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Michael
Walters

Height
177 cm
DOB
07-01-1991
Weight
76 kg
Debut
2009
Games
2015
22
Career
72
Goals
2015
44
Career
141
2015 AFL Fantasy Points
Total
1605
Avg
73
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

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.

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 22
    • Kicks 10.2
    • Handballs 4.9
    • Disposals 15.1
    • Marks 3.5
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 2.5
    • Goals 2.0
    • AFL Fantasy 73.0

2015 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 16 Hawthorn PF
Handballs 9 St Kilda Rd 19
Disposals 22 Carlton Rd 16
Marks 8 North Melbourne Rd 21
Hit-outs 0 - -
Tackles 7 Brisbane Lions Rd 14
Goals 4 West Coast Eagles Rd 20
AFL Fantasy 109 North Melbourne Rd 21

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 W 84 - 48 11 5 16 3 0 0 1 7 4 0 101
15 Hawthorn L 115 - 43 7 3 10 3 0 2 0 0 1 0 44
16 Carlton W 95 - 53 15 7 22 4 0 4 2 3 1 3 90
17 Richmond W 78 - 82 8 4 12 2 0 1 0 1 0 0 43
18 GWS Giants W 84 - 63 13 1 14 5 0 3 0 2 4 0 91
19 St Kilda W 59 - 96 8 9 17 6 0 1 0 2 0 1 70
20 West Coast Eagles L 80 - 104 14 2 16 5 0 3 5 2 4 1 82
21 North Melbourne L 94 - 83 16 5 21 8 0 3 0 3 2 0 109
22 Melbourne W 108 - 54 - - - - - - - - - - -
23 Port Adelaide L 122 - 53 - - - - - - - - - - -
W1 Sydney Swans W 69 - 60 14 7 21 3 0 2 0 2 3 0 93
PF Hawthorn L 67 - 94 16 5 21 3 0 2 0 2 3 2 97
TOTAL W: 18 - L: 6 225 107 332 77 0 37 17 54 44 19 1605

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 72
    • Kicks 9.9
    • Handballs 4.1
    • Disposals 14.0
    • Marks 4.0
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 2.5
    • Goals 2.0
    • AFL Fantasy 71.5

Career Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 16 Hawthorn PF, 2015
Handballs 9 St Kilda Rd 19, 2015
Disposals 23 Melbourne Rd 21, 2013
Marks 11 Melbourne Rd 21, 2013
Hit-outs 0 - -
Tackles 7 Brisbane Lions Rd 14, 2015
Goals 4 West Coast Eagles Rd 20, 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 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

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