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Sonny shines

Michael Walters became Fremantle’s leading goal scorer for 2015 with a bag of four against Collingwood on Thursday night

12:25am  Jun 26, 2015

Walters ready for Tiger fight

Star Fremantle forward Michael Walters believes the ladder position is irrelevant when it comes to taking on Richmond at Domain Stadium

12:48pm  Jun 1, 2015

Walters goes back to his roots

Michael Walters takes us for a look at his junior football club, Midvale

12:54pm  May 27, 2015

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Walters' deadly seconds

11:56am  Jun 30, 2015

Walters post-match: Round 13

10:27pm  Jun 25, 2015

Walters floats it through

8:10pm  Jun 25, 2015

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Michael
Walters

Height
177 cm
DOB
07-01-1991
Weight
76 kg
Debut
2009
Games
2015
12
Career
62
Goals
2015
22
Career
119
2015 AFL Fantasy Points
Total
785
Avg
65
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:
6

Outlook: An injury in the pre-season has hampered Walters’ preparations for 2015, but as he showed last year, he is a training monster and he’s sure to be on top of his game sooner rather than later.

What the coach says (Peter Sumich): A little bit interrupted pre-Christmas but he’s back on track and training really well. He’s a class act and he’s maintained his fitness through his rehab. Looking very sharp and we’re looking forward to him being ready for round 1.

Season by Season

Season by Season

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

  • 2015 Season Average
    Games Played 12
    • Kicks 8.6
    • Handballs 4.9
    • Disposals 13.5
    • Marks 2.9
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 2.5
    • Goals 1.8
    • AFL Fantasy 65.4

2015 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 14 West Coast Eagles Rd 3
Handballs 9 Gold Coast Suns Rd 11
Disposals 17 Gold Coast Suns Rd 11
Marks 6 West Coast Eagles Rd 3
Hit-outs 0 - -
Tackles 5 Gold Coast Suns Rd 11
Goals 4 Collingwood Rd 13
AFL Fantasy 89 West Coast Eagles Rd 3

2015 Season Breakdown

Rd Opponent Result K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1 Port Adelaide W 75 - 68 9 0 9 1 0 2 0 1 1 2 44
2 Geelong Cats W 60 - 104 7 8 15 5 0 1 0 3 1 2 73
3 West Coast Eagles W 81 - 111 14 2 16 6 0 1 0 1 3 2 89
4 Sydney Swans W 74 - 60 7 9 16 3 0 0 3 1 0 1 44
5 Melbourne W 50 - 118 3 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 9
6 Essendon W 80 - 52 9 7 16 0 0 2 0 3 1 1 62
7 Western Bulldogs W 88 - 101 12 4 16 5 0 1 1 3 2 0 81
8 North Melbourne W 115 - 42 10 6 16 4 0 2 3 3 4 0 83
9 Adelaide Crows W 57 - 68 10 2 12 2 0 2 0 5 3 0 80
10 Richmond L 70 - 97 7 6 13 3 0 2 0 3 3 3 77
11 Gold Coast Suns W 46 - 53 8 9 17 4 0 0 2 5 0 1 69
13 Collingwood W 80 - 73 7 6 13 2 0 3 0 2 4 0 74
14 Brisbane Lions - - - - - - - - - - -
15 Hawthorn - - - - - - - - - - -
16 Carlton - - - - - - - - - - -
17 Richmond - - - - - - - - - - -
18 GWS Giants - - - - - - - - - - -
19 St Kilda - - - - - - - - - - -
20 West Coast Eagles - - - - - - - - - - -
21 North Melbourne - - - - - - - - - - -
22 Melbourne - - - - - - - - - - -
23 Port Adelaide - - - - - - - - - - -
TOTAL W: 11 - L: 1 103 59 162 35 0 16 9 30 22 12 785

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 62
    • Kicks 9.4
    • Handballs 4.0
    • Disposals 13.4
    • Marks 3.9
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 2.5
    • Goals 1.9
    • AFL Fantasy 69.6

Career Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 16 Hawthorn Rd 21, 2010
Handballs 9 Gold Coast Suns Rd 11, 2015
Disposals 23 Melbourne Rd 21, 2013
Marks 11 Melbourne Rd 21, 2013
Hit-outs 0 - -
Tackles 7 Essendon Rd 3, 2013
Goals 4 Collingwood Rd 13, 2015
AFL Fantasy 120 Collingwood Rd 7, 2013

Career Breakdown

Season Club K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
2015 Fremantle 103 59 162 35 0 16 9 30 22 12 785
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

Leading Goalkicker
2013

Q & A

Your nickname: Sonny or Son Son

One word to describe you: Thoughtful

Favourite player to watch growing up: Peter Riccardi

Who has had the most influence on your career: Family and Michael Johnson

Toughest individual opponent: Corey Enright

Player most likely to fall asleep in a team meeting: Matt Taberner or myself

Thriftiest player at your club: Stephen Hill

The next big thing at your club: Stephen Hill

The smartest thing you have been told: I’m not that smart

If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you be: Las Vegas or Paris

Do you have any strange phobias: Spiders, people and maths

Your can’t-miss TV shows: Big Bang Theory

Your favourite cartoon as a kid: The Flintstones or Ren and Stimpy

If you had to choose another career, what would it be: NBA Player

What do you normally eat for breakfast: Porridge

Your last meal would be: McDonalds and Pizza

Your favourite holiday destination: Anywhere I can relax

In the movie of your life, you’d be played by: Denzel Washington

What are your three essential items: Fiancé and two kids

Most useless thing you have bought: Everything I buy is useless

Best subject at school: Physical Education

Which big ticket sporting event would you love to attend: NFL Super Bowl