Josh Hunt

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Josh Hunt
Josh Hunt 2011 Premiership Parade 2.JPG
Personal information
Full name Joshua Hunt
Date of birth (1982-03-14) 14 March 1982 (age 32)
Place of birth Victoria, Australia
Original team Mildura Imperials (Sunraysia FL)
Bendigo Pioneers (TAC Cup)
Draft 44th overall, 2000
Geelong
Height/Weight 186cm / 100 kg
Position(s) Back pocket
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
2001–2013
2014
Total
Geelong
Greater Western Sydney
198 (29)
14 (4)
209 (32)
1 Playing statistics correct to end of Round 1 season.
Career highlights

Joshua Hunt (born 14 March 1982) is an Australian rules footballer for the Greater Western Sydney Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL).

Career[edit]

Early career[edit]

The stockily built Hunt was drafted by Geelong with Pick 44 in the 2000 AFL Draft. He was recruited from the Bendigo Pioneers, a team in the TAC Cup, where he had played most of his football in the forward line. He won a long-kicking competition at age 15, with his powerful left footed kicks regularly travelling over 60 metres.[1]

He made his debut in Round 8 of 2001 against Fremantle, but played only 15 games in his first three seasons. He missed most of 2003 because of severe fractures to his shins.

2004–2014[edit]

Hunt playing for Geelong.

2004 was Hunt's breakthrough year. He played in 24 games, including finals, kicked 3 goals and had an average of 13 disposals.

He was also given the responsibility of kicking in after an opposition behind and has quickly become one of the best exponents of the art. His long, accurate, left foot kicks have often resulted in attacking opportunities for Geelong.

It was Hunt's outstanding performance in the backline that cemented him a weekly place in the playing team.

Hunt played 22 games in 2005, missing two games due to appendicitis. He was a late withdrawal from the Cats Round 21 one-point win against Richmond, and had surgery the next day. He missed Round 22 and returned to play against Melbourne in the following weekend's elimination final.[2]

In 2006, he was criticised when he shirked taking a mark in a Round 19 match against St Kilda. St Kilda capitalised on the incident to goal and steal the match. Hunt's bravery and attack on the ball, despite his bulk was brought under question.[3]

2007 was a reasonable season for Hunt, playing 16 games, with an average of 17 disposals. He ventured outside of his usual position in the backline to kick a total of 3 goals.

Hunt was hospitalised after Geelong's narrow 5-point Preliminary Final victory over Collingwood for dehydration. He was vomiting after the game after receiving a knock to the stomach, and was admitted to Geelong Hospital the following morning to be treated for dehydration.[4] He recovered in time to play a part in Geelong's premiership victory in the following weekend's Grand Final against Port Adelaide.

An ACL injury sustained in the preseason kept him sidelined for 2009, missing out on playing in Geelong's 2009 premiership team.[5]

He returned in 2010, playing 24 matches and followed on in 2011 with 22 matches, including his second premiership victory, in the 2011 AFL Grand Final.[6]

On 30 September 2013, Hunt was delisted by Geelong after 13 seasons. On 23 October 2013, he signed a one-year deal with Greater Western Sydney.[7]

On 26 August 2014, Hunt announced his retirement from the AFL.[8]

Statistics[edit]

Statistics are correct to the end of the 2014 season[9]
Season Team # Games G B K H D M T G B K H D M T
Totals Averages (per game)
2001 Geelong 41 6 0 0 16 15 31 7 8 0.0 0.0 2.7 2.5 5.2 1.2 1.3
2002 Geelong 41 7 1 1 23 10 33 13 15 0.1 0.1 3.3 1.4 4.7 1.9 2.1
2003 Geelong 41 2 0 0 13 8 21 6 6 0.0 0.0 6.5 4.0 10.5 3.0 3.0
2004 Geelong 41 24 3 3 191 114 305 68 62 0.1 0.1 8.0 4.8 12.7 2.8 2.6
2005 Geelong 41 22 2 1 238 116 354 98 30 0.1 0.0 10.8 5.3 16.1 4.5 1.4
2006 Geelong 8 22 4 4 239 152 391 96 49 0.2 0.2 10.9 6.9 17.8 4.4 2.2
2007 Geelong 8 16 3 1 143 132 275 72 43 0.2 0.1 8.9 8.3 17.2 4.5 2.7
2008 Geelong 8 23 3 3 200 189 389 89 38 0.1 0.1 8.7 8.2 16.9 3.9 1.7
2009 Geelong 8 0 - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
2010 Geelong 8 24 1 3 210 181 391 117 42 0.0 0.1 8.8 7.5 16.3 4.9 1.8
2011 Geelong 8 22 4 1 203 141 344 103 58 0.2 0.0 9.2 6.4 15.6 4.7 2.6
2012 Geelong 8 18 5 5 185 97 282 106 43 0.3 0.3 10.3 5.4 15.7 5.9 2.4
2013 Geelong 8 12 3 1 105 67 172 54 18 0.3 0.1 8.8 5.6 14.3 4.5 1.5
2014 GWS 32 12 3 3 117 48 165 58 24 0.3 0.3 9.8 4.0 13.8 4.8 2.0
Career 210 32 26 1883 1270 3153 887 436 0.2 0.1 9.0 6.0 15.0 4.2 2.1

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sheahan, Mike (2 August 2008). "Josh Hunt kicks on thanks to a helping hand". Herald Sun. 
  2. ^ Timms, Daryl (24 August 2007). "Illness flattens star Cat". Herald Sun (Australia: News Limited). Retrieved 25 September 2007. 
  3. ^ Hinds, Richard; AAP (16 August 2006). "Swans won't go hunting maligned Cat defender". The Age. 
  4. ^ "Cameron Mooney treating this as his first Grand Final". Herald Sun (Australia: News Limited). 22 September 2007. Retrieved 25 September 2007. 
  5. ^ "Josh in the Hunt for a finals role". Herald Sun. AAP. 6 August 2011. 
  6. ^ "Sweetest win for Scarlo". 2 October 2011. 
  7. ^ "GIANT Cat". GWSGIANTS.com.au. 23 October 2013. Retrieved 12 November 2013. 
  8. ^ "Premiership Duo Retire". Retrieved 26 August 2014. 
  9. ^ Josh Hunt's player profile at AFL Tables

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