CARLTON Football Club will make history at this year’s NAB AFLW Draft, with Abbie McKay becoming the first ever AFLW father-daughter selection.
Under the father-daughter rule, AFLW clubs had until 2pm today to bid for McKay.
Following bids from multiple clubs, the Blues have decided to match the best incoming bid, committing to select McKay in the second round (pick No.16) at the draft on October 23.
Abbie’s father Andrew McKay played 244 games for Carlton between 1993-2003 and was part of the Club’s premiership side in 1995. After his playing career, McKay spent seven years as the Club’s Head of Football, departing at the end of the 2018 season.
HISTORY MADE! Our first ever Father-Daughter pick in the NAB AFLW Competition. Abbie McKay has been selected by @carltonFC in Round 2, Selection 16 at the 2018 @NAB #AFLWDraft #AFLW #Journeyto2019 #WomenInSport pic.twitter.com/naHiR1q79k— AFL Women's (@aflwomens) October 12, 2018
Representing Vic Metro in the under-18 national championships on the Gold Coast, McKay began her footy career in a team established by her mum at the Prahran Junior Football Club.
Playing for the Sandringham Dragons, McKay also represented Victoria in an under-18 exhibition match at Adelaide Oval, and was invited to participate in the 2018 AFLW draft combine earlier this month.
Speaking at the AFLW draft combine last week, senior coach Daniel Harford said he was looking forward to securing 17-year-old McKay.
“She’s a father-daughter opportunity for us and we’ve committed to taking her in the draft which is fantastic for the footy club. It’s fantastic for Abbie and hopefully it’s fantastic for us as a team as well,” Harford said.
“She a real competitor and she has a great personality as well, so we’re really keen to get her into the group.”
| Speaking at today's AFLW draft combine, @HarfSerious said there was a lot to like about the talent pool — including a certain potential father-daughter draftee.#BoundByBlue pic.twitter.com/jukojGW6ID— Carlton FC (@CarltonFC) October 3, 2018
McKay was one of 36 players from across the country who participated in the combine, taking part in various agility, endurance and skill tests.
“She (McKay) tested really well and what I love about her is that she is just ferocious. Every time someone went past her in the YoYo test she kicked up a gear to match them again,” Harford said.
“She’s that sort of player. She is going to be very good for our footy club.”
The Blues will go into the AFLW draft with pick Nos.3, 16 (to be used on McKay), 27, 38, 40, 42 and 49.