Tommy Walsh makes senior AFL debut for Saints

Tommy Walsh made his senior debut for St Kilda in their 44-15 defeat of the Brisbane Lions in the NAB Cup yesterday morning.

The former Kerry star got plenty of possession and finished with seven disposals and two uncontested marks as he held his own in the St Kilda half back line.

The Tralee man was also very accurate with his passing , with his disposal efficiency coming in at 86pc, which, in effect, meant that he was off target with one kick. Walsh has worked very hard with getting used to the oval ball and on this evidence it has really paid off.

Kerins O’Rahillys clubman,Walsh, who won an All-Ireland with Kerry in 2009 before heading Down Under, faced a much stiffer test later on in the Etihad Stadium against Essendon. With Michael Quinn absent from the match-day squad, the clash of the Irish never materialised, but Walsh played his part as the Saints drew 38- 38.

Walsh finished with four touches, which again placed him around the average for his team. Although there are a number of senior players to return to the Saints’ line-up, the 23-year-old played very well and will be hoping to retain his place for the qualifying finals next weekend.


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