Coast popular post-season

Geraldton Guardian
Jeremy McGovern fishing off Coral Bay.
Camera IconJeremy McGovern fishing off Coral Bay. Credit: Instagram

In the age of COVID-19, gone are the obligatory overseas holidays in the off-season with teammates.

Now our AFL stars, like the rest of us, are “wandering out yonder”, exploring the best that WA has to offer. And some footy superstars have headed to our neck of the woods for either a homecoming or a relaxing break after the turbulent 2020 season, during which they spent a big chunk of the year locked down in hubs.

One of Northampton’s favourite exports, West Coast forward Josh Kennedy, travelled north earlier this month to visit the breathtaking Kalbarri Skywalk with wife Lauren and their two young daughters Lottie and Sage.

His partner-in-crime in the Eagles’ forward line, Jack Darling has also been experiencing the wonders of Kalbarri with his young family, posting a photo of himself fishing on the beach with his young son Max. Further north, the jewel of the Coral Coast — Exmouth — has been a popular attraction.

West Coast defender Jeremy McGovern and his young family spent time in Exmouth and Coral Bay earlier this month, and McGovern used the holiday to propose to his long-term partner and mother of his two children, Madison Williams.

Jack Darling with his son Max in Kalbarri.
Camera IconJack Darling with his son Max in Kalbarri. Credit: Instagram

“One of the all time trips ... For many reasons!!,” McGovern wrote on Instagram alongside a ring, family of four and fish emoji. On her own caption of the same happy snap, Williams wrote: “Was worth the wait ... don’t hold ya breath for the wedding.” Fremantle’s Rory Lobb also spent time in and around Exmouth, posting a photo of himself sitting on a jet ski at Ningaloo Station, 40km north of Coral Bay.

Geraldton product Liam Ryan opted to go south for a family break, with the livewire Eagles forward posting an adorable photo with his twin baby sons on a pristine beach along WA’s south coast.

Camera IconCredit: Instagram/Liam Ryan with his twin sons on WA’s south coast

The question of whether recently retired Geelong defender Harry Taylor, who is holidaying up north with his family, will move back to his home town of Geraldton remains to be answered.

It’s understood Taylor is on holiday with his family in WA’s north weighing up his future with wife Michelle, who also hails from Geraldton.

But his father Harry Taylor Sr recently told The Geraldton Guardian that his son misses Geraldton.

“Especially the weather. It might be windy, but it’s easier on the body than Geelong, especially for three or four months of the year. He loves fishing, going to the Abrolhos, golf and the lifestyle,” he said.

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