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1:45pm  Sep 18, 2017

Hunger is still there: Hunter

Bulldogs midfielder Lachie Hunter has poured cold water on suggestions the team has lost its hunger.

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Lachie
Hunter

Height
183 cm
DOB
13-12-1994
Weight
80 kg
Debut
2013
Games
2017
22
Career
84
Goals
2017
18
Career
44
2017 AFL Fantasy Points
Total
1977
Avg
90
LachieHunter

Player Bio

At a Glance

Junior Clubs: Williamstown Juniors/ St Kevins
Clubs: Western Bulldogs
Debut: Rd 13 2013 (Richmond)
Recruited from: Western Jets
Brownlow Votes: 15

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Hunter is a versatile midfielder who can win the ball in close as well as on the spread. A neat left foot kick who is comfortable up forward, Hunter will add another level of zip to the Bulldogs forward line and midfield rotations. The father-son selection was recruited to the Club with the Dogs third round pick in 2012 (49 overall).

Hunter was a member of the Club's 2016 AFL Premiership team, playing in all 26 games across the season.

Season by Season

Season in short

It’s no accident that you’ll often find the words ‘ball’ and ‘magnet’ next to Lachie Hunter’s name.

The 21-year-old was nothing if not prolific this season, getting his hands on the footy seemingly at will in 2016.

A more permanent role on the wing saw Hunter produce his best season for the Club yet, winning the Gary Dempsey Medal for third place in the Sutton Medal and being named in the AFLPA's 22under22 team.

Hunter was number one at the Club for disposals, second in marks, third for metres gained, and his 44 disposal performance in round six against North Melbourne was not only a career high but the third highest total recorded in 2016.

Hunter can run all day, and his ranking as the number one uncontested ball winner in the AFL highlight his substantial football IQ.

 

The stat that mattered

Hunter’s 719 total disposals ranked him sixth overall in the League.

 

What they said

“I got a nice change up onto the wing which was a different role to what I’ve been playing.

“I found my groove there, and it coincided with the team’s rise as well.  I’d love to be able to go into the midfield as well, it’d be a nice string to add.”

Season in short:

By his own admission, Lachie Hunter didn’t have the start to season 2015 that he would have liked.

Spending much of the first half of the year in the VFL, Hunter cracked the senior side in rounds six, seven and eight.

He returned to the Footscray side, but made his way back into the AFL team in round 15 – and never looked back.

Hunter was quite possibly one of the Dogs’ most consistent players in the second half of the year, averaging 22 disposals, four marks and two tackles for the season.

He picked up a career-high 36 disposals in round 18 against Essendon, along with six marks and four tackles.

His stand-out game came against Collingwood in round 17, where he collected 32 disposals, 10 marks and one goal.

Hunter was judged best afield that day, and took home the Sutton-Rose medal.

 

Stat that mattered:

Hunter averaged 29 disposals from his last eight games in the season.

 

What they said:

“It didn’t start off how I wanted it to… It finished off really well, I was happy with how it ended up and I was able to hold my spot in the team towards the end of the year. The wing is a lot different to the half-forward role, but I think it probably suited my game a bit more.” – Lachie Hunter, September 2015

“Lachie had to work really hard to get his spot back in the team. Once he got his opportunity he saw how much playing league footy meant to him. He’s got natural talent, we all know that, but his work rate really impressed me, his ability to cover the ground and accumulate possessions but also his ability to get back and help to defend. The way he finished the year was a credit to Lachie.” – Steven King (Western Bulldogs Assistant Coach), September 2015

Season in short:

In his second season at the Dogs, Hunter provided an exciting spark for Bulldogs fans.

The left-footer averaged 14 disposals and ranked third among rising stars in goal assists, and 10th for inside 50s.

Hunter’s most impressive performance came in round one against West Coast, managing 24 disposals, four tackles five marks and two goals in a 65-point loss at Patersons Stadium.

However it was his aerial ability that excited Dogs fans the most, with a mark of the year nomination in round two for a hanger on North Melbourne ruckman Todd Goldstein.

After a season across half-forward, the hard-working runner will look to put in a solid pre-season and push into the midfield in 2014.

 

The stat that mattered:

Hunter ranked third for goal assists and 10th for inside 50s among his fellow rising stars in 2014.

 

What they said:

“He has displayed a range of admirable qualities in his short time at the Club and although Lachie’s best footy is still to come, we are pleased with the way he is tracking.” – Bulldogs List Manager Jason McCartney ahead of the 2014 season.

Season in short:

Recruited from the Western Jets, Hunter broke into the senior side in round 13 and played in nine of the Bulldogs’ remaining 11 matches. With dash and poise around the contests, Hunter played multiple games as a high-impact substitute. Averaging 13 disposals, his best performance came in the final round against Melbourne with 25 disposals, five inside 50s and two goals. With another pre-season, the son of former Bulldog Mark Hunter will no doubt seize more opportunities in 2014.

