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McGovern 2017 highlights The runner-up John Worsfold Medallist had another stellar all-Australian season
AFL 2017 Round 14 - West Coast v Melbourne

Jeremy McGovern placed second in the John Worsfold Medal count

Jeremy McGovern backed up his breakout 2016 campaign with another fine season in blue and gold. The talented 24-year-old proved his worth as a genuine swingman in the absence of Josh Kennedy, pushing forward to kick 10 goals.

He took his game to another level in 2017 and recorded career-best statistics for average disposals (16.4 per game), marks (7.7), tackles (1.8), hit-outs (2.8), inside 50s (2.3) and clearances (0.5).

He claimed his second all-Australian blazer and ranked second in the competition for total contested marks, third in total marks and marks per game and fourth in contested marks per game this year.

Season 2017 highlights:

Disposals: 25 v Port Adelaide – Round 7

Intercepts: 17 v Fremantle – Round 6

Marks: 15 v Port Adelaide – Elimination Final

Hit-outs: 13 v Brisbane – Round 19

One percenters: 12 v Port Adelaide – Elimination Final

Score involvements: 11 v Melbourne – Round 14

Rebound 50s: 7 v Greater Western Sydney – Semi Final

Tackles: 6 v Geelong – Round 13

Memorable matches:

Round 4 v Sydney

West Coast senior coach Adam Simpson deployed McGovern up forward to great effect. The 2016 all-Australian defender kicked his first goal of the year after getting on the end of a laser-like pass from Chris Masten and slotting his set shot from 40m out. He notched up a score involvement late in the third term, gifting Jamie Cripps an easy goal after crumbing a loose ball and firing it to the small forward, and he picked up his second major of the game midway through the final term with a brilliant gather and snap to give West Coast an 18-point lead. McGovern finished the contest with 19 disposals, eight marks, seven score involvements and seven intercept possessions.

Round 14 v Melbourne

Heading up West Coast’s attacking unit in the absence of spearhead Josh Kennedy, McGovern started strongly and hit the scoreboard in the third minute of the second term after getting on the end of a brilliant coast-to-coast play. The Albany product bobbed up again late in the third quarter, slotting a 50m bomb to edge West Coast ahead of the Demons by seven points just seconds before the penultimate siren. McGovern chimed in midway through the third term with another six-pointer following a strong contested mark and straight shot from 30m, but it wasn’t enough to stave off the visitors, who won the game in the dying seconds.

Elimination Final v Port Adelaide

McGovern was prolific in the Eagles’ most exciting game of the year. He was at the centre of a controversial moment – a Chad Wingard goal review – and while that didn’t go his way, the rest of the game did. The 25-year-old dictated play from the back of the ground and collected 25 disposals, an incredible 15 marks – five of which were contested –, 12 one percenters and 11 intercept possessions.