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'Skills under pressure really let us down today'

Fremantle leader Michael Walters believes poor skill execution and forward 50 entries contributed to Freo's loss against Hawthorn

6:42pm  Jul 13, 2019

'Fyfey does it week in and week out'

Michael Walters believes Nat Fyfe led from the front despite a disappointing loss to Hawthorn

5:34pm  Jul 13, 2019

'I'm just hoping it doesn't get down to that'

Michael Walters hopes Freo's clash against the Power won't go down to the dying moments

2:00pm  Jun 14, 2019

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Walters on report

2:51pm  Jun 22, 2019

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12:44pm  Jun 22, 2019

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Michael
Walters

Height
178 cm
DOB
07-01-1991
Weight
78 kg
Debut
2009
Games
2019
17
Career
146
Goals
2019
32
Career
253
2019 AFL Fantasy Points
Total
1570
Avg
92
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:
30

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2018 SUMMARY
Walters led Fremantle’s goalkicking in 2018, the fourth time in the small forward’s career. He continued to juggle time in the forward line and midfield and had a number of starring performances. Walters provided the highlight of the round 20 Western Derby, with a spectacular screamer over West Coast’s Jeremy McGovern, later announced as a mark of the year finalist.

Season by Season

Season by Season

An elite small forward, Walters also showed his ability during occasional stints in the midfield, putting up contested numbers on par with Freo’s best mids. Walters’ six goals and 32 disposals against St Kilda will go down as one of the greatest individual performances in Fremantle history. Unfortunately, ‘Sonny’s’ first year in the leadership group was cut short with a season-ending injury against Hawthorn in round 18.

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

  • 2019 Season Average
    Games Played 17
    • Kicks 13.5
    • Handballs 7.7
    • Disposals 21.2
    • Marks 3.7
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 3.6
    • Goals 1.9
    • AFL Fantasy 92.4

2019 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 20 Port Adelaide Rd 13
Handballs 15 Richmond Rd 8
Disposals 27 Richmond Rd 8
Marks 6 Carlton Rd 15
Hit-outs 0 - -
Tackles 8 West Coast Eagles Rd 4
Goals 6 Port Adelaide Rd 13
AFL Fantasy 143 Port Adelaide Rd 13

2019 Season Breakdown

Rd Opponent Result K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1 North Melbourne W 141 - 59 12 7 19 4 0 3 2 1 3 1 82
2 Gold Coast Suns L 61 - 58 7 1 8 3 0 2 1 4 1 2 55
3 St Kilda W 71 - 66 17 10 27 0 0 3 0 3 2 0 98
4 West Coast Eagles L 69 - 56 11 6 17 3 0 1 1 8 2 1 97
5 GWS Giants W 82 - 106 17 8 25 6 0 1 0 2 3 1 113
6 Western Bulldogs W 88 - 69 8 9 17 2 0 4 2 3 2 0 70
7 Adelaide Crows L 51 - 34 12 10 22 1 0 2 0 2 1 0 75
8 Richmond L 86 - 111 12 15 27 4 0 2 2 5 0 1 95
9 Essendon L 60 - 53 13 8 21 2 0 2 2 7 1 1 92
10 Brisbane Lions W 73 - 72 18 7 25 4 0 1 2 5 2 1 108
11 Collingwood W 75 - 79 13 11 24 6 0 0 0 3 2 0 103
13 Port Adelaide W 100 - 79 20 5 25 6 0 5 1 4 6 1 143
14 Melbourne L 85 - 71 13 5 18 2 0 3 2 3 3 1 83
15 Carlton L 75 - 79 12 5 17 6 0 2 0 1 2 1 83
16 West Coast Eagles L 31 - 122 16 7 23 5 0 4 2 5 1 0 101
17 Hawthorn L 84 - 53 14 11 25 4 0 2 3 2 0 0 77
18 Sydney Swans W 52 - 51 15 6 21 5 0 4 0 3 1 1 95
19 Western Bulldogs - - - - - - - - - - -
20 Geelong Cats - - - - - - - - - - -
21 St Kilda - - - - - - - - - - -
22 Essendon - - - - - - - - - - -
23 Port Adelaide - - - - - - - - - - -
TOTAL W: 8 - L: 9 230 131 361 63 0 41 20 61 32 12 1570

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 146
    • Kicks 10.9
    • Handballs 5.9
    • Disposals 16.8
    • Marks 4.0
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 2.8
    • Goals 1.7
    • AFL Fantasy 77.5

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 1 Gold Coast Suns Rd 3, 2018
Tackles 8 West Coast Eagles Rd 4, 2019
Goals 6 Port Adelaide Rd 13, 2019
AFL Fantasy 145 St Kilda Rd 15, 2017

Career Breakdown

Season Club K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
2019 Fremantle 230 131 361 63 0 41 20 61 32 12 1570
2018 Fremantle 206 150 356 65 1 40 32 59 22 14 1440
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

100 games: Round 6, 2017 v West Coast 

Awards

Club Awards

Player of the Finals
2015

Leading Goalkicker

2013, 2015, 2016, 2018

AFL Awards

AFL Players' Association 22Under22 Team
2013

Q & A

Nickname: Sonny

Best set shot at your club? Michael Walters

My coach often says … We grow extraordinary people

Best advice you’ve received? My mum always says if you don't expect anything then you won't be disappointed 

Least-preferred teammate on road trips and why? Bradley Hill because he mucks around too much

Greatest footy moment before the AFL? Winning my first junior premiership

Funniest teammate? Bradley Hill

Which teammates pick themselves in AFL Fantasy? Bradley Hill

If you could enter a teammate for My Kitchen Rules, who would it be and why? Danyle Pearce – great cook 

Favourite café AND what do you order? Mooba – Skinny Latte

Hidden talent? Singing, rapping and guitar

Guilty pleasure? Chocolate

Best concert attended? Smokey

Passion outside of football? Being a father

Best trait? Football

Favourite movie character? Martin Lawrence

Grand Final – day, twilight or night? Night

Bounce – yes or no? Yes

Favourite AFLW player? Juddy (Kara Donnellan)

Most under rated AFL player? Stephen Hill

Team barracked or as a kid? Geelong

Three apps you cant live without? Instagram, Snapchat, AFL app

Twitter or instagram? Instagram

Do you have any pets? No

Favourite holiday spot? Bali