STRENGTH to strength for the 2019 NAB AFL Rising Star.

Second-year Blue Sam Walsh silenced whatever critics there were on Sunday, demonstrating his big-game credentials against ladder leaders Port Adelaide.

On the back of a strong showing against the Western Bulldogs, Walsh has continued to wow supporters after a record-breaking first season.

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R7 | Walsh shows courage and class

Sam Walsh was superb against the Power.

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Senior Coach David Teague was quick to praise the young star for his efforts against the top-of-the-table Port, who finished with 16 disposals (seven contested), six marks and two goals.

“Early signs, I thought he was our best player,” Teague said.

“I haven’t watched the game back closely, but I thought he played the way we wanted to play.

“This season is really building nicely for him.”

Walsh’s performance against the Power was exemplified with a heroic third quarter mark: one which would have made his childhood hero Jonathon Brown proud.


Playing on the wing in recent weeks, Teague said Walsh’s mark typified his commitment to the team.

“He’s really building his role: he’s playing a bit more on the wing than in the midfield,” he said.

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R7 | Teague post-match

David Teague speaks to the media after the Round 7 match against Port Adelaide.

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“That can be a tough position to play and I think he’s adjusting. What I love is that his teammates are really understanding the importance of the role he’s playing for the side.

“He’s not measuring games by possessions; he’s measuring games by getting his job done. Today he was one of our better players.”