June 13, 2024

Harry McKay expressed the team’s excitement for the early season challenges, particularly the upcoming match against the undefeated Geelong Cats.

Harry McKay has won the 2021 Coleman Medal

Despite facing a formidable opponent in the undefeated Greater Western Sydney Giants, the Blues embraced the challenge and emerged victorious with a 19-point win.

McKay praised the collective effort of the team in their recent victory and believes that replicating that performance will give them an advantage against the Cats. He emphasized the team’s eagerness to face top-quality opposition and is looking forward to the upcoming clash against Geelong at the MCG.

McKay highlighted the balanced efforts of his teammates during the game against the Giants, noting the significant contributions from nine different goalkickers.

He credited the team’s success to their strong performance in contests, their ability to maintain possession in their half, and their composed execution when entering the forward 50. McKay emphasized the importance of collective contribution in front of goal, stating that the team performs at its best when everyone contributes.

He also commended the enthusiastic support of the fans, particularly the record-breaking number of members, whose energy added to the atmosphere at Marvel Stadium during the game.

Tom De Koning made significant contributions for the Blues, alternating between the ruck and forward positions throughout the game. McKay emphasized the crucial role played by De Koning and Marc Pittonet, highlighting their effectiveness in facilitating midfield dominance for Carlton.

He praised their powerful performance, which provided the midfielders with favorable opportunities and allowed tactical flexibility on the field.

McKay lauded De Koning’s versatility and competitive spirit, noting his impact both in the forward line and in supporting teammates. He expressed admiration for De Koning’s ability to involve others in the game and execute his responsibilities effectively.

Regarding his partnership with Charlie Curnow, McKay emphasized their focus on overall contribution rather than solely goals scored. He acknowledged the experience and consistency of their upcoming opponents, Tom Hawkins and Jeremy Cameron, highlighting the importance of continuous improvement and teamwork for himself and Curnow.

Despite being in their ninth season with the Blues and having played together in numerous matches, McKay stressed their commitment to fulfilling their roles and supporting their teammates consistently.

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