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Injury won't hold Walters back

Michael Walters remains motivated to contribute off the field as he prepares to return better than ever

4:48pm  Jul 24, 2017

Michael Walters injury update

Fremantle forward Michael Walters will not have to undergo surgery after injuring the posterior cruciate ligament in his left knee

4:38pm  Jul 24, 2017

Walters' season in doubt

Fremantle star Michael Walters’ season is in doubt after he injured his left knee in Saturday night’s 52-point loss to Hawthorn

1:11am  Jul 23, 2017

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Michael
Walters

Height
177 cm
DOB
07-01-1991
Weight
75 kg
Debut
2009
Games
2017
17
Career
111
Goals
2017
22
Career
199
2017 AFL Fantasy Points
Total
1355
Avg
80
MichaelWalters

Player Bio

At A Glance

Junior club: Midvale (WA)
Recruited from: Swan Districts (WA)
Draft information: National Draft 2008 - pick 58
Debut: Round 11, 2009 v Port Adelaide
AFL clubs: Fremantle
Career Brownlow votes:
12

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SUMMARY
In 2016, Walters led the club’s goal kicking for the third time in his career. He has been a work-horse on the training track, and has been playing his part to motivate a younger group.

WHAT THE COACH SAYS (David Hale)
Michael is always up-tempo and one of our better trainers. He always works hard onfield and he’s been a lot more vocal this pre-season. His leadership and direction to the young forward group is very important. He’s been good for the group and hopefully he has another good year and can lead us in the forward half of the ground.

Season by Season

Season by Season

Continued to give Freo a spark inside 50, kicking 36 majors to lead the club’s goalkicking for the third time. Took a spectacular screamer on the wing in round 19 against Sydney.

The superbly skilled small forward was back to his brilliant best in 2015. Walters was dangerous up the ground and was almost unstoppable from anywhere inside 50 and led the club in scoring this season with 44 goals.

The divinely skilled small forward missed four months from rounds three to 20 with an ankle injury. He returned strongly to play a big part in the back end of the season and will build for a huge 2015.

The sublimely talented Walters built on the foundations he’d laid in 2012, stamping himself as one of the best small forwards in the AFL, leading Freo’s goal kicking list. His partnership with Hayden Ballantyne was a highlight of the season and he is set to go on with it in 2014.

Probably the story of the year at Fremantle, Michael Walters picked himself up off the canvas and emerged as the quality small forward the club hoped it had drafted in 2008.

Six-months after being banished to Swan Districts for failing to meet the physical requirements of an AFL footballer, Walters returned in round 16 with a resounding performance against Melbourne.

He played every game from that point on, kicking 22 goals and coming up big in both finals, with two against Geelong and three in Adelaide.

Walters averaged 6.1 score involvements per game, equal second with Chris Mayne and behind only Mathew Pavlich.

He’s taken a giant step, but its paramount he goes on with it in 2013 to consolidate all the hard work.

Son Son’s season began in a blaze of glory when he kicked the winning goal from the boundary line against Brisbane at the Gabba. But injuries would derail what looked like being the season he cemented his spot in the team. Walters played in rounds 2 and 3 before being sidelined and he didn’t appear for Fremantle again in 2011. He has undoubted talent, but both Walters and the club will be hoping he can stay healthy and have a big 2012.

Walters had to wait until round 20 to play his first game of the season but the small forward grasped his opportunity and stayed in the team for the rest of the season. He was one of only a handful of solid contributors in the round 21 loss to Hawthorn and his three goals in the Elimination Final win against the Hawks two weeks later were team lifting. Has laid the foundations for 2011.

Stats

By the numbers

  • 2017 Season Average
    Games Played 17
    • Kicks 11.6
    • Handballs 7.7
    • Disposals 19.3
    • Marks 4.4
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 2.6
    • Goals 1.3
    • AFL Fantasy 79.7

2017 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 21 St Kilda Rd 15
Handballs 19 Richmond Rd 8
Disposals 38 Richmond Rd 8
Marks 10 Brisbane Lions Rd 12
Hit-outs 0 - -
Tackles 5 North Melbourne Rd 16
Goals 6 St Kilda Rd 15
AFL Fantasy 145 St Kilda Rd 15

