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Key Facts

Full name
Peter Walker

Known as
Peter Walker

Born
12 June 1942

Died
8 July 2010 (aged 68)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 17y 330d
Last game: 29y 2d

Height and weight
Height: 183 cm
Weight: 76 kg

Senior clubs
Geelong

Jumper numbers
Geelong: 34

Family links
Josh Walker (Grandson)

Peter Walker

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
GeelongV/AFL1960-1969, 197115910.0167%11.984.293.4432
Total1960-1969, 197115910.0167%11.984.293.4432

Pre 1965 stats are for selected matches only

AFL: 7,144th player to appear, 1,118th most games played, 9,134th most goals kickedGeelong: 645th player to appear, 74th most games played, 767th most goals kicked

From Beeac, Peter Walker commenced with Geelong in 1960 but it took several seasons before the club’s selectors found the best place for him in the team, which proved to be centre half back. Although not especially tall for the position at 183cm he was excellent overhead and perfectly capable of outmarking loftier opponents. He also boasted plenty of pace, excellent disposal skills, and his powers of concentration were exceptional. His duels with St Kilda centre half forward Darrel Baldock were noteworthy features of the sixties football landscape as both men sought to outdo the other by pre-eminently fair means. As to which of the two players prevailed overall, it would be impossible to say.

Cats best and fairest in 1965, Walker played for Victoria nine times, including matches at both the 1966 and 1969 carnivals. When he retired in 1971 he had played 159 VFL games and kicked one goal.

Author - John Devaney

Sources

Encyclopedia of AFL Footballers by Russell Holmesby & Jim Main; Wikipedia article; Cats' Tales by Col Hutchinson

Footnotes

* Behinds calculated from the 1965 season on.
+ Score at the end of extra time.