This week the club celebrates the career of 3-time premiership captain and 305 game superstar Luke Hodge. We bid farewell to ‘The General’ in this final game, one of the most respected and celebrated players and one of the greatest leaders the sport has ever seen.
The name Luke Hodge is synonymous with moments of grandeur and triumph, leadership and courage, skill and passion. In Round 17, Hodge became only the 8th Hawthorn player to join the 300 club and joins names such as Tuck, Matthews, Crawford, Mitchell, Moore, Scott and Langford. His 305 games have seen Luke Hodge build one of the greatest CV's in the AFL; 4-time Premiership player, 2-time Norm Smith Medallist and 3-time Premiership captain. This 'once in a generation player' as lauded by coach Clarkson, embodies the traits required to not only star at the top level, but also lead his troops to AFL’s ultimate glory. Along the way, he has twice been awarded the Peter Crimmins Medal as Hawthorn’s Best & Fairest and a 3-time All Australian, paying further tribute to his standing at our proud club. After 300 games only one word can suitably describe Hodge's career - Greatness.
Playing his 250th game in the 2014 Grand Final, Hodge joined an elite group of footballers, becoming only the third multiple Norm Smith medallist, joining another Hawthorn legend Gary Ayres and Adelaide maestro Andrew McLeod, who went back-to-back in 1997 and 1998.
While it is only the best that ever get the opportunity to represent the Hawks on the biggest stage, it takes someone special to lead them – one who has the perfect blend of talent, commitment, relentlessness and determination. One who inspires, leads by example, and only ever looks back to help his comrades join overcome adversity and join him in shared excellence. One who shows a willingness to carry his soldiers in times of trouble, yet shows humility in his successes.
As a part of this partnership, adidas in collaboration with the Hawks have manufactured a unique limited edition ‘Farewell to The General ‘ Hawthorn home guernsey. The 22 players selected on Friday 25th August will wear this special event player authentic guernsey on-field.
Don’t miss this chance to purchase a piece of ‘Hodge’ history with this extremely rare & unique collectable.
All guernseys are match worn*, unwashed, featuring a sublimated player number with authentic individual signed signature in permanent black marker front and back.
All match worn guernseys will come presented in a collectible tin* with an outer decal to mark the occasion and each accompanied by a ‘Certificate of Authenticity’ provided by the AFL Players Association and fully licensed by the AFL .
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This 2017 Hawthorn Guernsey consists of :-
- Authentic player fabrication in durable double knit
- Manufactured under license by our on-field partner adidas
- Classic v-neck collar construction
- Special script mark commemorating Hodge’s last game with final number of game played, dated by venue and opposition
- Commemorative ‘The General’ brandmark included on front of guernsey
- New design for 2017
- Individual player number sublimated onto rear of garment
- Sublimated major sponsors Tasmania and iinet featured on the front and back respectively
- Player Authentic Fit – very tight
- Seldom available to the general public
Featuring adidas Climalite technology which is lightweight, breathable fabrics worn close to the skin, which conduct heat away from the body to keep you cool and dry in warm conditions.
Washing Instructions :-
- Wash and iron inside out
- Do not use fabric softener
- Cold machine wash
- Do not bleach
- Do not tumble dry
- Cool iron
The image used is for illustration purposes only, it will not be 100% reflective of the final product
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*Should a player not be selected, or for any other reason not take the field in Round 23, the guernsey will be signed but not Match Worn and will not be presented in a collectible tin.
Successful bidders should expect to receive their auction item in mid-September 2017.
Customers who request collection will be contacted by phone when their item is ready.
Please contact HawksNest for further information.