Williams on fire for North Melbourne

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Former North Albany midfielder Marley Williams has tasted success at his new club for the first time, playing a strong hand in the Kangaroos’ downing of Gold Coast by 13 points at Etihad Stadium on Saturday night.

After being traded from Collingwood during the off-season, Williams had played in all five losses for his second club before gathering 16 disposals and kicking a vital goal in their breakthrough win in round 6 of the AFL.

The rebounding defender produced a terrific run-down tackle of Suns star Gary Ablett to catch him holding the ball close to the Kangaroos’ goal and he went back and slotted the free kick late in the third term.

North Melbourne’s Marley Williams.
Camera IconNorth Melbourne’s Marley Williams. Credit: Michael Dodge/Getty Images

Williams finished with 16 touches at more than 93 per cent efficiency, had two clearances, laid two tackles and had two inside 50s in another strong showing.

North Albany junior Jeremy McGovern enjoyed a superb night out for the West Coast Eagles, returning to defence in a starring role in the Eagles’ 41-point demolition of Fremantle at Domain Stadium.

The intercept defender was rock solid at the back for the Eagles, taking 13 marks to go with his 22 possessions and six rebound 50s.

McGovern had nine one percent acts and two inside 50s and polled six votes in the Ross Glendinning Medal awarded to the best player in each Western Derby, falling one short of six-goal hero Josh Kennedy.

Lake Grace star Nat Fyfe had a quiet night for the Dockers with 19 touches and four clearances and Mt Barker’s Aaron Sandilands finished with 52 hit outs to his name.

Ex-North Albany ruckman Darcy Cameron pressed his case for an AFL debut with a strong showing for their reserves side in the NEAFL.

Cameron kicked a goal and was dominant in the ruck as his claims for a maiden senior berth rose, with the Swans slumping to a sixth straight defeat on Saturday.

In the WAFL, Royals product Morgan Davies was outstanding in his seventh league game, named in Claremont’s best players after a 20-disposal effort that also included seven tackles and two inside 50s.

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