OPTIONS: Megan Hunt played in Saturday's 16-point win against GWS Giants.
OPTIONS: Megan Hunt played in Saturday's 16-point win against GWS Giants. Jonathon Searle GLA221217MEGANHU

Hunt's winning start with Brisbane Lions

AUSSIE RULES: Former Boyne Island-Tannum Sands Saints junior Megan Hunt made a winning debut for the Brisbane Lions' women team in a practice match against Greater Western Sydney Giants.

Played in wet conditions at Coorparoo, the Lions controlled the play for most of the game on way to record a 3.10 (28) to 2.0 (12) victory.

The home team could have led by more than just six points at quarter-time.

Brisbane's general field play was superior to that of the Giants and eventually the home team booted three goals two in front of approximately 1000 spectators.

 



Goals to Jess Weutschner, Sabrina Frederick-Traub and Brittany Gibson sealed the win while Sam Virgo and Kaitlyn Ashmore handled the wet conditions with aplomb.

The first half was somewhat scrappy, but after the rain cleared, the game was played on Brisbane's terms.

Lions coach Craig Starcevich said it was a great first-up result.

"She played well yesterday as part of our midfield group," Starcevich said.

"The main aim on Saturday was attention to detail around our midfield stoppages and sharing the workload this early in the pre-season.

"We did this fairly well, but needed to reward ourselves on the scoreboard which came later."

Starcevich, who played in Collingwood's drought-breaking 1990 premiership team, said Hunt is a good user of the football.

"Megan has always read the game very well and she is generally quite composed in traffic and scans the field well, making good decisions when she's in possession," Starcevich said.

He also said Megan is proof that it doesn't matter where athletes come from.

"True. It doesn't matter where you grew up or from what background and if you have the athleticism, technical skill, and a hard working attitude you give yourself a great chance," Starcevich said.

"Megan had played three full seasons in the QWAFL following her state under-18 pathway program before we drafted her.

"She has been on the radar for some time with her game sense and composure stand-out attributes."

Hunt's dad Stewart hopes that his daughter has done enough to seal a spot for round one.

"Hopefully, but who knows what the coaches are thinking," he said.

He said he and his wife Kerri will travel to all of the home games throughout the season.

Megan started her Aussie Rules journey at Auskick before progressing through the grades at the BITS Saints.

The Lions open the historic first season of the AFL women's national competition on Sunday, February 5 against Melbourne Demons at Casey Field's in Melbourne.