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Walsh honoured to lead

Walsh honoured to lead

Geelong Falcons co-captain Sam Walsh has been named to the same role with Vic Country. (Geelong Falcons Image/Brian Bartlett)

SAM Walsh’s undoubted leadership qualities have been recognised by the Vic Country coaching staff after being named co-captain for the under-18 National Championships.

Walsh, who also skippers the Geelong Falcons at TAC Cup level with Oscar Brownless, will share the duties with Bendigo Pioneer Jye Caldwell, with Country to open its 2018 campaign against the Allies in Sydney this morning.

“Obviously it’s a huge honour to captain your state,” he said. “Especially with the group of boys that we have, it’s going to be a great time.

“They’ll be a great bunch of boys to lead.


“I hold leadership in a pretty high regard, and I just try to be the best person I can and lead by example.”

The 17-year-old is confident of a strong showing from Vic Country, who also play Vic Metro, South Australia and Western Australia.

“I think we should give it a really good crack.

“Obviously when it comes to Nationals you’ve just got to be on your game for those four games.

“Our group’s got a whole lot of talent, but I think we’ll go really well because we’re willing to work hard and play for each other.

“As captain with Jye Caldwell, something we really want to drive is team footy and really enjoying what we’re doing.”

Walsh says a challenging start to the TAC Cup season for the Falcons, who have won just two games after claiming a drought-breaking premiership in 2017, has him well prepared to lead Country.

“It’s obviously been a bit of a challenging year in some aspects of leadership with a young group,” he said.

“Dan O’Keefe and the people around me have been awesome for developing my leadership, and I think that’s going to hold me in good stead for Vic Country.”

The St Joseph’s product is seen as a likely top 10 draft pick, but he’s not letting expectations that come with it affect him.

“It’s nothing I can control, so I just go into every game wanting to work hard and play my role for the team, and I think that holds me in pretty good stead,” Walsh said.

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