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 When push comes to shove, Richmond has too many whinges, too many excuses.
Robert Walls It's the time of the season when the talk turns to the top teams, and their stars. As each week goes by, teams are being eliminated from the finals race.
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.
Robert Walls Round-one clash between arch rivals Richmond and Carlton carries much weight.
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.
Robert Walls Richmond is getting to the stage where it knows what's required and its improved skill level gives it every chance to succeed.
Robert Walls On the eve of the 2012 AFL season, who's the most important player for your team?