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Lachlan Hunter

Age: 27yr 6mth    Games: 169     Born: December 13, 1994     Origin: Western Jets
Height: 182cm     Weight: 81kg     Position: Midfield
Last Drafted: Round 3, Pick #49 2012 National Draft by Western Bulldogs
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Lachlan Hunter Biography

Wednesday, 16 March 2022
A furious Luke Beveridge sensationally storms out of his press conference following the Bulldogs' defeat to Melbourne, specifically after being questioned about Lachie Hunter's place in the Western Bulldogs side.

Fox Footy reporter Tom Morris revealed on Monday that Hunter would be dropped due to poor performance for the season-opener. The midfielder was then selected in the Dogs' side, was a late omission 60 minutes before the bounce, then returned to the team when Jason Johannisen was injured in the warm-up.

"You've been preying on us. You've been opening us up, causing turmoil within our football club by declaring our team well before it needs to be declared. Is that the way Fox want you to operate? Is that what you're doing? Is that the gutter journalist you want to be? Is that who you want to be?" Beveridge asked Morris during the press conference.

Sunday, 9 May 2021
Lachie Hunter suffers a suspected broken hand during the Bulldogs' clash against Carlton but plays out the game.

"We think has got a broken hand, so it was a pretty determined and tough effort for him to get through the game," Western Bulldogs coach Luke Beveridge said.

"There is a chance he might need a plate put in that and they sting. He had a huge last quarter did Lachie... it was a great effort for him to keep playing."

Friday, 14 August 2020
Western Bulldogs coach Luke Beveridge says he is confident Lachie Hunter will remain at the club in 2021 despite rumours of a potential move to Brisbane by veteran journalist Caroline Wilson.

"I think (playing for another club is) the furthest thing from Lachie's mind and definitely our mind. He's a Bulldogs player and he'll be with us next year, I've got no doubt," Beveridge said.

"He's happy, content and has no desire to leave our footy club."

Wednesday, 22 July 2020
Lachie Hunter remains in the Bulldogs' Queensland hub despite being ruled out of selection due to personal reasons.

"Western Bulldogs midfielder Lachie Hunter is currently unavailable for selection due to personal reasons," a statement from the club said.

"The club will continue to strongly support Lachie as he works through some personal challenges, with his health and well-being to be the priority focus."

Tuesday, 30 June 2020
Lachie Hunter will front the court later this year after being hit with four charges by Victoria Police following an alleged drunken car crash in April.

The 25-year-old was suspended for four matches and fined $20,000 ($15,000 suspended) after hitting four parked cars while more than two-times the legal blood alcohol limit.

Following his actions, Hunter has opted to raise money for the Alfred Hospital road accident trauma program by completing 'Dry July' and not drinking alcohol for the next month. He will join teammates Tom Liberatore, Aaron Naughton, Caleb Daniel, Billy Gowers and Callum Porter, with a GoFundMe page set-up to collect funds.

"Given recent circumstances me and a few mates have decided to put our own spin on it," Hunter said on the fundraising page.

Wednesday, 22 April 2020
Western Bulldogs skipper Marcus Bontempelli says it will take time for Lachie Hunter to win back the trust of his teammates after the former vice-captain's recent involvement in a drunken car crash.

"You can tell from his statements yesterday and obvious choice to stand down from the vice-captaincy position that he understands the magnitude of his actions. It's not something you can easily atone for," Bontempelli said.

"I'll say that it's going to be something that over time he has to work through. That's what I'll probably be guiding him on."

Tuesday, 21 April 2020
Lachie Hunter is suspended for four AFL matches, fined $5000, and has relinquished his vice-captaincy position at the Bulldogs for his involvement in an alleged drink-driving incident.

Hunter has also copped $15,000 worth of suspended fines, while he will undertake mandatory alcohol education and counselling and community service as a result of his indiscretions.

"I'm here to take full responsibility for what I did and the damages that I caused," Hunter said.

"I let down a lot of people ... After the incident, clearly I had a bit of time to reflect. I decided it was best that I stepped down from the vice-captain role this year and the leadership group. It clearly just wasn't fair on my teammates and would have put them in uncomfortable positions going forward.

"I've obviously lost the respect of a lot of people over this time and there's not a lot I can do about that right now. I can't control what I did, but I can control what I do from here. I'll accept the sanctions given to me by the club today."

Monday, 20 April 2020
Lachie Hunter relinquishes his position as vice-captain of the Western Bulldogs following his recent drunken car crash.
Friday, 17 April 2020
Lachie Hunter's driver's licence has been suspended, and the Bulldogs vice-captain is set to be charged for having allegedly hit four parked cars while driving under the influence of alcohol.

