McGovern a bleeding hero after comeback
WEST Coast match-winner Jeremy McGovern last night revealed the extent of his injury dramas this week, playing despite internal bleeding that required two nights in hospital.
McGovern said he didn’t believe he would get to play until a Friday afternoon fitness test that saw him passed fit. First the West Coast medicos had to decide he would not risk damage to his kidneys and bladder after a Christian Petracca collision in the preliminary final caused internal bleeding.
The Eagles had disguised his injury as only a hip pointer injury but in fact the corkie bled so badly he was at one stage unlikely to take his place in the side.
“The decision was made yesterday arvo late. It’s been a big week,” he said. “I had to train and I trained pretty well but I am still in a bit of pain. But I could perform and Simmo (coach Adam Simpson) was pretty happy with that, so I am just glad they backed me in.
“On Sunday and Monday night I was in hospital for a bit. I was touch and go there. I had a bit of everything, a bit of internal bleeding.
“It was a cork that just ended up bleeding a lot more. Because it was in between my ribs and hip pointer, it just bled internally. And it got a little bit dangerous there for a bit — with the kidneys and bladder and internal stuff. But it’s all good.”
McGovern was superb as usual, the three-time All Australian hauling in nine marks (three contested) to continually repel Collingwood attacking thrusts. His story will go down in grand final history alongside Dale Morris (two broken bones in his back) and Nigel Lappin (two broken ribs) as an AFL warrior who played despite the extraordinary risk.
Jeremy McGovern can’t quite believe the victory.