“There were some dark days with it, we just had to lean on each other,” a tearful Walker said.
“I’m so lucky to have that loving partner and baby. It’s tough, it doesn’t reflect me as a person, what I do on the field.
“I just want to be the best person I can be. The best father, the best partner. The hatred [from fans] is there.
“I was relieved, I was happy. It was such a big moment on that day, for that to come the right way was a good feeling for us. We’re just moving on.”
Ivkovic said her support of Walker was unwavering.
“There was never an issue,” Ivkovic said.
“It’s one of those things, of course you are going to support your partner. He is such a good person. That has been the hardest thing for me to watch as a partner, not even in this whole situation but over the years, (people) paint him as a bad person. He’s always stayed so quiet about all the good things that he does.”
In Ivkovic’s second version of events – which matched that of Walker’s and was accepted as true by the magistrate – he put her hand on her shoulder and tried to turn her around.
He’s got a thick skin. It’s more about our personal state. We’re safe, we’re happy, we support each other, we love each other.
“It’s one of those things where you want to jump up and down and explain everything but you also can’t please everyone,” she said.
“The people around us know us, they know everything. I’m happy with that, we’re content with that. I don’t feel the need to defend myself, you can’t always make everyone happy.”
Ivkovic said Walker was always an easy target for abuse from rival football fans.
“In footy it’s nothing new,” she said.
“You can go to an away game at any point and get booed and get abused hurled at you.
“He’s got a thick skin. It’s more about our personal state. We’re safe, we’re happy, we support each other, we love each other.
“We’re just happy to move on.”
Adrian Proszenko is the Chief Rugby League Reporter for the Sydney Morning Herald.