No blues for Carlton’s McGovern

| posted on July 3, 2020

ALBANY product and Carlton forward Mitch McGovern is starting to find some long-awaited form in the AFL, kicking two goals in his side’s nail-biting one-point win over Essendon on Saturday night.

It’s the second week in a row McGovern has booted multiple goals in a Blues victory, with the former North Albany junior kicking two majors in Carlton’s Round 3 victory over Geelong.

After a slow start to the season, McGovern is now enjoying an extended run of form without injury for the first time in years.

The same can’t be said for Mitch’s brother and West Coast Eagles premiership hero Jeremy McGovern, who was unable to get up for West Coast’s 48-point loss to Port Adelaide after he sustained an ankle injury playing a reserves game.

The Eagles will have their fingers crossed McGovern returns to the fold this week against Sydney on Saturday afternoon at Metricon Stadium, with the 2018 premiers desperate for a win after losing their first three games in the Queensland hub by a combined total of 122 points.

Outside the McGovern family, former Railways junior Jordan Clark can’t buy a game at the moment, with the young gun struggling to fight his way back into a star-studded midfield.

Geelong’s game against Melbourne on Sunday drew fierce criticism from the AFL community for its boring play and lack of scoring in perfect footy conditions.

Albany’s Marley Williams was also part of a Sunday AFL showing labelled dull.

Williams, who played for the second time in 2020 after being suspended in rounds 2 and 3, gathered 13 disposals in his side’s four-point loss to the Hawks.

While the game was close in the final minutes, Hawthorn coach Alistair Clarkson declared it “a terrible spectacle”.

Despite an impressive debut game against Richmond in Round 1, Collingwood’s Darcy Cameron played in the reserves on the weekend after being replaced by big Texan Mason Cox.