Career : 2019 -
Debut : Round 1, 2019 vs Richmond, aged 18 years, 262 days
Carlton Player No. 1205
Games : 21 *
Goals : 5 *
Guernsey No. 18
Height : 184 cm (6 ft. 0 in.)
Weight : 74 kg (11 stone, 6 lbs.)
DOB: 2 July, 2000
Sam Walsh was recruited with Pick #1 of the 2018 National Draft. After collecting 29 disposals and 5 clearances as an underage player for Geelong Falcons in the 2017 TAC Cup Grand Final victory, there were high expectations of Walsh leading in to 2018 and he delivered with an outstanding season in which he accomplished just about every individual achievement possible including the Larke Medal for being judged the best player of the Division 1 National Under-18 Championships, voted by his peers as the Ben Mitchell medallist for best displaying the qualities of the AFL Academy, Vic Country Most Valuable Player, captain of the Geelong Falcons in the TAC Cup, captain of Vic Country in the Under-18 National Championships, captain of the NAB AFL Academy squad, captain of the TAC Cup Team of The Year and captain of the under-18 All Australian team. He also broke the record for most disposals ever recorded by a junior.
After three dominant rounds, Walsh was finally rewarded for his stellar start to his debut season by receiving the Rising Star nomination in the Round 4, 2019 match against Gold Coast where he racked up an impressive 28 disposals at 79% efficiency, 13 contested possessions, 7 clearances, 6 tackles, 1 goal, 1 goal assist, 7 score involvements & 5 intercept marks.
Walsh became the first ever player in VFL/AFL history to record 24+ disposals in each of his first six career VFL/AFL games breaking the previous record of 4 held by mature age Geelong recruit Mark Bairstow in 1987. Walsh also broke the record for most ever contested possessions after five matches.