Player Watch #18: Michael Hurley

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The best game Hurley has played in a year and a half I reckon, and in his top handful of games full stop. Absolutely supreme effort from the big grizzly bear.
If he can lock down like he did last night, it allows us the ability to play a more free wheeling defender. (Dea, Hurley & Hooker locking down, Saad, McKenna + a Goddard, Francis, Fidley perhaps)
 
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After the Freo game:
After last night:


A week is a long time in footy. Glad he's only a liability now, not an absolute liability.
Yeah think I got a bit carried away when I said"best game he's ever played" lets ignore the fact that buddy was playing on one leg and Hurley's been putrid in every other game. Racking up cheap possies doing absolutely everything but defending
 
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Yeah think I got a bit carried away when I said"best game he's ever played" lets ignore the fact that buddy was playing on one leg and Hurley's putrid in every other game. Racking up cheap possies doing absolutely everything but defending
Putrid in every other game!?

You're meant to quit while you're behind, dude.
 

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Yeah think I got a bit carried away when I said"best game he's ever played" lets ignore the fact that buddy was playing on one leg and Hurley's been putrid in every other game. Racking up cheap possies doing absolutely everything but defending
Haven’t been watching last two months? Plus he was still ‘defending’ before that.
 

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Franklin was moving just fine when running at goal after the push in Hurley’s neck. He had pace on his leads and didn’t once limp on a heel. Not saying he’s not sore, but if he’s just a bit sore, we’ll guess what? So is every bloody player most weeks. The excuses that came from Horse were just that - excuses. He was 2nd in the Coleman going into the game. Hurley pulled his pants down, plain and simple.
 

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Franklin was moving just fine when running at goal after the push in Hurley’s neck. He had pace on his leads and didn’t once limp on a heel. Not saying he’s not sore, but if he’s just a bit sore, we’ll guess what? So is every bloody player most weeks. The excuses that came from Horse were just that - excuses. He was 2nd in the Coleman going into the game. Hurley pulled his pants down, plain and simple.
Here here, well said
 

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Fact is Buddy is a once in generation player and was out there 100% or not and very ready to tear the game apart if allowed. He kicked an unbelievable goal. He's a elite player.

Hurley dominated him. It was a thing of beauty. If you love Essendon get behind him instead of your own statement/ego/whateverthe****. Just enjoy a stellar performance. On his day he's AA easily. And a top bloke.
 

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Who gives a shit if it was 80% Buddy or 100% Buddy. He was the go to man and Hurley dominated him. It was just great to see Mick getting back to what he does best, dominating in a massive way as a genuine defender. At his best and in that role he is every bit as good as Rance is.
 

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Had the opportunity to watch the game again and Hurley dominated Franklin. Will gladly put my hand up and say that with the form of Hooker and the option of Hartley in the VFL (and BZT building) we could possibly use Hurley as trade bait. NO WAY!! Was absolutely brilliant on Friday night. He was able to use his disposal after winning the 1:1 which is his best weapon. His ability to lock down was something we havent seen for a number of years.
 

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still has a propensity to spoil into the corridor rather than kill it over the line. seems a strange flaw for a player who dots all his i's and crosses all t's.

It makes me wonder, is it part of the game plan to spoil corridor, and use it to make an attacking move?
 

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still has a propensity to spoil into the corridor rather than kill it over the line. seems a strange flaw for a player who dots all his i's and crosses all t's.

It makes me wonder, is it part of the game plan to spoil corridor, and use it to make an attacking move?
Fletch used to spoil to teammates turning turning a defensive contest into attacking play so I wouldn't be surprised if they're attempting to use it as an attacking play.
 

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Hurley was interviewed post match on Fox Footy and just reminded Roos that 12 weeks ago he said "Hurley couldn't mind a baby in a pram".

Obviously was carrying that one around for a while. Really showed the world what a super defender he is.

Loved it! so happy for him.
Paul Roos cups his own farts for pleasure, got called out by Woosha too for being a loose defender.
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Hurley was interviewed post match on Fox Footy and just reminded Roos that 12 weeks ago he said "Hurley couldn't mind a baby in a pram".

Obviously was carrying that one around for a while. Really showed the world what a super defender he is.

Loved it! so happy for him.
 
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