McGovern a bleeding hero af­ter come­back

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - AFL -

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.

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