HURN CAPTAIN’S EAGLES TO AFL FLAG
By Peter Argent
(At the MCG)
From Angaston in the heart of Central District's country zone and a dual League Premiership player during our golden era playing in the 2004 and 2005 Bulldogs triumphs, Shannon Hurn has now added an AFL Premiership to his list of accolades.
Lifting the cup, alongside Coach Adam Simpson and in a season where he secured All-Australian honours as well, Hurn captained the Eagles to their fourth AFL Premiership.
Nicknamed “Bunger” like his father William, a 135 League game player in the 1980's, Hurn started in the Juniors at the Ponderosa.
He was Best on Ground, having just turned 16 in the 2003 SANFL Under 19's Premiership, over Port Adelaide at Adelaide Oval.
The following year, he was promoted to the League team for the Grand Final, after playing Reserves through the major round and was part of the massive 125 point win.
He was Captain of the SA State Under 18 Team in 2005, where he received All Australian honours at this level, and played a role in the ‘05 premiership kicking a critical long goal in the third term.
He was recruited by West Coast at pick number 13 later that year and made his AFL debut in 2006 kicking a goal with his first kick at this level.
In the 2018 AFL Grand Final, in front of 100022 patrons, which was an epic encounter with the Eagles kicking the match winner with one minute and 40 seconds to go.
Hurn, after an uncharacteristic opening term, was a member of a strong marking defensive unit for the Eagles. He finished with 21 disposals.
His AFL Premiership Coach Adam Simpsons called Shannon, “old school” and credited his leadership with being a key part of the premiership win.
Hurn said post-game, “Everyone played their part. It was a great effort by so many guys, not just the 22 playing today.”
Another former Bulldog, Travis Varcoe, who has endured a recent family tragedy, was a member of the gallant and ultimately heartbreaking Collingwood effort.
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