Knights well in title hunt (QLD)

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The Queensland Times

Logo - The Queensland TimesLivewire Ipswich Knights player Ben Hunt jokes he hasn’t been scoring goals this year because he’s too busy passing the ball.

He’s probably right.

The Australian indoor soccer representative is one of the Knights most involved players, regularly cleaning up in defence before tearing down the flanks to set up Ipswich’s dangerous trio Trent Griffiths, Andrew Korner and Brodie Kenyon.

Preparing for tonight’s Division 1 match against Rocklea at the Croatian Sports Centre, Hunt said he’s enjoying his wing-back role.

“I like where I’m playing. It’s a little a bit of everything,” Hunt, 24, said.

“A lot of fast skills (from playing indoor soccer) really help you.”

Knights coach Billy Livingstone has been pleased how Hunt has stepped up this season.

“One of the things I said to Ben at the start of the year was that I wanted to see him in a more attacking role and he’s taken that on,” Livingstone said.

“He’s probably been our most consistent player this year.

“He’s got a licence to get forward and help out and he does that well.”

Livingstone said the way Hunt combined with Alex Weatherby and Peter Drager gave the Knights terrific balance.

“Bennie’s has very quick feet, great natural fitness where he can run all day long,” Livingstone said.

“For a little guy, he’s exceptionally good in the air.”

With the Knights on target for Premier League promotion, Hunt has another reason to be feeling good.

His fiancee Lailey is about to give birth, providing a magic moment for the couple who have been together for three years.

“Everything’s going well. I’ve been real happy this year,” Hunt said, yet to set a date for the wedding.

“Everyone keeps asking. We’re pretty relaxed with it really.”

Having represented Australia twice before, Hunt was in line for national honours in New Zealand next month. But he’s put his indoor representative commitments on hold until the baby is born. After that, he’ll try for the next indoor World Cup.

Having been with the Knights since Colts, Hunt has played in every game for the top side this season.

He said his team was fired up tonight after draws against Pine Hills (1-1) and Toowoomba (2-2 last weekend) following a run of victories.

“We were missing (suspended captain) Steve Hughes out of the back (against Toowoomba),” Hunt said.

“That disrupted us at the weekend. It just didn’t seem like we were flowing like we usually do.

“Every so often you’re going to have a bad game.

“Hopefully that was one of those weeks.

“We’ll be fine this weekend.”

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