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McDonald to miss Good Friday

Luke McDonald's rough conduct charge has been upheld, with the defender set to miss Friday's clash.

5:44pm Apr 16, 2019

McDonald’s lighter menu

Luke McDonald will put his midfield ambitions on the back-burner, as he focuses on his defensive craft.

4:09pm Feb 19, 2019

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Luke
McDonald

Height
189 cm
DOB
09-02-1995
Weight
89 kg
Debut
2014
Games
2019
13
Career
109
Goals
2019
1
Career
16
2019 AFL Fantasy Points
Total
757
Avg
58
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

When it came to on-field performances, Luke McDonald experienced a rollercoaster year, but despite his form not being quite up to his lofty standards, the defender/midfielder played all 22 games for a second consecutive year.

McDonald spent more time higher up the ground on a wing in a bid to add a string to his bow, but was still able to drop back into defence and help his teammates when need. 

The 23-year-old’s run and booming left boot was a valuable asset in helping move the ball forward and breaking the lines.

2017

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

  • 2019 Season Average
    Games Played 13
    • Kicks 7.8
    • Handballs 7.2
    • Disposals 14.9
    • Marks 3.9
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 2.5
    • Goals 0.1
    • AFL Fantasy 58.2

2019 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 12 GWS Giants Rd 13
Handballs 10 Sydney Swans Rd 9
Disposals 20 GWS Giants Rd 13
Marks 6 Collingwood Rd 15
Hit-outs 0 - -
Tackles 5 Hawthorn Rd 3
Goals 1 Gold Coast Suns Rd 12
AFL Fantasy 78 GWS Giants Rd 13

2019 Season Breakdown

Rd Opponent Result K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1 Fremantle L 141 - 59 11 9 20 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 65
2 Brisbane Lions L 87 - 107 10 10 20 6 0 0 2 4 0 0 78
3 Hawthorn L 87 - 71 5 7 12 2 0 0 1 5 0 0 52
4 Adelaide Crows W 71 - 59 4 8 12 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 37
5 Essendon L 58 - 116 - - - - - - - - - - -
6 Port Adelaide L 88 - 72 6 7 13 4 0 2 0 3 0 0 58
7 Carlton W 62 - 120 - - - - - - - - - - -
8 Geelong Cats L 80 - 104 - - - - - - - - - - -
9 Sydney Swans L 72 - 77 7 10 17 2 0 1 3 2 0 0 47
10 Western Bulldogs W 90 - 115 10 7 17 5 0 1 1 0 0 0 57
11 Richmond W 99 - 62 10 2 12 5 0 0 2 3 0 0 55
12 Gold Coast Suns W 72 - 99 8 6 14 6 0 0 0 1 1 0 64
13 GWS Giants L 68 - 91 12 8 20 4 0 2 0 3 0 0 78
15 Collingwood W 37 - 81 7 3 10 6 0 0 0 2 0 0 53
16 St Kilda W 112 - 73 5 9 14 4 0 0 0 4 0 0 61
17 Essendon L 86 - 81 6 7 13 2 0 1 1 4 0 0 52
18 Brisbane Lions - - - - - - - - - - -
19 West Coast Eagles - - - - - - - - - - -
20 Hawthorn - - - - - - - - - - -
21 Geelong Cats - - - - - - - - - - -
22 Port Adelaide - - - - - - - - - - -
23 Melbourne - - - - - - - - - - -
TOTAL W: 7 - L: 9 101 93 194 51 0 7 10 33 1 0 757

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 109
    • Kicks 9.7
    • Handballs 7.4
    • Disposals 17.1
    • Marks 3.9
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 2.7
    • Goals 0.1
    • AFL Fantasy 66.3

Career Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 21 Brisbane Lions Rd 23, 2017
Handballs 16 Brisbane Lions Rd 11, 2018
Disposals 34 Brisbane Lions Rd 11, 2018
Marks 9 Brisbane Lions Rd 23, 2017
Hit-outs 0 - -
Tackles 10 Melbourne Rd 19, 2017
Goals 2 Essendon Rd 15, 2018
AFL Fantasy 133 Brisbane Lions Rd 11, 2018

Career Breakdown

Season Club K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
2019 North Melbourne 101 93 194 51 0 7 10 33 1 0 757
2018 North Melbourne 242 166 408 95 0 10 14 50 4 8 1543
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