Full Name: WAYNE WALSH
Date of Birth: 07/05/1946
Height: 178 cm ( 5-10 )
Weight: 76 kg ( 12-0 )
Debut: 20/04/1968, Round 2, Carlton
Last Game: 27/05/1978, Round 9, Collingwood
Seasons: 1968, 1972-75, 1977-78
Total Games: 88
Total Goals: 30
Honours: Premiership 1973-74.
Seasons: 1965-68, 1972-73, 1975, 1977
Total Games: 81
Total Goals: 41
Honours: Premiership 1966, 1977.
RICHMOND THIRDS COACH 1980-82 ( Premiership VFL U/19 1980 ).
Wayne was a wingman and half-back. He always gave his best and was a tremendous competitor who contested every issue. He was a good kick, tough, and always performed well in Finals or big occasion games. He was a dashing player who was a strong mark and fiery when he had to be. He originally started with the Richmond Under/19 team in 1965 after he was recruited from Murrumbeena. He made his senior debut in 1968; however, by 1969, he was playing with South Melbourne. Whilst at South Melbourne he re-established his career and went on to play for Victoria twice. He spent three seasons with South before rejoining Richmond in 1972.
He was a member of the 1973 and 1974 Premiership and 1972 Grand Final teams. He also played in four Reserves’ Grand Finals for two Premierships, in 1966 and 1977, and two runners-up, 1968 and 1975. He was voted the Reserves’ best player in the 1975 and 1977 Grand Finals. He was also voted the seniors’ best player in the 1974 semi-final against North Melbourne and second best against Carlton in the 1973 qualifying final. At over several seasons. Both players played the game in a similar fashion, attacking the ball aggressively at every opportunity. Wayne was awarded Life Membership of the Richmond Football Club in 1994.
After leaving Richmond, he coached Ormond in 1979 before returning to coach the Under/19 team between 1980 and 1982. Under his guidance the thirds won the thrilling Grand Final, in 1980 against Fitzroy, after trailing by almost 3 goals at the 20-minute mark of the last quarter. Wayne later served as Footscray’s Chairman of Selectors between 1983 and 1986. He now lives in Balwyn and runs his own dry fruit exporting company.
Murrumbeena 1964, Games 18, Goals 10.
South Melbourne 1969-71, Games 63, Goals 5 ( Honours - Victorian Representative Team Games 2 Goals 0 ) ; Mayne Captain/Coach 1976, Games 13, Goals 10 ; Ormond Senior Coach 1979 ; De La Salle Senior Coach 1988.