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In late February, Hawthorn announced three hew inductees into their Hall of Fame, and one elevation to legend status. The hew inductees were Sam Mitchell, Alan Martello, and Luke Hodge. Premiership coach Allan Jeans was elevated to legend status. The honor was posthumous as Jeans passed away in 2011. Jeans coached the Hawks through one of the club’s most successful eras, netting three premierships from six consecutive Grand Final appearances. Jeans joins other club Legends, John Kennedy Sr., Leigh Matthews, Graham Arthur, Michael Tuck, David Parkin, Peter Hudson, Jason Dunstall, Peter Knights, and Don Scott. The official induction ceremony will be held in April.

THE INDUCTEES

SAM MITCHELL

Played 307 games, captained the Hawks in the 2008 premiership win and was a member of the three-peat premierships wins 2013-2015. He was named All-Australian three times and won the Brownlow Medal in 2012. He was also named best and fairest five times. Mitchell was traded to West Coast at the end of 2016 and played 22 games before retiring at the end of 2017. He served as an assistant at West Coast in 2018 before rejoining the Hawks as an assistant in 2019, coaching Hawthorn's VFL side Box Hill as well as serving in a development role. He was appointed senior coach in 2021.

ALAN MARTELLO

Martello debuted at the age of 17 in 1970 and established himself as a prodigious forward, providing a focal point in the forward line. He was a. member of premiership sides in 1971, 1976, and 1978. Martello also became the youngest man ever to reach the 200-game milestone before his retirement in 1983.

LUKE HODGE

Hodge, the number one draft selection in 2001, played 305 games for the Hawks. Like his teammate Mitchell, he played in the 2008, 2013, 2014, and 2015 premierships, winning the Norm Smith Medal (Grand Final Best on Ground) in 2008 and 2014. He was named best and fairest twice and All-Australian three times, being named All-Australian captain in 2010. Hodge joined the Brisbane Lions in 2018, and played 41 games before retiring at the end of 2019.

Source: Jake Keating, Hawthorn Media Release

Article last changed on Monday, April 22, 2024 - 2:10 PM EDT


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