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Key Facts

Full name
Rex James Hunt

Known as
Rex Hunt

7 March 1949 (age 74)

Place of birth
Mentone, VIC (3194)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 19y 65d
Last game: 29y 179d

Height and weight
Height: 191 cm
Weight: 97 kg

Senior clubs
Richmond; Geelong; St. Kilda; Sandringham

Jumper numbers
Richmond: 43, 5
Geelong: 5, 6
St. Kilda: 2, 5

Recruited from
Richmond (1974); Geelong (1976)

State of origin

Rex Hunt

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
St. KildaV/AFL1976-1978571111.9533%10.561.636.6116
Total1968-1978, 1980-19812404792.00

AFL: 8,033rd player to appear, 625th most games played, 232nd most goals kickedRichmond: 700th player to appear, 126th most games played, 61st most goals kickedGeelong: 758th player to appear, 448th most games played, 180th most goals kickedSt. Kilda: 1,191st player to appear, 271st most games played, 51st most goals kicked

Early in his time with Richmond Rex Hunt was used mainly as a key position forward before finding his niche at centre half back. Between 1968 and 1974 he played 113 VFL games and kicked 121 goals for the Tigers with his excellent overhead marking a particular asset. His kicking, however, was poor, which is probably one reason he was shunted to the backlines. A reserve in the 1969 grand final in which Richmond overcame Carlton he played in both the losing play-off of 1972 and the triumphant 1973 side. Midway through the 1974 season, following a transfer in his work as a policeman, he crossed to Geelong which meant he missed the chance to play in consecutive premiership teams.

Hunt's time with the Cats comprised 32 games in which he kicked 44 goals in 1974 and 1975. He then returned to the city and threw in his lot with St Kilda for whom he added a final 57 VFL games and 111 goals. 

After a year on the sidelines Rex Hunt played senior grade football for the last time with VFA side Sandringham in 1980 and 1981.

Following his retirement as a player Hunt became a highly respected football commentator on radio as well as a host of various football-related panel shows on TV.

Author - John Devaney


Encyclopedia of AFL Footballers by Russell Holmesby & Jim Main; Wikipedia article


* Behinds calculated from the 1965 season on.
+ Score at the end of extra time.