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 29)
Place of birth Colac, Victoria Australia
Original team Colac / Geelong Falcons
Draft 1st overall, 2001
Hawthorn Hawks
Height/Weight 185 cm / 90 kg[1]
Position(s) Utility
Club information
Current club Hawthorn
Number 15
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
2002–present Hawthorn 228 (155)
1 Playing statistics correct to end of 2013 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 and has been nicknamed, 'The General'.[2][3]

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.[4] 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.[5]

Hodge played only 8 games in 2012 before being struck down with an PCL injury, he was underdone[clarify] 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.

Reception[edit]

According to an AFL publication "Hodge a natural leader...the Hawks devoted the first choice in the 2001 NAB AFL National Draft to Luke Hodge they got not just a great player but a great leader, too".

Leigh Matthews, Hawthorn Great and 4-time Premiership coach.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Hodge married Lauren Kirkman in 2009. They have two sons, Cooper Jay (born 2008) and Chase Brady (born 2012).

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.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.hawthornfc.com.au/players/playerprofile/lukehodge/tabid/8483/playerid/14268/category/senior/season/2011/selected/bio/default.aspx
  2. ^ "15 Luke Hodge". Hawthorn Football Club. Retrieved 9 July 2010. 
  3. ^ John, Murray (Editor) (October 2008). Hawthorn A Perfect 10. Geoff Slattery. p. 10. ISBN 9780980516227. 
  4. ^ "Cool hand Luke Hodge leads from back". Herald Sun. Australia. Retrieved 16 June 2010. 
  5. ^ . AFL. 2 October 2010 http://www.afl.com.au/news/newsarticle/tabid/208/newsid/103623/default.aspx. Retrieved 3 October 2010.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  6. ^ Matthews, Leigh (7 July 2010). "Hodge a natural leader". Australian Football League (AFL). Retrieved 7 July 2010. 

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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
Norm Smith Medal
2008
Succeeded by
Paul Chapman