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.

Men on a mission

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

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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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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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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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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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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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Time to toughen up, Tiges

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

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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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Wearing the tag with pride

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

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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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Time for Demons' date night

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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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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The best No.1 draft picks ever

Robert Walls Robert Walls rates the best of the best: the top 10 No.1 AFL draft picks

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Buckley could prove to be one of the great coaches

Robert Walls All signs indicate Nathan Buckley has what it takes to be a long-term success

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North Melbourne fade outs a minute-by-minute challenge

Robert Walls There would be thousands of North supporters who are getting sick of supporting a team that promises so much, but delivers so little.

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On the interstate

Robert Walls League headquarters would be giving the Gold Coast Suns a big tick and Gary Ablett a big hug.

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A case of Buddy and buyer beware

Robert Walls It will be a win-win situation if Buddy stays a Hawk and the Giants show patience, promote their own, and use their prized No.1 draft pick wisely.

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Hinkley just the right man to flick switch on Power

Robert Walls In 1985, a skinny, 18-year-old lad from Camperdown, who had all the skills in the world, didn't embrace my offer to become a Fitzroy player.

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The Blues have gone backwards under Malthouse

Sad and sorry Blues

Robert Walls The Carlton board needs to come clean. Is a premiership a possibility, or has that plan been scrapped?

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Pies' best a black and white contrast in styles

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Robert Walls Dane Swan and Scott Pendlebury have given extraordinary service to their team over the past seven years.