BRENDAN Hunt will be one person paying close attention at tonight’s West Tamworth Centenary Reunion in Blazes at Wests.
A few weeks ago the West Lions skipper led his side to a record fifth successive Group 4 first grade premiership at Scully Park when 33-24 grand final winners over North Tamworth Bears.
Then last Friday night Hunt had the added distinction of not only celebrating a winning season but also being named club man of the year.
Not only did he lead the side onto the field but he was also treasurer of the Lions.
“It was the first time I’d done anything like that,” Hunt told The Leader.
“But I handle all the stuff here for the family business so I had an understanding on how it works.”
Importantly the finances went the same way as the football and the players will be happy to know they will be paid!
For Hunt, tonight’s Centenary Reunion Dinner will be a highlight.
“I’m really looking forward to it,” he said.
“I’ve always taken an interest in the history of the club, but we really haven’t had much to do with the old West or City players.
“It’ll be good to see them at the reunion.”
Hunt has played for the Lions for the past six years and captained them to five premierships despite missing one grand final through injury.
While he’s retiring, he does so with coach Tony La Chiusa, long serving committeeman Brian Edgecock, rampaging prop Chris Vidler and Adam Miller.
While Vidler might be heading to second division to continue his career at a much lower commitment, Adam Miller’s retirement is a big loss for the club, Hunt said.
“He’s been with West since the Under 5s,” he said. “He’s never played with anyone else. They made him a life member at the presentation night and there would be no one more deserving than him.
“He’s a good footballer, terrific bloke and very unassuming off the field.
“His work rate was enormous especially a couple of years ago when he was really fit.
“He was as good as anyone I saw running around. I’ve never seen a bloke that could back up like him.”