BY THE NUMBERS (averages in brackets)
Kicks: 44 (6.3) Handballs: 47 (6.7) Disposals: 91 (13) Marks: 13 (1.9) Tackles: 29 (4.1)
Carlton knew it had something special when they selected Lucy McEvoy at the 2020 NAB AFLW Draft.
A former Geelong Falcons’ captain and a three-time under-18 All Australian, McEvoy brought the same class and versatility she demonstrated in her junior years to the AFLW competition.
Playing in a variety of roles, ‘Big Boy’ (as she is more affectionately referred to by her teammates) hit the ground running in her debut year, earning a NAB AFLW Rising Star nomination in her first game against the Tigers in Round 1.
Combining her time between the midfield and up forward, McEvoy showed signs of how damaging and dangerous she will be in Navy Blues for years to come.
With a full season now behind her, McEvoy is destined to become a vital part of the Game Changers’ success.
Making your debut is supposed to be something that would normally quite daunting for many young players.
However, if it was for McEvoy, the young Blue definitely didn’t show any signs of it.
In front of a packed house at Ikon Park in the season opener, McEvoy announced her arrival to the AFLW community immediately.
Whether she was throwing herself into the contest, running freely on the wing or taking strong marks up forward, McEvoy announced herself almost instantly.
The performance was fitting of the NAB AFLW Rising Star nomination she would receive and a positive sign of things to come.
In a season full of highlights - being drafted, making a debut, earning a Rising Star nomination and playing in a semi final - it is difficult to simply pinpoint one moment which may have stuck out for McEvoy.
However, is there a better moment in football than your first goal?
McEvoy had to wait until Round 3 until she was able to tick this off her list, slotting her first major against the Western Bulldogs in the third annual Pride Match.
On a day where the 18-year-old also gathered 19 disposals, McEvoy was able to steady her nerves early in the day with the goal coming halfway through the first quarter.
Taking the mark off a lead and then finishing truly, the team flocked from everywhere as McEvoy unleashed her now trademark ‘be a pig’ celebration to mark the occasion.