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Edenhope’s Oscar McDonald to make AFL debut

Oscar McDonald, right, will make his AFL debut on Sunday alongside brother Tom. Picture: @melbournefc via Twitter

Oscar McDonald, right, will make his AFL debut on Sunday alongside brother Tom. Picture: @melbournefc via Twitter

Edenhope’s Oscar McDonald will make his AFL debut for Melbourne Demons against Fremantle on Sunday.

McDonald, 19, was with brother Tom – also a Demon – when coach Paul Roos called to give him the good news.

“It was about five or six o’clock when I got the phone call from Roosy and it could’ve gone one or two ways. It could’ve been good [news] or not so good,” Oscar McDonald told Dee TV.

“He said ‘congratulations on your first match this weekend over in Perth against Fremantle’.

“It was very exciting and he said I would play in the backline and do what I have done for the past 15-odd games in the VFL. He told me to keep doing what I’ve done to get me into the team and do that on the weekend.”

McDonald started his football career with Edenhope-Apsley in Horsham District Football Netball League.

He went on to enjoy a dominant season with North Ballarat Rebels in the TAC Cup, playing as both a forward and a defender.

McDonald, who was selected at No.53 in the 2014 NAB AFL Draft, has since made impressive strides with Casey.

He has played most of the season in the VFL, after spending the first two rounds in the AFL Victoria Development League.

McDonald missed two matches with a groin injury in the AFL equivalent of rounds 18 and 19, before returning to play the past two matches with Casey.

McDonald said he had ‘played his role’ in the VFL, which he believed was what had given him the opportunity to make his AFL debut.

“It’s been really good,” he said.

“I started playing in the development league in the VFL and I played two games there… and then worked my way back into the VFL.

“I didn’t expect to be playing straight away or playing during the year, but I knew if I kept up my form and did what the coaches told me to do, I could sneak a game or two at the end – and that’s what has happened.”

McDonald said he could not wait to run out with Tom, who has played 80 AFL matches since debuting in 2011.

“Tom was very excited and it’ll be pretty special and exciting to run out with him on Sunday,” he said.

“I’ve thought about it a bit over the past day and I’m a fairly relaxed guy, but I’d say the nerves will start kicking in when we’re coming down the race and about to run out.

“Hopefully in the first five minutes I’ll get a touch and settle the nerves and I’ll probably be right from there.”

McDonald will be the 11th player to represent Melbourne for the first time this season – and the seventh to make his AFL debut with the Demons in 2015.

He will also be the 1320th player to represent Melbourne since it became a foundation VFL/AFL club in 1897.


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