Apollo Bay officials say teenager Dustin Walters “has the potential to be anything” after kicking the first 10-goal haul of the season.
The 18-year-old was in dominant form in his team’s 24.10 (154) to 7.11 (53) win against the Western Eagles, even taking a contender for mark of the year before slotting his 10th major in the final term.
The haul surpasses Birregurra spearhead Christian Kelly’s bag of nine against Simpson in round six, and is interestingly the first 10-goal haul since Walters’ teammate Casey McDonald snagged 10 against the Western Eagles last year.
Walters was among a host of emerging young talent in the Hawks’ line-up on Saturday, along with Tyson Matthews, Billey Bernet, Matt Noseda, Pat Lugg, Jay Diffey, Kyle Clemmens and Tristan Smith.
Apollo Bay skipper Jarrod Wight, who coached most of those players in juniors, said Walters showed he had a bright future.
The youngster, who led the Hawks to two junior grand finals, also made his senior interleague debut this year.
“He could be anything, he’s got so much potential, it was great to watch him on Saturday,” Wight said.
“He’s got a great set of mits and rarely drops them, he’s got a really good leap and reads the ball well,” he said.
“He also rarely gets outmarked and he’s a beautiful kick of the footy.”
Wight said Walters booted the majority of his goals in the second half, working well alongside McDonald, who kicked five goals.
“Our forward line was on fire, Casey McDonald couldn’t drop a mark, Dustin only kicked one in the first quarter but set Casey up for three or four of his goals, they were dynamite together,” Wight said.
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