Former SMJFL star Abbie McKay will make her AFLW debut for Carlton this weekend.
Making history as the first ever father-daughter pick in the AFLW competition, Abbie, daughter of Blues stalwart Andrew McKay, was taken at pick 16 in the 2018 NAB AFLW Draft.
Playing 67 games for Prahran Junior Football Club, McKay quickly worked her way through the elite talent pathway, playing for Sandringham Dragons in the TAC Cup Girls competition and representing Vic Metro at the AFLW Under 18s.
“To be the first father-daughter it’s obviously a big honour, it holds so much significance within Carlton and the whole AFL,” McKay told carltonfc.com.au in October last year.
“About four years ago my mum started up a local team at Prahran and I got together a bunch of school friends and we just went out to have fun. I loved it.
“After that I kept playing and got invited to Sandringham Dragons and then from there, I got selected for Vic Metro, played in the All Stars game in Adelaide and now I’m at Carlton.”
McKay was no stranger to Carlton fans prior to her name being called out at the draft, having made her debut for the Blues’ VFLW team late in the 2018 season.
“I got a good insight into what it’s like at the club – the atmosphere and the expectations that come with (playing VFLW),” she said.
“At the VFL level I got to know Sarah Hosking, Darcy Vescio and Brianna Davey and they’re good people to hang out with.”
Father Andrew said there was plenty of upside to Abbie as a footballer.
“I think Abs has got a lot of upside, because footy has just been about fun so far and she’s done it on natural talent,” he said.
“She’s a pretty low-key girl, but when it comes to competition and when she really wants to win, she’s very determined. So we’re looking forward to seeing what happens.”
Carlton take on Geelong at GMHBA Stadium tomorrow at 4.45pm. Find out more about Abbie’s journey to the AFLW below.
Abbie and Andrew McKay are the History Makers.
— Carlton FC (@CarltonFC) October 30, 2018