Tom McDonald (Australian footballer)

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Tom McDonald
Tom McDonald 18.02.17.jpg
McDonald warming up prior to a pre-season match in February 2017
Personal information
Full name Thomas McDonald
Date of birth (1992-09-18) 18 September 1992 (age 24)
Original team(s) North Ballarat (TAC Cup)
Draft No. 53, 2010 national draft
Debut Round 23, 2011, Melbourne
vs. Gold Coast, at MCG
Height / weight 194 cm / 101 kg
Position(s) Defender
Club information
Current club Melbourne
Number 25
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
2011– Melbourne 105 (8)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of round 1, 2017.
Career highlights
Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com

Tom McDonald (born 18 September 1992) is a professional Australian rules footballer playing for the Melbourne Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL). A defender, 1.94 metres (6.4 ft) tall and weighing 101 kilograms (223 lb), McDonald is a key position backman, playing as either a full back or centre half-back. He spent his final junior year playing in the TAC Cup for the North Ballarat Rebels and played top-level football when he played two matches for North Ballarat in the Victorian Football League (VFL). He was recruited by the Melbourne Football Club with the fifty-third overall selection in the 2010 AFL draft and made his AFL debut during the 2011 season. His second year saw him earn a Rising Star nomination playing in Melbourne's backline, and finished sixth overall. He has since become Melbourne's main key defender and has finished in the top ten of the club's best and fairest in every season he's played, apart from 2011 where he played just two matches.

Early life[edit]

Growing up in Edenhope, Victoria, McDonald attended Edenhope College before moving to Ballarat to board at St Patrick's College for year twelve.[1] He played for the North Ballarat Rebels in the TAC Cup in 2010 as a key forward[2] and played two matches for the North Ballarat Football Club seniors in the Victorian Football League (VFL) in mid-2010.[3]

AFL career[edit]

2011–2014: Early career[edit]

McDonald was recruited by the Melbourne Football Club with their fourth selection and fifty-third overall in the 2010 national draft.[4] After playing in the 2011 NAB Cup,[5] he spent the majority of the season playing in the Victorian Football League (VFL) for Melbourne's affiliate team, the Casey Scorpions.[3] He made his AFL debut in the thirty point win against Gold Coast at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in round twenty-three where he recorded eighteen disposals, six marks, six rebound-50s and four tackles, playing as a backman,[6] and he was named in the best players by AFL Media[7] and The Age.[8] He maintained his spot in the team the next week for the final match of the year in the eight point loss against Port Adelaide at the Adelaide Oval, to finish with two matches for the year.[9]

After a strong pre-season in 2012 where McDonald's endurance was highlighted,[10] he played his first match for the year in the 108-point loss to West Coast at Patersons Stadium in round two where he was a late inclusion.[11] He spent the season playing as the full back where he played on some of the competitions best full-forwards including St Kilda's Nick Riewoldt, Geelong's Tom Hawkins and Collingwood's Travis Cloke.[12] After playing on Jonathon Patton in the seventy-eight point win against Greater Western Sydney at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in round thirteen he was named the round nominee for the Rising Star where he recorded twenty-six disposals, four marks and three tackles.[13] He missed his first match of the year in round fifteen after he suffered from a bleeding lung as a result of a collision during the sixty-one point loss against Brisbane the previous week.[14] He returned for the round sixteen match against Fremantle at Etihad Stadium and played the remainder of the year to finish with twenty matches for the season.[15] His performances during the year earned him a third-place finish in Melbourne's best and fairest count, behind Nathan Jones and Jack Grimes,[16] and the Harold Ball Memorial Trophy as Melbourne's best young player.[17] Furthermore, he finished sixth in the Rising Star award.[18]

