That chase down on cyril where he pinged a hammie put him back a bit.He's ready to explode as a player. Taken him a while but his stints in the midfield have done him wonders. He spent a few years as a mostly defensive back pocket. Now he's hunting the footy and looking a million bucks.
I'd have Goldy and Simpkin in front of him with Luke closing at a rate of knots given Simpkin copping the tag now.Used it well. I'm not as hot on his game as a lot around here, because he basically didn't play on anyone for most of the game, but he got plenty of it and it generally stayed with us when he kicked it
Having a massive year and deserves to be top 4 in the Syd
That's how we should be playing him from now on.Looked like he kind of played the Quarterback role to an extent, and did reasonably well at it
Re: Luke McDonald-Future Father Son
He naturally sets up behind the ball and plays the quarter back role, then rolls forward in to space. Reads the game as good as any other kid on the ground. Zones beautifully. Contests in the air and does all the team things.
The kid just naturally knows where to run, is very team oriented, and he doesn't shirk a contest. He doesn't appear to be super quick but his ability to change direction is outstanding and gives him the appearance of having plenty of time, that all good players possess. His vision is also excellent.
His left foot is a beauty when he hits it right, but his kicking was not that consistent today.
I saw 4 teams play today (~88 players) and Luke would have been in the best six players I saw.
In the last quarter he gave me a serious WTF moment. He was 3rd in line for a contest with 2 Ranges kids about to run on to a bouncing ball 20 metres out from their goal, when he willed himself to front position, scooped up the ball, smacked in to one of the Ranges kids, rode the bump, came out the other side of the pack, looked up and saw he only had one get out option in front him that was behind his opponent, kicked the ball deliberately off the outside of his right (opposite) foot, cleared the Eastern Ranges kid 20 metres in front of him and allowed his team mate over the back to run on to the ball and clear down the field.
All of this took place in 1 to 2 seconds! It was fricken Careyesque! Seriously WTF!
You just can't coach that stuff.
It's only one game, but if you have seen enough footy, you know "it" when you see "it".
Luke has "it"