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Player Watch #25 Tom McDonald

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  1. Deestroy

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    Pick #53: Tom McDonald
    AFL Website interview and video:
    http://www.afl.com.au/News/NEWSARTICLE/tabid/208/Default.aspx?newsId=104502
     

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  2. Captain Jack

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    Speculative pick obviously... Interesting.
     
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    Took a while to read his name out - I think deciding whether to go best available or for a small after 3 taller types. Looks a solid unit drafted for a goal square or mobile second ruck role. Let's see how he's going this time in 2 years.
     
  5. Demon 16

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    Youre unlikely to pull a highly exciting pick at first glance with 50+ so lets see how it goes.

    BP has pulled a couple of minor surpises in this draft imo.
     
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    Bio: Highly rated tall forward/ruckman who hails from Edenhope in western Victoria. Travelled long distances to train and play with North Ballarat in the TAC Cup, so there's no doubting his commitment.
    Tall ruckman come forward.
    Has great endurance / work rate. Never stops running and presenting.
    Can take pack marks as a forward and able to fly across packs as a ruckman and take marks.
    Gets hands up to handball off.
    Clean hands below knees
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    Some nice aspects here (like any new recruit) but ruck option @ 194cm?
     
  7. master bate

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    Is it fair to say he's a pick up with a look to the future with increasing value on guys who can play multiple positions?

    Might not look much now but in a few years time he could be a vital part of the side just like Leigh Brown is at Collingwood.
     
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    Reckon we may have been eyeing off Cam O'Shea with this pick given how long we took to make the decision.

    I know that O'Shea had been down at Casey training.
     
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    just as those of us without foxtel and listening to old skool radio broadcast thought the whole "which Mac/McDonald are they talking about" conundrum was going away...
     
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    I attended school with Tom at St Patricks college and i am delighted in seeing that he now dons the red and blue. I have seen Tom play a fair bit of school football during last footy season and i will reflect on a particular game where Tom was outstanding. The Herald sun shield final against St Joey's would of been the game that brought Tom into Dean and Barry's calculations. The MFC attended the game as it was a curtain raiser to the Melbourne Vs Sydney match. Tom in this game was instrumental. His ability to get to contests is reflected in his personality and work ethic at school. Tom took countless contested grabs and was unbelievable at ground level. Tom has a fantastic leap and is super agile for his size. I see him as a man that knows what he has to do to be able to make it at the top level, his feet are placed fimly on the ground and i believe he will have a bright future at the club.
     
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    Thanks for the insight, Notoroius. Tom sounds like a young man of great character.

    Welcome to the Dees, Tommy Mac!!!
     

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    Thanks Notorious - gives me alot of comfort as I dont know much of this guy. Like hearing about his work ethic especially - taking a guy whos going to work hard is better than punting on talent with late picks imo.
     
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    I was thinking the same thing. The club was definately caught off guard.
     
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    He's still available and we have quite a few rookie picks..
     
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    He also cried his way home from year 9 camp...

    ...just saying guys
     
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    Hope you're joking.
     
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    Definitely? You know something that we don't?
     
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    Would much rather he was caught with booze and a couple of girls in his cabin!
     
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    As bad as it sounds; it wouldn't be the worst thing in the world...
     
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    I was being serious - I didnt see a big problem with that. There are a couple of other stories and implications floating around that were adding up to be more of a problem for me.

    (guys we are talking about Jack Darling here not Tom McDonald - just in case)
     
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    Darling is definitely the perfect fit for West Coast in terms of culture.
     
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    Just been reviewing all the reports from the practice match the other day and was wondering would you rather give McDonald a shot at FB instead of mega dud Matthew Warnock?
     
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    'Mega dud' he may be looking, but Warnock definetely has both the body and quality to be a very handy FB
     
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    so that's a resounding 'no' for starting a 19 year old at FB on debut for me
     
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