Loyal Hunt brings up big 200 for Demons

MILESTONE: Timboon Demons’ Tom Hunt will play his 200th club game for Timboon Demons when they take on East Warrnambool on Saturday. Picture: Rob Gunstone
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TOM Hunt is enjoying the consistency of playing regular senior football.

The Timboon Demons’ forward will play his 200th club game as his side takes on East Warrnambool at Timboon Recreation Reserve on Saturday.

Having come up through the junior ranks and played in the 2003 under 17 premiership as a bottom-aged player, Hunt made his senior debut in 2006.

Under then-coach Adam Matheson, he played the majority of his football in the senior side for the a few years, before filtering in and out of the top team.

“The next four years I was playing about half-and-half, so nine games in seniors, nine games in ressies,” Hunt said.

“In 2013, I played a full year in ressies because I was sick of going up and down.”

The decision to commit to the playing the whole year in reserves paid off for Hunt, who took his game to the next level, winning the Demons’ best-and-fairest award and finishing runner-up in the league accolade.

But the past three seasons, with the Demons going through a rebuild, the steady head has found himself called on toholddown a spot in the senior side.

“(The year in reserves) definitely helped my footy,” Hunt said.

“The four years going up and down, it was hard to get a gauge on where I was at.

“I think I played some pretty handy footy. I played through the midfield and swapped up forward every now and then.”

Hunt was part of the Demons’ losing 2007 grand final side, and narrowly missed out on a spot in the 2008 premiership side.

Now, the 27-year-old is hoping to see the seventh-placed Demons build back to being a team that can push for a finals spot for the first time since 2009.

“We need to take that steep from being ‘thereabouts’ to pushing for a premiership again,” he said.

“We won the first game (this year) but then we had some pretty tough teams we were playing against.

“But we’ve improved a lot –a lot of those teams beat us by 20 goals last year, but this year the biggest margin has been six goals.”

Matheson –who coach the club from 2005 to 2008 –said Hunt’s tenacity had always been impressive.

“He’s very small in stature, but he’s got the capability to play numerous roles and he never shirked an issue,” Matheson said.

“He was tough and hard in games …never intimidated by players that are taller than him.He’s got a good character and a great work rate.”

Matheson said it was great to see players who are loyal to their club like Hunt reach the big milestones.

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