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Hunt still on the chase

Matt Burgan  April 9, 2017 9:03 PM

DESPITE being one of Melbourne’s best, in its 29-point loss to Geelong at Etihad Stadium on Saturday, speedster Jayden Hunt says he was far from satisfied with his own performance.

Hunt, who had a career-best 30 disposals, 10 intercepts and nine marks (the latter two both game highs), said he had high expectations and was continually looking to build on his game.

“I’m playing solid football, but you probably see how frustrated I’m getting, unless I’m finishing off. I’m getting to contests and just not finishing them off,” he told

“I think Jade Rawlings is getting pretty annoyed with me, when I get frustrated, but I have a belief that I need to lift.

“I’m just searching for that rounded game and while it’s not bad football, there is a lot to improve on my game.”

Hunt’s frustration at his side’s missed opportunities – particularly in the second and third terms, when the red and blue kicked 10.13 to 9.0 – were evident when he spoke about the match.

“I was very frustrated by that one. We had more shots at goal than them and then to lose by 29 points was really frustrating, because I felt we were the better team on the day, but that’s footy,” he said.

“What made it worse was that Geelong weren’t missing, and we didn’t give them many opportunities, but every time they got it forward and beat us, they were able to convert. It just shows how important goal accuracy is in footy, so we were a bit gutted.

“I reckon it’s three weeks in a row that we’ve also started slowly, so it makes the game so much harder. We need to start better and kick straighter, particularly around goal, but around the ball we did pretty well, but we need to be more consistent.”

Hunt said he was already looking ahead to Easter Saturday’s clash against Fremantle at the MCG.

“We expected to be three [wins] and zero [losses] – we were definitely good enough to beat Geelong, so getting a scare last week wasn’t good enough,” he said.

“We should’ve won this game, but we’ll just move onto next week and hopefully get three [wins] and one [loss].”