Walker a Hawk
Savernake sensation Mathew Walker was also picked up in last week’s AFL draft. The Hawks selected Mathew with the club’s second selection, 63.
The 188cm, 84kgs forward is strong overhead and boasts quality skills on both sides of his body.
The 18-year-old, who has been attending Corowa High School, first played his junior football in the under 8s Friday night junior competition in Yarrawonga before going out to CDHBU in the Hume Football League where he played until joining the Murray Bushrangers. Walker managed 10 TAC Cup appearances in 2018, averaging 14 disposals, five marks and 1.3 goals a game.
With his strong body and hunger for the contest, Walker appears ready-made for senior football.
He received an invite to the NSW AFL Testing Combine and had a big year in terms of football with commitments at GWS Academy, Allies and GWS in the NEAFL, restricting his games for the Murray Bushrangers.
At local level, Walker was listed with the Albury Tigers in the Ovens and Murray Football Netball League. He will go down in history as the only player to have played one Ovens and Murray game, winning a premiership and then being drafted to the AFL in the same year.
“It’s been an awesome year with lots of travelling,” Walker told the Yarrawonga Chronicle on Friday night.
“The premiership with Albury was amazing. I have learnt a lot from experienced boys like Joel Mackie and Chris Hyde.”
Although a Carlton supporter Walker said he was stoked about going to the Hawks.
“They are a great club, I can’t wait,” he said
The young forward said he was most looking forward to being around Hawks captain and 275-game veteran Jarryd Roughead but will also look for inspiration from players like Jack Gunston and Luke Breust.
“I also had a few texts from the Hawthorn boys which was really good,” Walker said.
He also said he was looking forward to being alongside Bushrangers teammate and fellow draftee Jacob Koschitzke who also became a Hawk with the club’s number 52 selection
Walker is the son of July Nagle and John “Jacko” Walker who have a small hobby farm in Savernake.