Geelong Falcons coach Dan O’Keefe says Jarrod Walters lived up to his hype with an impressive debut at TAC Cup level.
The Colac football product featured in the Falcons’ dominant 77-point victory over Dandenong at the weekend, playing a key role in defence during the clash at Simonds Stadium.
Winchelsea’s Murphy Floyd also made her TAC Cup Girls debut, featuring the Falcons’ team which continued its unbeaten run in the inaugural competition.
Walters had seven disposals and took four marks for the boys’ under-18 outfit, but O’Keefe said his impact on the team and the game transcended his individual stats.
“Jarrod presented exactly what we knew he would,” he said.
“He didn’t get a lot of the ball, but in saying that he did everything that we expected of him.
“He’s courageous; he ran back with the flight of the ball and took contested marks, nullified his opponents and used the ball very well too.”
Walters, who attends Geelong Grammar, was rushed into the Falcons’ squad in mid-2016 and earned a spot on the 2017 list after a solid pre-season with the club.
O’Keefe said Walters, the cousin of Colac champion Luke Hodge, was a natural footballer who added a new dimension to the team in defence.
“He’s a great player at TAC Cup level,” he said.
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