Million-Dollar McGovern To The Rescue: West Coast’s Week Just Got More Bizarre


AFL Rd 21 - Port Adelaide v West Coast
HISTORY REPEATS ITSELF: Déjà vu for Port Adelaide. West Coast work a modern-day miracle. PHOTO: Getty Images/Daniel Kalisz

FOOTBALL, yep… just football, it’s a fascinating game. If you’re a Port fan, just don’t read this please. Adelaide fans, you’ll probably enjoy this.

WATCH: Jeremy McGovern’s stunning match winning mark and goal.

The West Coast Eagles in the wake of the Andrew Gaff suspension saga have managed to steal an incredible victory over an injury-hit Power side. Jeremy McGovern, who has just signed a five-year deal with the club kicked a goal after the siren, I repeat AFTER THE SIREN to beat Port Adelaide at Adelaide Oval on Saturday night.

Double déjà vu has officially hit the Port Adelaide Football Club. For the second year in a row Port lose to the Eagles after the siren at a similar point in the season.

Just like all good criminals the Eagles hit something and then stole something over the course of this week (I’m joking).

With just over a minute to play in Saturday’s game, West Coast had the ball deep in their backline, 30 seconds later Mark LeCras snapped a goal from the goal-square after a looping handball from Jamie Cripps. After the restart and then a ball-up, out-of-contract ruckman and Power-fancy Scott Lycett slapped the ball onto the boot into the ‘gecko hands’ of Jeremy McGovern, 27 seconds remained on the clock. McGovern then went back, waited for the siren to blow and calmly slotted the winner in uncanny similarity to a certain teammates goal last season.

History had been repeated.

The Power suffered injuries to three key players, star ruckman Paddy Ryder (knee), former-Sun and full forward Charlie Dixon (ankle) and young defender Dan Houston (concussion) earlier in the match. These three would have helped Port tremendously in the last term. The Power could be without Dixon for the remainder of the year. Houston and Ryder are uncertain on their timeline for recovery.

HOUSTON WE HAVE A PROBLEM: It was a painful night for the Power (and my puns/jokes) PHOTO: Getty Images/Daniel Kalisz

If you have a memory or live in Perth you’ll know that last year, Luke Shuey famously kicked a goal after the siren to beat the Power, at the end of an extra time mind you. Shuey performed his notoriously shady ducking manoeuvre to get Port midfielder Jared Polec to take him high with seconds to spare. He took the free kick and then put a dagger through the heart of every Port supporter with a dead-straight set shot punt.

WATCH: Luke Shuey caps off a marathon Elimination Final with a goal after-the-siren

“YOU’LL GET YOUR TURN JEREMY”: Luke Shuey celebrates the post-siren winning goal against the Power in last year’s Elimination Final. (2017) PHOTO: AFL Media

Oh and you thought that was the end of it all? Luke Shuey also booted the winning goal vs Port Adelaide two years prior, in Round 6 2015…at the Adelaide Oval. With 11 seconds to go in the last term, Shuey rammed home a major to score a 10-point victory over the Power.

WATCH: Luke Shuey’s ‘moment of reckoning’. The sealer vs Port Adelaide in 2015.

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TORMENTOR: Luke Shuey is an eyesore to Port Adelaide fans and players alike. (2015) PHOTO: AFL Media
DOUBLE DEJA VU: West Coast Steals The Game Off Of The Power: Chapter III. (2018) PHOTO: Getty Images/Daniel Kalisz

West Coast just seem to really, really love beating the Power in stunning fashion in Adelaide. Each time they’ve just seemed to out-do themselves and tonight’s victory was funnier than it was epic.

Also, every winning goal for each epic victory has been at the same end of the ground and they’ve all been night games.

Imagine being Ken Hinkley, he must have convulsions every time he sees the West Coast blue and gold with the white shorts.

Port Adelaide face Collingwood and Essendon, two sides also vying for a top-8 berth. It just gets tougher for the Power.

West Coast take on Melbourne and Brisbane in the last two rounds of the season to secure a top-two spot.


Port Adelaide 9.4.58

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West Coast 9.8.62