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2018 Player Review: Shannon Hurn

Best of 2018 - Hurn Our skipper was resolute down back this year, not only earning a premiership medal but also an All Australian selection.

The West Coast Eagles captain had a career-year that boasted a maiden all-Australian blazer and, of course, a premiership medallion. Hurn was solid as a rock in defence and led the competition in total kicks, total marks and average marks per game in season 2018. He also achieved career-best statistics for average disposals (21.2), uncontested possessions (14.0), marks (7.9), intercepts (9.9), rebounds 50s (4.8) and metres gained (404.4) this year. The skipper also placed third in the John Worsfold medal, capping off another terrific season.

Premiership play: Slow and steady wins the race
Collingwood, with a head full of steam following three quick first-quarter goals, looked destined to boot their fourth major within the space of 11 minutes when Hurn was caught one out with nippy Magpie and 2018 NAB Rising Star Jaidyn Stephenson. The wily defender used his footy smarts to body Stephenson out of the contest and lock the ball in until the reinforcements, namely Jeremy McGovern, arrived in support. It was a small moment, but big for the usually unflappable Eagles’ captain, who had made some uncharacteristic errors in the opening minutes.

Season averages:
Disposals: 21.2
Marks: 7.9
Intercepts: 9.9
Rebound 50s: 4.8
Rebound 50s: 4.3
One percenters: 2.6
Disposal efficiency: 85.7%

2018 AFL statistical rankings:
1st: Total kicks, total marks, marks per game
4th: Total rebound 50s, effective disposals percentage per game
5th: Kicks per game
7th: Total intercepts