Lion on the hunt for spot
AFL: Boyne Island-Tannum Sands junior Megan Hunt is poised for a midfield role with the Brisbane Lions as the inaugural AFL women's competition kicks off on Sunday, February 5 against Melbourne.
The 21-year-old has relished the demands of pre-season training and she said she as best prepared as can be for the season.
"It's been tough and a lot different to normal club training,” Hunt said.
"There's a lot to live up to and had to re-adjust my body, but am as keen as can be.”
Hunt was pick 63 in the AFL women's national draft late last year and has the chance to stake her claim for round one with a practice match against Greater Western Sydney tomorrow week.
The women have been hard at it well before Christmas.
"Before Christmas we did conditioning stuff like gym work and during Christmas we were given a running program,” Hunt said.
"Everyone has just worked their butt off and made sure that they returned after Christmas in top shape otherwise it would be back to square one.”
She said training is now based on game situations as the season draws near.
"Now training is all about structures and games simulation,” Hunt said.
Trainings are on Monday, Wednesday and Fridays and Hunt said that the sessions run up to three-and-a-half hours with gym sessions on Tuesday and Saturdays.
The Lions are coached by Collingwood 1990 premiership player Craig Starcevich and Hunt said she will also work closely with midfield mentor David Lake, who has coached Mt Gravatt and Morningside in the QAFL.
Ex-Lions Daniel Merrett and Brent Staker are the other assistant coaches.
Hunt said women's football has been given a massive boost with the fast-tacking of the AFL Women's competition that had originally been earmarked for 2020.
"It's amazing because I didn't think it would happen until 2020 and to have it happening three years earlier while I'm still young is just a dream come true,” Hunt said.
Hunt played for University of Queensland last season in the QWAFL and was listed in the best players 11 times out of 17 matches and she booted 13 goals.
She also played for Coorparoo and was best afield in the 2014 QWAFL grand final win against Zillmere Eagles.