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Primed for midfield

Luke McDonald is hoping the attributes he's learnt down back can help him seek a permanent midfield move.

8:24am Feb 15, 2018

McDonald in best 22's

Luke McDonald’s outstanding season has been recognised, named in the AFL Players’ 22Under22 squad.

9:42am Aug 23, 2017

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Luke
McDonald

Height
189 cm
DOB
09-02-1995
Weight
89 kg
Debut
2014
Games
2018
9
Career
83
Goals
2018
0
Career
11
2018 AFL Fantasy Points
Total
670
Avg
74
LukeMcDonald

Player Bio

At a Glance

Junior club: Kew Comets
Recruited from: Werribee FC
Draft: #8, 2013 National (father-son)
Debut: Round 1, 2014 v Essendon

Strengths

- Consistency
- Barracked for North growing up

Jumper Club Members

- Comvision Australia
- Spirito Constructions P/L
- Maree, Mark and Melanie Dunn

Background: Pre-NMFC

 

McDonald's stocks rose in 2012 when he was a standout for Vic Metro as a 17-year-old. 

He was also eligible for the Greater Western Sydney mini-draft and had some interest from clubs before coming to an arrangement with the Kangaroos.

He captained Vic Metro in 2013 and warmed to the position, and is an outgoing personality who is a natural leader.

Season by Season

Season by Season

Another young player to benefit from a full season of action was Luke McDonald.

Playing in all 22 games in 2017, McDonald set himself new benchmarks as he averaged 21 disposals and 4.3 tackles.

McDonald seems to relish the big games, and when he turned it on, this often channelled through to the rest of the team.

His best performances often came in big wins, with his 29 disposal, 1 goal effort in round 10 v the Blues being among his finest games for the club.

The 22-year old’s excellent season was also recognised by his peers, as he was named in the AFLPA’s 22under22 40-man squad.

2016

Defensive Coach, Brad Green

“Luke came back really fit to start pre-season and his pre-season form warranted that he’d be picked in the side early.

“Not being here last year, the one thing they said was about his consistency during games, and I thought in the games up until he was injured, he was fantastic and took great strides in his game.

“Any challenge we threw Lukey he grabbed, and he had some big roles and challenges.

“Offensively, he attacks the ball harder than most blokes and he’s got a long booming kick. He’s certainly a player everyone loves playing with down there.”

2015

First half review – Josh Drummond

“It’s obviously been a frustrating year for him so far, now that he finds himself in the VFL.

“It’s tough being a second year player who had a good first year. He’s had to put his head down and really get to work. His attitude over the last few weeks has been really good.

“With the sort of character he is we know it’ll only be a matter of time before he knocks the door down and forces his way back in.”

Second half review – Josh Drummond

“No doubt it was a frustrating year for Luke, partly because he’s such a competitive man and that’s why everyone here is so confident of what sort of player he’ll be in the future.

“He definitely had his challenges this year and he learned a hell of a lot about himself and his game. The way he was able to finish his year, being the late call-up and playing one of his best games for the year, that showed the level he can get to.

“I’m really expecting Luke to bounce back and prove the sort of player we know he can be.”

2014

After being selected with pick 8 in the 2013 National Draft, McDonald arrived at Arden Street and was immediately selected to make his debut in Round 1.

Playing like he’d belonged at the level for some time, the left-footer earned a Rising Star nomination in Round 4 and was a fixture in North’s back half.

For a first year player, McDonald’s consistency was impressive. Excluding the one game where he started as substitute (Round 7), he registered double-figure disposals in every appearance.

McDonald missed his first game when he came down with a virus shortly before Round 17’s clash against St Kilda, while he was rested for the final home and away game against Melbourne in Round 23.

It worked well, as he responded with three solid finals performances against Essendon, Geelong and Sydney. His game against the Cats was particularly impressive, tallying 20 disposals and 4 inside 50's.

However the search for McDonald’s elusive first career goal will continue into 2015 after managing just 6 behinds in his debut season.

