NO FUSS: Burnie Dockers utility Harry Walters, who celebrated his 25th birthday yesterday. Walters was one of the Dockers’ shining lights in last year’s grand final against Launceston and is primed for Sunday’s rematch. Picture: Stuart Wilson.FROM picking up the small forwards to booting goals himself, Harry Walters has been somewhat of a quiet achiever for Burnie in recent years.
The Dockers utility, who turned 25 yesterday, may not be a big personality off-field but he plays a big role on-field.
“I usually get the small, nippy forwards,” Walters said yesterday.
“I’ve been playing down back now for a few years and I definitely think it has helped me develop as a player.
“I’ve learned a lot from being in the back line, mostly about reading the play.”
Walters, who helped keep the Dockers in touch with Launceston in last year’s grand final with a late goal and assist in the third quarter, said he was primed and ready to go ahead of Sunday’s rematch.
“It’s always good to play against Launceston because it’s always a top game between the two sides,” he said.
“I’m not sure who I’ll (play on) yet, probably someone like Sonny Whiting if he plays.
“They have a strong forward line, so whoever I get will be a challenge.”
Walters said while last year’s grand final heartbreak would never be forgotten by the players, it was not something that had been spoken about in the lead-up to Sunday’s game.
“We’ll just take it as any other game,” he said.
“It’s a new year and there are new players on both sides, so you can’t really take much from last year’s grand final.”
One of the more senior players in the group this season, Walters believes the Dockers have the side to go one step better than last year.
“I think we have improved from last year,” he said.
“We’re linking up with the ball better and some of our younger players have stepped up.
“(Losing) does spur you on, so hopefully this is our year.”
This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.