West Coast duo thrill fans in visit
West Coast Eagles fans had the night of their lives last week when premiership legends Jeremy McGovern and Mark Hutchings turned up in Port Hedland.
The stars went to The Walkabout Hotel on November 28 where they took part in a Q and A with a promoter before the eager crowd got the chance to ask their burning questions.
The players talked about their disappointment after the grand final loss in 2015, the feeling of winning two months ago, who has a bromance in the team and who managed to misplace their premiership medal.
Three-time All-Australian player McGovern said after growing up in the country himself, getting out to regional areas was always a highlight.
“I've got some mates that live up this way, I was actually in Karratha only a few weeks ago having a fish, so I jumped at the chance to head up north,” he said. “I don’t think some of the boys realise the following we’ve got up here, so hopefully from this they’ll see just how much support we’ve got in the North West.”
Midfielder, and arguably one of the AFL’s best taggers, Hutchings said he’d never been to the Pilbara before and wanted to see what it was all about.
“I wanted to see the towns and meet the people,” he said. “This is the closest a lot of people get to an AFL player, to be able to give our fans that opportunity is amazing.
“You get a lot more people come up and congratulate you (for winning the premiership) . . . in terms of life you’re just happy that you’ve ticked off a life goal and hungry for more, they’re hard to come by.”
Jeremy McGovern and Mark Hutchings relax with a game of mini-golf in Port Hedland.