Luke McDonald (footballer)

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Luke McDonald
Personal information
Full name Luke McDonald
Date of birth (1995-02-09) 9 February 1995 (age 21)
Original team(s) Werribee (VFL)
Draft No. 8, 2013 National Draft, North Melbourne
Height/Weight 188 cm / 80 kg
Position(s) Defender/Midfielder
Club information
Current club North Melbourne
Number 21
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
2014– North Melbourne 38 (1)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of Round 1, 2016.
Career highlights

Luke McDonald (born 9 February 1995) is an Australian rules footballer who plays for the North Melbourne Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL). He was recruited under the Father-son rule with the eighth selection in the 2013 national draft.[1] His father, Donald McDonald played 155 games for North Melbourne and was working in the club's football department until he left to avoid any conflict of interest.[2]

Early Career[edit]

McDonald played VFL for North Melbourne affiliate Werribee during the 2013 season and attended North's preaseason training camp in Utah. He made his debut in the opening round of 2014 against Essendon and played in all but 1 game of that season including the finals campaign. He was voted 3rd in Rising Star award behind Western Bulldogs' Marcus Bontempelli and Brisbane Lions' Lewis Taylor. McDonald played in the 2014 AFL finals series including North's elimination final win against Essendon, semi final win against Geelong where he was named in the bests picking up 20 disposals. McDonald also participated in North's heavy preliminary final defeat to the Sydney Swans at ANZ Stadium.

In February of 2015, McDonald revealed that he had suffered a stress fracture to his back during a match against the Brisbane Lions in Round 15 of the previous season. The injury threatened to develop into a fracture-proper and McDonald was unable to train between games. Despite his injury concerns, he was noted in the media for several acts of courage on the field especially a tendency to 'go back with the flight of the ball'.[3]

During North Melbourne's 2015 season McDonald played 14 games, kicking his first goal in North's Semi Final win over the Sydney Swans at ANZ Stadium.[4] While many commentators called McDonald's 2015 season disappointing including McDonald himself, in 2016 he regained form as well as his place in the team's best 22. In a round 13 Friday night game however, during a chase-down run of Hawthorn's small forward Cyril Rioli, McDonald injured his hamstring sidelining him for 10 weeks. [5]

Statistics[edit]

Statistics are correct to end of 2015 season[6]
Legend
 G  Goals  B  Behinds  K  Kicks  H  Handballs  D  Disposals  M  Marks  T  Tackles
Season Team # Games G B K H D M T G B K H D M T
Totals Averages (per game)
2014 North Melbourne 21 23 0 6 207 182 389 86 59 0 0.26 9 7.91 16.91 3.74 2.57
2015 North Melbourne 21 14 1 0 105 97 202 44 27 0.07 0 7.5 6.93 14.43 3.14 1.93

References[edit]

  1. ^ Quayle, Emma (7 October 2013). "Luke McDonald 'relieved' to be North Melbourne's top draft pick". The Age. Retrieved 19 November 2013. 
  2. ^ Gullan, Scott (7 October 2013). "North Melbourne claims exciting father-son prospect Luke McDonald with No.8 draft pick". Herald Sun. Retrieved 19 November 2013. 
  3. ^ Twomey, Callum (19 February 2015). "Young Kangaroo McDonald back stronger, taller". AFL.com. Retrieved 23 February 2015. 
  4. ^ "Luke McDonald kicks first AFL goal in North Melbourne finals win over Sydney Swans". Herald Sun. News Limited. 20 September 2015. Retrieved 4 November 2015. 
  5. ^ Niall, Jake (19 June 2016). "Luke McDonald set for lengthy stint on sidelines with hamstring injury". FoxSports. Retrieved 1 July 2016. 
  6. ^ "Luke McDonald statistics". AFL Tables. Retrieved 6 September 2015. 

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