Noitall

1st Grade Fringe
Aug 21, 2019
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It looks like Reese is suffering from 'getting smashed by big blokes' syndrome. You see it frequently with these young superstars who come into first grade fearless and cocky. They play without fear and with supreme arrogance for several weeks until gradually - blow by blow, mistake by mistake - that fearlessness and cockiness gets hammered out of them by the size and strength of the players they're running into.

Look how timid Reese looks returning kicks now compared to when he first landed in first grade. He almost looks terrified. The reality of his size, his comparative lack of strength, and the defensive capabilities of the opponents are all conspiring against him. I'm sure it's been a daunting realisation that the speed and agileness that carried him so successfully through his junior days aren't as potent currency in the big time.

Likewise, his confidence has clearly taken a battering. Failure fuels doubt and doubt is the biggest curse of the instinctively talented. A few passes haven't hit the mark, missed kicks at goal, a penalty not finding the line, being caught out of position and being brushed aside when he's the last line of defence ... all of that would be impacting on his pysche. Exuberance of youth has had a reality check.

Not to say he isn't a superstar in the making. It's more that the making is in progress. And possibly a few years away yet. It's pretty evident he needs to bulk up considerably. But, more importantly, he'll need to get that fearlessness back. Without that, his instincts will be worthless.
Walker got punished by TPJ but has been better for it since, his forwards are looking after him. Walsh’s long ball has been shelved since it looked like a real threat, hoping he’s shifted to halfback for next season.
 

#robbiemears

1st Grade Fringe
Sep 1, 2015
223
Great call robbie! Do you think he's at the same level as Ponga was when Ponga was at this same stage of his career? I feel like we should not be expecting anything consistent from Walsh until 2023 perhaps, he needs a full pre season and another season under his belt imo, but how can the warriors protect him now when he's it already?
Hey bangbros18 bangbros18 - to me, the biggest difference is that Kalyn was 18, but built like he was 21. Reese was 18 but looked like a 16 year old. That physical disparity will take a few years to even out.
 

Miket12

Warriors 1st Grader
Apr 20, 2012
10,381

Mostly the normal fluff stuff in these interviews but an interesting read still the same.

Reece Walsh interview: Warriors star on his 'crazy' NRL rise and what needs to change at the club​


Reece Walsh is taking a glass half full approach to the Warriors' campaign in 2021, insisting that the team has plenty to build on for next season.

Their faint finals hopes were extinguished with Friday's 28-16 loss to the Raiders, a disappointing result after they were 16-0 ahead just before halftime.

With one game to play, the Warriors' best possible finish will be 10th equal, which will be hard to stomach, given the strength of their roster.

But Walsh takes some consolation from their unexpected late season bounce.

After six consecutive losses, including a couple of games they threw away, the Warriors were hammered 60-22 by the Rabbitohs in round 19.

Their injury toll was mounting, including senior forward Tohu Harris Harris, while captain Roger Tuivasa-Sheck was back in Auckland.

Few would have been surprised if the Warriors flatlined from there, but instead they found something. Unlike in 2019 and 2017, the Warriors revived their season, with wins over the Tigers, Sharks and Bulldogs.

Ultimately it was too little, too late, but it means the club have something to build on.

"It has given us a lot of confidence," Walsh told the Herald. "A few weeks ago everyone was writing us off, saying we had put the [cue] in the rack and we are done for the season. Then we got a couple of wins.

"We know we are a good football team, we just have to start playing the footy we can play."

If Walsh is optimistic, he's also realistic, admitting that the Warriors were masters of their own downfall.

"If you look back we have lost seven games under six points," said Walsh. "We need to start executing and winning those close games. When we do lose, we are shooting ourselves in the foot. We are making it easier for the opposition teams to play footy, instead of making it harder for them."

Last Friday was a case in point, as the Warriors couldn't build on their fast start (three tries in the first 23 minutes). Instead they wobbled, barely stringing anything together in the second half, allowing the Raiders to find some impetus.

"We had opportunities where we really had them on the ropes and [we] let [the foot] off the throat," says Walsh.

Walsh was disappointed with his 77th minute field goal attempt at 16-16, though it wasn't an optimal set up.

"I need to strike them a lot better and need to keep practicing," says Walsh. "If I want that duty I have to be a lot better.

"[But] we shouldn't put ourselves in that position. In the second half we let the heat off and they didn't really have to work that hard to get out of their half."

The 19-year-old was frustrated with his contribution last Friday – "I didn't get involved enough" – but admits his NRL ascent is still hard to comprehend.

Walsh didn't play at all last season and arrived at the Warriors with two games of senior footy behind him. He made a surprise NRL debut on Anzac Day in Melbourne and has since accumulated 15 games.

"It's crazy," says Walsh. "I still wake up every day and look back at playing first grade every week. It's a dream come true and I am so grateful for the opportunity I have been given here.

"I'm so excited for the years ahead, playing footy with these boys and these coaches, making this club a great club and really going a long way."

His biggest lesson from the last four months has been the value of preparation.

"You need to be really consistent with that," says Walsh. "From my perspective it shows when you are on and when you are off. I've prepared [well] for some games and then some games I haven't prepared well. That's something that I need to keep getting better at if I want to be a better player."

Coach Nathan Brown has tried to manage the teenager carefully, but it has been deep end learning, especially after Tuivasa-Sheck's exit. Walsh is fullback and defensive organiser, goal kicker, a playmaker and a kicker in general play.

