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Lachie
Hunter

Height
183 cm
DOB
13-12-1994
Weight
82 kg
Debut
2013
Games
2018
21
Career
105
Goals
2018
8
Career
52
2018 AFL Fantasy Points
Total
2214
Avg
105
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: 17

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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

22-year-old Lachie Hunter's 2017 season was one of his best yet, averaging 22 possessions per game.

His standout game match came against Collingwood in Round 1 where he collected 21 disposals (13 kicks 8 handballs), 6 marks and three goals. He also booted three goals against Fremantle in Round 3.

The stat that mattered:

Hunter proved his value on the scoreboard in 2017, slotting 18 majors for the season – a career high.

What they said:

“It was [a] pretty consistent [season] and I was happy to play all games this year.

“It obviously wasn’t the result we were after towards the end of the year. But hopefully we can build on that over the pre-season and go again.”

- Lachie Hunter, September 2017.

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

  • 2018 Season Average
    Games Played 21
    • Kicks 16.3
    • Handballs 13.5
    • Disposals 29.8
    • Marks 5.6
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 2.8
    • Goals 0.4
    • AFL Fantasy 105.4

2018 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 25 Essendon Rd 3
Handballs 25 St Kilda Rd 20
Disposals 44 North Melbourne Rd 21
Marks 13 Essendon Rd 3
Hit-outs 0 - -
Tackles 5 Adelaide Crows Rd 9
Goals 2 Hawthorn Rd 16
AFL Fantasy 148 Essendon Rd 3

2018 Season Breakdown

Rd Opponent Result K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1 GWS Giants L 133 - 51 14 18 32 6 0 2 1 3 0 1 108
2 West Coast Eagles L 70 - 121 19 7 26 9 0 4 1 2 2 0 119
3 Essendon W 104 - 83 25 10 35 13 0 2 0 1 1 2 148
4 Sydney Swans L 79 - 86 6 11 17 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 48
5 Fremantle L 108 - 54 - - - - - - - - - - -
6 Carlton W 80 - 59 15 14 29 7 0 1 0 2 0 1 104
7 Gold Coast Suns W 81 - 72 20 14 34 9 0 2 0 3 0 2 131
8 Brisbane Lions W 107 - 93 14 19 33 3 0 0 0 4 0 0 105
9 Adelaide Crows L 63 - 26 14 9 23 2 0 3 0 5 0 1 90
10 Collingwood L 90 - 55 15 10 25 6 0 1 3 3 0 1 88
11 Melbourne L 51 - 100 20 12 32 4 0 1 0 3 0 0 109
13 Port Adelaide L 132 - 75 12 6 18 3 0 2 1 3 0 0 68
14 North Melbourne L 75 - 77 16 14 30 2 0 2 2 4 0 1 95
15 Geelong Cats W 103 - 101 13 11 24 5 0 1 0 3 0 0 89
16 Hawthorn L 59 - 122 14 12 26 6 0 0 2 4 2 0 106
17 Melbourne L 119 - 69 24 11 35 5 0 1 1 1 1 0 117
18 West Coast Eagles L 100 - 46 17 11 28 5 0 0 0 4 0 0 104
19 Port Adelaide L 34 - 78 19 16 35 1 0 1 2 4 0 0 103
20 St Kilda W 68 - 103 7 25 32 7 0 3 1 1 1 0 102
21 North Melbourne W 85 - 92 24 20 44 8 0 0 1 2 0 1 142
22 Carlton W 49 - 66 17 16 33 4 0 1 1 2 1 0 107
23 Richmond L 98 - 95 18 17 35 12 0 2 1 2 0 0 131
TOTAL W: 8 - L: 14 343 283 626 117 0 29 17 58 8 10 2214

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 105
    • Kicks 13.1
    • Handballs 10.2
    • Disposals 23.3
    • Marks 4.9
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 2.5
    • Goals 0.5
    • AFL Fantasy 87.2

Career Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 25 Essendon Rd 3, 2018
Handballs 25 St Kilda Rd 20, 2018
Disposals 44 North Melbourne Rd 21, 2018
Marks 13 Essendon Rd 3, 2018
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
2018 Western Bulldogs 343 283 626 117 0 29 17 58 8 10 2214
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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