Driven by a love of the game
Name: Megan Hunt
Sport: Aussie Rules
Club: BITS Saints
Recent achievements: 2010: selected for female’s U18 state Aussie Rules squad at just 14 years old, instigated the AFL Capricornia women’s league; 2009: Most Valuable Player (MVP) award for U16 state squad, leading goal kicker and captain of BITS U13 boys team, BITS Best and Fairest and Coaches Award.
As of this year the Capricornia region has a female Aussie rules league and it is all thanks to one person – Megan Hunt.
The 14-year-old, who was banned from playing in the male competition this year, desperately pleaded to the AFLQ office to be allowed to continue the game that she took up years ago.
“I wrote a letter to the AFL Queensland league to play with the boys and they knocked me back so then they decided to start a girl’s league,” Hunt told The Observer.
The youngster’s fervour kick-started the six-team, five-round (plus finals) AFL Capricornia women’s league.
Hunt toted the result as “heaps good” and hoped the competition would be established as an annual program.
The final round of the 2010 season will bounce into action on Saturday and Hunt’s team, BITS Saints, are major contenders for the premiership.
Hunt said despite there being few girls who played the sport through junior ranks, she had little trouble finding support for the league.
Despite immense support the competition’s future is uncertain for the coming years.
When asked about playing other sports Hunt replied with “I love AFL, it’s the only thing I want to play.”
But if worse came to worst, Hunt admitted she would have to look towards a new code – only to keep her fitness up for a return to AFL.
“I guess I’ll go play soccer or something (if the competition folds), just to keep my fitness up for state teams,” she said.
On top of almost single-handedly beginning the women’s competition, Hunt was this year selected for State representative honours in the under-18 Queensland squad – a stellar effort for a 14-year-old.
Currently in the squad of 40 players Hunt will travel to Melbourne for a five-day carnival if successful in making final selection.
Still a few years from graduating the Tannum Sands State High School student already has relocation plans to join the stronger AFL league in the state’s south east, when she finishes school.