West Coast duo thrill fans in visit

North West Telegraph - - News - Shan­non Beat­tie

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.”

Pic­ture: Robert Dougherty

Jeremy McGovern and Mark Hutch­ings re­lax with a game of mini-golf in Port Hed­land.

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