Full Name: REX HUNT
Date of Birth: 07/03/1949
Height: 191 cm ( 6-3 )
Weight: 97 kg ( 15-4 )
Debut: 11/05/1968, Round 5, South Melbourne
Last Game: 18/05/1974, Round 7, Essendon
Total Games: 113
Total Goals: 121
Premiership 1969, 1973
Richmond FC Life Member
AFL Life Member 2017
Total Games: 21
Total Goals: 28
Rex started at Richmond as a full-forward, but finished up playing at centre-half-back and then in a back-pocket. Recruited from Parkdale, he worked his way up from the Under/19 team. In 1967, he tied with Essendon’s Geoff Blethyen for the VFL Under/19 Competition’s Top Goalkicker with 68 goals. He also ran third in the “Morrish Medal” for Competition Best and Fairest. He was strongly-built, a fine mark and often used his bulk to gain the best advantage in marking duels with opponents. He was a long left foot kick, although his accuracy when kicking for goal was not as good as it should have been. He won the Seniors’ Goalkicking award in 1969 and was a member of the 1969 and 1973 Premiership sides and the 1972 Grand Final side. His highest individual goal tally with Richmond was 7 against Collingwood in Round 2 of 1969, and he kicked 5 goals or more eight times whilst at Richmond. He did suffer a setback during his time with Richmond missing the first half of 1972 due to hepatitis.
He was swapped to Geelong as part of a deal involving Gareth Andrews, during the 1974 season and spent two seasons with Geelong before spending the remainder of his VFL career with St.Kilda. After leaving Richmond, he played the majority of his football at centre-half-forward. He represented Victoria once in 1978. He spent 1980 and 1981 with Sandringham as a full-forward. In 1981, he won the VFA Division One Goalkicking award with a total of 110 goals. During the final quarter of his last VFA game, the 1981 preliminary final he went out in a blaze of glory, kicking 7 goals for the term and 10 for the game. His total senior career consisted of 241 games and 579 goals.
He is a former Sergeant in the Victoria Police Force. He retired from the Force and turned his hand to his other great love fishing and now runs a successful fishing accessories shop, as well as hosting his own television fishing show, on Channel 7 in Melbourne. He also has a fishing show on Radio 3AW in Melbourne, and has written several books on the subject, having won both the Australian and Victorian Fishing Championships and his wife, Lynne, also won an Australian Estuary Fishing Championship. It is in radio that Rex is best recognised. He has developed a large following of listeners who enjoy his colourful and controversial calls of the game on Radio 3AW in Melbourne. He is responsible for inventing some interesting names for various facets of play, or incidents that occur during the game. As his popularity continued to soar he won the 1992 Media Personality of the Year award. In 1994, he hosted his own football show on Channel 7 entitled, “I’m Rex Hunt and You’re Not”.
He was also a fine cricketer who played in Melbourne’s Sub District Competition with Dandenong where he scored several centuries as a hard-hitting batsman. Rex now lives in the southern suburbs of Melbourne.
Mordialloc Junior Football ; Parkdale 1965.
Geelong Seniors 1974-75, Games 32, Goals 44 ; St Kilda Seniors 1976-79, Games 57, Goals 111 ( Honours - VFL Representative Team Games 1 Goals 1) ; St Kilda Reserves, Games 4, Goals 4 ; Sandringham 1980-81, Games 38, Goals 203 ( Honours - Club Leading Goalkicker 1980 Goals 93, VFA Competition Leading Goalkicker 1981 Goals 110 ).