Hurley defended very well through the middle part of the year. He was bossing it and was looking every bit the best defender in the AFL.
We struggled late to get the ball out of defence so Hurley’s role changed because other wise the game would have been played purely in our defensive half.
The responsibility for defending should go to Hartley and Ambrose because they offer little going the other way but I thought they were poor. Ambrose had excuses though due to coming back from a bad injury.
I think people need to recognise that Hurley is playing a different role from what you expect and move on.
Take him out of the side and who do think will average 9 intercepts and 450 mtrs gained per week? He’s a rebounding defender. And probably the best in the league at it.