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Michael
Walters

Height
177 cm
DOB
07-01-1991
Weight
76 kg
Debut
2009
Games
2016
21
Career
93
Goals
2016
34
Career
175
2016 AFL Fantasy Points
Total
1729
Avg
82
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:
9

OUTLOOK
Walters improved his goal kicking efficiency with 44 goals to 19 behinds en route to finishing as the club’s leading goal kicker in 2015. He also set a career-high 54 tackles.

WHAT THE COACH SAYS 
(Mark Stone)
His professionalism and preparation have improved every year for the past three or four years and is at a level now that’s very elite. He’s fit, strong and has really prepared well for the season. Has increased his work around the stoppages so we can use him in and out of the mid eld and forward line.

Season by Season

Season by Season

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

  • 2016 Season Average
    Games Played 21
    • Kicks 11.2
    • Handballs 7.2
    • Disposals 18.4
    • Marks 4.1
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 3.1
    • Goals 1.6
    • AFL Fantasy 82.3

2016 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 20 Collingwood Rd 14
Handballs 13 GWS Giants Rd 22
Disposals 29 Adelaide Crows Rd 6
Marks 7 Gold Coast Suns Rd 18
Hit-outs 0 - -
Tackles 7 Hawthorn Rd 8
Goals 5 Adelaide Crows Rd 21
AFL Fantasy 141 Adelaide Crows Rd 6

2016 Season Breakdown

Rd Opponent Result K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1 Western Bulldogs L 103 - 38 9 4 13 4 0 2 1 4 1 1 69
2 Gold Coast Suns L 100 - 126 12 4 16 5 0 2 0 2 3 3 90
3 West Coast Eagles L 92 - 59 8 5 13 3 0 0 2 0 2 0 49
4 North Melbourne L 132 - 101 12 2 14 6 0 1 0 2 2 1 80
5 Carlton L 68 - 72 11 7 18 4 0 2 0 6 2 0 97
6 Adelaide Crows L 97 - 64 19 10 29 4 0 4 0 7 3 2 141
7 GWS Giants L 77 - 95 18 4 22 7 0 2 4 5 1 2 101
8 Hawthorn L 116 - 75 16 10 26 5 0 2 0 7 2 0 125
9 Richmond L 45 - 83 8 3 11 0 0 2 0 5 1 3 61
10 St Kilda L 101 - 67 10 10 20 4 0 1 0 1 1 1 74
11 Essendon W 126 - 47 11 12 23 7 0 0 0 2 3 1 105
12 Brisbane Lions W 64 - 147 9 10 19 4 0 1 2 5 1 0 80
13 Port Adelaide W 86 - 69 6 7 13 3 0 4 0 0 0 0 45
14 Collingwood L 85 - 37 20 8 28 6 0 2 0 4 1 1 119
16 Melbourne L 87 - 55 15 3 18 3 0 2 3 3 0 1 66
17 Geelong Cats L 61 - 78 8 9 17 3 0 3 1 1 1 0 61
18 Gold Coast Suns L 105 - 81 13 11 24 7 0 0 1 5 4 0 123
19 Sydney Swans L 47 - 137 7 5 12 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 39
20 West Coast Eagles L 64 - 110 6 8 14 5 0 1 2 0 1 1 51
21 Adelaide Crows L 70 - 142 10 7 17 5 0 2 2 2 5 1 94
22 GWS Giants L 129 - 37 7 13 20 0 0 2 1 3 0 2 60
23 Western Bulldogs - - - - - - - - - - -
TOTAL W: 3 - L: 18 235 152 387 86 0 35 19 65 34 20 1729

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 93
    • Kicks 10.2
    • Handballs 4.8
    • Disposals 15.0
    • Marks 4.0
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 2.6
    • Goals 1.9
    • AFL Fantasy 73.9

Career Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 20 Collingwood Rd 14, 2016
Handballs 13 GWS Giants Rd 22, 2016
Disposals 29 Adelaide Crows Rd 6, 2016
Marks 11 Melbourne Rd 21, 2013
Hit-outs 0 - -
Tackles 7 Hawthorn Rd 8, 2016
Goals 5 Adelaide Crows Rd 21, 2016
AFL Fantasy 141 Adelaide Crows Rd 6, 2016

Career Breakdown

Season Club K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
2016 Fremantle 235 152 387 86 0 35 19 65 34 20 1729
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

AFL AWARDS

AFL Players' Association 22Under22 Team
2013

Q & A

Nickname: Son Son or Sonny – got it from my dad, he made up a lullaby when I was younger

What was your best break in life: Dunsborough with the family

Best piece of advice your mother gave you: Don’t expect anything because if you don't get it, you wont be disappointed

If you weren’t a footballer, what would you like to be: Anything with money and anything that you wouldn't have to train hard to be

Do you have a saying or motto that you live your life by: Get rich or die trying

If you could ask someone to be your mentor, who would it be: Michael Jordon

Morning or evening person, why: Definitely not a morning person, I’m more of a sleep type of guy

Favourite timeslot to play in, why: Night games

Favourite footy journalist: Mark Robinson

Favourite TV caller/commentator: Dennis Cometti

Worst injury: Ankle injury in 2014

How many text messages do you send a day: Maybe 30

Three phone apps you can’t live without: Instagram

Favourite Twitter account you follow: The Freo Instagram account

Most embarrassing song in your iTunes: I like my country music

Best concert you’ve been to: Drake

Where did you holiday after last season: Planning on going to Bali but because of volcanic ash, Broome

Favourite sport other than football: Basketball

What sport would you like to compete in at the 2016 Olympics: Is there Tunnel Ball?

Can you change a spare tyre: Yes

Do you iron your own shirts: Definitely not

Favourite restaurant: Nobu

Do you believe in UFOs: Yes and no – I’m skeptical but I’m pretty sure I have seen one

What three items would you take to a desert island: Phone, charger, knife for food

Any special hobbies or interests: Hang out with family and friends

Three famous people you would like to meet: Miley Cyrus, LeBron James, Drake

What do you have that is of great value to you, but no one else: A watch my dad bought me a couple of years back. Still haven’t taken it out of the box