Hunt for victory over Tigers

Dan Hunts launches for a spoil against Perth earlier this season. Picture: danwhitephotos.com
Dan Hunts launches for a spoil against Perth earlier this season. Picture: danwhitephotos.com

Hunt becomes a Falcons life member when he lines up on Claremont Oval for a shot at West Perth’s first WAFL grand final berth since 2003.

At the forefront of his mind will be success over the Tigers ” a victory he hasn’t tasted since 2009.

The Joondalup-based Falcons have beaten Claremont just three times in their past 13 encounters, the most recent being two wins in 2011.

But Hunt was injured for both of those games.

His last win against the Tigers came in round nine, four years ago.

The 2012 State player hoped to end the winless streak this weekend, saying the Falcons were in a ‘really good position’ to cause an upset against the reigning premiers.

‘We’ve got a game plan that I think works pretty well, provided we all believe in it and trust the structures,’ he said.

‘Obviously they’re going to be a really tough opponent; they’ve been the form side all year.’

The 29-year-old said he had ‘thoroughly enjoyed’ the journey to life membership, spanning 148 WAFL games and one Foxtel Cup match across nine seasons.

‘I’m thrilled, to be honest,’ he said.

‘It’s been a long while coming so I’m pretty happy to have finally got there.’

It’s taken eight years for Hunt to reach the milestone but, coming from Narrogin, he was never meant to be a Falcon.

He played a season of colts at South Fremantle more than a decade ago before being leased to West Perth colts the following season.

That would be the last the Bulldogs saw of him.

Coach Bill Monaghan heeded Hunt’s long-term contribution to the Falcons’ backline.

‘He’s often outsized, but he’s one of those players who has the ability to spoil and compete,’ he said.