The boy from Broken Hill to lead in AFL Grand Final
Ten years ago, Taylor Walker held a Premiership Cup aloft after leading his North Broken Hill side to victory, with seven goals to his name.
This Saturday, ‘Tex’ will hope to do the same but this time, on the AFL’s biggest stage – 2017 Toyota AFL Grand Final Day.
The former AFL NSW/ACT Ram joined the Adelaide Crows in 2007. Picked at number 75 in the Draft as a part of the former New South Wales Scholarship program, he has now played 152 games in the red, yellow and blue.
Earning captaincy by 2015, Walker led the club through one of it’s toughest times when their coach, Phil Walsh passed away mid-season.
Since, Walker has been crowned the AFL Players Association Captain of the Year in 2016 and again this year.
If not Walker raising the 2017 AFL Premiership Cup come Saturday afternoon, former AFL NSW/ACT Ram, Jacob Townsend could be flying the flag, having been selected to play for Richmond.
In recent weeks, Townsend won the prestigious J.J. Liston Trophy, the highest Best and Fairest honour in the Victorian Football League (VFL).
Hailing from Leeton in the New South Wales Riverina, Townsend was traded from GWS GIANTS to the Tigers in 2015.
Having only played four senior games in 2017 – 36 over his career – Townsend has cemented his spot in the Richmond side at the right time of year, set to make his Grand Final debut as the clock strikes 2.30pm on Saturday afternoon.