AFL 2024; McKay twins Ben and Harry ready for first AFL battle

Carlton forward Harry McKay has admitted he may be a bit “cautious” in training this week just to ensure he finally gets to tackle his twin brother for the first time at AFL level after a string of false starts.

Just by turning up at the MCG for a photo shoot on Monday, Harry and his brother, Essendon defender Ben, dispelled an outlandish and irreverent online conspiracy theory that they were both the same person based on the amount of missed opportunities to tackle naked. the head.

An injury to one or the other has prevented them playing on the same field at the same time since they were selected to different clubs in 2015, Harry to the Blues and Ben to North Melbourne.

But on Sunday, as many as 90,000 could be there to witness the first action, with the prospect of not only being on the same pitch but playing against each other at a packed MCG.

“If there was ever a week to be a little bit careful (in training), it might be this week,” Harry said Monday, standing next to his brother on the floor.

“I watched the last few minutes of Ben’s game (against Gold Coast on Sunday) and I was crossing my fingers that nothing happened.”

Ben indicated he intended to stand by his brother for at least part of the already sold-out clash, with the Bombers second in the table despite losing to the Suns and Carlton fifth after beating Port Adelaide last Thursday.

The only other potential key in the works is the presence of blues star Charlie Curnow, who could claim Big Ben’s attention.

Although Harry hinted to his brother that Curnow was “too good for you”, a sign of banter that could last all week.

“It’s 50-50 on whether it’s Harry or Charlie,” Ben said.

“Obviously in the modern age you’re going to spend time on everybody, so gone are the days of just going one-on-one.

“But we will definitely spend some time with each other.”

While this will be the first time the pair have faced each other in the AFL, they both played one game in the second-tier VFL in the early days of their careers.

There could be some lighter moments, but the intensity required to compete will ensure that neither gets caught up in their battle.

“When Ben and I go up against each other, there’s definitely going to be some element of backyard play,” Harry said.

“But having said that, as soon as the ball bounces, there’s going to be so much focus and there’s going to be so much going on in the game.”

A weekday family dinner might be the best way to smooth things over beforehand, but the game still looms as a big one for the entire McKay family.

“It might be a mid-week dinner,” Ben said.

“I think (the family) are excited, nervous — a little bit of everything. Mom and Dad will probably enjoy a bit of the spotlight.”

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