Adam Hunter
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DOB
18/6/1981
Height
190cm
Weight
92 kg
Junior club
South Bunbury JFC/Swan Districts
Arrived
Pick 29 in the 1999 national draft
Number
Debut
Round 22 2000 vs Melbourne
(129th Eagles player)
Games
151
Goals
86
Honours
Premiership medal (2006)
B&F Top 10
3 (2005, 2006, 2007)
Best Finish
2nd (2007)
Last app.
Round 11 2009 vs Geelong
Departed
Retired at the end of the 2009 season
Other clubs
Swan Districts (WAFL) 1999-2009, 2011
South Bunbury (SWFL) 2010, 2014
Chapman Valley (GNFL) 2014
Whitford (WAAFL) 2015-2017
Carlisle (WAAFL) 2018

A key defender in the Eagles' 2006 premiership side, Adam Hunter was often swung forward during a match to great effect.

West Coast career[edit | edit source]

Originally from South Bunbury, Adam Hunter was picked up in the 1999 draft along with some other promising local key position products in Darren Glass and Travis Gaspar.

Given a debut in the final round of the 2000 season, Hunter was then in and out of the side in 2001, playing nine games for the year. He became more of a full-time member of the senior team in 2002, playing 17 games for the year. His best game came in a midseason win against Adelaide when he picked up 24 possessions and a goal.

In 2003, Hunter played 20 games for the year. His 2004 was interrupted by injury, with a late start to the year and then a hamstring problem midseason, but he still managed to play 16 games.

It was in 2005 that Hunter really stamped himself on the team. With Glen Jakovich and Ashley McIntosh retired, Hunter began to take responsibility for a key forward on a regular basis, despite often being undersized. He also began to cement his reputation as a dangerous swingman, often being thrown forward where his ability to take a contested mark proved invaluable. Hunter kicked 14 goals for the year, including five goals during the finals. He provided one of the highlights of the season when he took a huge pack mark and then converted to put the Eagles in front of Sydney late in the qualifying final, and then kicked two important second-half goals in the grand final. He was rewarded with his first top-10 finish in the Club Champion award, but sadly not a premiership medal.

Hunter’s contribution only increased in 2006, with that rat-tailed defender swinging forward even more often and responding with 29 goals, including a couple of bags of four during the regular season and then back-to-back four goal hauls in the semi-final and preliminary final. He only managed one goal during the grand final but it was a critical one, receiving the handpass and then shepherd from Daniel Chick to put the Eagles up by 7 late in the match.

Hunter was a rock in 2007, playing every game and finishing second in the best and fairest behind another rock in Glass. He unfortunately missed a couple of large chunks of 2008, with a knee injury and then a shoulder injury limiting him to just 11 games as the team plunged out of finals contention early.

That shoulder injury ended up bringing a premature end to Hunter’s career, the fan favourite managing just eight games in 2009 and announcing his retirement at the end of the year.

Post-AFL career[edit | edit source]

Hunter returned to his junior club, South Bunbury, for the 2010 season. He signed for Swan Districts in 2011 but could manage just seven league games. Hunter returned to South Bunbury during the 2014 season after beginning the year with Great Northern club Chapman Valley.[1] Following a three-year stint with Whitford, he switched to fellow amateur club Carlisle ahead of the 2018 season.[2]

Stats[edit | edit source]

AFL Gm G B K M H D T Cl WAFL Gm G B K M H D
2000 1 0 0 1 0 2 3 0 0 SD 10 12
2001 9 0 3 36 14 27 63 4 5 11 14
2002 17 6 3 140 53 84 224 39 19 3 13
2003 20 4 8 114 63 106 220 48 19 1 1
2004 16 1 7 105 73 98 203 39 16 7 12
2005 23 14 4 178 135 133 311 44 9 0
2006 22 29 13 185 122 151 336 34 7 0
2007 24 14 7 188 145 268 456 53 7 0
2008 11 8 7 72 69 77 149 21 3 0
2009 8 10 9 56 27 54 110 8 5 9 10 11 88 56 61 149
Tot 151 86 61 1075 701 1000 2075 290 90
Avg 0.6 7.1 4.6 6.6 13.7 1.9 0.6

References[edit | edit source]

http://afltables.com/afl/stats/players/A/Adam_Hunter.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adam_Hunter_(footballer)

http://www.wafl.com.au/players/view/519

  1. Josh Zimmerman, The West Australian (3 July 2014) "Tigers get Hunter boost": https://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/regional/south-west/a/24378002/tigers-get-hunter-boost/
  2. Jordan McArdle, The West Australian (8 March 2018), "Ex-AFL recruits add firepower to 'ammos'": https://thewest.com.au/sport/afl/wa-amateur-football-league-ex-afl-recruits-add-firepower-to-ammos-ng-b88768205z
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