Player Watch #18: Michael Hurley

fairbump_playon

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The “good” thing about his injury is that it’s definitely not the AC that he just got back from. Could actually be a muscle tear from the over stretch rather than structural
 

Eleven 38

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We need Hurley and Hooker for the final. Their passion and leadership is a definite requirement if we are to win. Im sure Hurls will cope with any pain.
 

TheGreatBarryB

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About 7.45 into this one, Harvs talking about Hurls. "Might be pre-empting it a little bit but pretty sure he'll get up"

I think the fact that Hartley and Zerk played full games today maybe indicates club is confident re Hurley.
 

Coldacre

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they said something about Hurl’s injury on the radio just now.... couldn’t quite hear it!
 

PhoenixBonez

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Came back early from an AC joint injury on his left shoulder earlier this year. Dislocated right shoulder 2 weeks ago. May be having surgery on both post season.

Cut him some slack please. Was not our worst despite the above.
 

Howard Moon

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We never learn do we, it's a huge club flaw.

Never learned from 1990 gf, 01 gf, countless other finals where we took in inj players with big names.

You can't carry inj players into finals, it dosent work.

Id have thought the efforts of snelling and ham would show a fit squad player should trump an inj star under the finals furnace

But back to hurls, I love the bloke, clearly playing sore so I cut slack but in general I'm not sure moving forward.

Leadership, immense, positioning, organisation, super.

But when you get to the Nitty gritty, he often let's the ball over the back, or if trying to kill it will spoil into dangerous areas. If you are the zone off man you'd better have great disposal and decisions. I notice the bulk of our defenders look for quick slicing kicks to get our attacks moving. Hurls seems to wait, hold, either go back, sideways or dump long to the 45. Not sure that method fits our 'style' anymore?

When he gets a game on his terms he can be immense, but too often it isn't the case and he can get exposed personally or more crucially stymy the game we are trying to set up.

Hope we can identify a role for him moving forward that can maximize what he can go but get the ball in his hands less, can he still lock down when fit and firing?
 

Legend Lucas

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Tonight was just embarrassing playing a key defender who spent the entire night running away from players and contact.That effort late in the third where he just ran 5m under the ball against wateman that allowed him to run into an open goal was awful.

Tonight aside as clearly injured this love affair with him playing as a loose intercept defender has to stop. He doesn’t play it well, Hooker is much better at it. Hurley can’t mark over head is a poor decision maker and slow to move the ball on and is a poor kick. So why do we want the ball in his hands?
He has to be a lock down key defender and that’s it. Fix his wrist and shoulder be prepared to make body contact again and not be so easy to beat one on one or he is a huge liability going forward especially with hookers form the second half of the year. I don’t understand the love affair with his form from so many supporters.
 

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