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VFL: McKay's MVP status

Ben McKay played a key role in defence as North’s VFL side defeated Sandringham by 57 points.

8:44pm Jul 7, 2019

VFL: McKay's MVP nod

Ben McKay was a constant aerial threat on Sunday, providing a reliable set of hands for the Roos.

1:40pm Jun 17, 2019

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McKay - In Review

12:52pm  Sep 4, 2018

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3:48pm  May 21, 2018

Rd 23, 2017: McKay's debut

2:09pm  Sep 5, 2017

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Ben
McKay

Height
201 cm
DOB
24-12-1997
Weight
95 kg
Debut
2017
Games
2019
3
Career
4
Goals
2019
0
Career
0
2019 AFL Fantasy Points
Total
98
Avg
33
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

Although Ben McKay didn’t make an AFL appearance, he still managed to improve as a player after the decision was made to refine his defensive skill set.

McKay became a force in the North VFL backline, priding himself on his strong intercept marking ability and knack of minimising the impact of the opposition’s best forward. 

The 20-year-old formed a strong partnership with Sam Durdin over the course of the year, which is exciting for the future.

Drafted as a player that can play at both ends of the ground, McKay featured sporadically in the forwardline late in games in a bid to impact the scoreboard.

2017

Pick 21 in the 2015 National Draft, Ben McKay made his long-awaited AFL debut in 2017, against the Brisbane Lions in the round 23 victory at the Gabba.

Despite a solid start to the game, McKay was unfortunately stretchered off after a head clash.

The 199cm key-position player is able to play at both ends of the ground, and is a promising prospect for North Melbourne in 2018.

2016

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

  • 2019 Season Average
    Games Played 3
    • Kicks 3.7
    • Handballs 3.3
    • Disposals 7.0
    • Marks 3.3
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 1.3
    • Goals 0.0
    • AFL Fantasy 32.7

2019 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 5 Brisbane Lions Rd 2
Handballs 6 Fremantle Rd 1
Disposals 9 Fremantle Rd 1
Marks 4 Brisbane Lions Rd 2
Hit-outs 0 - -
Tackles 4 Fremantle Rd 1
Goals 0 - -
AFL Fantasy 47 Fremantle Rd 1

2019 Season Breakdown

Rd Opponent Result K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1 Fremantle L 141 - 59 3 6 9 4 0 1 1 4 0 0 47
2 Brisbane Lions L 87 - 107 5 2 7 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 32
3 Hawthorn L 87 - 71 3 2 5 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 19
4 Adelaide Crows W 71 - 59 - - - - - - - - - - -
5 Essendon L 58 - 116 - - - - - - - - - - -
6 Port Adelaide L 88 - 72 - - - - - - - - - - -
7 Carlton W 62 - 120 - - - - - - - - - - -
8 Geelong Cats L 80 - 104 - - - - - - - - - - -
9 Sydney Swans L 72 - 77 - - - - - - - - - - -
10 Western Bulldogs W 90 - 115 - - - - - - - - - - -
11 Richmond W 99 - 62 - - - - - - - - - - -
12 Gold Coast Suns W 72 - 99 - - - - - - - - - - -
13 GWS Giants L 68 - 91 - - - - - - - - - - -
15 Collingwood W 37 - 81 - - - - - - - - - - -
16 St Kilda W 112 - 73 - - - - - - - - - - -
17 Essendon L 86 - 81 - - - - - - - - - - -
18 Brisbane Lions - - - - - - - - - - -
19 West Coast Eagles - - - - - - - - - - -
20 Hawthorn - - - - - - - - - - -
21 Geelong Cats - - - - - - - - - - -
22 Port Adelaide - - - - - - - - - - -
23 Melbourne - - - - - - - - - - -
TOTAL W: 7 - L: 9 11 10 21 10 0 1 1 4 0 1 98

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 4
    • Kicks 3.3
    • Handballs 4.3
    • Disposals 7.5
    • Marks 2.8
    • Hit-Outs 0.8
    • Tackles 1.8
    • Goals 0.0
    • AFL Fantasy 34.0

Career Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 5 Brisbane Lions Rd 2, 2019
Handballs 7 Brisbane Lions Rd 23, 2017
Disposals 9 Fremantle Rd 1, 2019
Marks 4 Brisbane Lions Rd 2, 2019
Hit-outs 3 Brisbane Lions Rd 23, 2017
Tackles 4 Fremantle Rd 1, 2019
Goals 0 - -
AFL Fantasy 47 Fremantle Rd 1, 2019

Career Breakdown

Season Club K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
2019 North Melbourne 11 10 21 10 0 1 1 4 0 1 98
2018 North Melbourne 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017 North Melbourne 2 7 9 1 3 0 0 3 0 0 38

Legend

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