Oscar McDonald (North Ballarat Rebels)
Position: Key defender/forward
Height: 196 cm
Weight: 88 kg
Plays like: Matthew Scarlett
Oscar McDonald is tall and athletic, who thrives when picking off forward 50 entries with his tremendous ability to take intercept marks. McDonald is an offensive threat too, as he rebounds strongly. Best described as a general in defence, McDonald, the younger brother of Melbourne’s Tom, is extremely versatile as a defender, and unlike most key defenders, he loves to back himself and use the ball by foot.
He hits the ball flat and hard, and has a really nice turn of speed, being deceptively quick over his first few steps. The Rebels have also used him as a key forward, where he’s shown he can be equally as damaging. He has a fantastic leap, strong hands, really good work rate and rarely ever goes to ground.
McDonald loves to play in front of his man, often a few metres ahead, much like Matthew Scarlett used to. Simply, he’s a super smart footballer, and led the TAC Cup competition for contested marks this year. Taking home the coaches award in the TAC Cup, McDonald took big scalps throughout the year, including Darcy Moore, Peter Wright and Paddy McCartin.