The Victorian Open Championship trophy named in the honour of Herbert Humphreys “Herb” Hunter who was a resident at Trinity at Melbourne University was a standout athlete and student of dentistry.
Hunter received Blues for Athletics in 1902, 1903, 1904 and 1905.
And, was an accomplished footballer, receiving a double Blue for Football in 1905, later going on to play senior football at Essendon Football Club.
He completed a Doctor of Dental Surgery at the University of Pennsylvania in 1906 after which he returned to Australia and Bendigo to open a practice.
The Athletics Victoria H.H. Hunter Trophy was carved by Robert Prenzel.
Athletics Bendigo also awards the H.H Hunter Athlete of the Year – Hunter in the early days competed for Bendigo Hares and Hounds at VAAA – and was a founding member.
He was part of the landing at Gallipoli on 25 April 1915 and was killed in action on 8 May 1915 aged 33.
The current top 10 after Day 1 action:
1. Athletics Essendon – 91
2. Melbourne University Athletic Club – 44
3. Deakin Athletic Club – 39
4. Glenhuntly Athletic Club -35
5. Box Hill Athletic Club – 31
5. Ringwood – 31
7. Knox Athletic Club -19
8. Eureka Athletic Club – 18
9. Collingwood Harriers -17
10. Western Athletics – 14