Throughout September, lions.com.au will be reviewing the seasons of all members of our current playing group. Today we look at Luke Hodge's first season with the Lions.
#2 - Luke Hodge
Luke Hodge’s first season as a Brisbane Lion did not disappoint.
The four-time premiership player cancelled his 2017 retirement plans with Hawthorn to join Chris Fagan, his former General Manager of Football, in Brisbane for two years. Hodge’s role was to provide
Before the start of the 2018 season, Fagan indicated he would be happy if the 34-year-old Hodge could play 15 or so games.
'The General' would go on to play 19 games overall, with his only injury a minor calf complaint.
Throughout the year, Hodge’s presence and experience had a remarkable impact on his teammates, specifically those in the backline.
Harris Andrews, Darcy Gardiner and Alex Witherden all enjoyed career-best seasons, with opposition teams finding it difficult to score inside the Lions’ 50.
Standout games for Hodge included the Lions' first victory of the season against his former Club in Round 9.
In Round 12 against
But where Hodge was truly exceptional was when the going was tough for Lions players. In those games, he stood up.
In Round 4’s blowout loss to
In Round 14’s loss to GWS when Andrews suffered a concussion early in the game, Hodge had a season-high of 30 disposals and four tackles.
Hodge’s impact extended further than just on
Hodge will go on to play another season for the Lions in 2019.
Coaches Comment - Murray Davis, Backline Coach
"His leadership on and off the field is where he had his biggest impact. Not only did he help players around him grow he also contributed significantly averaging just under 20 disposals in his 19 games and operating at 80% disposal efficiency."
Senior matches: 19