The West Australian : 2019-06-12

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100 WEDNESDAY, JUNE 12, 2019 THE WEST AUSTRALIAN • ISSN 0312-6323 9 770312 632039 HOME DELIVERY 1800 811 855 STAND BY YOUR MAN Star Eagle urged to know his surroundin­gs end, then Jeremy McGovern saved it at the other,” he said. “I think he has got some runs on the board, being a three-time All-Australian.” But he acknowledg­ed McGovern had to shift to meet challenges thrown at him. “I partially agree with some of the criticism but I would just urge Jeremy to adjust to changing times,” Jakovich said. “No teams are now going to let him just peel off his man and take marks at will. “They are going to lower their eyes, use the ball better, drag him out. “They will do all sorts of things,” . “He is getting challenged. What Gov has to do is re-evaluate. Other sides have put a lot of time into him. That is a compliment to him. They are using every tactic possible to derail and decoy him. “The good thing for West Coast is that when forwards are going out there to negate you then they are not concentrat­ing on other things they should also be doing.” West Coast champion Glen Jakovich says Jeremy McGovern must adjust to meet challenges being thrown at him by opposition teams and has labelled powerful tall Tom Barrass as a critical missing link in the Eagles’ back line. McGovern was carpeted by critics at the weekend after Sydney superstar Lance Franklin got off the leash early in the Sunday’s game at the SCG. Franklin, pictured below, finished with five goals and the Swans won easily. Most vocal was former Essendon star Matthew Lloyd, who called on McGovern to not just play the way he wanted to play. “I am critical because you have to adjust to the situation of the game,” Lloyd said. “You can’t just keep playing the way you want to play all of the time. “There was no Shannon Hurn in this game. There was no Elliot Yeo who would provide pressure up the field. “Don’t ask your ruckman, in this case Tom Hickey, to take Lance Franklin. He is not capable of that. Defend. Lay off when it is time to lay off.” Jakovich said the criticism of McGovern was harsh given his style had been pivotal to West Coast winning last year’s premiershi­p. “If Dom Sheed won it at one Barrass is just 23 and has played 55 games. He was one of the best afield in last year’s grand final win over Collingwoo­d and hasn’t played since being diagnosed with foot stress fractures after the round four western derby. “It would certainly help Gov to have his mate Tom Barrass in the team. Another A-grader next to him,” Jakovich said. “I think all of the back line are victims of not having a star there who was also instrument­al in winning the flag and one of the players that makes the Eagles very good.” West Coast grand final hero Jeremy McGovern has been under the pump in an undermanne­d defence in 2019. Picture: AFL Media

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