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Mid-season stats leaders

A statistical overview of Adelaide's AFL season ahead of the Round 14 bye

2:02pm Jun 21, 2018

Walker defends Adelaide's effort

Adelaide captain Taylor Walker insists his side is trying its utmost to revive its flagging season

4:11pm Jun 11, 2018

Tex to head west

Adelaide has sprung a selection shock for Sunday’s clash with Fremantle

6:18pm Jun 7, 2018

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Taylor Walker Post-Match: R5

12:06am  Apr 21, 2018

Showreel: Taylor Walker

10:53pm  Apr 20, 2018

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Taylor
Walker

CAPTAIN

Height
193 cm
DOB
25-04-1990
Weight
102 kg
Debut
2009
Games
2018
8
Career
161
Goals
2018
18
Career
375
2018 AFL Fantasy Points
Total
476
Avg
60
TaylorWalker

Player Bio

At a Glance

Junior Clubs: North Broken Hill (NSW)
Debut: v Collingwood, round 1, 2009
Recruited from: Broken Hill (NSW Scholarship selection)
Brownlow Votes: 30

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The Adelaide captain was selected in the All Australian squad of 40 after another strong season in which he kicked 54 goals – ranked second at the Club behind Eddie Betts. Walker kicked at least one goal in every game he played, including hauls of five against Essendon and Richmond in the opening part of the season. He also averaged a career-high 15 disposals to go with six marks and four inside 50ms. The influential forward ranked No.1 in the AFL for goal assists (33) despite missing two games through injury. Walker finished sixth in the Crows Club Champion award and received Life Membership. Played his 150th game against the Sydney Swans in Round 22.

Season by Season

Season by Season

Led from the front in his second season as captain. Walker booted 47 goals, becoming the Club’s second-greatest goalkicker of all time following his four-goal haul against Brisbane in Round 20. But the influential forward was just as comfortable giving them off as he was kicking them, finishing second in the League in both goal assists (27) and score assists (43). He also finished second in the competition amongst forwards for marks (155) and sixth for contested marks (43). Voted by his peers as the competition’s best captain at the 2016 AFL Players’ Association MVP Awards. Retained as skipper in Adelaide's six-man leadership group for Season 2017.

Season by Season

Stood tall under the most difficult of circumstances in his first season as captain, helping to guide his team to its first finals campaign since 2012. Walker kicked 59 goals, including 55 in the home and away season to finish fourth in the Coleman Medal. The key forward ranked third in the AFL for scoreboard impact in the minor round, and also took 155 marks – ranked sixth overall. Walker led through his actions, imposing himself on games and inspiring his teammates. He was selected in the All Australian squad of 40 and finished top-five in the Crows Club Champion award. Notched up his long-awaited 100-game milestone against the Sydney Swans in Round 18.

Season by Season

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

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

  • 2018 Season Average
    Games Played 8
    • Kicks 6.8
    • Handballs 4.3
    • Disposals 11.0
    • Marks 3.8
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 1.6
    • Goals 2.3
    • AFL Fantasy 59.5

2018 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 12 Sydney Swans Rd 5
Handballs 6 Hawthorn Rd 13
Disposals 16 Sydney Swans Rd 5
Marks 7 Sydney Swans Rd 5
Hit-outs 0 - -
Tackles 4 St Kilda Rd 3
Goals 4 Sydney Swans Rd 5
AFL Fantasy 102 Sydney Swans Rd 5

2018 Season Breakdown

Rd Opponent Result K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1 Essendon L 99 - 87 - - - - - - - - - - -
2 Richmond W 118 - 82 9 2 11 5 0 0 1 0 4 0 67
3 St Kilda W 55 - 104 6 4 10 2 0 0 2 4 3 1 61
4 Collingwood L 58 - 106 7 6 13 3 0 1 1 3 2 1 65
5 Sydney Swans W 75 - 85 12 4 16 7 0 4 0 2 4 1 102
6 Gold Coast Suns W 110 - 62 6 5 11 3 0 1 0 1 2 2 56
7 Carlton W 125 - 70 - - - - - - - - - - -
8 Port Adelaide L 95 - 90 4 2 6 3 0 0 1 0 2 0 34
9 Western Bulldogs W 63 - 26 - - - - - - - - - - -
10 Melbourne L 146 - 55 - - - - - - - - - - -
11 GWS Giants L 81 - 97 - - - - - - - - - - -
12 Fremantle L 71 - 68 6 5 11 4 0 1 1 1 1 2 50
13 Hawthorn L 88 - 32 4 6 10 3 0 2 1 2 0 1 41
15 West Coast Eagles - - - - - - - - - - -
16 Richmond - - - - - - - - - - -
17 Geelong Cats - - - - - - - - - - -
18 Brisbane Lions - - - - - - - - - - -
19 Melbourne - - - - - - - - - - -
20 Port Adelaide - - - - - - - - - - -
21 GWS Giants - - - - - - - - - - -
22 North Melbourne - - - - - - - - - - -
23 Carlton - - - - - - - - - - -
TOTAL W: 6 - L: 7 54 34 88 30 0 9 7 13 18 8 476

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 161
    • Kicks 9.1
    • Handballs 4.0
    • Disposals 13.1
    • Marks 5.8
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 1.5
    • Goals 2.3
    • AFL Fantasy 71.6

Career Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 21 North Melbourne Rd 1, 2015
Handballs 9 Port Adelaide Rd 20, 2017
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 7 Brisbane Lions Rd 21, 2015
AFL Fantasy 148 Melbourne Rd 22, 2012

Career Breakdown

Season Club K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
2018 Adelaide Crows 54 34 88 30 0 9 7 13 18 8 476
2017 Adelaide Crows 236 105 341 146 0 21 34 44 54 35 1810
2016 Adelaide Crows 235 97 332 155 0 20 26 34 47 37 1761
2015 Adelaide Crows 253 73 326 171 1 18 29 31 59 45 1873
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
150 AFL Games: v Sydney, Round 22, 2017

Awards

Club Awards

Life Member
2017

Crows Children's Foundation Community Leadership Award
2015

Best Team Man
2014

Leading Goalkicker
2011
2012

AFL Awards

AFLPA Best Captain
2016
2017

All Australian nominee
2012
2015
2017

Rising Star nominee
2009

Pre-season premiership
2012

Q&A

Nickname: Tex/Peds/Whacky

Best piece of advice your mother gave you: It doesn’t cost to use manners

If you weren’t a footballer, what would you like to be: Pro gambler

Do you have a saying or motto that you live your life by: Control what you can control

If you could ask someone to be your mentor, who would it be: Dwyane Wade

Morning or evening person: Evening

Favourite timeslot to play in: Night

Favourite footy journalist: D. Barrett

Favourite TV caller/commentator: J. Brayshaw/B. Taylor

Worst injury: ACL or broken pelvis

How many text messages do you send a day: Depends on how many I get

Three phone apps you can’t live without: Alarm/clock

Favourite Twitter account you follow: @almatavern

Most embarrassing song in your iTunes: Zorba’s Dance

Best concert you’ve been to: Kings of Leon – Memorial Drive

Where did you holiday after last season: Hawaii

Favourite sport other than football: Cricket, Tennis

What sport would you like to compete in at the 2016 Olympics: Golf

Can you change a spare tyre: If there’s a manual

Do you iron your own shirts: No

Favourite restaurant: Kefi’s or Alma Tavern

Do you believe in UFOs: No

What three items would you take to a desert island: Beer, music, chair

Any special hobbies or interests: Golf, pubs

Three famous people you would like to meet: D-Wade

What do you have that is of great value to you, but no one else: Super king bed