Robert Walls

Robert Walls

In a 259-game career, Robert Walls played in three premierships (1968, 1970 and 1972) for Carlton, captaining the team in 1997 and 1978 before ending his career with Fitzroy. He coached the Lions between 1981 and 1985 before switching back to the Blues and steering them to the 1987 premiership. Walls writes weekly for The Age.

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Spoiler alert: top full-backs kicking on

Robert Walls Plenty say that centre half-forward is the toughest position to play. Forget that. Full-back is.

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Time for Demons' date night

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Robert Walls The Melbourne Football Club has just one win as it goes into the bye weekend. Its percentage is 49.8, the worst in the competition. Plenty believe it is a basket case.

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Blues fans can dare to dream of a flag

Robert Walls The Blues sit six and four after the first 10 rounds. That's exactly the situation they were in 12 months ago. Back then it was "top four or bust", and bust they did.

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Leaky defence the key to Magpies' woes

Robert Walls It’s hard to know what to make of Nathan Buckley’s Magpies. It is the only team to have beaten the classy Cats this year, yet looked awful last week against Sydney.

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Wearing the tag with pride

Robert Walls The role of the negative tagger has evolved over the years.

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Nic Nat and Daw a clash to savour

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Robert Walls Andrew Demetriou and the AFL Commission will be delighted that the two biggest drawcards in Friday night's game in Perth are young men who come from vastly different backgrounds.

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Time to toughen up, Tiges

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Robert Walls When push comes to shove, Richmond has too many whinges, too many excuses.

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How the Eagles must rue their missing Lynch

Robert Walls I've enjoyed watching Quinten Lynch play football over the past 10 years. He is an old-fashioned footballer. He even plays with his socks pulled up.

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More glory days to come for entertaining Cats?

Robert Walls The Balnarring butcher's face lights up every time I enter his shop. It's not because he is happy to see me, it's because once again he wants to tell me how good his Cats are.

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Cats must lift to match the Swans' class

Robert Walls Geelong and Sydney have been the two best clubs in recent years, with one or the other involved in seven of the past eight grand finals.

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Defensive Dockers put Dons to test

Robert Walls The Bombers will be truly tested in Perth on Friday night. Season-opening wins over the cocky Crows and demoralised Demons have been good for confidence and percentage, but now they face Fremantle,...

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Saints need more speed to succeed

Robert Walls Richmond on the rise, St Kilda on the slide. That's what most folks thought over summer. Last week's round-one results probably confirmed that.

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Men on a mission

Robert Walls Round-one clash between arch rivals Richmond and Carlton carries much weight.

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Sam and Ted's excellent adventure

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Robert Walls Grand final outcome rests with unlikely pair.

Sam and Ted's excellent adventure

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Robert Walls SYDNEY coach John Longmire has done a fine job in his short two-year tenure in the hot seat. But can he steer his team to a premiership flag tomorrow? The bookies and popular opinion think not.

Swans fresh and ready to fly in tough scrap

Robert Walls Get set for a low-scoring, high-tackling and full-on contest tonight when Sydney hosts Collingwood on the dead track at ANZ Stadium.

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Freo to put the screws on Crows

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Robert Walls Five weeks ago at home, the Crows comfortably beat the Dockers by 28 points. That day, Rising Star winner Daniel Talia kept Matthew Pavlich in check, and two of the Dockers' very best, Aaron...

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Precise Hawks to cut Pies to shreds

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Robert Walls The hot and hungry Hawks should be too good for the mediocre Magpies.

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Malthouse a big risk as Blues err in axing Ratten

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Robert Walls It's 2001 and after 10 years as Carlton coach, David Parkin hands the reins to the low-profile Wayne Brittain.

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Former greats find that coaching grates

Robert Walls Coaching does strange things to usually sane men. The highs are high, the lows low. Frustration builds, excitement boils over. The sacrifices are great, the satisfaction is short.

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