Blues get McKay’s daugh­ter

Geelong Advertiser - - SPORT -

THE AFLW has its first fa­ther­daugh­ter re­cruit, Carl­ton us­ing the rule for the first time to land An­drew McKay’s daugh­ter Ab­bie for the 2019 sea­son.

McKay re­ceived in­ter­est from sev­eral clubs but will join the Blues with the club’s sec­ond-round se­lec­tion, 16th over­all, at the AFLW draft on Oc­to­ber 23.

An­drew McKay played 244 games for Carl­ton be­tween 1993 and 2003 and re­cently left the foot­ball de­part­ment chief role he had held at the club since 2011.

Ab­bie, 17, plays with the San­dring­ham Dragons in the TAC Cup girls’ com­pe­ti­tion and im­pressed at the draft com­bine re­cently held at Marvel Sta­dium.

“It is very ex­cit­ing to see the first fa­ther-daugh­ter se­lec­tion,” AFLW chief Nicole Liv­ing­stone said. “It’s an­other mile­stone for the AFLW com­pe­ti­tion and hope­fully will be the first of many.”

In other de­vel­op­ments, the league granted Colling­wood’s wish to pre-list their VFLW af­fil­i­ate player Erica Fowler as an in­jury re­place­ment for Chloe Mol­loy, who moves to the in­ac­tive list.

“We are work­ing closely with all AFLW clubs to en­sure we have a bal­anced com­pe­ti­tion as we are ex­pand­ing to 10 teams and manag­ing the im­pact of player in­juries over the off-sea­son,’’ Liv­ing­stone said.

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