Luke Hodge (born 15 June 1984) is a former professional Australian rules footballer who played for the Hawthorn Football Club and the Brisbane Lions in the Australian Football League (AFL). He played for the Hawthorn Football Club from 2002 to 2017, captaining the club from 2011 to 2016. In 2018, Hodge moved to the Brisbane Lions, before retiring in 2019. 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. He is a four-time premiership player, three-time premiership captain and a two-time Norm Smith Medallist. Hodge is widely regarded as one of the most respected players, in particular as a captain, to have ever participated in the sport. Later admitting his time with the Brisbane Lions being the highlight of his career.
Hodge playing for Hawthorn in April 2017
|Full name||Luke Hodge|
|Date of birth||15 June 1984|
|Place of birth||Colac, Victoria, Australia|
|Original team(s)||Geelong Falcons (TAC Cup)|
|Draft||No. 1, 2001 national draft|
Round 5, 2002, Hawthorn|
vs. Richmond, at MCG
|Height||186 cm (6 ft 1 in)|
|Weight||92 kg (203 lb)|
|Position(s)||Midfielder / Defender|
|2018–2019||Brisbane Lions||41 (1)|
|International team honours|
|2005, 2014–2015||Australia||4 (0)|
|Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com|
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 compared with Chris Judd who was chosen with the third selection in the same draft.
Hodge became the captain of the club after Sam Mitchell handed over the captaincy prior to the 2010 Peter Crimmins Medal count.
Hodge played only eight home and away games in 2012 due to a Posterior cruciate ligament injury. Returning after a brief illness that kept him out of the preliminary final, he led his side in the 2012 AFL Grand Final but didn't have a major influence on the result.
More post-season surgery followed and he missed the first game of the 2013 season, but 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 team's best players on the day. Hawthorn's victory allowed him to claim 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.
Leigh Matthews, Hawthorn Great and four-time Premiership coach
Hodge was suspended for two weeks in round 21, 2015 by the Match Review Panel (MRP) for an incident in which made contact with Chad Wingard in close proximity to the behind post.
Hodge's history of strong performances in finals, in particular during Hawthorn's run of three consecutive premierships in 2013, 2014 and 2015 has led to members of the media, including commentator Bruce McAvaney, to dub him "Mister September", after the month in which AFL finals traditionally take place.
Hodge announced in July 2017 that he would retire at the end of the season. In Hodge's last game for Hawthorn, he had 14 disposals in a 9-point win over the Western Bulldogs.
Brisbane Lions (2018–2019)
After an impressive 2018 season participating in 19 senior matches, averaging just below 20 disposals and an 80% disposal efficiency with no reported injuries apart from a minor calf injury, it was confirmed that Hodge would play on in 2019. He has received much praise from teammates, staff of the club, and media alike for his significant impact on the team, noting his outstanding leadership both on and off the field continuing on from his time at Hawthorn.
|Totals||Averages (per game)|
Honours and achievements
|Brownlow Medal votes|
|Red / Italics = Ineligible|
- 4× AFL Premiership: 2008, 2013 (C), 2014 (C), 2015 (C)
- 2× McClelland Trophy: 2012 (C), 2013 (C)
- 2× Norm Smith Medal: 2008, 2014
- 3× All-Australian: 2005, 2008, 2010 (C)
- 2× Peter Crimmins Medal (Hawthorn F.C. B&F): 2005, 2010
- 3× Australian Representative Honours in International Rules Football: 2005, 2014, 2015
- AFL Rising Star Nominee: 2002
- Hawthorn captain: 2011–2016
- Hawthorn best clubman: 2013
- Hawthorn most consistent: 2017
- AFLPA Best Captain Award: 2014
- Jim Stynes medallist: 2014
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. He also made special guest appearances on Channel 7’s Football coverage as a special comments commentator since the 2016 season.
- "'He is simply one of the greatest players of all time'". The New Daily. 14 July 2017. Retrieved 26 September 2018.
- Pierik, Jon (20 January 2017). "Luke Hodge to be remembered as one of the greatest AFL captains". The Age. Retrieved 26 September 2018.
- "Player profile: 15 Luke Hodge". Hawthorn Football Club. Archived from the original on 24 July 2011. Retrieved 9 July 2010.
- John, Murray (Editor) (October 2008). Hawthorn A Perfect 10. Geoff Slattery. p. 10. ISBN 9780980516227.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)
- "Cool hand Luke Hodge leads from back". Herald Sun. Australia. Retrieved 16 June 2010.
- 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.
- 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.
- Matthews, Leigh (7 July 2010). "Hodge a natural leader". Australian Football League (AFL). Retrieved 7 July 2010.
- Twomey, Callum (25 August 2015). "Hodge cops two-game ban for Wingard hit". Australian Football League (AFL). Retrieved 21 September 2015.
- Schmook, Nathan (19 September 2015). "Player focus: 'Mr September' sets the tone as Hawks make a statement". Australian Football League (AFL). Retrieved 1 November 2015.
- Colangelo, Anthony (10 July 2017). "Hawthorn champion Luke Hodge announces he will retire at the end of 2017 season". The Age. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 10 July 2017.
- "Hodge joins Hawk-led revival at Lions - AFL.com.au". afl.com.au. Retrieved 19 October 2017.
- "Player Review: Luke Hodge - lions.com.au". lions.com.au. Retrieved 12 September 2018.
- "'How Hodgey changed a club' by Alex Witherden - PlayersVoice". PlayersVoice. 28 August 2018. Retrieved 12 September 2018.
- "Tom Morris on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 12 September 2018.
- "Luke Hodge". AFL Tables. Retrieved 16 August 2016.
- McFarlane, Glenn (29 June 2013). "Hawthorn captain Luke Hodge opens up to Herald Sun reporter Glenn McFarlane". Herald Sun.
- "The General by Luke Hodge". Retrieved 12 September 2018.
- "Hodge's sliding doors moment". NewsComAu. Retrieved 12 September 2018.
- Meyn, Travis (7 December 2010). "Who's who of sport hit the Coast".
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Luke Hodge.|
- Luke Hodge's profile on the official website of the Brisbane Lions
- Luke Hodge's playing statistics from AFL Tables