“I’m all good, I’m all good, a little frustrated obviously over the weekend but I’m all good.”
Everyone, Jeremy McGovern is all good.
“We can’t take it away from Gold Coast at all… they played a really good round of footy and we didn’t match it in the end, they’re pretty young, so credit to them,” he told Botica’s Bunch on Monday morning.
The Eagles (6.10.46) suffered a shock 44-point loss to the Suns (14.6.90) at Metricon Stadium on Saturday night.
Lisa brought up a criticism that’s come up with a lot of armchair critics as to why things went wrong.
“There was suggestion that the team can’t play in greasy or dewy conditions,” she put to him.
McGovern said it wasn’t the first time they’d heard that, adding that “going off the weekend’s result, they probably have a fair point.”
He totally silver-lined the argument by saying it was something they could definitely look at, particularly given their current hub situation.
“I mean, we’ve got three weeks up here now of dewy, wet conditions to get it right and change those people’s opinions.”
Any complacency the team may have felt going into the truncated season.
“We got a good reality check, put it that way,” he said.
The elephant in the room, of course, was McGovern being handed a one-match suspension for striking Gold Coast’s Alex Sexton with a right-arm jab.
The decision will be appealed by West Coast.
While the strike was assessed as intentional conduct, low-impact and high-contact, it wasn’t enough to cause damage.
West Coast announced that they will challenge the ban at the AFL Tribunal on Tuesday night.
McGovern was also handed a $1000 fine for pushing Sexton into the boundary fence in a separate incident.
Lisa was curious to know what the interaction with coach Adam Simpson is like after copping a date with the Tribunal.
“When Adam Simpson looks at you,” she began, “…is it a bit like disappointing your dad?”
“Yeah,” McGovern deadpanned, “oh yeah.”
McGovern said he hadn’t realised he had hit Sexton.
“I didn’t even know I hit him, to be honest,” he said. “I don’t think Simmo did because normally Simmo would probably say something… I know he said something to myself before when it looked like I might get suspended, so yeah I don’t know.”
Fred said it looked more like a collision to him rather than a strike, to which McGovern agreed.
“Look, I didn’t go in there and try and punch someone in the face,” McGovern said.