Darcy Cameron impresses in thrilling Magpies debut which featured a draw with reigning premiers Richmond

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Darcy Cameron slides in for a mark for the Magpies.
Camera IconDarcy Cameron slides in for a mark for the Magpies. Credit: Robert Cianflone

Albany big man Darcy Cameron will not forget his first AFL game in a Collingwood jumper, producing an impressive display as the Magpies drew with Richmond in a thriller at the MCG to restart the 2020 premiership season.

After one senior game in three seasons with Sydney, Cameron was traded to the Magpies and was presented with his jumper by former Pies captain Nick Maxwell.

Cameron, a North Albany product, took the second-highest number of marks on the ground, eight in total, three of which were contested as the Pies and Tigers played out a low-scoring draw.

He also collected 13 possessions, four hit outs, four intercept possessions, and had two score involvements.

Darcy Cameron’s family wishing him well at the jumper presentation.
Camera IconDarcy Cameron’s family wishing him well at the jumper presentation.

The 24-year-old was involved in am after-game interview with Channel 7, which included a pre-recorded video with his family.

He also joined Magpies coach Nathan Buckley in the official post-match press conference.

“Playing my first game for the club in front of no one for one of the biggest clubs in the AFL against the reigning premiers and drawing, it was very odd,” Cameron said.

“I think marking is one of my strengths, and if I can bring that to the team then I will do that.

“After that long of break I think you can never match, match intensity in all the intra-club games but nothing compares to match intensity like that.

“I did think I was close a number of times (at Sydney) but I was looking for more opportunity by coming here to Collingwood and I got it tonight.”

Pingaring’s Liam Baker racked up 12 touches off half-back for the Tigers in the draw.

West Coast Eagles’ Jeremy McGovern received a one-match suspension.
Camera IconWest Coast Eagles’ Jeremy McGovern received a one-match suspension. Credit: Dave Hunt

West Coast Eagles vice-captain and North Albany junior Jeremy McGovern will miss Saturday night’s clash against Brisbane at the Gabba after failing to have his one-game suspension for striking Alex Sexton in his side’s disappointing 44-point loss at Metricon Stadium.

McGovern took five marks from nine disposals but was cited by the match review panel for a strike in the third quarter, which the Eagles were unsuccessful in contesting at the AFL tribunal tonight.

Fremantle superstar and Lake Grace junior Nat Fyfe returned in terrific form for the Dockers as they lost a thrilling finish against Brisbane at the Gabba on Saturday.

He finished with 24 possessions and three goals as the Dockers lost by 12 points.

North Albany product and Carlton forward Mitch McGovern took seven marks and kicked one goal from 10 touches as his side fell one point short against Melbourne in their return.

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