Megan Hunt when she was playing for the BITS Saints
Megan Hunt when she was playing for the BITS Saints

Mum couldn't be more proud of her AFLW daughter

AFL: Megan Hunt's mum Kerri Hunt said her daughter has been an inspiration for the Boyne-Tannum region.

Kerri spoke with The Observer this week and couldn't contain her delight.

"It's just amazing and I just don't know how to describe it," she said.

Megan first got recognised as an emerging talent and she was picked at number 63 in the AFL women's national draft.

The trainee grounds-keeper moved to Queensland from Geelong with her family when she was five and played for the BITS Saints in the AFL Capricornia women's competition before moving to Brisbane four years ago.

Hunt was best-on-ground in the 2014 QWAFL grand final where she led Coorparoo to a win against Zillmere Eagles.

She played for University of Queensland in 2016 and was named in the QWAFL Team of the Year in a forward pocket.

As a youngster, Hunt played in the under-11 boy's competition for the Saints and there's no doubt this grounding has stood her in good stead.

"It's just great for the area to see a young girl do so well and she was told that she could not play footy any more when she was younger," Kerri said in reference when a young Megan's request to play in the U12 boy's competition was rejected by AFL Capricornia.

"It's amazing the support that she has got and we're really happy how she is going.

"All the coaches have been just great."

Meanwhile, the undefeated Lions will go into the AFLW grand final unchanged from the team that drew with Carlton last weekend.

Key defender Sam Virgo told Lions TV that the team embraced the underdog status when the season started.

"We didn't really mind about that," Virgo said. "That was something that worked in our favour actually and the underdog status is something that we grabbed hold off and ran with."

Virgo said the premiership quest started back in January.

"We didn't really get ahead of ourselves at any stage," Virgo said.

"We put a graphic up on a training session in January and we decided that the first AFLW premiership was something that we wanted to go for and that everything else, all the distractions would fall by the wayside."