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Road most travelled sees dream realised

Geelong AFLW draftee Amy McDonald. (krockfootball.com.au Image/Al Packer)

AMY McDonald knows the Midland Highway between Ballarat and Geelong like the back of her hand.

By her own estimation, the 21-year-old has clocked up “tens of thousands” of kilometres to chase her football dream over the last couple of years.

Now that dream is now a reality for McDonald who officially joined the Cats AFLW list after being drafted with pick No.80.

McDonald, who finished third in Geelong’s VFL best-and-fairest and was a member of the VFLW Team of the Year, has known for more than six weeks she would be drafted.

“I was pretty shocked and in a state of disbelief,” McDonald said of the moment she was told.

“You always hope it will happen to you, but you never really can expect that moment to come, so it was really surreal and overwhelming but so much excitement for the future.”

After missing out on Geelong’s inaugural list, McDonald used being overlooked as motivation.

“I really wanted to put my best foot forward and give myself the best opportunity to be drafted,” McDonald, who started her football journey at Ballarat club Redan, said.

“So, I really tried to push myself this year to do those extra one percenters each week to put myself in the best position.

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McDonald paid tribute to Cats VFLW coach Nat Wood in helping her football improve.

“Last year she was my line coach in my first year at Geelong, so I’ve created a really strong relationship with her,” McDonald said.

“Just working with her last year and this year as the head coach, so she’s been really supportive just assisting me on what I need to improve and how to do those things.”

“I think this was a big year development-wise, both on and off the field in being in the leadership group.

“That taught me a lot both on and off the field, and performance based on the field learning a new position and giving myself a bit of versatility was really helpful.”

McDonald has now set her sights on a Round 1 debut.

“I’d hope I’m able to put myself forward for selection,” she said.

“I would guess where I see myself would be on the wing again, but you never know what they have in store for me.”

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