Q And A With Luke Hodge

Saturday, January 24th, 2015

1. What is it that makes Hawthorn different to any other club? 

It’s hard to compare teams considering I haven’t seen the inner sanctum of any other football club. but what I can say is the difference between the hawthorn football side over the past 2 years compared to the years we missed finals consistently is that everyone involved has high expectations of one another, we are all made accountable therefore this has helped us play at the  top of our game because everyone has the same attitude/mindset.

2. How many years do you think you have left at the top level?

I have just turned 30 and coming into my 14th season. I’m contracted until the end of the 2015. As long as I’m playing good football, I’m hopeful of continuing on for as long as my body permits me to. At this stage my body is feeling really good.

3. Buddy’s departure hasn’t affected the winning formula for the Hawks….do you think you have missed him? 

You will always miss someone who is as good as buddy. Clarko and his coaching staff coach our team in a way which we don’t revolve around just one player, that’s why when buddy left, we replaced him with another forward that could play the exact same role.

4. If Hawthorn hadn’t drafted you, which club would you have preferred?

Growing up I was a massive Richmond supporter and as a kid I would’ve loved to have played with the Tiges. But, I am very grateful that hawthorn gave me the opportunity and have been extremely happy playing with the Hawks.

5. Have you given any thought to life after football?

The AFLPA and Hawthorn football club have both been really big supporters of players preparing for post football.

Personally, I have just started a finance broking company with a good mate of mine (‘Hodgestone Finance’) but, I would also love to do work in the media and I also have ambitions to do some form of coaching.

7. How would you rate Buddy and Roughy and who was the most important of the two for the Hawks?

I rate both of them very highly. Both are very important in different ways.
Bud can change a game with his athleticism and booming kick. Rough has bought much needed leadership and versatility to our group. Not many 6ft 4″ players can play forward/midfield/defence and have as much impact as he does.

9. Has football changed very much since you first pulled on a Guernsey?

Yes, the professionalism has gone through the roof. When I first started it was beers after games and our diets were left in our own hands. Nowadays straight after a game we’re recovering/preparing for the next game. To touch on a few this includes ice baths, hydration (water not beer!), strict diets (all monitored by the dietician.) etc.

11. You have come from the country to the city to play football…..was the change difficult, and do you have any advice for young players making that transition?

Yes, it was difficult leaving your family and friends at 17. I was too young to have my license which made it difficult getting home to see everyone. But, these days clubs are a lot better in giving players access to go home when they have to.
My advice to a young player would be that it will be tough at times, missing friends 18ths, 21sts and get togethers etc. but it’s a small price to pay to follow your dream.

12. Ever think about a career in politics?

No!

13. Do you follow politics?

No!

14. Can you remember how many times you have kicked a football with your right foot in a league match?

I Would not have a clue. But in today’s game, players have to be competent on both sides of their body, hand or foot.

15. What music do you like? Are you a rapper?

Most of my teammates don’t think I have great taste in music as I like 80’s and early 90’s stuff. In saying that, I’m not that fussy and am more than happy to sit back and listen to whatever’s playing.

17. Who is the best player you have ever seen?

I’d have to say Wayne Carey. Growing up as a kid there was nothing better than watching him playing on a Friday night-he could take the game by the scruff of the neck and dominate.

18. What did you say to Buddy when you kissed him on the cheek in the grand final?

I didn’t say anything. We ran into each other a number of times throughout the game and for some reason I decided to give him a friendly peck on the cheek. I spoke to him afterwards and we both had a laugh about it.

19. Does young son Cooper show any liking for his footy?

Cooper (6) absolutely loves his footy as does his younger brother Chase (2). If I can’t get out into the backyard or park for a kick with them they are usually playing kick-to-kick amongst themselves.

20. If you could change anything in your career, what would it be?

I wouldn’t change anything because I believe it’s important to make mistakes….. As long as you learn from them.