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Jacob Blight had a promising debut with Richmond yesterday in their game against Carlton at the MCG.

Jacob Blight made a promising debut for Richmond’s first team in yesterday’s game against Carlton at the MCG.

It was a baptism of fire for Blight, who was assigned the key role in defence against Blues star striker Harry McKay.

But the Tigers’ first choice in the AFL’s recent mid-season rookie draft mastered this difficult task impressively.

He limited McKay to just two goals and had eleven possessions, three markers, four interceptions, three rebound 50s and eight one-percenters himself.

After the game, he spoke to Richmond Media about his first experience at the highest level. Here’s what he had to say…

Joy at the debut

“It’s certainly a step up to say the least, but I really enjoyed it. It was just a great honour to be able to line up and play alongside these guys and some of the legends of our football club. You’ve got ‘Broady’ (Nathan Broad) and Rioli and ‘Tig’ (Nick Vlastuin) and guys like that. They’re all Premier League players. They looked after me. It was the same with ‘Funk’ (Ben Miller). I thought he was outstanding today too. It was just a great pleasure to be out there and hopefully there will be many more to come.”

Playing on Harry McKay

“It was a great challenge… I really enjoyed the challenge. I learned a lot and will take a lot with me.

Important loot

“I think I had a few good ones today. Obviously, because it’s a wet game, I can’t really show any aerial presence with interceptions, but just winning or halving the contest with an interception is just as good.”

Support from family and friends

“I actually tried to find them, but it was pretty busy today, so it was pretty difficult to see them. I’m very grateful that they were able to come by before and after the game. I give them credit for making the trip, and I really appreciate it.”

Self-assessment of his performance

“I’m pretty happy with my performance and achievements, but of course there are still things that can be improved.”