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McKay turning heads

Key-forward Ben McKay is turning heads at Arden Street, booting three goals on Saturday.

4:30pm Feb 6, 2017

McKay's big day

North's future was on show with forward Ben McKay impressing in a practice match against Werribee.

2:51pm Feb 4, 2017

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Rd 23, 2017: McKay's debut

2:09pm  Sep 5, 2017

August 25, 2017: McKay interview

9:19pm  Aug 25, 2017

August 24, 2017: McKay to debut

1:04pm  Aug 24, 2017

August 11, 2017: McKay interview

12:53pm  Aug 11, 2017

February 6, 2017: McKay update

3:44pm  Feb 6, 2017

August 12, 2016: McKay re-signs

5:03pm  Aug 12, 2016

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Ben
McKay

Height
199 cm
DOB
24-12-1997
Weight
95 kg
Debut
-
Games
2017
1
Career
1
Goals
2017
0
Career
0
2017 AFL Fantasy Points
Total
38
Avg
38
BenMcKay

Player Bio

At A Glance

Junior clubs: Warragul
Recruited from: Gippsland Power
Draft: #21, 2015 National
Debut: Yet to debut

Strengths

- Marking ability
- Contested play

Jumper Club Members

- Andrew Peace Wines

Background: Pre-NMFC

Selected with pick 21 in the 2015 National Draft, Ben McKay is a key-position prospect who can play at either end of the ground.

At 198 centimetres and 95 kilograms, McKay casts a big shadow, despite joining the club as a 17-year-old.

Lining up for Gippsland Power, he kicked four goals in the final round of the TAC Cup season.

Season by Season

Season by Season

Senior Development Coach, Gavin Brown

“It was a really pleasing first year for Benny.

“We knew he was going to take a little bit of time, and the taller guys do take a bit longer to grow into their body.

“He’s come in here, been really diligent and professional and he’s put on a lot of muscle to get to the 97, 98 kilo mark.

“He hurt his shoulder in a tackling drill and he was unable to do much physical contact in pre-season training, so he was really behind the 8-ball in terms of when he first got here.

“When the games came around, he found himself in the development league, playing a handful of games there.

“Then he was able to break into the VFL senior side and he progressed really nicely throughout the whole year.

“He got better and better as the year went on, and he had a breakout game against Essendon where he kicked three goals and took seven or eight marks in a quarter and a half.

“From then on in, he looked like a really key power forward for us down at Werribee. By the time the end of the year came, he was a really damaging key forward for us.

“He’s a very coachable young player. He’s the first one up on Monday morning to check his vision from the weekend’s game; he’ll ask questions, sit in on other reviews and he had a real thirst for it.”

Stats

By the numbers

  • 2017 Season Average
    Games Played 1
    • Kicks 2.0
    • Handballs 7.0
    • Disposals 9.0
    • Marks 1.0
    • Hit-Outs 3.0
    • Tackles 3.0
    • Goals 0.0
    • AFL Fantasy 38.0

2017 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 2 Brisbane Lions Rd 23
Handballs 7 Brisbane Lions Rd 23
Disposals 9 Brisbane Lions Rd 23
Marks 1 Brisbane Lions Rd 23
Hit-outs 3 Brisbane Lions Rd 23
Tackles 3 Brisbane Lions Rd 23
Goals 0 - -
AFL Fantasy 38 Brisbane Lions Rd 23

2017 Season Breakdown

Rd Opponent Result K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1 West Coast Eagles L 93 - 136 - - - - - - - - - - -
2 Geelong Cats L 112 - 111 - - - - - - - - - - -
3 GWS Giants L 67 - 109 - - - - - - - - - - -
4 Western Bulldogs L 86 - 89 - - - - - - - - - - -
5 Fremantle L 67 - 62 - - - - - - - - - - -
6 Gold Coast Suns W 107 - 94 - - - - - - - - - - -
7 Adelaide Crows W 145 - 86 - - - - - - - - - - -
8 Sydney Swans L 78 - 120 - - - - - - - - - - -
9 Melbourne W 90 - 104 - - - - - - - - - - -
10 Carlton W 96 - 113 - - - - - - - - - - -
11 Richmond L 66 - 101 - - - - - - - - - - -
13 St Kilda L 72 - 89 - - - - - - - - - - -
14 Western Bulldogs L 107 - 106 - - - - - - - - - - -
15 Gold Coast Suns L 118 - 99 - - - - - - - - - - -
16 Fremantle L 82 - 86 - - - - - - - - - - -
17 Port Adelaide L 127 - 57 - - - - - - - - - - -
18 Essendon L 132 - 105 - - - - - - - - - - -
19 Melbourne W 76 - 72 - - - - - - - - - - -
20 Collingwood L 57 - 111 - - - - - - - - - - -
21 Hawthorn L 116 - 89 - - - - - - - - - - -
22 St Kilda L 127 - 78 - - - - - - - - - - -
23 Brisbane Lions W 79 - 130 2 7 9 1 3 0 0 3 0 0 38
TOTAL W: 6 - L: 16 2 7 9 1 3 0 0 3 0 0 38

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 1
    • Kicks 2.0
    • Handballs 7.0
    • Disposals 9.0
    • Marks 1.0
    • Hit-Outs 3.0
    • Tackles 3.0
    • Goals 0.0
    • AFL Fantasy 38.0

Career Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 2 Brisbane Lions Rd 23, 2017
Handballs 7 Brisbane Lions Rd 23, 2017
Disposals 9 Brisbane Lions Rd 23, 2017
Marks 1 Brisbane Lions Rd 23, 2017
Hit-outs 3 Brisbane Lions Rd 23, 2017
Tackles 3 Brisbane Lions Rd 23, 2017
Goals 0 - -
AFL Fantasy 38 Brisbane Lions Rd 23, 2017

Career Breakdown

Season Club K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
2017 North Melbourne 2 7 9 1 3 0 0 3 0 0 38
2016 North Melbourne 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Legend

K
Kicks
H
Handballs
D
Disposals
M
Marks
HO
Hit-outs
FF
Frees For
FA
Frees Against
T
Tackles
G
Goals
B
Behinds
AF
AFL Fantasy points