BY THE NUMBERS (averages in brackets)
Kicks: 30 (4.3) Handballs: 15 (2.1) Disposals: 45 (6.4) Marks: 9 (1.3) Tackles: 18 (2.6)
If 2019 was about adjusting to the AFLW competition, 2020 marked a season of establishment for Brooke Walker.
The dynamic forward played every game for the season in Navy Blue, becoming a reliable source of goals for the Game Changers.
It continued a period of impressive growth for the No.14, who arrived at the VFLW Blues in 2018 after a career in rugby sevens.
She has shown that she well and truly belongs in the competition, and she took that to another level in the season just gone.
Playing as a deep forward and threatening opposition defences with her speed, Walker was a valuable part of Carlton’s forward set-up alongside the likes of Tayla Harris and Georgia Gee.
Carlton’s final home game of the home-and-away season ended in a 21-point win over St Kilda.
It came on the back of a collective effort from the Game Changers, whose lives were made difficult by a persistent Saints outfit.
Walker was one of those Blues who was up for the fight, recording nine disposals and - to the delight of her coaches - seven tackles in a solid all-round performance.
She capped it off with a classy goal in the third quarter, which was described best via an impromptu commentary appearance from Darcy Vescio.
It was the goal which could have meant so much in the landscape of Carlton’s season, if not for the events of the last few weeks.
When the Blues made the trip to the Red Centre, it was a battle of second and third in Conference B when they came up against the Demons.
After a spirited fightback, Walker sealed the result by completing a memorable team goal.
On the back of Lauren Brazzale’s good work, Walker rolled her opponent, got boot to ball and kicked truly to put the result beyond doubt.