|Full name||Joshua Hunt|
|Date of birth||14 March 1982|
|Place of birth||Victoria, Australia|
|Original team(s)||Mildura Imperials (Sunraysia FL)
Bendigo Pioneers (TAC Cup)
|Draft||No. 44, 2000 national draft|
|Height||186 cm (6 ft 1 in)|
|Weight||100 kg (220 lb)|
|2014||Greater Western Sydney||14 (4)|
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2014.
|Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com|
Joshua Hunt (born 14 March 1982) is a former professional Australian rules footballer who played for the Geelong Football Club and Greater Western Sydney Giants in the Australian Football League (AFL).
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.
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.
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.
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. 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.
On 26 August 2014, Hunt announced his retirement from the AFL.
|Totals||Averages (per game)|
|2014||Greater Western Sydney||32||14||4||4||135||61||196||67||29||0.3||0.3||9.6||4.4||14.0||4.8||2.1|
- Sheahan, Mike (2 August 2008). "Josh Hunt kicks on thanks to a helping hand". Herald Sun.
- Timms, Daryl (24 August 2007). "Illness flattens star Cat". Herald Sun. Australia: News Limited. Retrieved 25 September 2007.
- Hinds, Richard; AAP (16 August 2006). "Swans won't go hunting maligned Cat defender". The Age.
- "Cameron Mooney treating this as his first Grand Final". Herald Sun. Australia: News Limited. 22 September 2007. Retrieved 25 September 2007.
- "Josh in the Hunt for a finals role". Herald Sun. AAP. 6 August 2011.
- "Sweetest win for Scarlo". 2 October 2011.
- "GIANT Cat". GWSGIANTS.com.au. 23 October 2013. Retrieved 12 November 2013.
- "Premiership Duo Retire". Retrieved 26 August 2014.
- Josh Hunt's player profile at AFL Tables
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