Hawthorn captain Luke Hodge told to play the AFL Grand Final but could miss child's birth

Staff Writers, Yahoo!7 September 25, 2012, 3:00 pm

The wife of Hawthorn skipper Luke Hodge has told the Aussie Rules star he must play in the 2012 AFL Grand Final, even if it means missing the birth of his second child, reports News Ltd.

"She said I'm not putting up with 20 years of you whinging about not playing in a grand final," Hodge said of his wife, Lauren.

"Lauren said there's no way in hell you're going to miss the grand final."

After missing last weekend's preliminary final against Adelaide due to illness, many eyes have been on Hodge as speculation continues over whether he will play the big decider or not.

According to Hawthorn and Hodge himself, he is fit again, but the virus he has had to recover from was not just a sniffle.

"I couldn't get out of bed. I was going from freezing to sweats and had come down with a fever. The biggest thing I knew I couldn't play when I couldn't stomach anything for the 24 hours leading into the game," Hodge said.

"I was in quarantine away from these boys for three or four days and, hopefully, it all goes well this week."

Hawthorn fans will await news of final teams on Saturday morning before the Grand Final, where the Hawks will aim to win the flag against the Sydney Swans.

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  1. d09:33pm Tuesday 25th September 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    you better hope hodgey that you do not miss your kids birth because how is it going to feel for the next 20 years missing the birth and losing the grand final. Have you thought of that one?

  2. Afd05:41pm Tuesday 25th September 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    What a woman - thankyou.... We need our skipper.....xxxx

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  3. Kiddo05:38pm Tuesday 25th September 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    She wants the money !!! Go Hawks !!!

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  4. andrew05:30pm Tuesday 25th September 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Hopefully he'll be whinging for the next 20 years for losing the grand final..... GO SWANNIES!!!

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  5. Tim Sainter03:21pm Tuesday 25th September 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    You tell him lauren.....putting up with 20 yrs of whinging if he did'nt play in the grand final.....lol.

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