Stats

By the numbers

  • 2018 Season Average
    Games Played 9
    • Kicks 12.3
    • Handballs 7.1
    • Disposals 19.4
    • Marks 4.6
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 2.7
    • Goals 0.0
    • AFL Fantasy 74.4

2018 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 16 Richmond Rd 8
Handballs 11 Port Adelaide Rd 6
Disposals 25 GWS Giants Rd 9
Marks 8 Melbourne Rd 3
Hit-outs 0 - -
Tackles 4 Sydney Swans Rd 7
Goals 0 - -
AFL Fantasy 89 Richmond Rd 8

2018 Season Breakdown

Rd Opponent Result K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1 Gold Coast Suns L 55 - 39 9 4 13 1 0 2 2 4 0 0 50
2 St Kilda W 95 - 43 15 4 19 8 0 0 1 2 0 1 83
3 Melbourne L 123 - 86 13 8 21 8 0 0 1 1 0 0 80
4 Carlton W 116 - 30 16 5 21 5 0 1 0 3 0 1 87
5 Hawthorn W 98 - 70 10 8 18 4 0 0 0 3 0 0 70
6 Port Adelaide L 69 - 102 8 11 19 4 0 0 0 3 0 0 70
7 Sydney Swans W 66 - 68 9 6 15 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 55
8 Richmond L 72 - 82 16 8 24 6 0 1 2 3 0 0 89
9 GWS Giants W 112 - 69 15 10 25 5 0 1 0 1 0 1 86
10 Fremantle - - - - - - - - - - -
11 Brisbane Lions - - - - - - - - - - -
12 Geelong Cats - - - - - - - - - - -
14 Western Bulldogs - - - - - - - - - - -
15 Essendon - - - - - - - - - - -
16 Gold Coast Suns - - - - - - - - - - -
17 Sydney Swans - - - - - - - - - - -
18 Collingwood - - - - - - - - - - -
19 West Coast Eagles - - - - - - - - - - -
20 Brisbane Lions - - - - - - - - - - -
21 Western Bulldogs - - - - - - - - - - -
22 Adelaide Crows - - - - - - - - - - -
23 St Kilda - - - - - - - - - - -
TOTAL W: 5 - L: 4 111 64 175 41 0 5 6 24 0 3 670

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 83
    • Kicks 10.0
    • Handballs 7.3
    • Disposals 17.3
    • Marks 3.9
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 2.8
    • Goals 0.1
    • AFL Fantasy 67.4

Career Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 21 Brisbane Lions Rd 23, 2017
Handballs 15 St Kilda Rd 22, 2017
Disposals 31 Gold Coast Suns Rd 15, 2017
Marks 9 Brisbane Lions Rd 23, 2017
Hit-outs 0 - -
Tackles 10 Melbourne Rd 19, 2017
Goals 1 Hawthorn Rd 21, 2017
AFL Fantasy 117 Carlton Rd 10, 2017

Career Breakdown

Season Club K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
2018 North Melbourne 111 64 175 41 0 5 6 24 0 3 670
2017 North Melbourne 276 187 463 92 0 26 17 94 8 8 1885
2016 North Melbourne 129 79 208 62 0 6 10 32 2 2 849
2015 North Melbourne 105 97 202 44 0 10 12 27 1 0 729
2014 North Melbourne 207 182 389 86 0 19 14 59 0 6 1462

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

Milestones

Individual Stats

- Disposals: 14
- Rebound 50's: 6
- Tackles: 2
- Time on Ground: 82%

Individual Stats

- Disposals: 3
- Marks: 2
- One percenters: 2
- Time on Ground: 35%

NMFC Debut

Round 1, 2014 v Essendon
Venue:
Etihad Stadium

North Melbourne: 3.0.18, 5.3.33, 8.5.53, 9.6.60
Essendon: 4.1.25, 8.5.53, 11.8.74, 15.9.99

50th game

Round 13, 2016 v Hawthorn
Venue:
Etihad Stadium

North Melbourne: 3.5.23, 4.11.35, 7.15.57, 11.18.84
Hawthorn: 1.2.8, 5.3.33, 10.4.64, 14.9.93