Shannon Hurn

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Shannon Hurn
Personal information
Full name Shannon William Hurn
Date of birth (1987-09-04) 4 September 1987 (age 27)
Place of birth Angaston, South Australia
Original team Central District (SANFL)
Draft 13th overall, 2005 National Draft (West Coast)
Height/Weight 186 cm / 96 kg
Position(s) Defender
Club information
Current club West Coast
Number 25
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
2006– West Coast 151 (43)
1 Playing statistics correct to end of Rd 22, 2014 season.
Career highlights

Shannon William Hurn (born 4 September 1987) is an Australian rules footballer, who is the current captain [1] of the West Coast Eagles in the Australian Football League (AFL). From South Australia, he excelled at both cricket and football at junior level, and at one stage had a rookie contract with the South Australian Cricket Association (SACA). Prior to being drafted by West Coast, Hurn played for Central District in the South Australian National Football League (SANFL), playing in premiership sides in 2004 and 2005. At West Coast, he debuted during the 2006 season, and has since played over 150 games for the club. Generally playing as a half-back flanker, Hurn has one of the most penetrating kicks in the AFL.

Early History & Lead-up to AFL Career[edit]

Hurn grew up in the Barossa Valley in South Australia and attended Angaston Primary and Nuriootpa High School. Hurn was heavily involved in school and local sporting clubs, allowing him to excel in his favourite sports: cricket and Australian football. Because of his love for the two sports, his decision to seek a career in AFL over cricket would have been presumably difficult.

Hurn’s more professional career began whilst playing his two favourite sports simultaneously. He took on a rookie contract with SACA (South Australian Cricket Association) in 2004, turning down the second one in 2005 to focus on his football. Hurn played football for Central District, making it to two premierships in 2004 and 2005. In 2005, Hurn was picked captain of the U-18 South Australian side and also picked in the U-18 All-Australian selection in football.

Picked 13th in the first round in the 2005 draft to West Coast Eagles, Hurn was considered as one of the top players to come out of South Australia at that time.

AFL career[edit]

Hurn made his debut for West Coast in round 5, 2006 against the Brisbane Lions. After playing 6 games in his debut season he solidified his spot in the team, playing every game in 2007. He was nominated for the 2007 AFL Rising Star for his 19 possession performance in round 11 against Essendon.

Hurn played just six games in 2008 because of injury, in what was a poor year for the Eagles, but he rebounded to play 22 games in 2009, and 15 in 2010.[2] In 2011, he truly established himself as an elite kick and a highly damaging player off of the half back line. He was crucial to the Eagles' success, as they rebounded from the wooden spoon the previous year to a top-four team the next. Hurn played every game, including the three finals, including 15 disposals and a goal in the nail biting semi-final win over Carlton.

In 2012, Hurn continued his strong form, playing all 24 games, including an 18 disposal and one goal effort in the Elimination Final demolition of North Melbourne. West Coast missed the finals in 2013,[3] their lack of penetration out of the half-back line noticeable as Hurn played only 12 games.

After Darren Glass retired midway through the 2014 season, Hurn was named acting co-captain of the club for the remainder of the season, along with four other players.[4]

On 8 December 2014 it was announced that Hurn would become the 10th captain of the West Coast Eagles.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-12-08/hurn-to-lead-eagles-from-2015/5952492
  2. ^ http://afltables.com/afl/stats/players/S/Shannon_Hurn.html
  3. ^ http://www.heraldsun.com.au/sport/afl/west-coast-eagles-2013-season-report-card/story-fni5faul-1226715381211
  4. ^ Alex Malcolm (13 June 2014). Up to five could rotate West Coast captaincy – Australian Football League. Retrieved 13 June 2014.
  5. ^ Malcolm, Alex. "Hurn gets nof for Eagles". afl.com.au. Retrieved 8 December 2014. 

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