After the departure of defender, Jared Rivers, McDonald played a more prominent role in Melbourne's backline during the 2013 season.[19] He played his first match of the year in the 148-point loss against Essendon at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in round two[20] and played the next four matches before missing four weeks due to a shoulder injury.[21] He returned to the side for the eighty-three point loss against Collingwood in the annual Queen's Birthday clash in round eleven.[22] He did not miss a match for the remainder of the season to finish with seventeen matches for the year[9] and a tenth-place finish in Melbourne's best and fairest count.[23]

The 2014 season saw McDonald play in round one for the first time in his career when he played in the seventeen point loss against St Kilda at Etihad Stadium.[24] He played his fiftieth AFL match in the thirty-three point loss against Collingwood in the Queen's Birthday match in round twelve.[25] After playing every match up to round fourteen, he was forced to miss the round fifteen match due to a calf injury,[26] but returned the next week for the sixty-three point loss against Fremantle at TIO Stadium.[27] In the final round match against North Melbourne, he kicked his first and second career goals within a minute of each other, both were set up in near identical ways, with McDonald marking inside fifty after teammate, Dean Kent kicked to him.[28] He played twenty-one matches for the season, resulting in a seventh-place finish in Melbourne's best and fairest.[29]

2015–2016: Emergence as the main defender at Melbourne[edit]

McDonald at training in July 2015

After introducing a more offensive style into the way he played,[30] he opened the season with a team-high twenty-six disposals in the twenty-six point win against Gold Coast[31] and was named in the best players.[32] The departure of James Frawley, saw McDonald emerge as the number one defender at Melbourne[33] and he was highly praised in the first half of the season where he was compared to the 2014 All-Australian centre half-back, Alex Rance, with Herald Sun journalist, Sam Landsberger debating whether McDonald's season was better than Rance's.[34] He was labelled as Melbourne's most improved player[35] and was named as a potential All-Australian.[36][37] After his direct opponent, Travis Cloke, kicked seven goals in the Queen's Birthday clash, McDonald found himself lose form and he was moved into the forward line to help regain his confidence.[38] He spent the second half of the year playing in both the forward and back line,[39] which drew the praise of both then-senior coach Paul Roos and backline coach, Jade Rawlings, for his versatility.[40][41] He played every match for the year,[42] which earned him a third-place finish in Melbourne's best and fairest.[43]

On the eve of the 2016 season, McDonald was named in Melbourne's leadership group.[44] Due to finish the season out-of-contract, speculation surrounded his season as to whether he would re-sign with the club.[45][46][47] He ultimately re-signed with the club in August on a two-year deal, tying him to Melbourne until the end of the 2018 season.[48] The round sixteen match against Fremantle at TIO Stadium in a thirty-two point win saw McDonald record a career-high thirty-one disposals, ten marks, and six rebound-50s, which earned him the centre half-back position in AFL Media's team of the week.[49] He played his 100th AFL match in the two-point win against Gold Coast at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in round nineteen.[50] He played every match during the year and finished sixth in Melbourne's best and fairest count.[51]

Statistics[edit]

Statistics are correct to the end of the 2016 season[9]
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)
2011 Melbourne 43 2 0 1 16 12 28 9 4 0.0 0.5 8.0 6.0 14.0 4.5 2.0
2012 Melbourne 25 20 0 1 161 171 332 94 40 0.0 0.1 8.1 8.6 16.6 4.7 2.0
2013 Melbourne 25 17 0 1 142 134 276 72 34 0.0 0.1 8.4 7.9 16.2 4.2 2.0
2014 Melbourne 25 21 2 0 195 118 313 101 35 0.1 0.0 9.3 5.6 14.9 4.8 1.7
2015 Melbourne 25 22 5 4 268 149 417 155 44 0.2 0.2 12.2 6.8 19.0 7.0 2.0
2016 Melbourne 25 22 1 0 258 155 413 148 36 0.0 0.0 11.7 7.0 18.8 6.7 1.6
Career 104 8 7 1040 739 1779 579 193 0.1 0.1 10.0 7.1 17.1 5.6 1.9

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