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Shannon Hurn
Hurn
DOB
4/9/1987
Height
186cm
Weight
96 kg
Junior club
Central District/Angaston JFC
Arrived
Pick 13 in the 2005 national draft
Number
25, 50 (one-off game)
Debut
Round 5 2006 vs Brisbane
(166th Eagles player)
Games
269
Goals
50
Honours
Premiership medal (2018)
All-Australian (2018, 2019)
B&F Top 10
8 (2009, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019)
Best Finish
2nd (2009)
Other clubs
Central District (SANFL) 2005
Peel Thunder (WAFL) 2006-2012
East Perth (WAFL) 2013-

Owner of a booming yet precise kick, skipper Shannon Hurn has become the side's 'quarterback', regularly setting up attacks from the defensive 50.

West Coast careerEdit

A talented junior cricketer, Hurn earned a rookie contract with the South Australian state side before deciding to focus on football. He captained the SA under-18s and was named All-Australian as well as winning back to back SANFL premierships with Central District. At the 2005 draft, he was predicted to go top 5 but slid to 13 where West Coast pounced.

Assigned to Peel Thunder, Hurn quickly gained notice with his thumping kick. He was called up for a debut against Brisbane early in his first season and goaled with his first kick. In a premiership-winning side, Hurn managed six games.

Hurn established himself as a regular in the side in his second season, playing every game for the year. He kicked 11 goals for the year and was nominated for the Rising Star for his 19-possession game against Essendon, eventually finishing fifth in the award behind Joel Selwood.

Disaster struck early in 2008 when Hurn broke his leg in a collision with teammate Brett Jones, causing him to miss the remainder of the year. He bounced back in a big way in 2009, again playing every game and finishing second behind skipper Darren Glass in the best and fairest.

2010 was a bit of a drop-off as Hurn missed games through suspension and calf and hamstring injuries, but he was back to his best in 2011 as the club rocketed off the bottom of the ladder. With Hurn directing traffic off the backline, West Coast charged into the preliminary finals. He finished fourth in the Club Champion award, and followed it up with a third-place finish in 2012.

After playing the first half of the 2014 season, his 64-game streak of games was snapped when he injured his ankle against Hawthorn, forcing him to miss the remainder of the year.

Hurn had solid 2014 despite a knee injury that caused him to miss four early-season games. When Glass announced his retirement mid-season Hurn rotated through the captaincy with other leadership group members, and was named as the permanent captain ahead of the 2014 season.

Despite leading the side to a Grand Final berth in his first year as skipper, Hurn wasn't as dominant off half-back as in previous seasons, although that may in part have been due to being forced to play on bigger opponents in the absence of Eric MacKenzie and Mitch Brown. He was more solid in 2016, with the availability of MacKenzie and the emergence of Tom Barrass freeing him up to return to his usual quarterback role. Hurn finished fifth in the Club Champion award, his highest placing since 2012, and brought up his 200th appearance in the losing Elimination Final. He remained a dependable leader in 2017, recording some big games in the second half of the year including a Glendinning Medal-winning performance in the final Western Derby to be played at Subiaco.

Hurn took his game to a new level in 2018, averaging 21 possessions and nearly eight marks a game, both career highs. He earned a maiden All-Australian selection, and etched his name in history when he joined John Worsfold and Chris Judd as West Coast premiership captains. That form continued in 2019, with Hurn receiving All-Australian honours for a second straight year as he brought up his 250th appearance and moved into fourth all-time at West Coast in games played by the end of the season.

StatsEdit

AFL Gm G B K M H D T Cl WAFL Gm G B K M H D T
2006 6 1 3 40 18 20 60 6 5 Peel 14 15 8 206 71 96 302
2007 24 11 7 171 72 158 329 53 22 0
2008 6 1 3 53 17 17 70 10 8 0
2009 22 4 3 282 106 159 441 24 13 0
2010 15 4 5 203 66 31 234 30 9 0
2011 25 5 3 343 114 109 452 44 5 0
2012 24 12 7 339 119 76 415 57 19 0
2013 12 1 2 160 47 27 187 26 11 EP 0
2014 18 4 3 250 106 83 333 45 24 0
2015 25 3 9 297 109 114 411 42 20 0
2016 23 3 1 300 111 113 413 40 14 0
2017 23 0 2 292 145 165 457 44 20 0
2018 25 1 2 430 196 101 531 44 5 0
2019 21 0 2 386 154 104 490 31 6 WCE 0
Tot 269 50 52 3546 1380 1277 4823 496 181
Avg 0.2 13.2 5.1 4.7 17.9 1.8 0.7

ReferencesEdit

http://afltables.com/afl/stats/players/S/Shannon_Hurn.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shannon_Hurn

http://www.wafl.com.au/players/view/1218

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