Season 2020 was both momentous and defining in many ways, especially for the young Molly McDonald, who began the first chapter of her AFLW career in the red, white and black.
McDonald wrote herself into the record books after kicking the club’s first goal, eerily mirroring the historic achievement of her namesake, James McDonald, from 1873.
The former basketballer played all six matches of St Kilda’s inaugural year in one of the club’s most distinguished numbers, utilising her reliable left-foot, sure hands and pace along the wings to become a core member of the young midfield.
While her on-field talent shined bright, it was her heartfelt reaction following the gut-wrenching Round 4 loss to Fremantle in the final minute that resonated most among St Kilda supporters.
McDonald was the second Saint signed by the club, following closely behind inaugural signee Ali Brown.
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