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VFL: McKay's MVP status

Each week, the best VFL player will be crowned MVP – Presented by the Limerick Castle; a country-style pub located in the heart of North Melbourne.

Key-defender Ben McKay played a key role as North Melbourne’s VFL side defeated Sandringham by 57 points.

Revered for his marking prowess, McKay showed off the added dimensions to his game, marshalling North’s defensive six to a memorable win at home.

“Ben was outstanding today,” VFL senior coach David Loader told North Media.

“He took 14 marks today, came forward and left his opponent at the right time.

“I thought he looked big and strong in the contest.”

With an enthusiastic crowd watching on and in the club’s only televised game of the season, McKay played with the maturity of a veteran.

The high-flying defender was crucial in limiting Sandringham’s forward line to just five goals.

“When he positions himself right and puts himself in the right slot to mark the ball, he’s an imposing player,” Loader added. 

“There were times when he had to make the decision on when to mark and when to spoil, it was a really good game from him.

“It was great to see him play another good game today.”

McKay finished with 23 disposals in a commanding display.