one match in the last qualifying game, Murphy could only look on as his teammates thumped West Perth by 85 points in last year's second semifinal to move through to the season decider.

Faced with the prospect of missing the grand final, Murphy regained his spot in the Tigers side which beat Subiaco by 56 points.

"That was a case of wait and see," Murphy said of his late reprieve. "I wasn't sure if I was going to get picked because we played such a good game in the second semi against West Perth.

"Everyone performed pretty well and I was pretty nervous for about 10 days whether I was going to get a game or not. Lucky enough I did and history shows that we had a good win.

"This year was a bit less stressful and I've been able to prepare myself a bit easier."

The 22-year-old, a solid contributor in Claremont's 32-point second semifinal win against Swan Districts a fortnight ago, is keen to help his team to consecutive grand final wins for the first time since a hat-trick of premierships starting in 1938.

"I think when you get that taste of one you just want to keep going and push for more," he said.

"To win we know we have to put in a serious amount of hard work. When you do all that work to get to a grand final you don't want to let the opportunity slip.

"We are a resilient group who will definitely put in a four-quarter effort on Sunday."

Murphy and many of his teammates have already won a grand final in 2012, members of the side which beat Werribee by 44 points in the Foxtel Cup grand final on August 2.

Claremont coach Marc Webb said Murphy had developed into a key midfielder.

"Jake's ability to win the contested ball has been a great asset for us," Webb said. "He has really stepped up, not just his output on field but off field. He is one of our young leaders and he will be a key part of our team this weekend."

The West Australian

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