Kym Hodgeman

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Kym Hodgeman
Personal information
Date of birth (1956-07-30) 30 July 1956 (age 58)
Height/Weight 175 cm / 74 kg
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1974-80, 1986-90
1981-85
Glenelg (SANFL)
North Melbourne (VFL)
244 (411)
091 (133)
Coaching career
Years Club Games (W–L–D)
1991-92 Glenelg (SANFL)
1 Playing statistics correct to end of 1990 season.
Career highlights

Kym Hodgeman is a former Australian rules footballer best known for his playing career with North Melbourne in the Australian Football League (VFL) and Glenelg in the South Australian National Football League (SANFL) from 1974 until his retirement in 1990.

SANFL career[edit]

A goalkicking rover, Hodgeman established a reputation as a skillful and courageous player. He won the Reserves grade Magarey Medal in 1974 despite spending almost half the season playing in Glenelg's league team.

Hodgeman won Glenelg's Best & Fairest award in 1977 and 1978 and also topped the club's goal kicking for seasons in 1978 (51 goals) and 1979 (32 goals). In 1978 Hodgeman won the League's highest individual award, the Magarey Medal for "fairest and most brilliant" player, polling one vote more than the renowned Port Adelaide's three time medallist Russell Ebert[1]. By winning the medal Hodgeman became one of just a handful of players who would win the award in both the SANFL League and Reserves competitions.

In 1979 Hodgeman was selected as an All Australian following that year's State of Origin Carnival in Perth.

VFL career[edit]

Like many South Australian players of the time, Hodgeman was lured to the more lucrative VFL at the peak of his career. In late 1977, he signed a Form Four which tied him to the Carlton Football Club when he chose to move to Victoria; but, in 1980, while Hodgeman was still at Glenelg, Carlton traded his Form Four to Melbourne as part of a deal to secure Greg Wells. Hodgeman had no desire to play for Melbourne, and objected to Carlton's treatment of his contract, likening it to horse trading, so he turned his back on both clubs and signed with North Melbourne in 1981.[1]

Hodgeman played five seasons with the Kangaroos, winning their best and fairest award, the Syd Barker Medal (and also 'Best Clubman') in 1984. Over his five seasons in the VFL Hodgeman played in 91 games, kicking the creditable tally of 133 goals.

Later SANFL career[edit]

Hodgeman returned to Glenelg in 1986, playing The Bays winning Grand Final side that year against North Adelaide. He won his third Glenelg Best & Fairest award in 1989, before retiring as a player at the end of 1990 following the Tigers loss to Port Adelaide in the Grand Final.

Following the recruitment of the Glenelg coach, Graham Cornes by the newly formed Adelaide Crows, Hodgeman coached the Glenelg side in 1991 and 1992, taking them to the Grand Final in 1992 where again they were defeated by Port Adelaide.

Hodgeman was inducted into the Glenelg Hall of Fame in 2002 and the same year was one of 113 inaugural inductees into the South Australian Football Hall of Fame.

Trivia[edit]

Kym Hodgeman is the uncle of current Glenelg footballer Ben Moore and Western Bulldogs footballer Scott Welsh.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kearney, Neil (22 November 1980). "Roo Kym 'no' to Blues deal". The Sun News-Pictorial (Final ed.) (Melbourne, VIC). p. 60. 

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