Five things you may have forgotten (or don’t know) about Shannon Hurn


A younger and more folically-robust Hurn at Centrals [Source: Author]


1. Shannon played in two premierships with Central Districts before being drafted by West Coast



Hurn in the nets [Source: Fox Sports]


2. Shannon represented South Australia in U17 cricket and was offered a Redbacks rookie contract for 2005-2006; he could have gone on to play first class cricket like his grandfather Brian.



William Hurn (Third from left, back row) [Source: Peter Argent]


3. Shannon’s dad (William) and grandfather were outstanding athletes from Angaston. Brian played 31 first class games for South Australia including a career best of 5 for 46 against England in 1958.



Brian Hurn (Right) aged 13, with his brothers, Richard and Malcolm, selected to represent Barossa and Light [Source: Trove/Advertiser/ABC]


4. Shannon inherited the nickname ‘Bunger’ from his father William. His grandfather was also ‘Bunger’. The origins are not clear but are said to relate to a constipatory-causing substance having been sprinkled on the first ‘Bunger’s’ breakfast cereal at boarding school.



5. Shannon has the composure, skill and character to take a match saving mark in the defensive goal square with seven seconds left on the clock.





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  1. Great stuff JG. Swish’s favourite Eagle.
    AE and I were lucky enough to be at Adelaide Oval in 2015 when we had a breakout win over Port Adelaide. As one of the few visiting supporters we got to go to the team function after where players were signing autographs. I went up to Bunger and said “Great game. I saw your father Brian open the bowling for South Australia”.
    He smiled and said “Thanks – you mean my grandfather”. I felt about 100 years old – which was probably closer to the truth.

  2. John Gordon says

    Nice story Peter. Easy mistake to make I reckon given Brian was still playing in the SA Shield side when it won the Shield in 1963-4.

  3. Daryl Schramm says

    Brian (Bunger) Hurn. Captain, legend and life member of Kensington District Cricket Club. Was apparently a fair footballer for Angaston as well as time in the role of Mayor of the Barossa Valley. He must have done some miles in that circa ’62 Holden over the years for cricket. Formed a fantastic opening bowling attack with Ian (Crewie) Glover who could swing the ball either and sometimes both ways. Brian’s funeral a couple of years ago was attended by many.
    William (Bunger) Hurn was a very quick bowler for Angaston (as I recall from one particular social match) and played many junior and senior games for Centrals. I remember a certain U19 grand final in ’81 and league debut in ’82.
    Would have seen Shannon (Bunger) Hurn play both juniors and seniors for Centrals in between his cricket commitments before starting his now stellar career at the WCEE.
    Fabulous family.

  4. He’s the only AFL player to have 1000 rebound 50s and 550 forward 50 kicks.

  5. In the photo of the Angaston side – Williams brother and Shannon’s Uncle Stephen is standing next to his sibling
    – I have discussed with Shannon and his father about recording the Hurn dynasty (at the end of shannon’s careers)
    – Shannon’s sister Ashton was an outstanding junior and state league netballer (expect her to go into parliament and follow her grandfather Brian’s footsteps)
    I would have called William Medium-Fast??? ha ha
    Brian Hurn’s father Morgan and Uncles were outstanding cricketers (and footballer) for the Panthers – it is folklore that they all made double centuries in Barossa and Light cricket …
    Then there is the legend of Tom Hurn – and being asked to tour England in the 1870s – reckon their is a book in there somewhere….

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