IT'S lucky Will Jacobs is happy to play anywhere, on anyone.
The Warrnambool full-back had the unenviable task of manning North Warrnambool Eagles' livewire forward Robbie Gregg in Saturday's Hampden league preliminary final.
Gregg, whose speed off the mark and creativity causes headaches for opponents, had kicked 10 goals in the Eagles' two finals wins.
Jacobs, 20, restricted him to three goals as the Blues advanced to their sixth straight grand final.
He formed part of a strong back six which played its part in Warrnambool's 21.9 (135) to 9.12 (66) win at Reid Oval.
"He didn't have much getting down to him, but I thought I did pretty well keeping him to three goals," Jacobs said.
"I tried to stay off him a bit and not get caught on his body because he's good at using his body and I'd come over the top and close him down.
"Full-back is pretty stressful sometimes, but I suppose I am just happy to be doing the team thing and playing with the Blues."
Jacobs, a product of the Blues' junior program, said he was happy to play whatever role coach Scott Carter gave him.
"I like using my pace a bit. I like forwards who lead at the footy and don't call for contests as much," he said.
"I don't really mind though I'd play on anyone."
Carter was full of praise for Jacobs, labelling his game "terrific".
"I thought if Will could keep Robbie to under four goals we'd win the game and he definitely did that," he said.
Jacobs said the Blues' win was an emphatic response to their second semi-final loss to Koroit.
"It was a good win for the boys, especially to beat them by that margin," he said.
"It was good for our confidence as well."
The premiership player believes the Blues can topple the Saints in this weekend's grand final.
"It would be good to go back-to-back, especially because we've worked so hard through the middle of the year and it's good to finally get there," Jacobs said.
"Everyone is fit and healthy.
"Since we lost three times to them, it would be good to get one up on them in the granny."
Jacobs said Jake O'Donnell's brilliant final quarter goal, where he weaved through a number of Eagles, was a highlight as the Blues' premiership defence remained on track.