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CROWfiles: Taylor Walker

Find out more about Taylor Walker ahead of the skipper's 100th AFL game on Saturday

2:54pm Jul 29, 2015

Tough love shaped Tex

Taylor Walker has expressed his gratitude to former coach Neil Craig for being hard on him early in his career

2:01pm Jul 29, 2015

Go Figure: Tex's ton

A look at Taylor Walker's career in stats ahead of his 100th game this weekend

2:40pm Jul 28, 2015

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Taylor
Walker

CAPTAIN

Height
192 cm
DOB
25-04-1990
Weight
100 kg
Debut
2009
Games
2015
16
Career
100
Goals
2015
39
Career
236
2015 AFL Fantasy Points
Total
1245
Avg
78
TaylorWalker

Player Bio

At a Glance

Junior Clubs: North Broken Hill
Debut: v Collingwood, round 1, 2009
Recruited from: Broken Hill (NSW Scholarship selection)
Brownlow Votes: 14

Walker made his long-awaited comeback from a serious knee injury against Collingwood on a Thursday night at Adelaide Oval in Round Nine. The two-time leading goalkicker played the next 14 games in succession kicking 34 goals including a season-high six against the Brisbane Lions to finish third in Adelaide’s goalkicking. He kicked multiple goals in 11 of his 15 games. The imposing forward also averaged a career-high 14.7 disposals and 1.7 score assists – ranked fourth in the AFL – and was third at Adelaide in contested marks (23). He took out the Club’s Best Team Man award and was re-elected to the senior leadership group for Season 2015. Signed a contract extension in November, which will see him remain a Crow until at least the end of 2018. Named captain of the Club for Season 2015.

Season by Season

Season by Season

Walker’s season came to a cruel end when he seriously injured his knee against Carlton in Round Five. The Crows spearhead underwent reconstructive surgery, which was a success but confined him to a knee brace and crutches for three months. The two-time leading goalkicker was remarkably upbeat throughout and maintained a strong presence in the playing group. Is progressing well in his 12-month rehabilitation, but won’t be rushed back until he’s absolutely ready.

Season by Season

One of the most-improved players in the competition, Walker emerged as a genuine superstar of the game in 2012. The young forward developed greater consistency and improved the defensive side of the game to top Adelaide’s goalkicking with 63 goals. The All-Australian nominee missed six games through suspension and injury, but recorded the second-highest goal per game average (3.3) behind Hawthorn star Lance Franklin. Stepped up on the September stage, kicking nine goals in the Club’s last two finals.

Season by Season

The gifted forward overcame numerous setbacks to finish the season as Adelaide’s leading goalkicker, kicking 32 goals from only 13 games to rank sixth in the AFL for goals per game (averaging 2.5). An undeniable talent, Walker is continuing to work on his consistency and is developing as a leader within the Crows forward line.

Stats

By the numbers

  • 2015 Season Average
    Games Played 16
    • Kicks 10.6
    • Handballs 3.2
    • Disposals 13.8
    • Marks 6.9
    • Hit-Outs 0.1
    • Tackles 1.4
    • Goals 2.4
    • AFL Fantasy 77.8

2015 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 21 North Melbourne Rd 1
Handballs 9 St Kilda Rd 7
Disposals 22 North Melbourne Rd 1
Marks 15 North Melbourne Rd 1
Hit-outs 1 Brisbane Lions Rd 13
Tackles 4 Fremantle Rd 9
Goals 6 North Melbourne Rd 1
AFL Fantasy 146 North Melbourne Rd 1

