This weekend Jake Gunstone plays his 150th open-age game for the Demons.
Season 2023 is Jake’s 13th season with the Pennant Hills Demons. He is 29 years old.
Although his parents are originally from Melbourne, Jake’s first taste of footy was as a five year old, playing Auskick in Tasmania in 1999. When the family moved to Sydney, Jake did Auskick again at Pennant Hills Juniors in 2001. Then between 2003 to 2010, he notched up 90 club games with the Demons playing from the U10s through to the U16s. Along with current clubmates Tim Acheson, Regan Pinker, Theo Moraitis and Adam Nixon, Jake was part of the Pennant Hills U14 premiership side in 2008.
Jake graduated to the senior club in 2011, playing 30 games with the Under 18s over two seasons. He had his open-age debut in 2013, playing Reserves and third grade. Since then, he’s played mainly in the Reserves, however, in round 7, 2021 he made a long-awaited senior debut, replacing an injured Tom Angel. Unfortunately, Penno suffered a 98 pts drubbing that day at the hands of a strong Sydney University outfit. Jake’s had senior grade appearances in each of the last three seasons, including four games so far in 2023. No doubt, he’ll be keen to hold his spot for the remainder of 2023.
Jake recalls that in the match following his debut, Rd 8 versus East Coast Eagles, Penno won by more than 10 goals and James Peatling, in his only (and last) appearance for the Demons in 2021, was Penno’s best on ground. JP was subsequently recruited to the GWS Giants in the 2021 mid-season draft!