Ben McKay poses for a photo during North Melbourne's photo day on February 17, 2022. Picture: AFL Photos

NORTH Melbourne's Ben McKay is set to miss out on playing on twin brother and Carlton spearhead Harry McKay for a seventh consecutive AFL season after receiving a one-match ban for rough conduct.

Kangaroos defender McKay was cited for rough conduct on Geelong's Rhys Stanley in the fourth quarter of North Melbourne's 60-point loss to the Cats on Sunday.

Match review officer Michael Christian assessed the incident as careless conduct, medium impact and high contact, which draws a one-match suspension.


If suspended, McKay would be sorely missed against Carlton on Saturday night, after going toe-to-toe with Geelong's Tom Hawkins and clunking nine marks, including five contested.

The 24-year-old would be the likely match-up for twin brother and last year's Coleman Medallist Harry, if not teammate Charlie Curnow.

Harry and Ben McKay were drafted at picks No.10 and 21 respectively in the 2015 draft and both debuted in 2017.

Harry has played North Melbourne once in his 73 games while Ben has faced Carlton twice in his 42 appearances, but they have never played each other.

Harry McKay celebrates a goal during round five, 2022. Picture: AFL Photos

Saturday is the only time their teams are due to meet this season.

North Melbourne have until 11am AEST Tuesday to decide whether to appeal the suspension.