15 Aug Goal race down to the wire
Reigning GDFL Whitley medallist Jak Kennedy Hunt has urged his teammate Nathan Mayes to be proud of his efforts this season regardless of whether he passes his fitness test tonight.
Mayes, who has never even won a club leading goal-kicker award since starting his junior career in suburban Mildura, currently sits on top of the GDFL table with 51 majors.
51 – Nathan Mayes (Inverleigh)
50 – Jayden Ettridge (Bell Post Hill)
47 – Brayden Mitchell (Geelong West)
43 – Jak Kennedy Hunt (Inverleigh)
42 – Tyler Jones (Belmont Lions)
However a hamstring injury prevented him from taking on Thomson last week and he remains in doubt for this week’s clash against Corio.
“We have bigger fish to fry so it’s unlikely at this stage but we’ll see what happens,” Mayes explained.
Sidelined teammate Kennedy Hunt took out the goal-kicking honours with 104 from 14 games last season.
Currently stranded on 43 after only eight appearances in 2018 the prolific spearhead admits he’s enjoyed watching his teammate apply himself each week.
“At times we had to confront the players this season behind closed doors and I’ll admit some didn’t take it the right way,” Kennedy Hunt explained.
“But Nathan took it all on board and that was evident in the player that he has become and he hasn’t missed a session since.”
When asked to compare the 25-year-old to a former teammate, Kennedy Hunt was split between two options:
“Simon Phillips over at Norwood (SANFL) or a Rob Costello at Werribee, a dangerous small forward when that ball comes in.”
“If those types have five metres of space in the forward line then they’d hurt you every time, Nathan has stepped to the plate this season.”
Mayes currently leads Jayden Ettridge (Bell Post Hill) who sits on 50 ahead of his clash against former club Anakie while Geelong West forward Brayden Mitchell also has 47.
“I might have to hit up my good friend and Anakie defender Pupp (Mitchell White) to nullify Ettridge on the day,” Kennedy Hunt added, playfully.
By Alex Tigani
GDFL Media (16/08/2018)