Past Player Focus
Past Player Jaiden Hunter currently plays for Perth FC Colts #48. He is an 18 year with aspirations of the 2020 AFL draft. Now standing at 6ft 5″ Jaiden plays ruck and his stats speak for themselves averaging 14 disposals and 37 hit outs this season.
Jaiden started with the Club from Auskick in 2007 and was quickly recognised for his prowess on the field. He loved his footy and continued with the Hawks until Year 9 in 2016.
End of Season Coach’s write up
2010 Year 3 “Jaiden ‘THE WAITER’ Hunter: Rarely have I seen a kid such as this one who can execute ball handling skills so perfectly whilst running so fast. Dubbed ‘The Waiter’ for his slick ‘silver service’ to team mates, Jaiden is a freakish talent who runs like a cheetah, kicks a mile, is technically sound in all areas, and is a pure offensive weapon. Another left footer! Mark his name down, this kid could go anywhere.”
2011 Year 4 ” Jaiden ‘The Waiter’ Hunter: Always serves the pigskin on a platter downfield with precision kicking, but Jaiden has been a genuine offensive weapon with his explosive run and carry game wreaking havoc on opposition sides all year. Would have achieved the greatest ‘metres gained’ in the comp, is all class, and kicks off both sides. Could run against nitro cars at Kwinana Motorplex he is that quick off the mark”.
2012 Year 5 “Jaiden Hunter: Always firing on all eight cylinders. A very hard running player who has it all. Loves the contested footy, great pack mark, silky skills, pace, leads from the front and always brings others into the game. Always a major problem for opposition teams. One to watch in the years to come.”
2014 Year 7 “Jaiden Hunter (Whispering Death): If you don’t know, the whispering death was Michael Holding. This young man is a truly superb, elite all round player with natural skills, pace and balance. Played under duress most of the year but such is his professionalism you wouldn’t know it and would never make an excuse because of it. Unbelievably professional with a want and desire to perform at his best week in week out and can play any position. Showed true character, leadership and always encourages his teammates and leads from the front. A great young player.”
2015 Year 8 “Jaiden Hunter: Has legend status in this team after his aerial performances in last years finals, the kid with the booming right foot can certainly ‘clunk’ a mark or ten not to mention smash the contest with pure heart and soul conviction to win the cherry. Reads the play better than most, is explosive with ball in hand, can beat opponents of any size and knows where the goals are. So he’s the perfect utility and vital member of this team”.
2016 Year 9 ” Jaiden Hunter: Loved his game this year. On field he has been extraordinary with acts of courage, running into contests with kamikaze disdain for his own welfare, pressuring opponents and at times throwing himself into a sea of legs just to win the aggot when others are window shopping on the periphery….he’s a hard ball nut, but his skills are excellent whilst he makes extremely smart decisions around the ground as well. Has played over 100 games with the club and fair to say you’ll need a good bottle of red to get through his highlight reel.”
Jaiden’s team played in 3 consecutive Grand Finals from Year 7-9. They achieved success, winning the Year 7 Premiership, our Club’s first in a long time in 2014. They were Runners Up in 2015 and 2016.
Jaiden also played 100+ games with the Club, was voted Junior Club person of the Year in 2011 for his contributions to the Club off the field. He was awarded ‘Best Utility’ player in Year 7 and ‘Most Consistent’ in Year 9. Unfortunately the Hawks couldn’t field a Year 10 team and Jaiden continued playing footy for Aquinas College. He won Runner Up Best and Fairest for the First XVIII in 2019.
Jaiden finished Year 12 last year and is currently attending Curtin Uni – studying Commerce and majoring in Finance and Digital Marketing. His brother Matthew Lehaney also won AJFC a Premiership in the 2007 U14s, our Club’s first premiership in years.
Mum Toni, who was a recipient of Senior Club person of the year in 2011 for her service to our football community, taking on many voluntary roles in the Club, including Canteen Manager, says “Jaiden is very committed to training both at the club and at home. It is his dream to play footy at the highest level and he works very hard at both footy and study. Nothing else gets in the way.”
Goodluck Jaiden on your journey…….AMPJFC is 100% behind you!!