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Tex overtakes Crows great

Taylor Walker’s five-goal haul against GWS has lifted him into outright third spot in Adelaide’s all-time goalkicking

2:08pm May 30, 2016

Pyke backs Walker response

Don Pyke believes captain Taylor Walker will return to top form in the coming weeks

3:01pm May 4, 2016

Tex nominated for Goal of the Year

Taylor Walker’s incredible goal from Showdown XL has been nominated for the AFL’s Goal of the Year for Round Two

12:07pm Apr 4, 2016

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Taylor
Walker

CAPTAIN

Height
194 cm
DOB
25-04-1990
Weight
98 kg
Debut
2009
Games
2016
13
Career
120
Goals
2016
31
Career
287
2016 AFL Fantasy Points
Total
972
Avg
75
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: 24

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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

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

  • 2016 Season Average
    Games Played 13
    • Kicks 9.6
    • Handballs 4.2
    • Disposals 13.8
    • Marks 6.6
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 1.2
    • Goals 2.4
    • AFL Fantasy 74.8

2016 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 15 St Kilda Rd 11
Handballs 9 Gold Coast Suns Rd 9
Disposals 21 St Kilda Rd 11
Marks 10 St Kilda Rd 11
Hit-outs 0 - -
Tackles 3 North Melbourne Rd 14
Goals 5 GWS Giants Rd 10
AFL Fantasy 116 GWS Giants Rd 10

2016 Season Breakdown

Rd Opponent Result K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1 North Melbourne L 107 - 97 13 5 18 10 0 2 2 1 2 3 94
2 Port Adelaide W 144 - 86 7 4 11 3 0 0 2 1 2 2 50
3 Richmond W 92 - 128 8 3 11 5 0 0 0 0 3 2 65
4 Sydney Swans W 113 - 103 11 5 16 9 0 0 2 3 2 2 90
5 Hawthorn L 112 - 109 7 3 10 3 0 0 2 0 2 2 44
6 Fremantle W 97 - 64 6 4 10 6 0 0 0 1 0 0 48
7 Western Bulldogs L 123 - 108 9 3 12 4 0 1 0 1 1 0 56
8 Geelong Cats L 72 - 98 8 2 10 7 0 1 4 2 2 0 58
9 Gold Coast Suns W 74 - 149 10 9 19 9 0 1 0 2 5 2 116
10 GWS Giants W 107 - 85 15 3 18 10 0 1 1 1 5 3 116
11 St Kilda W 133 - 45 15 6 21 10 0 0 0 0 3 3 108
12 West Coast Eagles W 76 - 105 7 5 12 3 0 0 2 1 2 0 50
14 North Melbourne W 100 - 67 9 3 12 7 0 0 1 3 2 2 77
15 Melbourne - - - - - - - - - - -
16 Carlton - - - - - - - - - - -
17 Collingwood - - - - - - - - - - -
18 Geelong Cats - - - - - - - - - - -
19 Essendon - - - - - - - - - - -
20 Brisbane Lions - - - - - - - - - - -
21 Fremantle - - - - - - - - - - -
22 Port Adelaide - - - - - - - - - - -
23 West Coast Eagles - - - - - - - - - - -
TOTAL W: 9 - L: 4 125 55 180 86 0 6 16 16 31 21 972

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 120
    • Kicks 8.9
    • Handballs 3.9
    • Disposals 12.7
    • Marks 5.8
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 1.4
    • Goals 2.4
    • AFL Fantasy 70.5

Career Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 21 North Melbourne Rd 1, 2015
Handballs 9 Gold Coast Suns Rd 9, 2016
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
2016 Adelaide Crows 125 55 180 86 0 6 16 16 31 21 972
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

Awards

CLUB AWARDS

Leading Goalkicker
2011
2012

Best Team Man
2014

Crows Children's Foundation Community Leadership Award
2015

AFL AWARDS

All Australian nominee
2012
2015

Rising Star nominee
2009

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