Jack Gunston

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Jack Gunston
Personal information
Full name Jack Gunston
Date of birth (1991-10-16) 16 October 1991 (age 23)
Original team(s) Sandringham Dragons (TAC Cup)
Draft #29, 2009 National Draft, Adelaide
Height/Weight 193cm / 81kg
Position(s) Forward
Club information
Current club Hawthorn
Number 19
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
2010–2011
2012–
Total
Adelaide
Hawthorn
14 0(20)
81 (180)
95 (200)
1 Playing statistics correct to end of Round 17, 2015 season.
Career highlights

Jack Gunston (born 16 October 1991) is an Australian rules footballer who plays for Hawthorn in the Australian Football League (AFL). Gunston plays as a forward and is one of the most accurate kicks for goal from a set shot in the AFL.

Early career[edit]

Gunston had suffered a severe elbow injury playing as a junior. He described the injury saying, "I was playing in a practice game for Sandy [Sandringham]. I contested the ball and my elbow just popped out. I had to go to hospital and the doctors put my whole arm in a cast." It took surgeons three hours and a dose of anaesthetic to put Gunston’s elbow back into place.[1] He was selected by Adelaide with pick 29 in the 2009 AFL Draft from the Sandringham Dragons.

Adelaide[edit]

He made his AFL debut against the Brisbane Lions in round nine of the 2010 AFL season. In a promising debut Gunston collected seven disposals and kicked a vital goal in the final quarter.[2] He played one more game in round 18 against Richmond collecting nine disposals. He finished the year on the wing with Central District’s 2010 premiership side.[3]

In 2011 he played 12 games, kicking five goals against Richmond in round 23.

After two years in Adelaide, Gunston became homesick and sought to return to Victoria. He had been awarded the Mark Bickley Award as the club's best young player, but he was stripped of the title after announcing his intention to leave.[4]

Hawthorn[edit]

He was traded to Hawthorn in a deal that saw three draft picks (pick 24, 46 & 64) given to Adelaide and two picks returned (pick 53 and 71).[5]

In his first season at Hawthorn he played 19 games, including the 2012 Grand Final, and followed up in 2013 with 23 games.

Gunston played in the 2013 Grand Final against Fremantle, and was one of the best on ground, kicking 4 goals to be the leading goal scorer in the match and finished second in the Norm Smith Medal count to team mate Brian Lake. Gunston played an important role as key forward in 2014, finishing with a career high 58 goals for the season, and earned his second premiership as part of the Hawthorn team that defeated the Sydney Swans in 2014.

Family[edit]

His father Ray Gunston was interim CEO at the Essendon Football Club in 2013.[6]

Statistics[edit]

Statistics are correct to the end of the 2014 season [7]
Legend
 G  Goals  B  Behinds  K  Kicks  H  Handballs  D  Disposals  M  Marks  T  Tackles
Season Team # Games G B K H D M T G B K H D M T
Totals Averages (per game)
2010 Adelaide 28 2 1 0 11 5 16 5 4 0.5 0.0 5.5 2.5 8.0 2.5 2.0
2011 Adelaide 6 12 19 11 90 39 129 60 21 1.6 0.9 7.5 3.3 10.8 5.0 1.8
2012 Hawthorn 19 19 39 22 139 87 226 78 29 2.1 1.2 7.3 4.6 11.9 4.1 1.5
2013 Hawthorn 19 23 46 17 228 127 355 128 57 2.0 0.7 9.9 5.5 15.4 5.6 2.5
2014 Hawthorn 19 23 58 27 238 132 370 137 41 2.5 1.2 10.3 5.7 16.1 6.0 1.8
Career 79 163 77 706 390 1096 408 152 2.1 1.0 8.9 4.9 13.9 5.2 1.9

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gill, Katrina (1 Dec 2009). "Injury almost ruined Gunston's chances". Archived from the original on 29 March 2012. 
  2. ^ Lions killed off by Crows
  3. ^ Laidlaw, Robert. "2010 Grand Final - Great Victory For Flag". Archived from the original on 27 September 2011. 
  4. ^ Rucci, Michelangelo (11 September 2011). "Crows stripped Gunston of award". The Advertiser. Retrieved 22 September 2011. 
  5. ^ Spits, Scott. "Hawks secure Gunston". The Agedate=12 October 2011. 
  6. ^ Ralph, Jon; McFarlane, Glenn; Robinson, Mark; De Krester, Chris (24 May 2013). "Essendon chief executive Ian Robson is out but coach James Hird keeps the faith". Herald Sun. 
  7. ^ Jack Gunston's player profile at AFL Tables

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