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Hunt showing good signs

By Darren Cartwright 24/07/2010 06:52:55 PM Comments (0)

Code-hopper Karmichael Hunt has enjoyed his best Aussie rules match since joining the sport, the 23 year-old was one of the standout players in the Gold Coast's 26 point win over Sandringham in their VFL encounter at Labrador on Saturday.

Hunt has been closely scrutinised since switching from rugby league via rugby union and had been up and down in his four VFL games before Saturday as he sort to get a better feel for the code.

But the former league star showed some terrific signs against Sandringham and was rated amongst the best on the field by Gold Coast coach Guy McKenna.

Playing most of the game, and out of the backline, Hunt used his body to great effect and created several rebounding opportunities and runs out of defence.

Several times he showed he was clearly at home in the backline when he burst out of defence to give off a handball and then follow up to receive the ball again.

He was also quick to realise the error of his ways when one kick was smothered and the turn over resulted in a Zebras goal, Hunt quickly putting his hands up to his teammates as if to say sorry.

McKenna was clearly pleased with both sides of Hunt's game.

"He's getting the offensive part of it," McKenna said.

"His defence, his body work behind the ball, and stopping his opponent ... he probably stopped his opponent 15 times today.

"He's getting it defensively."

Hunt joined his teammates in belting out their two day-old anthem and for the first time after a match, club officials, staff, members and supporters huddled into the brown brick clubrooms to join the team.

McKenna said the first victory with a club song was just another step in the fledgling Suns' march to their 2011 season-opening AFL game.

"It was pleasing and it's the evolution (of the club)," McKenna told reporters.

"It's good for the players and the staff who helped this club on their journey."

The Suns first half was possibly their best for the season and set up their resounding 14.15 (99) to 11.7 (73) victory.

They moved the ball swiftly with slick handballs and effective long kicking with rebounding defender Rex Liddy a standout.

Nimble forward Brandon Matera produced four goals.

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