Luke Hodge

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Luke Hodge
Luke Hodge 2008.jpg
Personal information
Full name Luke Hodge
Nickname(s) Hodgey, The General
Date of birth (1984-06-15) 15 June 1984 (age 30)
Place of birth Colac, Victoria Australia
Original team Colac / Geelong Falcons
Draft 1st overall, 2001
Hawthorn Hawks
Height/Weight 185 cm / 90 kg
Position(s) Utility
Club information
Current club Hawthorn
Number 15
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
2002–present Hawthorn 250 (167)
1 Playing statistics correct to end of 2014 season.
Career highlights

AFL

TAC Cup

Luke Hodge (born 15 June 1984) is a professional Australian rules footballer with the Hawthorn Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL). Hodge is the current captain of the club. Hodge started his career playing on the half-back flank but as his career progressed he has been known to push up into the midfield. Hodge is a natural leader on the football field is known affectionately as The General by supporters, he can often be seen shouting orders and instructions to his teammates around stoppages.

Early life[edit]

Luke Hodge was born in the Victorian town of Colac and passionately followed Richmond as a youngster.

Career[edit]

Hodge plays half-back flanker and midfield. Recruited from the Geelong Falcons Under 18 team, Hodge made his debut in 2002.[1][2]

Hodge was recruited from the Geelong Falcons Under 18 Football Club, and in 2001 nominated for the 2001 AFL Draft. He was the number one draft choice of Hawthorn Football Club (taken from Fremantle for Trent Croad and Luke McPharlin). In the early years of his career he was unjustly compared with Chris Judd who was selection 3 in the same draft.

He was named in the 2005 All-Australian team and in International Rules team for Australia. Hodge was named sole vice-captain of the Hawthorn Football Club in October 2007.

He was named in the 2008 All-Australian team and in International Rules team for Australia. Hodge won the Norm Smith Medal for being the best player on the ground during the 2008 AFL Grand Final.[3] He is also the last No. 1 draft pick to win a premiership, to date.

Hodge became the current captain of the club after Sam Mitchell handed over the captaincy prior to the 2010 Peter Crimmins Medal count.[4]

Hodge played only 8 games in 2012 before being restricted due to an Posterior cruciate ligament injury,[5] he was lacking match fitness when he led his side in the 2012 AFL Grand Final and didn't have a major influence on the result.

More post season surgery and he missed the first game of the 2013 season, he played the majority of the season finishing fifth in the club's Peter Crimmins Medal award. Hodge played in the 2013 AFL Grand Final against Fremantle Dockers and was listed as one of his teams best players on the day. Hawthorn's victory allowed him to claimed his second Premiership and his first Premiership as a captain.

Hodge had another consistent year in 2014. He played his 250th career game in the Grand Final, with the Hawks defeating the Sydney Swans to win their 12th premiership. In the game, Hodge became only the third player (after Gary Ayres and Andrew McLeod) to win two Norm Smith Medals, and captained the side to his third premiership, his second as captain.

Reception[edit]

Statistics[edit]

