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.
Robert Walls Round-one clash between arch rivals Richmond and Carlton carries much weight.
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.
Robert Walls I will be very surprised if the Cats get within five goals of the premiership favourites.
Robert Walls Last year the Bombers, under James Hird's watch, jumped from 14th on the ladder to eighth.