Mc­Gov­ern earns cap­taincy hon­our

Albany Extra - - SPORT - CAMERON NEWBOLD

Star de­fender Jeremy Mc­Gov­ern will cap­tain the West Coast Ea­gles for the first time in his ca­reer in their clash with Ade­laide at the Gabba on Satur­day af­ter­noon.

Mc­Gov­ern was told the news in front of his team­mates at train­ing on Thurs­day and spoke to the group as they pre­pared to take on the win­less Crows.

The four-time All-Aus­tralian will be the stand-in skip­per for the round-six clash af­ter Ea­gles’ cap­tain Luke Shuey was ruled out with a ham­string in­jury.

Shuey took over the cap­taincy from vet­eran Shan­non Hurn this sea­son but in­jured his ham­string in last Satur­day’s vic­tory over Syd­ney.

The match with the Crows is the fi­nal fix­ture for the Ea­gles in the Gold Coast hub and they will fly home di­rectly to Perth af­ter the game.

The 28-year-old from Al­bany de­buted in 2012 and was made a vice-cap­tain along with Josh Kennedy in De­cem­ber last year.

He has played 129 AFL matches for the Ea­gles.

Mc­Gov­ern said in his weekly Jezza’s Jour­nal col­umn for the Ad­ver­tiser this week that he took on a big­ger lead­er­ship role when Shuey went down late in the first quar­ter.

“My stats weren’t huge but it was more lead­er­ship stuff on the day, help­ing set up be­hind the ball and di­rect­ing the back six,” Mc­Gov­ern penned in the jour­nal. “We are an in­ter­cept­ing team and it makes it hard when they don’t kick it in long but we ad­justed well.”

Pic­ture: West Coast Ea­gles

Jeremy Mc­Gov­ern speaks in front of team­mates af­ter be­ing an­nounced as stand-in skip­per.

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