Welcome Welcome to Hawthorn: Connor MacDonald!! Pick 26, 2021 National Draft

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chopflop

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From my post in the Draft thread

From HS.

https://www.heraldsun.com.au/sport/...d/news-story/05d4420e31f9d6a7eb2ead10f7a6f25a

Connor MacDonald (Dandenong Stingrays/Vic Country)
Midfielder, 184cm, 77kg

MacDonald is reliable with great leadership qualities who proved to be a prolific ball-winner at NAB League level. The consistent midfielder led the way in the Stingrays’ engine room, averaging a tick under 30 disposals, 14 contested possessions and 5.5 clearances in four matches. He was the leading possession winner for Vic Country in their second trial game. Off the field, MacDonald blew several clubs away with his character in interviews, with some walking away saying he was among the best draft interviewees they had met."


Think this bloke is going to be an absolute steal in a few years time IMO. Probably goes 30-40 on draft night. Would love him at 24 to begin the rebuild of our engine room.

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kenneje

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From my post in the Draft thread

From HS.

https://www.heraldsun.com.au/sport/...d/news-story/05d4420e31f9d6a7eb2ead10f7a6f25a

Connor MacDonald (Dandenong Stingrays/Vic Country)
Midfielder, 184cm, 77kg

MacDonald is reliable with great leadership qualities who proved to be a prolific ball-winner at NAB League level. The consistent midfielder led the way in the Stingrays’ engine room, averaging a tick under 30 disposals, 14 contested possessions and 5.5 clearances in four matches. He was the leading possession winner for Vic Country in their second trial game. Off the field, MacDonald blew several clubs away with his character in interviews, with some walking away saying he was among the best draft interviewees they had met."


Think this bloke is going to be an absolute steal in a few years time IMO. Probably goes 30-40 on draft night. Would love him at 24 to begin the rebuild of our engine room.

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Thanks for sharing that writeup, he sounds like an absolutely brilliant pick. Interesting that he was leading possession winner for Vic Country when you assume Ben Hobbs was also playing for them?

Rejuvenated midfield taking shape now, exciting time to be a Hawks fan.
 

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A little surprised as thought we might go for something different with this pick.

We have quite a list of young centre square on-ballers now in Worps, Finn, Jai, Nash, Josh Ward and now McDonald.


POSITION: Inside Midfielder

SNAPSHOT: "An accumulating inside ball-winner who produced an outstanding season for the Stingrays, able to catch the eye with his stoppage work and athleticism, as well as defensive pressure."

Connor Macdonald is an inside midfielder with a speedy burst out of congestion and some nice all-round athleticism. With some terrific inside skills, as well as his decision making generally being on-point, it is more about ironing out Macdonald's kicking and finishing execution than anything else. With the Dandenong Stingrays this year he picked up no less than 24 disposals from his four games, including two matches of 30-plus disposals in what was an outstanding showing of consistency, catapulting himself into draft calculations.

STRENGTHS:
+ Acceleration
+ Stoppage positioning
+ Accumulation
+ Inside game
+ Athleticism
+ Tackling

IMPROVEMENTS:
- Kicking consistency
- Finishing

Macdonald looms as a value pick for an inside midfielder from the second round onwards, given his traits and potential areas of improvement. At home around the stoppages, Macdonald is able to pick the right places to stand to win the ball, with his stoppage positioning among his key strengths. From winning the ball, Macdonald is most effective bursting away and firing off a long handball or flicking one to a teammate in a better position, with his decision making also sound. His burst makes him very hard to contain at the stoppages, and is a first possession player, but can think his way out of a stoppage.

A lot of Macdonald's ball is won in close, which automatically adds extra pressure to his disposal. When using it by hand, Macdonald is able to effectively open up the game, whilst by foot, he can hit targets, but at times blazes away and can overcook the kick. Within games Macdonald can look to be efficient by foot, and is best when having time and space to utilise his booming kick, but over a full game, the Stingrays midfielder still has strides to make in order to improve that area of his game. Similarly, his finishing when he sets his sights on goal could use some work, kicking 3.7 from his four games and having plenty of chances, but missing more or equal to his successful shots in each NAB League game.

From a defensive standpoint, Macdonald is a fierce tackler whose 12-tackle game against the Rebels perhaps bolstered his average considering he laid seven in the other three games combined. However, he had to go up against the fierce Rebels midfield in that match, whilst had more freedom in the other games. Switching from a defensive to an offensive standpoint, Macdonald has no trouble finding the ball and looking to drive it in transition, being a kick-first player and one who racks up the inside 50s with ease. If he irons out that kicking consistency going forward, he could be a really damaging player in the future.