2017 Season Breakdown

Rd Opponent Result K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1 Geelong Cats L 73 - 115 5 3 8 2 0 1 1 1 1 0 35
2 Port Adelaide L 145 - 56 11 5 16 5 0 1 2 1 0 3 60
3 Western Bulldogs W 89 - 73 9 3 12 3 0 0 0 1 3 1 65
4 Melbourne W 104 - 106 13 7 20 5 0 1 3 3 1 0 78
5 North Melbourne W 67 - 62 5 4 9 5 0 0 1 0 0 0 35
6 West Coast Eagles L 103 - 62 5 8 13 3 0 0 1 0 0 0 37
7 Essendon W 116 - 79 9 17 26 4 0 1 2 5 0 0 88
8 Richmond W 70 - 72 19 19 38 7 0 2 0 4 0 3 137
9 Carlton W 86 - 51 17 10 27 3 0 5 1 4 3 2 118
10 Adelaide Crows L 143 - 43 5 6 11 1 0 1 3 4 0 0 38
11 Collingwood L 85 - 105 11 11 22 3 0 0 3 1 0 0 59
12 Brisbane Lions L 121 - 64 18 3 21 10 0 1 1 4 1 1 111
14 Geelong Cats L 74 - 72 16 12 28 7 0 3 1 4 2 1 122
15 St Kilda L 80 - 89 21 11 32 6 0 5 3 2 6 2 145
16 North Melbourne W 82 - 86 15 5 20 7 0 2 0 5 3 0 116
17 West Coast Eagles L 44 - 74 10 4 14 1 0 3 1 4 2 1 70
18 Hawthorn L 48 - 100 8 2 10 2 0 3 2 2 0 0 39
19 GWS Giants L 98 - 86 - - - - - - - - - - -
20 Gold Coast Suns W 90 - 67 - - - - - - - - - - -
21 Sydney Swans L 143 - 39 - - - - - - - - - - -
22 Richmond L 51 - 155 - - - - - - - - - - -
23 Essendon L 107 - 92 - - - - - - - - - - -
TOTAL W: 8 - L: 14 197 131 328 74 0 29 25 45 22 14 1355

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 111
    • Kicks 10.4
    • Handballs 5.3
    • Disposals 15.6
    • Marks 4.1
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 2.6
    • Goals 1.8
    • AFL Fantasy 74.8

Career Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 21 St Kilda Rd 15, 2017
Handballs 19 Richmond Rd 8, 2017
Disposals 38 Richmond Rd 8, 2017
Marks 11 Melbourne Rd 21, 2013
Hit-outs 0 - -
Tackles 7 Hawthorn Rd 8, 2016
Goals 6 St Kilda Rd 15, 2017
AFL Fantasy 145 St Kilda Rd 15, 2017

Career Breakdown

Season Club K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
2017 Fremantle 197 131 328 74 0 29 25 45 22 14 1355
2016 Fremantle 244 157 401 91 0 35 20 66 36 21 1795
2015 Fremantle 225 107 332 77 0 37 17 54 44 19 1605
2014 Fremantle 79 28 107 29 0 11 9 20 15 13 547
2013 Fremantle 231 93 324 108 0 32 20 52 46 23 1682
2012 Fremantle 83 36 119 40 0 13 5 29 22 11 698
2011 Fremantle 19 5 24 3 0 4 1 8 4 3 136
2010 Fremantle 52 17 69 15 0 12 6 12 8 1 326
2009 Fremantle 21 11 32 14 0 0 2 5 2 1 154

Legend

K
Kicks
H
Handballs
D
Disposals
M
Marks
HO
Hit-outs
FF
Frees For
FA
Frees Against
T
Tackles
G
Goals
B
Behinds
AF
AFL Fantasy points

Milestones

50 games: Semi-Final, 2014 v Port Adelaide

Awards

Club Awards

Player of the Finals
2015

Leading Goalkicker

2013, 2015, 2016

AFL Awards

AFL Players' Association 22Under22 Team
2013

Q & A

Nickname: Sonny or Son Son

AFL club supported as a kid: Geelong Cats

Best moment in junior footy: Would have to be my first premiership in under 13s and 14s

Before a game I always: I love to have porridge before a game, it’s my main go to

As a footballer, how would you like to be remembered: Just as someone who works hard and tries his best in every situation

The player from another club you most like to watch: Cyril Rioli

All-time favourite player: Matthew Pavlich or Peter Riccardi

Etihad Stadium roof – open or shut: Shut

What do you like to do on your days off: Chill out with my kids and hang out with them

How do you amuse yourself on a plane flight during the footy season: I like to watch a movie

Which singer/band would you like to see perform at the AFL Grand Final: Probably Snoop Dogg and Dr Dre I reckon, bring back the Chronic Tour. 

Who is the king of selfies at your club: Would have to be Hayden Ballantyne without doubt

If you could swap jobs with someone, who would it be: LeBron James

If you won the lottery, what would you buy first: I’d probably buy a Ferrari

Favourite city in the world to visit: I’d love to go to New York, I haven’t been there yet so I’d love to visit

What’s next on your travel bucket list: I didn’t really go on a honeymoon when I got married, so hopefully the US or Europe at the end of the season 

Childhood hero: Superman

Your wife/partner or best friend would describe you as: A good bloke

What is your worst trait: Biting my nails

Least preferred household chore: Everything, I hate doing chores

The three most admired people you would like to meet: Michael Jordan, Tiger Woods and Charles Barkley

Your most treasured possession: Wedding ring

Favourite professional sporting team: Chicago Bulls

Favourite sporting hero: Right now would have to be LeBron James

Favourite food: Rice

Favourite movie and movie star: Denzel Washington in Man on Fire

Favourite TV show: I haven’t watched TV in so long, probably My Wife and Kids

Three things you would like to do after your footy career: Spend more time at home, sitting on the couch and watching some more My Wife and Kids