Hunter was driven by teammate Bailey Smith from the scene of the incident to fellow teammate Billy Gowers' house where he was later found by police. A breath test conducted on Hunter then recorded a reading of more than two times the legal blood alcohol limit.

Hunter's car, along with two of the four cars he is alleged to have hit, was towed from the scene.

Tuesday, 12 March 2019
Lachie Hunter signs a five-year contract extension that will keep him at the Western Bulldogs until the end of 2024.

"I've clearly wanted to play for this club my whole life, and to be able to do that over an extended period now is a really good feeling," Hunter said.

"I cherish every time I get to run out in the Bulldogs guernsey. It's something I definitely don't take for granted.

"I just love everyone at the club so much, and it's such a great place to work."

Wednesday, 3 October 2018
Lachie Hunter wins his first Charles Sutton Medal after being named the Bulldogs' best and fairest in 2018 at the Crown Palladium in Melbourne.

The 23-year-old finished with 191 votes, ahead of placegetters Jackson Macrae (190) and vice-captain Marcus Bontempelli (154).

Monday, 20 November 2017
Easton Wood is named captain of the Western Bulldogs for the 2018 season, with Marcus Bontempelli serving as vice-captain.

"To become the custodian of the group is something really special to me," Wood said.

"I've been here my whole adult life. I've grown up here. It's definitely special."

Jason Johannisen, Lachie Hunter, Jack Redpath and Jordan Roughead round out the six-man leadership group.

Sunday, 18 December 2016
Lachie Hunter says he, and Bulldogs teammate Jake Stringer, have trimmed off any excess fat this pre-season compared to last year.

"Me and Jakey were in 'Fat Club' last year, so we did a bit of running together and came back all right this year," Hunter said.

"We based ourselves at Newport athletics track. He's (Stringer) got a bit of a history of not coming back in the greatest nick.

"Fitness was the main focus and we ramped up kicking towards the end."

Wednesday, 5 October 2016
Marcus Bontempelli caps off a remarkable 2016 season by winning the Bulldogs' best and fairest award.

Bontempelli polled 319 votes to finish 71 votes clear of defender Dale Morris (248) with midfielder Lachie Hunter (246) rounding out the top three.

"This is an incredible thing for me personally, to be etched in the Bulldogs' fabric and history at this point in time," Bontempelli said.

"That's something that I'm going to forever look back on and be grateful for."

Saturday, 1 October 2016
Mark Hunter played 130 games in nine years for the Dogs between 1988 and 1996, but never won the medallion son Lachie Hunter now wears.

"They all want to hold the medal," Lachie said of his family.

"He never got to achieve it as a player, but he's just rapt now.

"They didn't get to be here like this, but I think it means the same to them as it does to us and its just awesome to win one because of the family ties and because it's the club I grew up supporting."

Thursday, 5 May 2016
Following Lindsay Thomas' one-game ban for his crude tackle on Bulldog Lachie Hunter, Kangaroos coach Brad Scott says Thomas' suspension was in part due to his blemished reputation.

"There's no doubt that Lindsay Thomas is paying for sins of the past," Scott said.

"Did we consider challenging the decision? Yes, we did. We felt it was a tackle gone wrong, correctly paid as a free kick.

"The umpire clearly thought it wasn't reportable. The MRP did, but we're pretty clear of the view that if we challenged it we would have lost, because it was Lindsay Thomas.

"That's what Lindsay's got to deal with."

Tuesday, 3 May 2016
Lindsay Thomas is hit with a one-match ban for his 'coathanger' tackle on Lachie Hunter.

Hunter accepted a one-game suspension for the crude tackle, which saw Hunter head to hospital after the game with concussion symptoms.

Monday, 2 May 2016
Lachie Hunter is reported to have been taken to hospital on Friday night with concussion-like symptoms after the 'clothesline' tackle from North Melbourne forward Lindsay Thomas.

The Western Bulldogs midfielder played out the game after the final-term tackle but is understood to have been taken to hospital after the Dogs' defeat by his father, former Bulldog Mark Hunter, in consultation with club doctors, to have the symptoms checked.

"He was cleared to go home, but in consultation with the club doctors he went into hospital for further observation which he came through well, he was released a couple of hours later," Bulldogs football manager Graham Lowe said.

"He presented to the club well the next day (Saturday) and also today, and we’ll put him through the appropriate battery of tests to confirm that he is fit and available to be selected this week."

Saturday, 30 April 2016
The Western Bulldogs are critical of Lindsay Thomas' high hit on Lachie Hunter, with Marcus Bontempelli labelling the Roo's action malicious.

