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Key Facts

Full name
Walter John Matera

Known as
Wally Matera

9 September 1963 (age 60)

Indigenous Australian

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 23y 201d
Last game: 26y 357d

Height and weight
Height: 170 cm
Weight: 64 kg

Senior clubs
South Fremantle; West Coast; Fitzroy; Prahran

Jumper numbers
West Coast: 1
Fitzroy: 16

Recruited from
West Coast (1989)

Family links
Peter Matera (Brother)Phillip Matera (Brother)Brandon Matera (Son)

Wally Matera

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
South FremantleWASFL1982-1988, 1992-19941411861.32
West CoastV/AFL1987-198824261.0846%11.676.922.587
WASFL1982-1988, 1992-19941411861.32

AFL: 9,793rd player to appear, 4,012th most games played, 1,659th most goals kickedWest Coast: 15th player to appear, 163rd most games played, 102nd most goals kickedFitzroy: 1,066th player to appear, 357th most games played, 136th most goals kicked

At just 170 cm and 64 kg Wally Matera was one of the most diminutive league footballers of his generation. He joined South Fremantle from Wagin Federals and made his senior debut as an eighteen year old in 1982. A handy performer from the outset, he really blossomed in 1985, winning the club's fairest and best award, and continued in fine form the following year when he was runner-up for the same award, and earned selection in West Coast's inaugural VFL squad. Matera played 24 games in two seasons with the Eagles, and kicked 26 goals. He crossed to Fitzroy in 1989 and proved a useful performer both that season and the next, adding another 32 V/AFL games and 39 goals. He rounded off his senior career with Prahran in the VFA. Whilst in Western Australia he played twice for the state.

Author - John Devaney


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