Luke Breust’s deadly accuracy in front of goal earned him a haul of six goals in Hawthorn’s 25-point win over the West Coast Eagles in their round 18 clash at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
The performance also scored him eight votes for the Carey Bunton medal based on the AFL Coaches Association voting for the champion player in the AFL each season.
His accurate kicking for goal was sharpened by kicking the footy between the silos on the family farm at Betric, just outside of Temora where he would practice for hours after school.
He famously had a streak of 29 consecutive games from the 2014 season without scoring a behind, tying the record set by Tony Lockett in 1995.
Luke’s father, Allan “Sticka” Breust was also a sharpshooter and was renowned in Riverina football as a fast-leading full-forward and accurate kick for goal. “Sticka” played for Temora from 1975-83 and topped the Farrer league goal-kicking with 108 goals in 1980.
His Year 12 Business Studies teacher and school coach Gary Tagliabue recalls “a steady and well-balanced student and footballer who was very coachable; he would always listen”.
Luke was equally adept at rugby league and represented the Riverina as a schoolboy in both Australian football and rugby league.
During Year 12 Luke played in the Sydney Swans team that won the ACT AFL premiership but was passed over by the Swans and selected at pick 47 in the rookie draft by Hawthorn at the end of 2008.
He made his debut for the Hawks in 2011 and has now played 255 games and kicked 475 goals. He has been Hawthorn’s leading goalkicker three times, 2018, 2019 and 2021.
Luke also played in the 3 premierships in a row won by Hawthorn 2013-2015. He was named All-Australian in 2014 and 2018.
He was selected on a half forward flank in the NSW Greatest Team announced by the NSW Australian Football History Society in 2019.
Meanwhile, Swans skipper Callum Mills (55 votes) has maintained the lead in this year’s Carey Bunton medal after scoring six votes in the Swans’ shock 17-point win over Fremantle at Optus Oval in Perth. Adelaide Crows’ full-forward Taylor Walker, following a 7 vote/5 goal haul in the 5-point loss to Collingwood at the Adelaide Oval, is now clear 2nd on 44 votes.
CAREY BUNTON MEDAL
VOTES ROUND 18
55 Callum Mills (Mosman Swans) – Sydney Swans (Rd 18 – 6 votes v FREO)
44 Taylor Walker (Norths – Broken Hill) – Adelaide) (Rd 18 – 7 votes v COLL)
33 Jarrad Witts (Sydney University) – Gold Coast
33 Todd Marshall (Deniliquin Rams) – Port Adelaide
26 Isaac Heeney (Cardiff) – Sydney Swans (Rd 18 – 2 votes v FREO)
22 Tom Hawkins (Finley) – Geelong
21 Lachie Schultz (Moama) – Fremantle
20 Matt Kennedy (Collingullie) – Carlton
14 Errol Gulden (UNSW-Eastern Suburbs) – Sydney Swans (Rd 18 – 8 votes v FREO)
11 Isaac Smith (Cootamundra) – Geelong
11 Isaac Cumming (Norths – Broken Hill) – GWS Giants
10 Elliott Himmelberg (Mangoplah CUE) – Adelaide
9 Harry Himmelberg (Mangoplah CUE) – GWS Giants
8 Nick Blakey (UNSW-Eastern Suburbs) – Sydney Swans
7 Jeremy Finlayson (Culcairn) – Port Adelaide
6 James Peatling (Pennant Hills) – GWS Giants
5 Harry Perryman (Collingullie) – GWS Giants
3 Dougal Howard (Wagga Tigers) – St Kilda
2 Charlie Spargo (Albury Tigers) – Melbourne
1 Matt Flynn (Narrandera) – GWS Giants
MOHR MEDAL (goals kicked by NSW players in the AFL)
Goals Round 18
45 Tom Hawkins (Finley) – Geelong (Rd 18 – 2 goals)
36 Todd Marshall (Deniliquin) – Port Adelaide (Rd 18 – 2 goals)
36 Taylor Walker (Norths – Broken Hill) – Adelaide (Rd 18 – 5 goals)
35 Isaac Heeney (Cardiff) – Sydney Swans (Rd 18 – 1 goal)
34 Luke Breust (Temora) – Hawthorn (Rd 18 – 6 goals)
25 Lachie Schultz (Moama) – Fremantle (Rd 18 – 2 goals)