Luke MCDONALD

#11   North Melbourne

Age: 24yr 1mth Games: 74 Born: Feb 09, 2021
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