Hunter had just taken possession of the ball in the Bulldogs' backline during the fourth quarter of North's 16-point win at Etihad Stadium on Friday night, when Thomas rushed in to tackle him and caught him around the neck with his left arm.

"We didn't really like it at all, we thought there was quite a bit of malice in it," Bontempelli said.

"He will be OK, hopefully he can relax and be OK over the next couple of days. But we thought it was quite a bit unfair."

Tuesday, 5 April 2016
Lachie Hunter signs a new deal with the Bulldogs that will keep him at the club until the end of 2019.

"It's obviously a great honour to be able to play for the club for another three years, and it's awesome that they've shown the faith in me," Hunter said.

"I'm looking forward to getting into it."

Wednesday, 2 September 2015
A shift to the wing has seen Lachie Hunter average 30 possessions in recent weeks.

There was a time when Hunter thought he was going to miss out on being a part of the Western Bulldogs' 2015 renaissance.

A club-imposed ban for being late to training and scratchy form thwarted Hunter's progress and he spent 11 of the first 14 rounds of the season toiling away in the VFL.

"It wasn't a great start," Hunter said.

"I definitely thought (I could miss out) at the start of the year and I was doing my best to get back in.

"Looking back now it was probably a good thing for me."

The ability to act on feedback and a change in role are the catalysts for Hunter turning his season around.

An average of 30 possessions a game over the past six weeks underlines the 20-year-old's growing importance to the Dogs.

"Even when I was in the VFL (Beveridge) was telling me what I need to work on and what I need to do to get back in the AFL side," Hunter said.

"I think the change from half-forward to the wing has really helped me with my game.

"I've been playing a lot better footy the last few weeks and hopefully that will continue."

Wednesday, 25 March 2015
Hunter has been cleared of wrongdoing after a bet was placed from his account on the Western Bulldogs' NAB Challenge clash with Melbourne on March 14.

Hunter, who wasn't playing in the match, immediately raised the alarm with Bulldogs officials at half-time when he was informed that a Footscray VFL player had placed what is believed to have been a $10 multi-bet from his account.

The AFL integrity unit's investigation into the matter has subsequently cleared the 20-year-old of breaching League rules.

Hunter fully co-operated with the investigation and has escaped penalty or sanction from the AFL.

Friday, 20 March 2015
Western Bulldogs president Peter Gordon has urged people not to jump to conclusions about the Lachie Hunter betting drama, and believes both players involved could be cleared of wrongdoing by the AFL's investigation.

Gordon was backed by League CEO Gillon McLachlan, who said on Friday the AFL's investigation had so far uncovered "nothing more systemic or broader" than a "one-off transaction".

"It involves an isolated one-off transaction that had a couple of legs to it … on the information we have, nothing more systemic or broader than that," McLachlan said.

"It was actually self-reported to the integrity department before the game had even finished."

Thursday, 19 March 2015
Lachie Hunter is in the midst of an investigation for his involvement in a bet placed on the AFL.

It is believed Hunter met with AFL integrity department officials on Thursday to explain his role in a bet placed on Saturday's NAB Challenge match between the Western Bulldogs and Melbourne.

The 20-year-old informed Bulldogs officials of the incident at half-time on Saturday, immediately after becoming aware a bet had been placed on the match, from his betting account, by a Footscray VFL player.

The club's head of football Graham Lowe then informed AFL integrity officer Brett Clothier.

The bet is believed to be a $10 multi-legged bet which also included soccer matches.
Monday, 23 December 2013
Lachie Hunter signs a new contract with the Western Bulldogs which will keep him at the club until the end of 2016.

"The club and my manager started talking. They were kind of hoping they could get it done by Christmas. It all happened pretty quick. They got it done within a week," Hunter said.

"I'm happy here. It's close to home and my dad played here. There was no reason to leave."

Saturday, 22 June 2013
Lachlan Hunter makes his AFL debut for the Western Bulldogs at Docklands Stadium with 19 disposals (11 kicks and 8 handballs), 5 marks, 3 tackles and a goal in a 60-point loss to Richmond.
Thursday, 20 June 2013
Lachie Hunter will become the latest father-son to debut for the Dogs after being selected to play against Richmond in round 13.

"He's been in great form. He's the fourth in that batch from that draft, which we're really excited about and we think we've found another good player," Bulldogs coach Brendan McCartney said.

"I think he'll be a midfielder in time, he's probably more suited to playing forward at the moment. He's very creative. He just understands the game and when the ball's near him, good things happen."

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