By ZAC MILBANK
Glenelg ruckman Jack Hannath has covered plenty of kilometres on his way to reaching his 100th Hostplus SANFL League match on Saturday.
Starting his football journey with the Angaston Panthers in the Barossa, Hannath has played in South Australia (Glenelg and Central District), Western Australia (Fremantle and Peel Thunder) and the Northern Territory (NT Thunder) since making his SANFL League debut with the Bulldogs in 2011.
Speaking on SANFL Radio, the 30-year-old said reaching triple figures in the best State League in Australia would provide him with a sense of belonging after lining-up in various parts of the country.
In a wide-ranging interview, Hannath told his unique story of how he landed on the AFL list of Fremantle despite initially preparing to be selected by Melbourne in the 2012 AFL Rookie Draft.
Measuring in at 200cm and 100kg, Hannath revealed he was also a talented cricketer having played at junior level with the Northern Jets in the SACA District competition before making football his focus.
Set to bring up his milestone on Saturday against South Adelaide at ACH Group Stadium, Hannath said he is slowly working his way back to full fitness after having a pre-season interrupted by Covid and a broken finger.
Off the field, he is thriving in his player welfare role with SANFL, working with the State’s talented male and female juniors in looking after their well-being and career pathways outside of football.