Great Southern products shine in pre-season derby

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Cameron NewboldAlbany Advertiser

Great Southern duo Jeremy McGovern and Nat Fyfe both showed positive signs in their return to competitive action during the West Coast Eagles and Fremantle Dockers derby part of the JLT Community Series in Geraldton on Saturday.

Fyfe was impressive in the Dockers first pre-season hit out with 22 disposals and three marks, the Brownlow medallist’s long-awaited return from a broken leg.

The Lake Grace product played a hand in a couple of his side’s goals and moved well through the midfield.

Ex-North Albany big man Jeremy McGovern also made his first appearance in 2017 after missing the Eagles loss to the Greater Western Sydney Giants last week.

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The utility collected 16 possessions and clunked 10 marks from 89 percent game time in a solid output as he builds towards round 1.

The Eagles went on to win the match by 52 points.

Denmark-born Joel Hamling had three touches and laid two tackles in his first outing in Dockers colours since switching from premiers the Western Bulldogs.

It was a busy weekend for Great Southern players in the pre-season competition with Mt Barker’s Nathan Krakouer playing in Port Adelaide’s one-point loss to St Kilda on Thursday night.

Krakouer finished with seven disposals, three marks and laid five tackles but his night was soured when he was reported for a high bump on Sean Dempster in the third term.

He can accept a one match ban with a early plea after the match review panel findings.

On Friday night Adelaide went down to Richmond by 19 points with North Albany’s Mitch McGovern collecting eight possessions, five marks and two tackles.

North Melbourne kept their unbeaten run going in the pre-season with a 21-point win over Hawthorn on Sunday with North Albany duo Marley Williams and Declan Mountford both playing.

Williams continues to impress for his new club across half back with 15 touches while Mountford playing more minutes than the previous week had 10 touches.

Meanwhile in the AFL women’s competition, Mt Barker’s Kirby Bentley was again a strong contributor for Fremantle who lost by 23 points to Adelaide.

Bentley kicked a goal from her 11 disposals while Gnowangerup’s Kira Phillips had six touches and two marks and Pingrup’s Belinda Smith collected five disposals and laid six tackles.

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