Half back Williams excels for new club

Cameron NewboldAlbany Advertiser

North Albany product Marley Williams was impressive in his second match for new club North Melbourne, kicking a vital last-term goal but it was not enough for them to hold on against Geelong at Etihad Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

Williams, who was traded to the Kangaroos after 68 games with Collingwood, made his debut for the new club in round 1 and shone at the weekend with 12 disposals at 100 per cent efficiency off half-back.

With the game on the line, Williams kicked a terrific running goal from long range to keep his side in front late in the match but a late goal from the Cats saw them prevail by a single point. Williams took four marks, had two clearances, laid three tackles and had two inside 50s in his solid outing.

On Saturday at the MCG, ex-North Albany forward Mitch McGovern was terrific for the Adelaide Crows as they defeated Hawthorn by 24 points.

Despite kicking 1.3, the talented forward collected 14 touches and six marks, four of which were contested, to go with four tackles.

Older brother and star West Coast Eagles defender Jeremy McGovern helped his side overcome St Kilda by 19 points at Domain Stadium on Saturday.

The ex-North Albany big man gathered 20 possessions, nine marks and three inside 50s to go with 12 one percent acts.

Mt Barker product Aaron Sandilands finished with 36 hit-outs and 12 disposals for Fremantle in their embarrassing 89-point loss to Port Adelaide at Adelaide Oval on Sunday.

Lake Grace junior Nat Fyfe had 30 possessions, four clearances and a goal as Dockers skipper.

In the WAFL, former Eagles and Saints key position player Beau Maister took his season tally to seven goals after four majors in Claremont’s 59-point mauling of Perth at Lathlain Park on Saturday.

The Railways product kicked 4.6 from 16 touches while former Power listed player and Denmark-Walpole talent Jesse Laurie finished with 15 disposals. Royals’ Declan McNamara was named in the Claremont colts best players.

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