|Full name||Shannon William Hurn|
|Date of birth||4 September 1987|
|Place of birth||Angaston, South Australia|
|Original team(s)||Central District (SANFL)|
|Draft||13th overall, 2005 National Draft (West Coast)|
|Height||186 cm (6 ft 1 in)|
|Weight||96 kg (212 lb)|
|Current club||West Coast|
|2006–||West Coast||208 (49)|
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2016.
|Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com|
Shannon William Hurn (born 4 September 1987) is an Australian rules footballer playing for 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 200 games for the club. Generally playing as a half-back flanker, Hurn has one of the most penetrating kicks in the AFL. He has served as the captain of West Coast since the 2015 season.
Early History & Lead-up to AFL Career
The son of William Hurn, who played 135 games with Central District, and the grandson of South Australian cricketer Brian, a member of South Australia's 1963-64 Sheffield Shield, Hurn was born in Angaston, South Australia in the Barossa Valley 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 (presumably... seriously?).
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.
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. 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, their lack of penetration out of the half-back line noticeable as Hurn played only 12 games.
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