Robert Walters

Image DOB: 13 November 1955

Debut: Round 12, 1977 against South Melbourne at Lake Oval
Last Game: Round 14, 1981 against St. Kilda at Moorabbin

From: Romsey

Number: 45 (1976 Reserves), 32 (1977), 16 (1978-1981)

Reserves leading goalkicker - 1976, 1978

Games: 25
Goals: 46
Career Statistics

WinsDrawsLossesWinning %

Walters first came to Melbourne's attention when he kicked 16 goals from full forward in Romsey's first game of 1975. Later that year he kicked 21 goals in a game and won the Riddell League Best and Fairest. He joined the Demons in 1976, spending the year in the Reserves before playing one senior game in 1977. Despite missing eight weeks with an ankle injury he was runner up in that year's Reserves Best and Fairest award.

Walters played another three senior games in 1978. He started 1979 in the Reserves, and in the opening round was reported for spitting in the face of umpire Brian Bulluss. Bulluss gave evidence that a "spray of saliva" hit him in the face as he tried to explain a decision. The tribunal chose to believe that the contact was incidental and dismissed the charge after ten minutes of deliberation. Walters said "I'm just glad to get out of it. I'm going home to feed my dog".

1979 was his best season. A broken collarbone in Round 7 cost him five weeks, but he kicked 22 goals in 12 games and picked up six Brownlow Medal votes. The week after Melbourne's record-breaking 190 point loss to Fitzroy, Walters kicked nine goals in an upset win over Essendon, six coming in the second quarter. He had been elevated to the seniors after playing in the back pocket in recent Reserves games. He kicked seven goals in Round 2, 1980, but a broken cheekbone in Round 5 sidelined him for five weeks. He returned for four more senior games, but only played one in 1981 before breaking his ankle in a Reserves game and missing the rest of the year.

Walters left the club at the end of 1981, playing with the Collingwood Reserves in 1983 but not adding another senior game.

1977 110
1978 300
1979 12226
1980 8181
1981 100

Tribunal record

Round 1, 1979 Reserves Spitting in face of umpireNot guilty

Age - 11/04/1979, 22/07/1981, 17/03/1983
Herald - 06/08/1979
Canberra Times - 05/08/1979

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