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Blight-like goal Hunt’s best yet

Matt Burgan  July 16, 2017 10:45 PM

I practice a bit at training, but I don’t really get the chance to do it, and I wouldn’t do it other than if the siren goes, so it’s a rare opportunity to let the barrel out

JAYDEN Hunt’s 60-metre-plus goal against the Adelaide Crows at TIO Stadium on Saturday night was the best goal he’s kicked in any football.

Although Hunt played down his outstanding torpedo after the three quarter-time siren, which kept Melbourne within reach of the Crows, he said it was something he practiced but rarely pulled out in matches.

It was reminiscent of recently inducted Australian Football Hall of Fame legend Malcolm Blight’s thumping kick after the siren at Princes Park in the late 1970s.

“It was a bit into the wind, so I didn’t have the distance to go with a drop punt, so I decided to go the old barrel and it paid off – it was one positive,” he told melbournefc.com.au.

“I practice a bit at training, but I don’t really get the chance to do it, and I wouldn’t do it other than if the siren goes, so it’s a rare opportunity to let the barrel out.”

In assessing Melbourne’s 46-point loss, Hunt said it was a “very disappointing result”.

“I think they (Adelaide) beat us around the contest,” he said.

“Their desperation and tackling was just way too good for us, and they got the jump on us early and that was the standard for the game. We need to get back to our contest work all across the ground.

“When the ball is there, every player on our list can go harder and I think they (Adelaide) definitely beat us to it and they were too strong.”

Hunt said it was always difficult coming back after booting one goal to seven in the first term.

“That third quarter was definitely a positive. We came back fighting; we needed to be a bit more composed with the ball and we could’ve had more opportunities,” he said.

“We need to fight to the death more and leave it all out there really, so it was disappointing.

“It was slippery for both teams, so we’ve got to learn to get our heads over the ball more and move it forward more."