2015 Season Breakdown

Rd Opponent Result K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1 North Melbourne W 140 - 63 21 1 22 15 0 1 2 0 6 5 146
2 Collingwood W 63 - 90 16 3 19 11 0 0 0 2 2 3 110
3 Melbourne W 80 - 55 4 5 9 1 0 1 1 2 3 0 49
4 Western Bulldogs L 125 - 68 7 2 9 5 0 0 1 0 1 0 43
5 Port Adelaide L 91 - 115 9 4 13 4 0 2 1 3 2 2 72
6 Gold Coast Suns W 78 - 119 14 3 17 12 0 0 3 1 4 2 105
7 St Kilda W 119 - 73 9 9 18 7 0 1 2 0 3 0 79
8 GWS Giants L 108 - 84 17 1 18 11 0 1 0 1 4 0 115
9 Fremantle L 57 - 68 12 3 15 6 0 1 0 4 0 3 80
10 Carlton W 90 - 99 10 3 13 7 0 0 1 2 1 3 71
12 Hawthorn L 85 - 114 3 2 5 3 0 0 1 0 1 0 25
13 Brisbane Lions W 69 - 82 11 3 14 8 1 2 1 2 2 5 88
14 Geelong Cats D 0 - 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
15 West Coast Eagles L 147 - 91 10 1 11 3 0 0 1 1 3 0 60
16 Port Adelaide W 113 - 116 12 6 18 6 0 2 2 2 3 2 90
17 Gold Coast Suns W 125 - 80 8 3 11 6 0 0 2 2 2 1 63
18 Sydney Swans L 117 - 65 7 2 9 5 0 0 2 0 2 3 49
19 Richmond - - - - - - - - - - -
20 Essendon - - - - - - - - - - -
21 Brisbane Lions - - - - - - - - - - -
22 West Coast Eagles - - - - - - - - - - -
23 Geelong Cats - - - - - - - - - - -
TOTAL W: 9 - L: 7 - D: 1 170 51 221 110 1 11 20 22 39 29 1245

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 100
    • Kicks 8.6
    • Handballs 3.9
    • Disposals 12.4
    • Marks 5.5
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 1.5
    • Goals 2.4
    • AFL Fantasy 68.6

Career Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 21 North Melbourne Rd 1, 2015
Handballs 9 St Kilda Rd 7, 2015
Disposals 25 Melbourne Rd 22, 2012
Marks 16 Melbourne Rd 22, 2012
Hit-outs 2 Sydney Swans W1, 2012
Tackles 6 Sydney Swans Rd 13, 2009
Goals 6 North Melbourne Rd 1, 2015
AFL Fantasy 148 Melbourne Rd 22, 2012

Career Breakdown

Season Club K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
2015 Adelaide Crows 170 51 221 110 1 11 20 22 39 29 1245
2014 Adelaide Crows 138 82 220 84 0 10 21 24 34 22 1099
2013 Adelaide Crows 40 21 61 23 0 8 10 8 10 6 307
2012 Adelaide Crows 191 82 273 128 2 20 21 28 63 35 1605
2011 Adelaide Crows 85 61 146 61 0 8 10 9 32 13 779
2010 Adelaide Crows 144 69 213 84 2 10 24 30 35 28 1120
2009 Adelaide Crows 88 22 110 56 0 8 13 25 23 19 702

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 AFL Games: v Port Adelaide, Round Five, 2012
100 AFL Games: v Sydney, Round 18, 2015

Awards

AFL AWARDS

All Australian nominee
2012

CLUB AWARDS

Leading Goal Kicker
2011
2012

Best Team Man
2014

Q&A

Your nickname: Tex or Peds

One word to describe you: N/A

Favourite player to watch growing up: James Hird

Who has had the most influence on your career: Dale Tonkin

Toughest individual opponent: Harry Taylor

Player most likely to fall asleep in a team meeting: Jon Griffin

Thriftiest player at your club: Luke Brown or Sam Kerridge

The next big thing at your club: Mitch McGovern, so he tells everyone

The smartest thing you have been told: When you’re thirsty, have a sip

If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you be: Bora Bora Island

Do you have any strange phobias: Hate my ears getting flicked

Your can’t-miss TV shows: Home & Away

Your favourite cartoon as a kid: Blinky Bill

If you had to choose another career, what would it be: Pro sleeper

What do you normally eat for breakfast: Couple of googlies on toast with tomato sauce

Your last meal would be: Spaghetti bolognaise

Your favourite holiday destination: Byron Bay

In the movie of your life, you’d be played by: Dijmon Hounsou

What are your three essential items: Phone, wallet, scooter keys

Most useless thing you have bought: Ironing board

Best subject at school: Maths

Which big ticket sporting event would you love to attend: Lords for the Ashes