The Hurn name is entrenched in Barossa sport across many decades and at least five generations.
Shannon Hurn, captain of the West Coast Eagles, continues to propel the family’s sporting heritage onto the national stage, like his father William and his late grandfather Brian.
Last Wednesday, a week short of his 31st birthday, Hurn won All-Australian honours on a half back flank in the 2018 AFL Team of the Year.
It was the second time that Hurn received All Australian honours, after he took the same accolade in his final year of National Under 18s football for SA back in 2005, as skipper of the Croweaters.
Typically understated and selfless, Hurn maintained that his training routine was a massive aspect of his continued good form.
“For me it’s just about continuing to keep learning and preparing well each week,” Hurn told Barossa Herald.
“You start to feel more comfortable in yourself and your surroundings.
“I felt that I’ve been reasonably consistent this year and maybe my consistency has gone to a bit better level.
“I’ve been pleased that I’m able to impact on games both defensively and in offensive manner too. I think my performances have been more ‘well-rounded’ this year.”
Hurn is contracted to the end of the 2019 season, but with a strong mindset, he believes he could have up to another four years left in the system. However, this was also tempered by seeing a number of good friends retiring quickly.
He has played all 22 games across the 2018 minor round.
His 378 kicks was second overall across the entire AFL for total kicks and 174 marks led this statistic in this area for the ’18 campaign.
Hurn also had 91 handballs and averaged 17.2 kicks, 7.9 marks and 4.1 handballs per game across this stellar season.
Other key statistics included 44 inside 50’s, 102 rebound 50’s, which was ninth in the AFL in this discipline, along with laying 37 tackles.
A number of Hurn’s statistics in 2018 have proved to be career best, defying the myth about a player dropping off in performance after they reached the age of 30.
Having debuted back in 2006, Hurn has played 245 AFL games for the 2018 major round.
He was more keen to chat about playing finals football at the New Optus Ground in Perth over the next couple of weeks and hopefully having a second crack at premiership success, after being bridesmaids on the biggest day of the AFL season back in 2015.
“Playing a couple of home final certainly helps, but it doesn’t change the fact you still need to play well with the group and play good footy,” Hurn said.
“I feel we have a team that can win the premiership, but it is pretty open this year and there are at least six other teams that have a chance.”
The Eagles play Collingwood in a qualifying final this Saturday evening.