Josh Hunt – Former Australian Rules Football Player
Joshua Hunt, born in 1982 was a former Australian rules footballer who played for Greater Western Sydney Football Club in the AFL.
Hunt is a great key defender. Sadly, injuries caught him after the premiership year. He was a solid defender with a little gap between his best and worst performance. He is renowned for his left foot kick. He is considered to be the most dependable defender. He played 134 winning games with Geelong in his entire career.
The hunt was initially drafted by Geelong in the pick 44 in AFL Draft 2000. He was recruited into a team in the TAC Cup from Bendigo Pioneers, where he played in the forward line. With his powerful left footed kicks that travel over 60 metres, he won the long-kicking competition at an age of 15 years.
Hunt made his debut in the 2001 season in Round 8 against Fremantle. He played 15 games during the first 3 seasons and missed several games of the 2003 season due to multiple fractures to his shins. After winning premierships at Geelong, Hunt and Stephen came to GIANTS. Their experience and partnership is invaluable to the club. They both helped young players to learn what it takes to achieve an ultimate success in the game.
The year 2004 was a breakthrough year for Hunt, in which he played 24 games. He kicked 3 goals with an average of 13 disposals. He was given the responsibility of kicking after an opponent behind and became one of the best exponents of AFL. His left foot kicks always stood as a great opportunity for Geelong. His outstanding performance in the backline glued him a weekly place in the team.
In the year 2005, Joshua Hunt played 22 games and missed 2 games due to appendicitis. He had a surgery after Round 21 and returned to play against Melbourne in the elimination final. He was highly criticized in 2006, when he shrieked taking a mark against St. Kilda in Round 19. St. Kilda steals the match by capitalizing the incident to goal.
The year 2007 can be said as a reasonable season for Hunt. He could play 16 games with 17 disposals on an average. He came out of his position in the backline by kicking 3 goals in total. After the 5-point preliminary final victory by Geelong, Hunt was hospitalized for dehydration. He started vomiting after the match, as he received a knock to the stomach. He was admitted in Geelong Hospital because of dehydration. He recovered soon to play a very important role in Geelong’s premiership victory against Port Adelaide.
In 2009, he missed Geelong’s premiership team due to an ACL. He returned in 2010 and played 24 matches. He played 22 matches in the following year, which includes his second premiership victory in the 2011 AFL Grand Final. He was delisted by Geelong in 2013. Later, he signed a 1 year contract with Greater Western Sydney in 2011. He joined GIANTS after 198 games for the 2014 season.
Post Football Career
Joshua Hunt announced his retirement from AFL in August 2014. Hunt has played 13 games since joining for GIANTS. He loved each and every second of playing and he is really looking forward to what life chucks after his football career. During his retirement ceremony, he has said that it’s been a great journey at 3 clubs over more than 12 years.
Though he was battling with injury during the last few years, he gave a number of great performances throughout his career. He finished his career with 198 games and 29 goals with Cats.
Awards And Achievements
- AFL National Draft 2000
- Best and fairest 2001
- Best first year VFL player 2001
- Most improved player 2005
- Geelong Football Club AFL 2007 premiers
- International rules Vs. Ireland 2008
- Geelong Football Club AFL 2011 premiers