Three goals in McGovern’s switch

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Former North Albany junior Jeremy McGovern’s shift to the forward line proved fruitful for the West Coast Eagles on Saturday night, but his three goals were not enough to save the home side as Melbourne produced a last-gasp goal to win a thriller at Domain Stadium.

McGovern was pushed forward by the Eagles to help fill the void of injured full forward Josh Kennedy and performed admirably with 15 disposals, nine marks and kicked three goals.

The 25-year-old could have had even more influence on the game, kicking three behinds, but his aerial prowess and pressure in the front half was outstanding, laying five tackles and with three inside 50s was among the Eagles best.

In another tense finish on Saturday night in the AFL, ex-North Albany teammates and now North Melbourne duo Marley Williams and Declan Mountford were part of the Kangaroos side that went down to the Western Bulldogs by a point.

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Mountford had a chance to reduce the margin to single figures early in the final term and his side kicked four straight goals to level scores, before a Jake Stringer behind sealed the one-point win for the Bulldogs.

Williams had 12 touches, three rebound 50s and two tackles in defence, while Mountford collected 13 possessions, laid three tackles and kicked two behinds.

Railways product and former Eagles and St Kilda-listed AFL player Beau Maister kicked three crucial goals for Claremont in their two-point league win over West Perth in the WAFL on Saturday.

Ex-Royals midfielder Morgan Davies kicked a goal from his 11 touches and Denmark-Walpole’s Jesse Laurie gathered 13 disposals in the win.

High-flying Mt Barker forward Ben Saunders was knocked out in the opening minutes of South Fremantle’s emphatic win over Perth, the star goal kicker playing no further part in the game.

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