DOB: 24 July 1976
From: Kyneton/West Adelaide, Selection #49 1997 Rookie Draft
Number: 42 1999-2004
Games: 104 (139 total)
Goals: 31 (37 total)
Originally from St. Patrick's Ballarat, Walsh was a late starter to football after representing Victoria in youth soccer. Initially overlooked by AFL scouts at the end of his school footy career, Walsh joined the army and spent a year in the service before he was recommended to West Adelaide football manager Doug Thomas by former Melbourne ruckman Peter Keenan whose son had played with him at St Pats.
Once they finally located him, in Queensland about to take up another twelve month stint in the army, West Adelaide got 38 games from Walsh over two years despite undergoing an ankle reconstruction at the end of his second SANFL season.
After developing his game amongst senior players, Walsh was convinced to travel back to Victoria, and after having been interviewed by Richmond at the end of 1997, took up a spot on the Demons rookie list. "Whopper" played 23 reserves matches in 1998 to finish equal second, alongside Darren Kowal in the Gardiner Medal for Best and Fairest in the reserve grade competition.
The Demons traded Walsh to Port Adelaide at the end of the 2004 season. They received selection 43, Michael Newton, in return. He played 23 games, and two finals, in his first season with the Power but struggled in 2006 and was delisted. Walsh then returned to West Adelaide.
Also shown as wearing #52 in the 1999 pre-season
"Demon Walsh busy honing game" - Herald Sun 20/04/2000
"Demons' model soldier" - The Sunday Age 21/05/2000