WARRNAMBOOL veteran Josh Walters is going out on top.
The 33-year-old capped a stellar career with his fifth premiership and third individual medal on grand final day when he was named the Roy Hoy medallist following a 34-possession game in the midfield.
In the same no-fuss way he goes about his footy on the field, Walters indicated it was his last match with the Blues.
“I haven’t made a definite decision. It would be a nice way to go out,” he said after the 37-point win.
Later he elaborated.
“I’ve been pretty lucky, played in two back-to-back premierships when I was 19, 20 and the last few years I’ve been lucky and finished with back-to back premierships now.
“I think it might be (over). I’m getting pretty old now and I will leave it up to the young blokes.”
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Walters said he felt “40” after an exhausting performance saw him collect 25 kicks, nine handballs, eight marks and kick 1.1.
The former league best and fairest winner was one of the prime movers when the Blues got themselves into a winning position in the second and third quarters.
“I’d like to wipe my first quarter. I had a few blunders,” he said.
“It all went my way (after that). Everyone played pretty well.”
Walters was a model of consistency. He had eight possessions in the first quarter when the Blues looked shaky, seven in the second when he kicked an important goal, 11 in a dominant third as his side got on top and eight in the last.
Walters revealed missing three games early in the season had turned out to be a blessing.
“I haven’t had the most consistent year. I got injured against Camperdown (in round seven) and missed three or four weeks and that freshened me up. It gave me a bit more fitness coming back.”
He described the win as a team effort.
“Everyone played well today. They gave two medals out but you could have given six or seven. Last year we were lucky to finish on top and everything fell our way.
“We haven’t played our best this season but the last couple of weeks have been our best by far.”
Walters said he knew his former coach Adam Dowie’s Saints were going to be hard to beat.
“There was only one or two who tipped us. Koroit are the team to beat.
“Wiggsy is a really good coach and he has them well drilled. We knew if we could match their tempo we could kick a winning score and we did.”
Walters said the Blues’ three premierships in the past four years meant a lot to him but the changing face of the club told him his time was up.
“They are a great bunch of kids and that’s what they are, they are kids,” he said.
“There’s myself and then it goes down to Pies (Andrew McCarthy) who’s 27 and then it drops right down.
“We have Tom Schnerring who played in the under 16s and now he’s a premiership player.
“It’s pretty fitting and I will sit back in the next couple of days and enjoy it.”