31 Oct 2016
Olympian Govers stays humble with under-21s Featured
Australian forward Blake Govers insists he is just another player in the Burras squad at the Sultan of Johor Cup.
Govers, who has already made a step up to the Australian senior team, is as excited to play for the under-21 despite having already turned out in the Olympics.
"I'm eager to play at the Junior World Cup and this SOJC is an important step for our preparations," said Govers, who's brother Kieran is also an international.
"Having played for the Kookaburras, it's really the same preparation for the juniors. For myself, I'm trying not to overplay things and fit into the team ... it's me that needs to fit in, not the other way around.
"The Olympics in Rio de Janeiro was a massive learning curve although the results didn't go our way."
Govers' rise saw him go from the national development squad to the senior team in less than a year, making his full international debut at the Hobart International Challenge last year.
Govers was also a member of the Australian side that won the Oceania Cup, World League Semi-final and World League Final in 2015.
He still looked to be fitting into the sqaud in Australia's opening day 6-0 win over Japan at Taman Daya Stadium on Monday. He did not get on the scoresheet but felt the match was good warm-up to presumably tougher matches in coming days - including hosts Malaysia on Tuesday.
"We felt in control in the first half but only made things harder for ourselves in the second. Fortunately we got out of gear towards the end," said Govers.
The SOJC is the final tournament before the Junior World Cup in Lucknow, India in December. Australia lost to eventual winners Australia in the quarter-finals at the 2013 world meet.
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