"Yeah there is [a lot of responsibility] but I am pretty happy taking on those roles," says Walsh. "I just want to keep getting better and I have got the coaching staff here that are really helping me. Sometimes they want to rip my head off, but I'm young mate.

"They want to make me a good footballer and a long-term footballer and that is what I want as well. Any chance I get to ask questions and for them to tip me up and help me out I'm going to take it with two hands."

 

Gizzyfan

Warriors 1st Grader
Jan 2, 2013
5,386
Like most others I think he has done very well, considering his age and lack of football. It is catching up with him and he is starting to struggle a little. Also to be expected. A pre season will do him good. I would leave him at FB, unless we get Manu.
 

bruce

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Contributor
Sep 1, 2015
19,474
It looks like Reese is suffering from 'getting smashed by big blokes' syndrome. You see it frequently with these young superstars who come into first grade fearless and cocky. They play without fear and with supreme arrogance for several weeks until gradually - blow by blow, mistake by mistake - that fearlessness and cockiness gets hammered out of them by the size and strength of the players they're running into.

Look how timid Reese looks returning kicks now compared to when he first landed in first grade. He almost looks terrified. The reality of his size, his comparative lack of strength, and the defensive capabilities of the opponents are all conspiring against him. I'm sure it's been a daunting realisation that the speed and agileness that carried him so successfully through his junior days aren't as potent currency in the big time.

Likewise, his confidence has clearly taken a battering. Failure fuels doubt and doubt is the biggest curse of the instinctively talented. A few passes haven't hit the mark, missed kicks at goal, a penalty not finding the line, being caught out of position and being brushed aside when he's the last line of defence ... all of that would be impacting on his pysche. Exuberance of youth has had a reality check.

Not to say he isn't a superstar in the making. It's more that the making is in progress. And possibly a few years away yet. It's pretty evident he needs to bulk up considerably. But, more importantly, he'll need to get that fearlessness back. Without that, his instincts will be worthless.
Interesting comment.

The first grade is no physically tougher than reserve grade. It is the speed and skill level that is different.

He would be getting smashed in reserve grade as well. Sure it is a risk being so young, but there doesn't seem to be any other way to blood them IMO.
 
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kos

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Mar 16, 2013
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Love this kid.
I dont expect him to be a flashy game saver winner every week.
Just if he cuts down his error rate improves defence and is consistent.
 
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Miket12

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Apr 20, 2012
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'I love where we are going': Reece Walsh committed to Warriors, despite interest from NRL rivals https://www.nzherald.co.nz/sport/news/article.cfm?c_id=4&objectid=12469712


Any one have access to the hearld to open this story please.

'I love where we are going': Reece Walsh committed to Warriors, despite interest from NRL rivals​

Reece Walsh is committed to the Warriors, despite the rumoured interest from the Broncos in their former player.

According to Australian reports, the Brisbane club have had internal discussions about luring Walsh back to the Queensland capital, with a long-term plan to have him as their fullback.

The 19-year-old has three years remaining on his Warriors contract, with the final year as a player option.

That could technically mean the fullback could choose to go elsewhere for the 2024 season, though that section of his contract is not a standard player option, but one that was put in place for welfare reasons (when it was assumed that Walsh and young family would be relocating to New Zealand) and has stringent welfare clauses attached to it.

Walsh has fitted in well at the Warriors and has a sense of loyalty to the club that took a chance on him.

He confirmed that he was only focused on developing his career with the Warriors, dismissing any reports of Broncos' interest.

"I didn't really read too much about that stuff," said Walsh. "I'm just focusing on being here at the Warriors and I am here for the next three years, so I am pretty keen on that. I am really enjoying my time here and I don't really read into too much of what is being said outside. I'm here for the next three years."

In a difficult season, Walsh has been a bright spot. There have been ups and downs, but he has still made a remarkable impact, given his age, background and lack of senior football.

Walsh has a lot to learn, but can also do things that can't be taught, and his return of nine tries and 14 line breaks (best at the club) along with 11 try assists (second to Kodi Nikorima) tells a story.

Asked for his 2021 highlight, he nominates his NRL debut.

"To come to the Warriors and a week or two later be pulling on the jersey and playing first grade, with a lot of players that I had looked up too," said Walsh, "That is pretty crazy. I love this club and I love where we are going."

Roger Tuivasa-Sheck stepped aside to allow Walsh to play that night in Melbourne, and the former captain remains a mentor, despite leaving the club in July.

"We have kept in touch," said Walsh. "I have messaged him a couple of times. He sent me a really nice message after that Broncos game. It was a tough one, pretty personal for me; I didn't have the best night and he was one of the first people to message me and tell me to keep my head high, keep working hard, [that] we want those moments. It's pretty special and it shows the person that he is to stay in touch and be close."

Walsh admits it will be a weird feeling on Monday, with the players in limbo in Queensland, still unsure of their pre-season and 2022 base.

"There is nothing we can do, we are not getting any special treatment, [so] all we can do is stick together and stay strong," said Walsh. "Try to live here and make it as normal as we can."

Walsh admits there could be an upside, with some bonding time for the players and their families, but there will also need to be a definite demarcation once the season is over.

"We don't want to make it like a camp or anything like that, too much footy doesn't sit well with too many people."
Before that the Warriors face the Titans on Sunday (4pm), a special game for Walsh, who grew up in the Gold Coast suburb of Nerang.

"It's pretty crazy," said Walsh. "[To be] back home, playing the local team, it is going to be pretty awesome. We want to end the season on a high. We will go out there and have a good crack."

 
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