Women’s Footy: Hunting Success

HUNTING SUCCESS

 

As luminaries gathered in Melbourne, Megan Hunt was hard at work.

 

The twenty-two year old hoping against hope she would receive the call, which would change her life forever.

 

Sure enough, the call came. From none other than Lions’ coach Craig Starcevich.

 

“(He) was in Melbourne at the actual draft,” she said, “and as my name was getting called out he said ‘Oh Megan listen to this.’”

 

She was taken at pick number sixty-three. A number that will no doubt stay with her for many years to come.

 

 

Hunt left her hometown of Tannum Sands, off the coast of Gladstone, Central Queensland, back in 2013.

 

Year after year she had made Queensland teams, but the eight-hour commute made it too difficult to play.

 

“All the trainings were in Brissy. I could never be a part of the squad. Could never train with the girls. And I knew if I wanted to play in the women’s Queensland team I’d have to move down here”.

 

Hunt’s affinity for the game blossomed at a very young age.

 

In a town dominated by rugby league, and little else, Hunt bucked the trend.

 

Her love for the Sherrin permeated everything else. It was a love, a life, a destiny.

 

“I played with the boys and I just loved that because it was harder for me. My brother and my family are big footy supporters so they really pushed me to just keep doing Auskick and playing under-elevens.”

 

Then at just fifteen, she was told she couldn’t play with the boys anymore.

 

Her future, in the game, looked bleak.

 

But Hunt had a fire in her. She couldn’t let the game go.

 

“There was no girls footy up there so I was pretty shattered. I wrote a letter to the league saying ‘can you please let me play with the boys?’”

 

That idea was quickly ruled-out. But what happened next, saw Hunt become a leading-light in women’s Aussie rules long before she was drafted.

 

“They said if you can get a team up in Tannum, we’ll get teams up in Rockhampton, and we’ll start a women’s league.

 

I just called all my friends from school. Even if they didn’t like AFL, I said “you’re playing footy”. I want to play.

 

We won the premiership that first year.”

 

AFL Capricornia’s regional manager, Scott Smithwick says if it wasn’t for Hunt, the local women’s league may never have been created.

 

So much so, when the league first released flyers urging girls to play the game, Hunt’s face graced the cover.

 

“Decided to make the women’s league just because of Megan pushing so hard to make sure she was included” he said, “so our women playing today in the AFL Capricornia Women’s league have Megan to thank.”

 

Hunt is just the fourth player from Central Queensland to make any A-F-L list, behind Geelong’s Zac Smith, and the now delisted Gavin Urquhart and Paul O’Shea.

 

There are many talented footy women in Central Queensland, just waiting in the wings, and to those girls, Hunt has one message:

“I hope that me moving down here, and me getting drafted, just proves that you can make it no matter where you live. If you want to take it to that next level you’ve just got to put in the hard yards”.

 

Catherine Durkin is WIN News, Central Queensland’s Sports Journalist.

About Catherine Durkin

Catherine Durkin, who has been writing for the Almanac since her high school days, is now a journalism graduate and a reporter for 9 News Western Victoria

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  1. Barkly St End says:

    This new womens league keeps throwing up some amazing stories.

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