Lucy’s tough call
A DESIRE to study paramedicine has been a key factor in Lucy McEvoy choosing a Melbourne-based club over Geelong to commence her AFLW career.
The two-time Geelong Falcons best-and-fairest is now tipped to go inside the top five at the National Draft on October 23, with one of the Western Bulldogs (selection No.1), Carlton (No.2) and St Kilda (No.5) expected to select the 18-year-old.
The recipient of the Vic Country MVP award at this year’s under-18 National Championships and a three-time All-Australian, McEvoy says she didn’t arrive at her decision lightly.
“I spoke to lots of people about it (the decision); a lot of people that aren’t involved in footy, and also a lot of people that are involved in footy,” McEvoy told krockfootball.com.au ahead of the National Draft Combine, which starts on Tuesday.
“I really thought about what they had to say because most of them had my best interests at heart as well.
“I went out to Deakin (University) and had a tour of the nursing facilities, but my heart was pretty set in doing paramedicine.
“I know it’s hard to find a job at the end of it, but I’ll cross that bridge when I come to it.”
McEvoy, who made five appearances for Geelong at VFL level in 2019, says the Cats were understanding of her choice.
“I spoke to Ben (Waller – Geelong list manager) a day or so before I nominated, and he was really good about it,” she said.
“That didn’t surprise me; he’s a really good fella, and he has my best interests at heart as well.
“They were fully supportive of my decision as well, and I’m really thankful for that.”
Preparing for her final Year 12 exams at Geelong’s Sacred Heart College, McEvoy is looking forward to moving to Melbourne.
“I’m really excited; hopefully, it will allow me to grow up and become more independent,” she said.
“I haven’t sorted out living arrangements, as yet, but that will come sooner or later.
“I feel like I’m ready to move out of home – not that I hate living at home. I’d live here forever if I could so I didn’t have to pay.
“I’m really excited to go out and see the wide world because Geelong can become a little bit of a bubble sometimes.”
A Richmond supporter growing up, McEvoy revealed she has met with the Tigers.
However, the AFLW newcomers, whose first selection comes at No.7 after trading away pick No.1 for Monique Conti, aren’t expecting McEvoy to be available at their opening choice.
“But, you never know; everything is so unpredictable,” she said.
“You never know what the other clubs are thinking, so, who knows?”