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All Australian worthy

Defender Michael Hurley will find out tonight whether he has earned his first ever All Australian selection.

2:35pm  Sep 22, 2015

Trio nominated for AFL Players MVP

Three Bombers have been nominated by the AFL Players Association in the 2015 'Most Valuable Players' award.

9:24am  Aug 29, 2015

Beneficial Break

Defender Michael Hurley believes the club's eight-day break between games and a refreshed outlook at the club will help the Bombers back-up their stirring round one performance when they meet Hawthorn on Sunday.

10:40am  Apr 7, 2015

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BTV: Hurls nails it

10:50pm  Jun 21, 2014

BTV: Defensive Player of the Week

12:20pm  May 12, 2014

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Michael
Hurley

Height
193 cm
DOB
01-06-1990
Weight
95 kg
Debut
2009
Games
2015
19
Career
119
Goals
2015
2
Career
105
2015 AFL Fantasy Points
Total
1579
Avg
83
MichaelHurley

Player Bio

At a Glance

Junior Clubs: Macleod
Clubs: 
Debut: 2009
Recruited from: Northern U18
Brownlow Votes: 16

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Michael Hurley was named Essendon's Best Defensive Player and finished runner-up in the best and fairest in 2015. Now settled in defence, the number five pick from the 2008 National Draft conceded just 24 goals from his 19 games. He also helped establish Essendon attacking thrusts, finishing the season ranked number two for rebounds from the defensive 50 across the competition. 

Season By Season

Season By Season

The Essendon star had a frustrating season in 2013, with several injuries limiting his output. An ankle concern, then concussion, and more issues with his ankle and wrist made for a difficult year, but in between he made some telling contributions for the Bombers. He looks set to again play as a forward in 2014, but last year was swung to defence occasionally to great effect, including a role in the second half against Carlton's Jarrad Waite in round 11. When fit, Hurley is perhaps Essendon's most important player and he will be looking for more injury luck after ankle and wrist reconstructions in the off-season. 

Season By Season

Hurley enjoyed the most productive and injury-free season of his career in 2014, playing 21 games. His switch to the backline helped on that front and he settled into a key defnsive role, where he used his power, aggression and smarts to dominate opponents. Towards the end of the season, his confidence grew, and he began taking the game on more and delivering the ball well. Hurley seems well placed for a big 2015.

Stats

By the numbers

  • 2015 Season Average
    Games Played 19
    • Kicks 15.8
    • Handballs 5.5
    • Disposals 21.3
    • Marks 6.9
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 1.1
    • Goals 0.1
    • AFL Fantasy 83.1

2015 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 22 Hawthorn Rd 13
Handballs 9 Gold Coast Suns Rd 21
Disposals 29 Hawthorn Rd 13
Marks 14 West Coast Eagles Rd 11
Hit-outs 0 - -
Tackles 5 Fremantle Rd 6
Goals 1 Port Adelaide Rd 17
AFL Fantasy 107 West Coast Eagles Rd 11

2015 Season Breakdown

Rd Opponent Result K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1 Sydney Swans L 72 - 60 16 3 19 5 0 2 2 1 0 0 69
2 Hawthorn W 78 - 76 17 8 25 5 0 1 2 2 0 1 86
3 Carlton W 84 - 105 18 5 23 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 97
4 Collingwood L 49 - 69 17 4 21 7 0 2 0 1 0 1 87
5 St Kilda W 80 - 82 15 7 22 5 0 0 1 0 0 0 71
6 Fremantle L 80 - 52 11 5 16 3 0 1 0 5 0 0 73
7 North Melbourne L 82 - 93 16 7 23 10 0 0 0 1 0 0 96
8 Brisbane Lions W 136 - 78 17 5 22 9 0 3 1 2 0 0 96
9 Richmond L 72 - 59 11 5 16 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 61
10 Geelong Cats L 53 - 122 9 8 17 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 55
11 West Coast Eagles L 96 - 46 17 5 22 14 0 0 0 1 0 0 107
13 Hawthorn L 114 - 76 22 7 29 9 0 1 2 0 0 0 102
14 St Kilda L 52 - 162 11 4 15 4 0 0 1 0 0 0 50
15 Melbourne W 69 - 60 21 3 24 9 0 0 2 2 0 1 99
16 North Melbourne L 93 - 68 18 6 24 7 0 1 0 1 1 0 98
17 Port Adelaide L 116 - 129 17 2 19 9 0 0 1 0 1 0 85
18 Western Bulldogs L 40 - 127 - - - - - - - - - - -
19 GWS Giants L 93 - 61 - - - - - - - - - - -
20 Adelaide Crows L 59 - 171 - - - - - - - - - - -
21 Gold Coast Suns L 97 - 95 17 9 26 6 0 2 0 0 0 1 90
22 Richmond L 47 - 74 18 4 22 4 0 1 0 2 0 0 83
23 Collingwood W 92 - 95 13 7 20 4 0 1 0 2 0 0 74
TOTAL W: 6 - L: 16 301 104 405 131 0 15 12 20 2 4 1579

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 119
    • Kicks 10.4
    • Handballs 6.0
    • Disposals 16.4
    • Marks 5.7
    • Hit-Outs 0.1
    • Tackles 1.0
    • Goals 0.9
    • AFL Fantasy 69.4

Career Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 22 Hawthorn Rd 13, 2015
Handballs 12 Sydney Swans Rd 9, 2014
Disposals 30 St Kilda Rd 18, 2010
Marks 14 West Coast Eagles Rd 11, 2015
Hit-outs 2 Sydney Swans Rd 2, 2011
Tackles 5 Fremantle Rd 6, 2015
Goals 6 Fremantle Rd 13, 2012
AFL Fantasy 133 Western Bulldogs Rd 14, 2012

Career Breakdown

Season Club K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
2015 Essendon 301 104 405 131 0 15 12 20 2 4 1579
2014 Essendon 258 152 410 128 0 14 21 26 4 1 1542
2013 Essendon 129 74 203 81 0 11 7 7 24 16 956
2012 Essendon 132 87 219 84 2 17 8 13 26 21 1046
2011 Essendon 161 99 260 94 6 19 5 24 27 22 1253
2010 Essendon 176 132 308 98 0 15 12 17 12 7 1212
2009 Essendon 83 61 144 62 1 5 5 15 10 5 673

Legend

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Disposals
M
Marks
HO
Hit-outs
FF
Frees For
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Frees Against
T
Tackles
G
Goals
B
Behinds
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AFL Fantasy points

Milestones

Milestone Games:

Milestone versus round venue result
AFL Debut Port Adelaide rd 1, 2009 Football Park L 41
Finals Debut Adelaide EF, 2009 Football Park L 96
50th Game Gold Coast rd 3, 2012 Metricon Stadium W 17
100th Game North Melbourne EF, 2014 MCG L 12

AFL Games:

100

Awards

AFL AWARDS

NAB AFL Rising Star nominee  2009, 2010

Q&A

Nickname: Hurls, Bear

One word to describe you: Sleepy

Favourite player to watch growing up: Nick Riewoldt

Who has had the most influence on your career: Family

Toughest individual opponent: Jonathan Brown

If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you be: New York

Your can’t-miss TV shows: Deadliest Catch

Your favourite cartoon as a kid: Pokemon

If you had to choose another career, what would it be: Vet

What do you normally eat for breakfast: Toast

Your last meal would be: Steak

Your favourite holiday destination: Bali

Best subject at school: English

Which big ticket sporting event would you love to attend: The Superbowl