Hurn steps down as captain - Thank you Bunga

Who should be the next captain of the West Coast Eagles?

  • Luke Shuey

    Votes: 119 75.8%
  • Josh Kennedy

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Jeremy McGovern

    Votes: 5 3.2%
  • Tim Kelly

    Votes: 3 1.9%
  • Jack Darling

    Votes: 1 0.6%
  • Nic Naitanui

    Votes: 1 0.6%
  • Andrew Gaff

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Elliot Yeo

    Votes: 9 5.7%
  • Dom Sheed

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Brad Sheppard

    Votes: 11 7.0%
  • Other?

    Votes: 8 5.1%

  • Total voters
    157

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Quinz

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Bunga has been getting better and better as he gets older. To have his two best seasons at 30+ is remarkable from an Eagles player.

Could retire as a premiership captain and 300 gamer with a bit of luck. You never would have thought that when he was given the captaincy.
 

The wily weagle

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I might be in the minority, but I would be giving the captaincy to Yeo.

He's the right age to lead for a while, and more importantly he leads from the front: when the game is in the balance you can guarantee he will be at the coalface getting his hands dirty and tackling hard

I know he isn't exactly the most polished media performer, but who cares? It would be a throwback to have a guy leading us that isn't the best talker in front of the camera, but does his best talking with his actions on the field

Shuey is a legend of the club, and would absolutely make a worthy captain. But realistically, he probably only plays a few more years before calling it a day
 

arfadunger

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It's very hard to make a judgement being so far removed from the club, however (and this may be very unfair and certainly politically incorrect) Yeo doesn't come across as being the sharpest tool in the shed. His exploits on the field certainly have captaincy written all over him but I'm not sure whether he is the man to be the voice of the playing group.
 

FKASC

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It's very hard to make a judgement being so far removed from the club, however (and this may be very unfair and certainly politically incorrect) Yeo doesn't come across as being the sharpest tool in the shed. His exploits on the field certainly have captaincy written all over him but I'm not sure whether he is the man to be the voice of the playing group.
Hurn didn’t seem that bright either TBH
 

TY24

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Shuey and Yeo as co-captains screaming in from left-field?
 

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bombard

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It seems odd to eulogise Hurn like he's somehow gone when in actual fact he has a good couple years of football ahead of him, at least, based on current form.

I think nothing has defined Bunga's captaincy quite like the leaving of it. As others have said, the timing is inherently classy, selfless, and epitomises the way he values team ahead of club.

I remember there was quite a degree of doubt when he first took the captaincy - I personally wasn't amongst those who held those doubts, but understand why they did - he's not the most camera friendly of players and someone who seems to far value on-field football over off-field quotes and spectacle.

However, even as someone who thought he was right the role, I was pleasantly surprised at just how much he grew into the position. It's as if becoming leader of the team elevated his own personal ceiling as a footy player. He rose to an occasion that he himself had created by volunteering for promotion during a fairly.. transitional.. period in the club's history.

It turns out that Bunga was so much more than a night watchman captain. The most impressive thing, I think, about his captaincy was the clear evidence that he learned from our lowest points. The 2015 final, unexpected in arrival, was bloody awful and Hurn was humbled as much as anyone else that day. But I swear, my not-obsessed-just-a-fan friends, we may not have weathered the brutal first quarter of 2018 without the lessons Bunga and a few other senior players seemed to take from 2015. Good leaders lead, but great ones allow others to lead with them - and I feel like Bunga was a real example of that.

Not to be too dramatic, but I find myself uncommonly emotional about today's announcement. He could have rightly led until his retirement but chose not to. While I think that's fantastic as it lets his successor - seriously, it's Shuey you knobs, don't kid yourselves - have the time in the sun he deserves, it means we're deprived a couple of years more of a true, proud clubman, leading the Blue and Gold.

To you, Bunga, we salute you. You've been a genuine champion of the club on and off the field. We're lucky to have you mate.
 
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What is it with selfless acts at WC?

Hurn steps aside as captain after 123 games, 15 more (and he's barely missed one in 5 years) and he'd be #1 on the list ahead of Worsfold.

Glass retired after Rd 12 2014 on 270 games with 129 as captain. He'd be #1 on the list had he eeked out the last 10 of the year, and would've passed Jakovich for games played.

Cox retired at the end of 2014 on 290 games. Only needed to stick around and play half the games in 2015 to be our first 300 gamer.
 

Forward Press

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What is it with selfless acts at WC?

Hurn steps aside as captain after 123 games, 15 more (and he's barely missed one in 5 years) and he'd be #1 on the list ahead of Worsfold.

Glass retired after Rd 12 2014 on 270 games with 129 as captain. He'd be #1 on the list had he eeked out the last 10 of the year, and would've passed Jakovich for games played.

Cox retired at the end of 2014 on 290 games. Only needed to stick around and play half the games in 2015 to be our first 300 gamer.
Team is more important than the individual.

Won't ever find a West Coast captain fixing up his man bun while play is ongoing right in front of him.

*cough*
 

Quinz

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What is it with selfless acts at WC?

Hurn steps aside as captain after 123 games, 15 more (and he's barely missed one in 5 years) and he'd be #1 on the list ahead of Worsfold.

Glass retired after Rd 12 2014 on 270 games with 129 as captain. He'd be #1 on the list had he eeked out the last 10 of the year, and would've passed Jakovich for games played.

Cox retired at the end of 2014 on 290 games. Only needed to stick around and play half the games in 2015 to be our first 300 gamer.
I think it partly reflects the values that the club has focused on in our current post 2007 era. Rebuilding the culture of the club is a slow process, and I don't think either Glass or Hurn were considered by a lot of fans as the ideal candidates at the time they were chosen, but they had the grounded temperament and consistent, team first play that set the standard for the VCs and younger players joining the club.

I think Shuey is the perfect follow on to this, as a player who bleeds blue and gold perhaps more than any other at our club. Brilliant big game player, good in the media, and loved by the players. I'd actually be pretty shocked if someone else was voted in by the players.
 

bombard

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I think it partly reflects the values that the club has focused on in our current post 2007 era. Rebuilding the culture of the club is a slow process, and I don't think either Glass or Hurn were considered by a lot of fans as the ideal candidates at the time they were chosen, but they had the grounded temperament and consistent, team first play that set the standard for the VCs and younger players joining the club.

I think Shuey is the perfect follow on to this, as a player who bleeds blue and gold perhaps more than any other at our club. Brilliant big game player, good in the media, and loved by the players. I'd actually be pretty shocked if someone else was voted in by the players.
If anyone else puts their hand up they're a bloody clown. Shuey is absolutely the right choice.
 

Dark Sharks

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Personally i don't like it.

Hurns leadership has been outstanding the past couple of seasons.

I thought maybe 2021 would be the year to relinquish the captaincy with JK likely retiring and Hurn potentially not far off. The new era.

He's gone early IMO.
 

Doughboy

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Was one of the best...

Met him a few times and is a genuinely decent bloke - only too happy to sign a jumper.

Hopefully can concentrate on the game and hand the reins over to a younger player Shuey
 

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