Stat that mattered:

Nine games experience for the 18-year-old father-son selection will be invaluable as he heads into his second year at the kennel. The youngest player on the Bulldogs list, Hunter missed just two games after his debut in round 13 and showed the Bulldogs faithful an insight into what is yet to come.

What they said:

““I think he will be a midfielder in time, probably more suited to playing forward at the moment. He’s very creative, he just understands the game and when the ball is near him, good things happen – so we are looking forward to him debuting and going from there.”

- Senior Coach Brendan McCartney before Hunter’s debut in round 13

Season by Season

 Hunter proved just how agile he was, topping the agility at the 2012 AFL Combine. Drafted as a father-son selection in the 2012 AFL Draft, the 17-year-old came to the Bulldogs in the third round (pick 49 overall). 

 

Stats

By the numbers

  • 2017 Season Average
    Games Played 22
    • Kicks 13.7
    • Handballs 8.9
    • Disposals 22.6
    • Marks 5.2
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 2.5
    • Goals 0.8
    • AFL Fantasy 89.9

2017 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 24 Gold Coast Suns Rd 18
Handballs 15 Melbourne Rd 13
Disposals 31 Gold Coast Suns Rd 18
Marks 10 Gold Coast Suns Rd 18
Hit-outs 0 - -
Tackles 8 Richmond Rd 7
Goals 3 Fremantle Rd 3
AFL Fantasy 131 Richmond Rd 7

2017 Season Breakdown

Rd Opponent Result K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1 Collingwood W 86 - 100 13 8 21 6 0 2 0 2 3 0 101
2 Sydney Swans W 110 - 87 11 14 25 6 0 1 0 1 1 1 91
3 Fremantle L 89 - 73 17 9 26 6 0 0 0 2 3 1 114
4 North Melbourne W 86 - 89 13 6 19 3 0 0 0 2 0 1 69
5 Brisbane Lions W 122 - 90 11 7 18 2 0 1 0 3 0 1 67
6 GWS Giants L 75 - 73 15 5 20 7 0 0 1 4 0 0 89
7 Richmond W 80 - 75 13 15 28 8 0 0 0 8 1 0 131
8 West Coast Eagles L 69 - 61 12 14 26 3 0 1 0 4 0 0 90
9 Geelong Cats L 104 - 81 6 7 13 1 0 0 0 3 0 0 47
10 St Kilda W 90 - 50 11 10 21 3 0 3 0 2 0 0 73
12 Sydney Swans L 88 - 42 9 13 22 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 66
13 Melbourne L 56 - 113 11 15 26 5 0 1 1 2 0 0 84
14 North Melbourne W 107 - 106 18 4 22 9 0 1 0 3 1 1 109
15 West Coast Eagles L 80 - 87 16 10 26 1 0 0 1 5 2 0 100
16 Adelaide Crows L 104 - 45 21 6 27 4 0 0 1 3 0 1 97
17 Carlton W 62 - 82 9 3 12 7 0 1 1 5 1 1 79
18 Gold Coast Suns W 110 - 56 24 7 31 10 0 1 2 1 0 0 115
19 Essendon W 127 - 97 18 7 25 9 0 4 0 0 1 1 106
20 Brisbane Lions W 89 - 103 16 13 29 7 0 1 0 2 1 0 110
21 GWS Giants L 57 - 105 18 8 26 7 0 1 0 2 0 0 100
22 Port Adelaide L 79 - 96 10 9 19 6 0 1 0 0 2 0 79
23 Hawthorn L 99 - 90 10 5 15 3 0 0 1 1 2 1 63
TOTAL W: 11 - L: 11 302 195 497 115 0 19 8 56 18 9 1977

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 84
    • Kicks 12.3
    • Handballs 9.4
    • Disposals 21.7
    • Marks 4.8
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 2.4
    • Goals 0.5
    • AFL Fantasy 82.6

Career Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 24 Gold Coast Suns Rd 18, 2017
Handballs 21 North Melbourne Rd 6, 2016
Disposals 44 North Melbourne Rd 6, 2016
Marks 11 West Coast Eagles Rd 11, 2016
Hit-outs 0 - -
Tackles 8 Richmond Rd 7, 2017
Goals 3 Fremantle Rd 3, 2017
AFL Fantasy 163 West Coast Eagles Rd 11, 2016

Career Breakdown

Season Club K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
2017 Western Bulldogs 302 195 497 115 0 19 8 56 18 9 1977
2016 Western Bulldogs 391 328 719 146 0 40 24 66 10 14 2573
2015 Western Bulldogs 147 140 287 64 0 13 6 28 3 5 1043
2014 Western Bulldogs 126 72 198 51 0 11 7 37 9 13 880
2013 Western Bulldogs 66 53 119 25 0 5 4 16 4 4 464

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