DRAFT RANGE: 25-40

SUMMARY:
Connor Macdonald is an accumulating inside midfielder who has a nice blend of offensive and defensive traits. At his best, Macdonald is a run and carry player who can pump the ball inside 50 and be a valuable option in transition. His kicking and finishing execution, or finesse if you like, could definitely be ironed out, but from a big picture perspective, the Stingrays midfielder has enough about him to suggest to clubs he can improve and be a potent threat on offence.
 

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From my post in the Draft thread

From HS.

https://www.heraldsun.com.au/sport/...d/news-story/05d4420e31f9d6a7eb2ead10f7a6f25a

Connor MacDonald (Dandenong Stingrays/Vic Country)
Midfielder, 184cm, 77kg

MacDonald is reliable with great leadership qualities who proved to be a prolific ball-winner at NAB League level. The consistent midfielder led the way in the Stingrays’ engine room, averaging a tick under 30 disposals, 14 contested possessions and 5.5 clearances in four matches. He was the leading possession winner for Vic Country in their second trial game. Off the field, MacDonald blew several clubs away with his character in interviews, with some walking away saying he was among the best draft interviewees they had met."


Think this bloke is going to be an absolute steal in a few years time IMO. Probably goes 30-40 on draft night. Would love him at 24 to begin the rebuild of our engine room.

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You were on him early, prediction came true, must admit I thought we would go Bazzo, if another midfield / hybrid then probably Draper.
 

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Ok, just took time and had a real good look at this kid. İnterestingly , I found his work at clearances exceptional, not too dissimilar to Johnson who i rated highly! He really must've slipped my attention and now thinking about the player we were interested in that not too many knew about was HİM! I shared that little info a few weeks ago but I guessed that it may have been either knevitt or Taylor. Also, he looks and moves taller than 184.
 

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A little surprised as thought we might go for something different with this pick.

We have quite a list of young centre square on-ballers now in Worps, Finn, Jai, Nash, Josh Ward and now McDonald.


POSITION: Inside Midfielder

SNAPSHOT: "An accumulating inside ball-winner who produced an outstanding season for the Stingrays, able to catch the eye with his stoppage work and athleticism, as well as defensive pressure."

Connor Macdonald is an inside midfielder with a speedy burst out of congestion and some nice all-round athleticism. With some terrific inside skills, as well as his decision making generally being on-point, it is more about ironing out Macdonald's kicking and finishing execution than anything else. With the Dandenong Stingrays this year he picked up no less than 24 disposals from his four games, including two matches of 30-plus disposals in what was an outstanding showing of consistency, catapulting himself into draft calculations.

STRENGTHS:
+ Acceleration
+ Stoppage positioning
+ Accumulation
+ Inside game
+ Athleticism
+ Tackling

IMPROVEMENTS:
- Kicking consistency
- Finishing

Macdonald looms as a value pick for an inside midfielder from the second round onwards, given his traits and potential areas of improvement. At home around the stoppages, Macdonald is able to pick the right places to stand to win the ball, with his stoppage positioning among his key strengths. From winning the ball, Macdonald is most effective bursting away and firing off a long handball or flicking one to a teammate in a better position, with his decision making also sound. His burst makes him very hard to contain at the stoppages, and is a first possession player, but can think his way out of a stoppage.

A lot of Macdonald's ball is won in close, which automatically adds extra pressure to his disposal. When using it by hand, Macdonald is able to effectively open up the game, whilst by foot, he can hit targets, but at times blazes away and can overcook the kick. Within games Macdonald can look to be efficient by foot, and is best when having time and space to utilise his booming kick, but over a full game, the Stingrays midfielder still has strides to make in order to improve that area of his game. Similarly, his finishing when he sets his sights on goal could use some work, kicking 3.7 from his four games and having plenty of chances, but missing more or equal to his successful shots in each NAB League game.

From a defensive standpoint, Macdonald is a fierce tackler whose 12-tackle game against the Rebels perhaps bolstered his average considering he laid seven in the other three games combined. However, he had to go up against the fierce Rebels midfield in that match, whilst had more freedom in the other games. Switching from a defensive to an offensive standpoint, Macdonald has no trouble finding the ball and looking to drive it in transition, being a kick-first player and one who racks up the inside 50s with ease. If he irons out that kicking consistency going forward, he could be a really damaging player in the future.

DRAFT RANGE: 25-40

SUMMARY:
Connor Macdonald is an accumulating inside midfielder who has a nice blend of offensive and defensive traits. At his best, Macdonald is a run and carry player who can pump the ball inside 50 and be a valuable option in transition. His kicking and finishing execution, or finesse if you like, could definitely be ironed out, but from a big picture perspective, the Stingrays midfielder has enough about him to suggest to clubs he can improve and be a potent threat on offence.
The competition amongst the young guys is going to be fascinating through the middle. You would be very nervy if you were someone like Finn (even jai too tbh) seeing 3 new high rated mids walk through the door next week.
 

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