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Dons embrace the pain

Michael Hurley says it is important for the players to harness the emotion from the club’s disappointing 11-point loss to St Kilda on Saturday will hurt.

11:27am  Mar 31, 2019

Junior Member digs deep

Star Bomber Michael Hurley has helped celebrate a mightily generous donation from a young and passionate Essendon Junior Club Member.

2:49pm  Dec 14, 2018

Three new Life Members

Former captain Brendon Goddard joins current stars Dyson Heppell and Michael Hurley as the Bombers' newest Life Members.

3:15pm  Dec 7, 2018

Latest Player Video

Rd 13 | Hurley post-game

12:34am  Jun 15, 2019

BTV: Rd 2 | Hurley post-game

12:08am  Mar 31, 2019

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Michael
Hurley

Defender

Height
192 cm
DOB
01-06-1990
Weight
94 kg
Debut
2009
Games
2019
12
Career
172
Goals
2019
0
Career
108
2019 AFL Fantasy Points
Total
1025
Avg
85
MichaelHurley

Player Bio

At a Glance

Junior club: Macleod
Recruited from: Northern Knights
Draft history: 
Pick No.5, 2008 national draft
Debut: Round 1, 2009
Brownlow votes: 
29


Player Sponsors

Colin & Luke Harris

Gwenda Warfe, Chris McAlister, Deb Ford & Julie Murphy

United First Supplies

Kate and Pam Barby

Sent Booking Form - LF

Purple Bombers

 

One the club’s most reliable players, Hurley is a powerful and determined key defender who put together another impressive season in 2018.

Off the back of his second All-Australian selection in 2017, Hurley was a rock in defence once again, dominating in the air and on the ground and taking on each challenge with confidence and skill.

He led the league’s key defenders for disposals, effective disposals and marks (a career-high average of 7.8 per game), while he was fourth in the league for average rebound 50s.

Despite entering his 11th season, Hurley is showing no signs of slowing down and will once again be one of the club’s most important players.

Stats

By the numbers

  • 2019 Season Average
    Games Played 12
    • Kicks 15.9
    • Handballs 5.7
    • Disposals 21.6
    • Marks 8.6
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 0.5
    • Goals 0.0
    • AFL Fantasy 85.4

2019 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 23 Hawthorn Rd 13
Handballs 9 Carlton Rd 11
Disposals 28 Carlton Rd 11
Marks 14 St Kilda Rd 2
Hit-outs 0 - -
Tackles 1 Fremantle Rd 9
Goals 0 - -
AFL Fantasy 111 Hawthorn Rd 13

2019 Season Breakdown

Rd Opponent Result K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1 GWS Giants L 112 - 40 14 3 17 7 0 2 1 0 0 0 68
2 St Kilda L 65 - 76 16 7 23 14 0 1 2 1 0 0 103
3 Melbourne W 112 - 130 16 1 17 6 0 0 2 0 0 0 62
4 Brisbane Lions W 112 - 65 17 4 21 6 0 0 0 1 0 0 81
5 North Melbourne W 58 - 116 16 9 25 12 0 0 0 1 0 0 106
6 Collingwood L 69 - 73 14 6 20 6 0 0 0 1 0 0 76
7 Geelong Cats L 86 - 54 13 8 21 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 82
8 Sydney Swans L 77 - 72 16 5 21 11 0 0 0 1 0 0 95
9 Fremantle W 60 - 53 14 9 23 6 0 0 2 1 0 0 76
10 Richmond L 73 - 50 13 4 17 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 54
11 Carlton W 74 - 33 19 9 28 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 111
13 Hawthorn W 96 - 77 23 3 26 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 111
14 West Coast Eagles - - - - - - - - - - -
15 GWS Giants - - - - - - - - - - -
16 Sydney Swans - - - - - - - - - - -
17 North Melbourne - - - - - - - - - - -
18 Adelaide Crows - - - - - - - - - - -
19 Gold Coast Suns - - - - - - - - - - -
20 Port Adelaide - - - - - - - - - - -
21 Western Bulldogs - - - - - - - - - - -
22 Fremantle - - - - - - - - - - -
23 Collingwood - - - - - - - - - - -
TOTAL W: 6 - L: 6 191 68 259 103 0 4 7 6 0 0 1025

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 172
    • Kicks 12.1
    • Handballs 6.4
    • Disposals 18.5
    • Marks 6.4
    • Hit-Outs 0.1
    • Tackles 1.0
    • Goals 0.6
    • AFL Fantasy 75.3

Career Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 24 Port Adelaide Rd 4, 2018
Handballs 16 Hawthorn Rd 7, 2018
Disposals 34 Adelaide Crows Rd 21, 2017
Marks 15 Port Adelaide Rd 4, 2018
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
2019 Essendon 191 68 259 103 0 4 7 6 0 0 1025
2018 Essendon 293 141 434 156 0 16 10 15 0 0 1675
2017 Essendon 355 182 537 161 0 14 13 22 3 1 1994
2016 Essendon 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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

K
Kicks
H
Handballs
D
Disposals
M
Marks
HO
Hit-outs
FF
Frees For
FA
Frees Against
T
Tackles
G
Goals
B
Behinds
AF
AFL Fantasy points

Awards

Club Awards

Essendon Life Member

2015 Crichton Medal runner-up

2011 Crichton Medal third place

AFL Awards

All-Australian (2015, 2017)

Rising Star nominee (2009, 2010)

2012 AFLPA 22under22 team

 

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
150th game Brisbane Rd 12, 2018 Gabba W 22