Luke MCDONALD

#11   North Melbourne

Age: 24yr 4mth Games: 74 Born: Feb 09, 1995
Height: 189cm Weight: 89kg Position:

2017 Digest:   Fourth year shapes as key. Over hamstring tear that ruined the back end of 2016 and he’s in the selection mix.

2017 NAB Cup:  

2017 Season

1 WCE Gave LeCras far too much room early and the Eagle made him pay dearly. Not one to remember. 3
2 Geel Tough effort from defence/wing. Put his body on the line and never stopped trying all match. 6
3 GWS Good game providing some run and carry from a wing. 6
4 WB Got out-marked by Suckling late in the game and the result was a critical goal that put Dogs 10 points up. Struggling a tad. 4
5 Frem Solid effort and sent the ball inside 50 six times. 6
6 GCS Created plenty of inside 50 entries and fired a booming goal from 55 meters. 5
7 Adel Floated between half back and a wing. One of his best games in North colors. Let’s hope there are many more like it. 7
8 Syd Didn’t do much and was one of many quiet Northerners. 4
9 Melb Kicked sealing goal in final term to go with his 16 possessions. Nine tackles, five inside-50s and five inside-50s. 6
10 Carl May have played his best game for the club. Had it 28 times, laid seven tackles and was penetrating by foot. Massive goal late. 8
11 Rich Workrate good but in the end the effort amounted to very little. Wasted a number of touches with poor disposals. 5
12 Bye.
13 StK One of few Roos who could hold his head up in first half and then tapered off later on. 6
14 WB Hard running utility did some handy things and gut running late was a feature of his effort; 16 disposals and six inside-50s. 6
15 GCS Great rebounding performance and drove plenty of the Kangaroos attack from defence. 8
16 Frem Kicked a ripper goal in the final term and was steady on a wing. Trusty left boot missed some targets. 5
17 Port One of the few Kangaroo better players and is enjoying his time playing between the fifty metre arcs. 7
18 Ess New hairstyle modelled on Sonic the Hedgehog. Played with composure. Came off second best from electing to bump Laverde 4
19 Melb Gave drive off a wing and at half back. Massive goal in third term and got the Roos rolling. 7
20 Coll Didn’t play to the standard he has set for himself this season. Didn’t find as much free space as usual. 4
21 Haw 22 disposals and a goal. Used his hardness to effect and was industrious by foot. 7
22 StK Won 26 disposals majority of which were by hand. Solid contributor. 6
23 Bris Covered plenty of ground and accumulated a swag of touches to finish with 27 for the day. 6

2016 Season

1 Adel Lynch ran him ragged early but he then worked into the contest. OK. 4
2 Bris Did as required without starring. 4
3 Melb Like teammates, struggled in second term when Dees charged. Just a game. 4
4 Frem Had some challenges defensively but ball use was spot on mostly. 6
5 GCS Good defensive efforts and used the footy efficiently. 5
6 WB Finding consistency in his game and provided value. 6
7 StK Did his bit in defence. 5
8 Ess Failed to get into game to any great degree from half back. Three kicks after half time. 4
9 Carl Used ball fairly well off half back and showed good composure when under pressure. 6
10 Syd Non-factor across half back. Five kicks from a good ball-using defender not enough. 2
11 Rich Steady contributor who played his part overall. 5
12 Geel One goal but unable to provide any sort of rebound or penetration from back half. 4
13 Haw Great run-down on Rioli injured his hamstring and forced him off. 3
14 Hamstring.
15 Hamstring.
16 Hamstring.
17 Hamstring,
18 Hamstring.
19 Hamstring.
20 Hamstring.
21 Hamstring.
22 VFL Back after hamstring injury and got through the game OK. 20 possessions. -
23 GWS Split time between watching Johnson and Greene. Outmatched in both roles. 3
EF Adel Lynch ran him ragged for a lot of the night. Little off the pace at this stage. 3

2015 Season

1 Adel Another defender who struggled under the weight of Crows forward entries. 3
2 Bris Had important job on Green at start and did well early. 6
3 Port Assured effort at half back belying his age. 7
4 Leg.
5 Leg.
6 Rich Quiet game at half back and will be better for the run. 3
7 Ess Still searching for his best and not finding the ball like last year. 4
8 Frem A rough night. Struggled to get the ball, turned it over and got subbed. 2
9 Coll Struggled down back before being subbed off in the third term. 3
10 VFL Valuable contributor with 25 disposals and 12 marks. -
11 VFL Defended well and provided good rebound from back half. -
12 VFL Improved defensive outing and had 14 possessions. -
13 VFL Bye. -
14 Fair across half back without starring in win over Coburg.
15 Senior emergency.
16 VFL Used ball well and competed strongly in one-on-ones. -
17 Bris Even effort across half back. 5
18 Carl Started on Tutt but had a few different opponents. Back in form. 7
19 Melb Made some mistakes off half back but got better longer the game wore on. 5
20 StK Solid contributor. 5
21 Frem Defender started on Crozier. Subbed off at three-quarter time. 4
22 Soreness.
23 Rich Did a few things but not enough to secure finals spot. 4
EF -
SF Syd Late inclusion when Tarrant pulled out. Kicked goal and showed spirit. 5
PF -

2014 Season

1 Ess Showed good judgement and polish at times. Spent time on Chapman. 5
2 WB Impressive performance to sneak into best players in second AFL game. 6
3 Port Another solid contributor to the pressure North applied all game with eight tackles. 5
4 Syd Solid through the midfield without truly standing out. 5
5 Coll Rookie mistakes early with ball in hand. Kept battling but struggled. 4
6 Frem Composed effort across half back and set up a fair bit of attacking play. 6
7 GCS Sub. On for Tippett at three-quarter time. Minimal impact. 1
9 Bris Did well in important role on Zorko. 7
10 Geel Far to loose on Motlop early and paid price. Hard to condemn youngster. 3
11 WCE Big ask on LeCras but part of his learning curve. 5
12 Rich Tough going early on Martin and moved. Only nine effective disposals. 4
13 Adel Still learning the caper, needs to stop turning over the footy. 6
14 Melb Won some hard footy and used it well. An emerging prospect of the future. 6
15 Bris Sluggish start with one first quarter touch. Worked into game. 5
16 Haw Not a factor early, but improved as night wore on. 5
17 Ill.
18 Carl Everitt gave him headaches til injured. Knuckled down and was one of best. 6
19 Geel Quiet offensively but gave his all at every contest. Great experience. 5
20 GWS OK without having a big impact at half back. 5
21 WB Went with Higgins on the wing. 5
22 Adel Defensive role picking up Sloane at times. 5
23 Back.
EF Ess Hardly sighted from the back half. Will have learned a lot from first final. 3
SF Geel Looked to be spare in defence early and picked up a reasonable share. 5
PF Syd Quiet night but a great year for the youngster. Found tempo hot. 3
GF -