Statistics are correct to the end of the 2014 season [7]
Legend
 G  Goals  B  Behinds  K  Kicks  H  Handballs  D  Disposals  M  Marks  T  Tackles
Season Team # Games G B K H D M T G B K H D M T
Totals Averages (per game)
2002 Hawthorn 15 15 9 5 157 76 233 57 24 0.6 0.3 10.5 5.1 15.5 3.8 1.6
2003 Hawthorn 15 15 10 11 121 73 194 55 39 0.7 0.7 8.1 4.9 12.9 3.7 2.6
2004 Hawthorn 15 15 14 11 159 76 235 62 56 0.9 0.7 10.6 5.1 15.7 4.1 3.7
2005 Hawthorn 15 21 9 15 347 234 581 112 59 0.4 0.7 16.5 11.1 27.7 5.3 2.8
2006 Hawthorn 15 22 6 9 313 199 512 89 90 0.3 0.4 14.2 9.0 23.3 4.0 4.1
2007 Hawthorn 15 24 23 14 319 222 541 130 96 1.0 0.6 13.3 9.3 22.5 5.4 4.0
2008 Hawthorn 15 20 20 8 290 171 461 114 70 1.0 0.4 14.5 8.6 23.1 5.7 3.5
2009 Hawthorn 15 19 10 5 234 190 424 71 68 0.5 0.3 12.3 10.0 22.3 3.7 3.6
2010 Hawthorn 15 22 15 12 335 209 544 89 125 0.7 0.5 15.2 9.5 24.7 4.0 5.7
2011 Hawthorn 15 22 19 18 325 209 534 106 76 0.9 0.8 14.8 9.5 24.3 4.8 3.5
2012 Hawthorn 15 10 9 6 121 70 191 44 18 0.9 0.6 12.1 7.0 19.1 4.4 1.8
2013 Hawthorn 15 23 11 11 349 152 501 115 81 0.5 0.5 15.2 6.6 21.8 5.0 3.5
2014 Hawthorn 15 22 12 9 370 181 551 130 79 0.5 0.4 16.8 8.2 25.0 5.9 3.6
Career 250 167 134 3440 2062 5502 1174 881 0.7 0.5 13.8 8.2 22.0 4.7 3.5

Honours and achievements[edit]

Brownlow Medal votes
Season Votes
2002 1
2003 4
2004 4
2005 15
2006 4
2007 16
2008 2
2009 7
2010 16
2011 17
2012 2
2013 15
2014 12
Total 115
Key:
Green / Bold = Won
* = joint winner
Red / Italics = Ineligible

AFL

TAC Cup

Personal life[edit]

Hodge married Lauren Kirkman in 2009 and has two sons, Cooper and Chase.[8]

Media career[edit]

Luke Hodge appears regularly on a Melbourne radio station segment during the football season. In 2011, Hodge competed in the third season of the Channel Seven television series Australia's Greatest Athlete.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Player profile: 15 Luke Hodge". Hawthorn Football Club. Retrieved 9 July 2010. 
  2. ^ John, Murray (Editor) (October 2008). Hawthorn A Perfect 10. Geoff Slattery. p. 10. ISBN 9780980516227. 
  3. ^ "Cool hand Luke Hodge leads from back". Herald Sun. Australia. Retrieved 16 June 2010. 
  4. ^ Phelan, Jason (2 October 2010). "Mitchell stands down as skipper for Hodge". AFL. Archived from the original on 5 October 2010. Retrieved 3 October 2010. 
  5. ^ Edmund, Sam (19 March 2013). "Hawks skipper Luke Hodge has vowed not to rush back from a knee injury in time for round one". Edmund. 
  6. ^ Matthews, Leigh (7 July 2010). "Hodge a natural leader". Australian Football League (AFL). Retrieved 7 July 2010. 
  7. ^ Luke Hodge's player profile at AFL Tables
  8. ^ McFarlane, Glenn (29 June 2013). "Hawthorn captain Luke Hodge opens up to Herald Sun reporter Glenn McFarlane". Herald Sun. 
  9. ^ Meyn, Travis (7 December 2010). "Who's who of sport hit the Coast". 

External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Sam Mitchell
Hawthorn Football Club captain
2011–present
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Preceded by
Nick Riewoldt
Number one overall pick in AFL draft
2001
Succeeded by
Brendon Goddard
Preceded by
Peter Everitt
Sam Mitchell
Peter Crimmins Medal
2005
2010
Succeeded by
Sam Mitchell
Sam Mitchell
Preceded by
Steve Johnson
Brian Lake
Norm Smith Medal
2008
2014
Succeeded by
Paul Chapman
Incumbent
Preceded by
Joel Selwood
AFLPA Best Captain Award
2014
Succeeded by
Incumbent