Michael Hurley (footballer)

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Michael Hurley
Michael Hurley V Freo.jpg
Hurley playing during 2009 season.
Personal information
Full name Michael Hurley
Date of birth (1990-06-01) 1 June 1990 (age 26)
Original team(s) Northern Knights (TAC Cup)
Draft No. 5, 2008 national draft
Height / weight 193 cm / 92 kg
Position(s) Defender / Forward
Club information
Current club Essendon
Number 18
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
2009– Essendon 123 (105)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of round 4, 2017.
Career highlights
Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com

Michael Hurley (born 1 June 1990) is a professional Australian rules footballer with the Essendon Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL). He attended Viewbank College and was recruited by the Essendon Football Club with the fifth overall selection in the 2008 national draft.[1][2]

AFL career[edit]

Hurley showed tremendous form throughout the TAC Cup, showing his all-round quality for the Northern Knights.[3] He was named All-Australian in 2007 and backed it up with another selection after the 2008 AFL Under 18 Championships and was also selected in the TAC Cup Team of the Year in both seasons.

He made his debut against the Port Adelaide Power in round 1, 2009, and was nominated twice as the AFL Rising Star nominee, in round 20 of that season, and round 18 the following year, both times against St Kilda.[4][5] After his match-winning four goal performance against Hawthorn in round 22, 2009, Leigh Matthews said, "Very few young talls have the physical maturity to match it with their older and stronger opponents, which is why the brilliant early form of young Bomber Michael Hurley is quite amazing."[6]

The following four seasons saw Hurley's form fluctuate due to injury and the constant shuffling of his position in the team between both ends of the ground. He averaged 22 goals per season, and spent just as much time playing in the back line on some of the opposition's best key forwards, where his precise kicking and attacking flair out of the back half were noticeable on numerous occasions.

The 2014 season brought with it a permanent role for Hurley as a key defender, the position for which he was initially drafted. This newfound positional consistency allowed him to really begin to shine as a footballer. He played a career-high 21 games during the season and averaged 19 disposals, six marks and three rebound 50s for the year. Despite Essendon's poor performances in the 2015 season, Michael averaged 21 disposals, seven marks and six rebound 50s over 19 matches. He was awarded with his first All-Australian selection, and finished runner-up in the W.S. Crichton Medal.

Hurley, along with 33 other Essendon players, was found guilty of using a banned performance enhancing substance, thymosin beta-4, as part of Essendon's sports supplements program during the 2012 season. He and his team-mates were initially found not guilty in March 2015 by the AFL Anti-Doping Tribunal,[7] but a guilty verdict was returned in January 2016 after an appeal by the World Anti-Doping Agency. He was suspended for two years which, with backdating, ended in November 2016; as a result, he served approximately fourteen months of his suspension and missed the entire 2016 AFL season.[8] During his suspension, he signed a five-year contract extension to stay with Essendon until the end of 2022.[9]

Personal life[edit]

On 25 September 2009, Hurley was arrested after a drunken altercation with a taxi driver, after the driver demanded payment for the fare when Hurley asked him to stop at a fast food drivethrough. Hurley was later charged with multiple counts of assault; it is alleged that he punched the driver and kicked him in the groin.[10][11]

Statistics[edit]

Statistics are correct to the end of the 2015 season.[12]
Legend
 G  Goals  B  Behinds  K  Kicks  H  Handballs  D  Disposals  M  Marks  T  Tackles
Season Team # Games G B K H D M T G B K H D M T
Totals Averages (per game)
2009 Essendon 22 9 10 5 83 61 144 62 15 1.0 0.5 8.3 6.1 14.4 6.2 1.5
2010 Essendon 18 19 12 7 176 132 308 98 17 0.6 0.4 9.3 7.0 16.2 5.2 0.9
2011 Essendon 18 18 27 22 161 99 260 94 24 1.5 1.2 8.9 5.5 14.4 5.2 1.3
2012 Essendon 18 16 26 21 132 87 219 84 13 1.6 1.3 8.2 5.4 13.7 5.2 0.8
2013 Essendon 18 16 24 16 129 74 203 81 7 1.5 1.0 8.1 4.6 12.7 5.1 0.4
2014 Essendon 18 21 4 1 258 152 410 128 26 0.2 0.0 12.3 7.2 19.5 6.1 1.2
2015 Essendon 18 19 2 4 301 104 405 131 20 0.1 0.1 15.8 5.5 21.3 6.9 1.01
Career 119 105 76 1240 709 1949 678 122 0.9 0.6 10.4 6.0 16.4 5.7 1.0

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Hurley becomes a Bomber". Essendon Football Club. 29 November 2008. Retrieved 29 November 2008. 
  2. ^ "VIC dominate draft". AFL Victoria website. 2 December 2008. Retrieved 2 December 2008. 
  3. ^ Anderson, Jon (2 April 2009). "Michael Hurley's neighbourhood". Melbourne Herald Sun. Retrieved 4 September 2009. 
  4. ^ "Hurley wins rising star nomination". The Age. Melbourne, Victoria. 18 August 2009. Retrieved 4 September 2009. 
  5. ^ "Hurley sidelined with broken wrist". Essendon Football Club. 25 May 2009. Retrieved 4 September 2009. 
  6. ^ "Hurley is the find of the season". Australian Football League. 2 April 2009. Retrieved 4 September 2009. 
  7. ^ Twomey, Callum (March 31, 2015). "Thirty-four present and former Bombers cleared of all drug charges". AFL.com.au. Retrieved March 31, 2015. 
  8. ^ Travis King (12 January 2016). "Guilty: court bans the Essendon 34 for 2016". Australian Football League. Retrieved 12 January 2016. 
  9. ^ http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-08-18/michael-hurley-signs-five-year-contract-extension-with-essendon/7763824?section=sport
  10. ^ "Essendon player believed to be Michael Hurley arrested after altercation with taxi driver on Hoddle st". Herald Sun. Australia. 25 September 2009. Retrieved 25 September 2009. 
  11. ^ "Essendon Bomber Michael Hurley on Assault Charge". Herald Sun. Australia. 5 December 2009. Retrieved 13 January 2010. 
  12. ^ "Michael Hurley statistics". AFL Tables. Retrieved 25 September 2012. 

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