Legends launch attack on Hunt
Ducking season: Geelong's Josh Hunt drops a sitter on Friday night. Photo: Channel 7
GEELONG'S senior players have been urged to censure teammate Josh Hunt for a conspicuous failed marking attempt in their weekend loss to Collingwood.
Hunt was set to take an intercepting mark in defence early in Friday night's match but spilled the ball after his attention partly shifted to oncoming opponent Dane Swan, who took advantage of the mistake to take possession and kick forward.
Retired Essendon spearhead Matthew Lloyd said a dressing down early in his career from coach Kevin Sheedy, after a poor marking attempt, had prompted his playing philosophy that ''I'd rather be in the Epworth Hospital with rib damage than pull out of a contest''. He implied Hunt did not have the same attitude.
''In our game, that's the one thing you don't want to be labelled, that you pull out of contests. I think [for] Josh Hunt that will be a moment that lives with him from now on,'' Lloyd said on Channel Nine's The Sunday Footy Show. ''It hasn't been the first time for Josh Hunt. He's got to be harder next time.''
While Hunt's error was not overly consequential at the time - the Magpies' resulting kick forward was squandered - Lloyd nevertheless believed it needed to be addressed this week by the Cats.
''He has his good points - he has beautiful disposal of the footy and he takes the small forwards - but I just think the strong blokes around him have got to say, 'Josh Hunt, come on, you've got to go harder','' he said.
Former Hawthorn great Shane Crawford believed his final coach, Alastair Clarkson, still at the helm of the Hawks, would drop any player who committed the type of error that Hunt made on Friday night.
''If you have a close look at it, the head goes down a little bit. He [Clarkson] just wouldn't tolerate that … he'd bring someone else in who was prepared to put their body on the line,'' said Crawford.
''It's nothing personal against Josh Hunt, but unfortunately once you're out there the microscope is very, very close and you've got to be putting your body on the line, these days more than ever.''
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