Ben Walker

Ben Walker (born 13 September 1976) is an Australian former professional rugby league footballer who played in the 1990s and 2000s. A five-eighth or halfback, he played in Australia's National Rugby League for the Brisbane Broncos, Northern Eagles, Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles and the South Sydney Rabbitohs, as well as in the Super League for the London Broncos[2] and Leeds Rhinos.

Ben Walker
Personal information
Born (1976-09-13) 13 September 1976 (age 44)
Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia
Playing information
Height180 cm (5 ft 11 in)
Weight89 kg (14 st 0 lb)
PositionFive-eighth, Halfback
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1995 Brisbane Broncos 2 0 0 0 0
1995–96 London Broncos 16 6 5 3 37
1996–00 Brisbane Broncos 70 13 95 0 242
2001 Northern Eagles 26 18 103 1 279
2002 Leeds Rhinos 28 12 119 0 286
2003 Manly Sea Eagles 16 5 59 0 138
2005–06 South Sydney 21 5 43 3 109
Total 179 59 424 7 1091
Source: [1]

BackgroundEdit

Walker was born in Toowoomba in Southern Queensland on 13 September 1976, and is the eldest of a trio of brothers who would all become rugby league footballers. While attending St Mary's High School in Toowoomba in 1993, Walker was selected in the Australian Schoolboys team.[3]

Playing careerEdit

Walker, along with his brothers, Shane Walker and Chris Walker, all began their careers with the Brisbane Broncos. His premiership début was in round 13 of the 1995 ARL season against the Parramatta Eels at Parramatta Stadium on 25 June 1995. Walker was selected to play for the Brisbane Broncos in the 1997 Super League Grand Final from the interchange bench.

In the 1998 NRL season, Walker made 23 appearances for Brisbane and played in the club's preliminary final victory over the Sydney City Roosters but missed out on selection for the grand final team which defeated Canterbury-Bankstown at the Sydney Football Stadium.

In the 2000 NRL season, Walker was limited to only 11 games for Brisbane and missed out on playing in the club's premiership victory over the Sydney Roosters at Stadium Australia.

Playing for the Northern Eagles in the 2001 National Rugby League season, Walker was the equal competition leading point scorer (along with Newcastle's Andrew Johns) with 279 points (17 tries, 102 goals, 1 field goal) in 26 games,[4] receiving the Dally M Award for Top Points Scorer. Walker had kicked 102 of his 125 shots on goal, a percentage of 82.40 for the season. This stands as the most ever points scored by a five-eighth in a single National Rugby League season. Walker's 279 points is also the most points ever scored for the short lived Northern Eagles (2000–02) and the most points in a season by an Eagles player. Even though he only played for the Eagles in 2001, Walker's 279 points for the season remains the club record (The Northern Eagles played from 2000-2002). The next highest scorer for the club is Brendon Reeves who scored 130 points (30 tries, 5/10 goals) in 66 games from 2000-2002.

Walker was the first player in the NRL to score during golden point (extra-time). He kicked a penalty goal for Manly against Parramatta at Brookvale Oval on 18 May 2003.[5]

Walker later joined his brother Shane at South Sydney.[6]

Walker spent two years at Souths and his last in the 2006 NRL season saw the club finish last on the table and claim the wooden spoon.[7]

Post playingEdit

He resides in Toowoomba and is a real estate agent.[8]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Ben Walker - Career Stats & Summary - Rugby League Project". www.rugbyleagueproject.org. Retrieved 10 December 2019.
  2. ^ Ben Walker profile Archived 18 November 2008 at the Wayback Machine at leedsrugby
  3. ^ "Australian Secondary Schools Rugby League". Sporting Pulse. Archived from the original on 31 January 2017. Retrieved 10 October 2008.
  4. ^ "Factbox on Northern Eagles five-eight Ben Walker". AAP Sports News (Australia). 29 August 2001. Archived from the original (fee required) on 16 May 2011. Retrieved 24 November 2007.
  5. ^ "Broncos farewell QEII in style, Manly win golden point thriller". ABC News. 18 May 2003. Retrieved 24 November 2007.
  6. ^ "Rabbitohs sign Ben Walker". ABC News. 18 April 2005. Archived from the original on 22 November 2010. Retrieved 24 November 2007.
  7. ^ "The worst teams in NRL history". Sporting News.
  8. ^ Round 1 Queensland Intrust Super Cup Preview Archived 3 April 2011 at the Wayback Machine rleague.com, 18 March 2011

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