Hodge farewells Tassie a winner



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    Retiring Hawthorn veteran Luke Hodge bid farewell to Tasmania in style in a 27-point AFL win over North Melbourne in Launceston on Sunday.

    Returning from suspension, the former skipper played his final game in the Apple Isle as Hawthorn recorded an 18.8 (116) to 14.5 (89) victory.

    Luke Bruest booted a game-high four goals, captain Jarryd Roughead kicked three and a host of other Hawks scored doubles.

    Hawthorn held the lead all afternoon with the margin blowing out to 51 points midway through the third quarter.

    But it wasn’t all smooth sailing.

    The Kangaroos went into the final term with momentum on the back of five-straight goals which reduced the margin to 19 points.

    Devonport junior Ben Brown was a standout up front for the Kangaroos with three goals.

    But the Hawks rallied in the last quarter in front of a 14,509-strong crowd.

    Kangaroos lost captain Jack Ziebell before the match with a foot injury and were slow to start with Kayne Turner booting their first major in the 24th minute.

    Hawthorn ball magnet Tom Mitchell finished with a game-high 35 disposals.

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    The Crowd Says (4)

    • August 13th 2017 @ 8:42pm
      Swannies said | August 13th 2017 @ 8:42pm | ! Report

      Hawks weren’t impressive but did enough today. Can’t see North beating Lions away in 2 weeks so it could come down to Carlton and North on percentage for the spoon.

    • August 14th 2017 @ 8:23am
      truetigerfan said | August 14th 2017 @ 8:23am | ! Report

      Well done Hodgey. An ornament to the game.

    • August 14th 2017 @ 9:50am
      Birdman said | August 14th 2017 @ 9:50am | ! Report

      Disappointed that the Hawks couldn’t build or at least maintain their game high 50 point lead but gotta give the Roos credit for sticking to the task

      • August 14th 2017 @ 10:00am
        Nineteen said | August 14th 2017 @ 10:00am | ! Report

        When North started playing both ruckmen on the ground together we started to get stretched in defence and at the clearances.

        I’m a big fan of Preuss. He’s going to be great for North.

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