McGovern in Eagles’ best against Suns

Cameron NewboldAlbany Advertiser

Former North Albany pair Jeremy McGovern and Marley Williams continued their strong form this season but it was not enough for the West Coast Eagles and North Melbourne respectively as the two sides lost in round 11 of the AFL at the weekend.

McGovern was rock solid across half-back for the Eagles, collecting 15 disposals, nine marks and laying two tackles, but the Eagles coughed up the lead in the final term to go down by three points against Gold Coast Suns at Metricon Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Playing his 66th career game, McGovern kicked a long goal from beyond the 50m arc and had two inside-50 entries but his side struggled without key forward Josh Kennedy.

Since his switch to the Kangaroos, Williams has been in tremendous form across half-back and he again had plenty of influence against Richmond at Etihad Stadium on Saturday night.

Williams finished with 18 possessions at almost 90 per cent efficiency, two marks, two tackles, two rebound 50s and a goal assist, but the Kangaroos were outclassed in the end to lose by 35 points.

In the VFL, former North Albany junior Declan Mountford was named in Werribee’s best players, kicking a goal and finding plenty of the ball against Richmond on Saturday.

Mountford has been a strong performer for the Kangaroos’ VFL affiliate in the five games he has played around his AFL debut in round 1 against the Eagles.

Ruckman Darcy Cameron, also hailing from North Albany, did not get a chance to press his claims for a maiden AFL game, with Sydney’s reserves side having the bye in the NEAFL over the weekend.

Mt Barker’s Aaron Sandilands was a late withdrawal from Fremantle’s crucial clash with Collingwood at Domain Stadium on Sunday afternoon and the Dockers were overrun in the end by the visitors. Lake Grace product Nat Fyfe was among the Dockers’ best with 24 disposals, five clearances, seven tackles and a goal in the 20-point loss.

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