Farewell 'The General' Sherrin Match Ball - Round 23, August 25th, 2017

Number of Bids 69
Reference Number 68327
Starting Date 24-Aug-2017 6:30 AM
Ending Date 06-Sep-2017 7:00 PM
Highest Bid $9,200.00
User ID steve1

Item Description

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. These 300 games has 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 Luke Hodge draws a close to his most coveted career, HawksNest, in conjunction with the AFL and AFL Players Association, is proud to release via auction, a specially made Luke Hodge commemorative match used game ball inclusive of 'The General' brandmark, personally signed by Hodge, this piece is a must have for both Hawks fans and astute collectors alike.

The specially made and used KB match Yellow Sherrin ball (this is one of only 6 balls used) will come presented in a premium collectible perspex box with an outer decal to mark the occasion with date, scores and accompanied by a ‘Certificate of Authenticity’ provided by the AFL Players Association and fully licensed by the AFL.

  • Personally signed by Luke Hodge
  • Limited to 1 unit worldwide
  • Presented in a deluxe timber frame
  • 'The General' brandmark on one of the panels inclusive of the number 305 that represents the final number of games played
  • Officially licensed by the Australian Football League
  • Authenticated by the AFL Players’ Association
  • Accompanied by an AFLPA Certificate of Authenticity
  • Manufactured under license by the AFL
  • Approximate dimensions approx. 243 mm (W) x 181mm (H) x 161mm (D)
  • 6mm thick clear plexiglass case

Edition 1 of 1.

There were 6 match used ball for the game and only 1 will be made publicly available.

For all bids in excess of $5k, ID verification will be required.

The image used is for illustration purposes only, it will not be 100% reflective of the final product 

Successful bidders should expect to receive their auction item in mid/late September 2017. Customers who request collection will be contacted by phone when their item is ready. 

Please contact HawksNest for further information.