Eagles jump to second after McGovern’s big day out

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West Coast’s Jeremy McGovern prepares to tackle Collingwood’s Will Hoskin-Elliott.
Camera IconWest Coast’s Jeremy McGovern prepares to tackle Collingwood’s Will Hoskin-Elliott. Credit: Michael Dodge/Getty Images

West Coast Eagles star and former North Albany tall Jeremy McGovern led his side to an impressive 35-point win over Collingwood at the MCG on Sunday.

McGovern was at his trademark best across half-back with a number of intercept marks to help push his side into attack as they soaked up plenty of early pressure before hitting the front in the second term.

He finished with an equal game-high 12 marks, four of which were contested, to go with 22 disposals and three inside 50s.

The dual All-Australian’s performance has helped the Eagles jump to second on the ladder.

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Meanwhile, ex-North Albany midfielder Marley Williams was part of the North Melbourne team that lost a thriller to Sydney at Etihad Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

Williams collected 13 possessions, four marks and five rebound 50s, but his side went down in the dying stages by six points.

In the NEAFL, North Albany product Darcy Cameron continues to press his claims for senior selection with Sydney after a big evening for the Swans reserves on Saturday.

Cameron is on the cusp of making his AFL debut for the Swans and did his chances no harm with three goals, 28 possessions and 10 marks in a dominant display against the NT Thunder at TIO Stadium.

Another impressive defensive display from Great Southern product Angus Litherland has helped Subiaco extend their winning streak to 13 games in the WAFL competition after easily disposing of the second-placed South Fremantle on Saturday.

The Ongerup-bred Litherland, who played for Royals and Albany, has been in terrific form all season and his Lions are undefeated from their 13 games thus far, following the 60-point victory over the Bulldogs.

Playing a key role in defence, Litherland was named in the Lions’ best players after 13 disposals, four marks, four tackles and a goal.

Again, Litherland helped set the Lions up from the back half and was a key reason the Bulldogs were kept to just three goals for the game.

Those three goals all came from the boot of Great Southern products, with Ben Saunders kicking two and Steven Edwards the other.

Mt Barker’s Saunders had just seven possessions but they included two inside 50s and two majors, while former Royals midfielder Edwards, in his return to the senior team, had 10 touches, three marks and one major.

Former Albany livewire Michael Bennell added two more goals to his league tally, helping Perth break into the top five as they defeated reigning premiers Peel Thunder.

Peel led for the majority of the contest before the Demons kicked four goals to one in the final term at Lathlain Park to get up by eight points.

Bennell had 15 disposals, three tackles and kicked 2.4 up front, and the rising star now has 18 goals in six league games this season.

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