Max?s Macksville move may be one of his best
By MITCHELL DALE
MOVE over Dr Seuss.
Here's a verse that's sure to put everyone's tongue in such a knot that even the best Boy Scout couldn't undo it.
Max McGovern makes move to Macksville.
Try saying that toungue-twister a couple times after a few schooners.
But tongues won't be the only things in a tangle this year if McGovern, Macksville's key off-season recruit, can re-produce the form that helped him guide Bellingen to premiership glory in 1999 ? to date his only season in Group 2.
Just try imagining a Macksville side with more leadership, more direction around the park... and even more attacking options.
It's a scary thought.
McGovern joins Macksville from Central Coast (Saturday) competition runners up, Central Wyong, after moving to Bowraville over the summer with his family ? wife Jodie and children Reece, 13, Sam, 10, and Billy, 5.
"We had always planned to move up this way because the kids wanted to be closer to Jodie's family," McGovern says. "But we didn't want to go back to Bellingen, we wanted something different.
"The school is pretty good at Bowraville, Billy is in Kindy and Reece is in High School and they can go to the same school until Year 10."
Once word got out that McGovern was in town, clubs were quick to act.
Sawtell captain-coach Craig Wallace was first to make contact with the former North Sydney junior star, who is now working at Wirrimbi Cold Stores (the old Midco abattoirs at Bowraville).
"I thought about joining Sawtell, but it was just too far to drive up to Coffs Harbour for training and matches," McGovern said.
"Then Peter O'Grady (Sea Eagles secretary) called around and I joined Macksville.
"I only live down the road from work and training is close as well."
While most Group 2 fans will remember McGovern as a five-eighth with an impeccable kicking game and cool head, he concedes incumbent Macksville halves Gary Jarrett and Neville Donovan are likely to force him into the forward pack.
"I normally play five-eighth or halfback, but if all the boys turn up I will probably push up to hooker," McGovern says.
"Those guys can win a game by themselves.
"Knowing they can do anything takes a bit of pressure off me."