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Michael
Walters

Height
177 cm
DOB
07-01-1991
Weight
77 kg
Debut
2009
Games
2014
8
Career
50
Goals
2014
15
Career
97
2014 AFL Fantasy Points
Total
547
Avg
68
MichaelWalters

Player Bio

At A Glance

Junior Clubs: Midvale (WA)
Clubs:
Fremantle
Draft information:
National Draft 2008, pick 58
Debut:
Round 11 2009 v Port Adelaide
Recruited From: 
Swan Districts
Brownlow Votes:
6

Outlook: A terrific 2013 and a strong 2014 pre-season has Walters primed to stand among the elite small forwards in the game. Exquisite foot skills and an innate ability to find the goals highlight his abilities.

What the coach says (Peter Sumich): Another one who’s had a great pre-season. He is fit, ready to go and seems to be switched on.

AFL Fantasy: He could be an excellent unique pick, particularly if Lyon decides to throw him in the midfield on occasions in 2014.

Season by Season

Season by Season

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

  • 2014 Season Average
    Games Played 8
    • Kicks 9.9
    • Handballs 3.5
    • Disposals 13.4
    • Marks 3.6
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 2.5
    • Goals 1.9
    • AFL Fantasy 68.4

2014 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 14 Brisbane Lions Rd 22
Handballs 7 Sydney Swans FW1
Disposals 16 Brisbane Lions Rd 22
Marks 6 Port Adelaide SF
Hit-outs 0 - -
Tackles 5 Gold Coast Suns Rd 2
Goals 3 Port Adelaide SF
AFL Fantasy 87 Brisbane Lions Rd 22

2014 Season Breakdown

Rd Opponent Result K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1 Collingwood W 46 - 116 9 7 16 2 0 1 1 5 2 2 79
2 Gold Coast Suns W 87 - 39 11 2 13 4 0 3 1 5 2 5 86
3 Hawthorn L 137 - 79 6 3 9 1 0 2 0 1 0 0 33
4 Essendon W 113 - 60 - - - - - - - - - - -
5 Sydney Swans L 92 - 75 - - - - - - - - - - -
6 North Melbourne L 61 - 74 - - - - - - - - - - -
7 West Coast Eagles W 54 - 73 - - - - - - - - - - -
8 Port Adelaide L 94 - 76 - - - - - - - - - - -
9 Geelong Cats W 96 - 64 - - - - - - - - - - -
11 Western Bulldogs W 51 - 89 - - - - - - - - - - -
12 Adelaide Crows W 90 - 50 - - - - - - - - - - -
13 Richmond W 85 - 105 - - - - - - - - - - -
14 Brisbane Lions W 105 - 22 - - - - - - - - - - -
15 West Coast Eagles W 88 - 81 - - - - - - - - - - -
16 Melbourne W 34 - 97 - - - - - - - - - - -
17 GWS Giants W 136 - 60 - - - - - - - - - - -
18 St Kilda L 118 - 60 - - - - - - - - - - -
19 Carlton W 83 - 78 - - - - - - - - - - -
20 Geelong Cats L 81 - 79 - - - - - - - - - - -
21 Hawthorn W 110 - 91 10 5 15 5 0 2 2 1 1 0 61
22 Brisbane Lions W 48 - 106 14 2 16 5 0 1 1 2 3 2 87
23 Port Adelaide W 105 - 97 12 2 14 5 0 1 1 2 3 0 79
FW1 Sydney Swans L 93 - 69 5 7 12 1 0 0 1 3 1 1 48
SF Port Adelaide L 83 - 105 12 0 12 6 0 1 2 1 3 3 74
TOTAL W: 16 - L: 8 79 28 107 29 0 11 9 20 15 13 547

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 50
    • Kicks 9.6
    • Handballs 3.8
    • Disposals 13.4
    • Marks 4.2
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 2.5
    • Goals 1.9
    • AFL Fantasy 70.6

Career Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 16 Hawthorn Rd 21, 2010
Handballs 9 Melbourne Rd 21, 2013
Disposals 23 Melbourne Rd 21, 2013
Marks 11 Melbourne Rd 21, 2013
Hit-outs 0 - -
Tackles 7 Essendon Rd 3, 2013
Goals 4 Carlton Rd 19, 2013
AFL Fantasy 120 Collingwood Rd 7, 2013

Career Breakdown

Season Club K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
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

Awards

Club Awards

Leading Goalkicker
2013

Q&A

Which player is most likely to look at himself in the mirror after a weights session?
Danyle Pearce or Alex Silvagni

What’s the funniest sledge you’ve heard on the field?
“I’d hate to play on me” – Hayden Ballantyne

Who would you least like to pair up with in the boxing ring during training?
Tom Sheridan

Who would you like to have kicking for goal after the siren if you are three points down in a Grand Final?
Matthew Pavlich or Michael Johnson

What is your coach’s favourite saying?
Is that reasonable?

Which teammate is most likely to be invited to the coach’s place for dinner
Nat Fyfe

If you could draft any player into your team, who would it be?
Scott Pendlebury

If you had the power, what is one thing you would change about the world?
Poverty

Outside of footy, what would be your dream job?
Working with kids

If you could appear on any reality show, which one would you choose?
Oprah or Ellen

Who has the best taste in music at the club and why?
Zac Dawson, I like my gangster and it gets me going

Who has the worst and why?
Dr. Jeff Boyle our Physio he puts on classical music in the gym

What meal is your speciality to cook?
Kangaroo and Damper

What is your favourite TV football show?
After the Bounce

Who is the best-dressed teammate at the club?
Ryan Crowley

Who is the worst dressed?
Kepler Bradley or Clancee Pearce

Who is the most skilful all-round sportsman at the club?
Chris Mayne

What is your favourite way to spend a day off?
With my little girl

Who was your childhood celebrity crush?
Miley Cyrus

Which of your teammates fancies himself as a celebrity?
Ryan Crowley

Who is your funniest teammate at the club and why?
Kepler Bradley, all day every day he makes a joke and gets everyone up and about.

Which teammate is the most likely to tweet a comment while watching a game at home?
Ryan Crowley

Which teammate would struggle to turn a computer on?
Josh Simpson or Jon Griffin

Which teammate is most likely to take a ‘selfie’ and post it on Facebook?
Tom Sheridan or Hayden Crozier