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2018 Player Reviews: # 25 Tom McDonald

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FORWARD CLASS  

Tom McDonald led the competition’s most prolific attack with 53 goals after missing the opening five games with a foot problem. Always a difficult match up for defenders with his strong marking and the huge tank that gets him around the ground where he can also be damaging.

Date of Birth: 18 September, 1992  

Height: 194cm  

Weight: 100kg  

Games MFC 2018: 19   

Career Total: 145  

Goals MFC 2018: 53  

Career Total: 84  

Votes 2018 Keith 'Bluey' Truscott Memorial Trophy: 433 votes (5th)

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Great year after missing the first 5 games has big shoes to fill if Hogan goes.

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10 minutes ago, WERRIDEE said:

Great year after missing the first 5 games has big shoes to fill if Hogan goes.

Hogan has big shoes to fill if he stays IMO. Tom McDonald to me is in the top 10 best players in the league. A forward who can play ruck, wing, back, midfield (at a pinch), and actually kicks goals not points. Sign him up for 4 years.

Oh wait we already did!

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54 minutes ago, WERRIDEE said:

Great year after missing the first 5 games has big shoes to fill if Hogan goes.

I’d pick TMac over Hogan as a key forward everyday of the week and twice on Sundays. 

Absolute star of the competition. Our second most important player after Gawn.

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No idea why I wanted to compare the two...but I had a random thought, would I take Tom, or Taylor Walker...

Thanks footywire

https://www.footywire.com/afl/footy/ft_player_compare?playerStatus1=A&tid1=2&playerStatus2=A&tid2=12&type=A&pid1=2364&pid2=3498&fid1=S&fid2=S

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Its crazy to think that if he played every gams, he would have easily kicked over 60 goals this year

Insane for a first year forward.

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TMAC very important in fact straightens us up as  the ball comes in looking for him. The most relaxed kicking action for goal.

Tmac hands down in front of T Lynch any day.

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Excellent year!!!

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Very crucial piece in our structure. Was behind the 8 ball but hit the ground running when he came in. Easily top 4 in players of importance. 

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21 minutes ago, layzie said:

Very crucial piece in our structure. Was behind the 8 ball but hit the ground running when he came in. Easily top 4 in players of importance. 

very lucky to sign him up at an acceptable dollar and avoid the free agent circus.

2019 showed that his 2018 forward showing was certainly no aberration.

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One of the very best pack marks in the league. That’s what I really like about Tom (and he can run all day)!

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On 10/7/2018 at 12:49 PM, Diamond_Jim said:

very lucky to sign him up at an acceptable dollar and avoid the free agent circus.

2019 showed that his 2018 forward showing was certainly no aberration.

Awsome news from Demonland's resident time traveler.

In all seriousness though, I'm looking forward  (pardon the pun) to what he can produce in 2019, given that he had a pretty interrupted preseason this year with his foot issues.

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On 10/7/2018 at 9:05 AM, nosoupforme said:

TMAC very important in fact straightens us up as  the ball comes in looking for him. The most relaxed kicking action for goal.

Tmac hands down in front of T Lynch any day.

His goal kicking is generally absolutely supurb.  I had a bit of a dig on Demonland at one point that his goal kicking was off for a few games (cumulating with the Sydney game) there because he wasn't kicking at his usual +80% accuracy.  I was actually giving the guy a complement for his usual superhuman accuracy, but another poster thought I was being serious, took it to heart and thought I was being a bit harsh.  Tommy himself admitted later that week that his goal kicking hadn't been what it could have been, but that he'd identified a few things that he wasn't doing right, but that he'd done some practice that week and thought he had sorted it out.  Low and behold, from that point in the season onwards, his goal kicking was back to it's superlative normal.

His one grab pack marks are also such a treat to watch.  Love big Tommy Mac and really hoping that Oscar turns into a similar build and player in seasons to come.

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The best ironing board to ever play the game of Aussie Rules footy. I'm. A. Fan.

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