K rock Football

In the name of the father

Zach Walter bursts away during Barwon Heads’ grand final win over Torquay. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

AN hour after being named best-on-ground in Barwon Heads’ drought-breaking premiership win over, the enormity of what he had achieved was still sinking in for young gun Zach Walter.

“I couldn’t hear a thing (when it was announced),” the 20-year-old said when speaking to krockfootball.com.au following the 14-point BFL Grand Final victory over Torquay.

“Then I heard “his father played for the club”, and everyone looked at me and I thought, “is it really me” because it could have gone to a handful of blokes who played a good role today.”

Adding more significance to Walter’s medal was the fact his dad, Matt, was a crucial player in the Seagulls’ most recent premiership in 1993.

“He talks about how good it was when he won it, and all the stories about when he played,” the 20-year-old said.

“It makes it a bit more special, for sure. I spoke to him just before and he’s rapt.

“You speak to him and he tells it how it’s been since when it was good and what they’ve gone through to finally get some success.”

Despite the 14-point margin being the closest BFL decider since 2010, Walter says he was able to enjoy the closing stages.

“I looked at Charlie Brauer because we played a lot of junior footy (together) when all the supporters were chanting “Barwon Heads” on the far wing and went “we’ve done it”,” he said.

Walter, who has played 47 senior games for the Seagulls and made six appearances with the Geelong Falcons across 2016-17, hasn’t ruled trying his hand at GFL level.

“The door’s always open,” he said

“I just want to push my footy as far I can; I’ve always had that mindset.

“We’ll get through this (celebrations), enjoy the week, and go from there.”

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