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Best Eagle afield: Shannon Hurn

Gary Stocks  July 17, 2017 8:30 AM

Hurn post-match v Freo Shannon Hurn speaks to Eagle Eye TV after winning the Ross Glendinning Medal
AFL 2017 Round 17 - Fremantle v West Coast

West Coast skipper Shannon Hurn was a unanimous choice as the Ross Glendinning medallist

It is rare that the decision around a best on ground performance are as clear cut as they were in the Carlton Draught Derby.

West Coast skipper Shannon Hurn was a unanimous choice as the Ross Glendinning medallist following a near flawless display across half-back.

He patrolled the area with distinction and was a key factor in West Coast carving out a 30-point victory, despite the opposition having considerably more inside 50 entries.

Hurn had 34 disposals and took 14 marks – five of them intercept marks directly off Fremantle forward thrusts.

He and Jeremy McGovern each thwarted five attacking moves and, in conjunction with Liam Duggan, who produced his best game in the senior ranks, Brad Sheppard, Jackson Nelson, Will Schofield and Tom Barrass, stood strong in the face of the Fremantle onslaught.

Not only did Hurn accumulate 34 touches – 22 of them kicks – he also used the ball in his traditional fashion, running at 91 per cent efficiency.

In winning the Ross Glendinning Medal, he became the first Eagles skipper since Chris Judd to earn the distinction.

Senior coach Adam Simpson often asks his leaders to stand up in the clinches, to lead the way in big games, and Hurn answered that call in the most emphatic of fashion in a game pivotal to the team’s top eight chances.