STEVENS, Jack
North Geelong FNC extends deepest sympathy to family of club great Jack on his passing. Former committeman, 1958 senior premiership captain/coach and VFL player. RIP.

Stevens, Jack

Born 24/07/1929 177 cms 75 kgs. League games: 17

Stevens played VFL for Geelong between 1950 to 1952 for 14 games then due to limited opportunities being the third Rover behind the very accomplished Peter Pianto and Neil Tresize he moved to South Melbourne in 1953 for a further 3 matches.

Stevens began at North Geelong in 1945 with the Under 18’s and as Captain and Best and Fairest winner. The following year he again won the Under 18 Best and Fairest and shared it in 1947 with Stan Hodgson. He was a member of North Geelong’s senior Grand Final team in 1948 and a member of its senior Premiership team in 1949.

In 1954 after a preseason with South Melbourne he decided on heading to Lismore largely due to his work commitment in the Wool brokering business and coached Lismore to a Premiership in the Western Plains League where he also won the League Best and Fairest. He coached them again in 1955 to Runners Up against Derrinallum. The following season he was enticed to play the last few games with Derrinallum and in 1957 did not play. In 1958 he returned to North Geelong as he had promised to do one day to join his mates where he captain coached them in an honorary capacity in 1958 to Premierships in both the Evelyn Hurst and Woolworth Cups and Runners Up the following year in the Evelyn Hurst and Premiers in the Woolworth Cup. Along with Neil Tompkins and Harold Manson, Stevens is the only senior Premiership coach with North Geelong to have originated at North Geelong and played League Football. He played a total of 60 senior games with North Geelong. Passed away peacefully on 15th March and funeral service held 21st March

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Hodge Move to Brisbane Would Yield Positives for all Parties

Apparently, Luke Hodge is keen to return to footy and regrets announcing that the 2017 season with the Hawthorn Hawks would be his last.

He was linked to the Gold Coast Suns briefly, but it has recently been divulged that the Brisbane Lions would like to secure his services, first as a player they believe still has some footy in him, second, as an experienced hand on the ground who could guide the Lions’ young list, and third, as someone who could be moved into the coaching ranks in some capacity.

On balance, Hodge is just 33 and he could play two seasons, especially considering the fact that it is highly unlikely that the Lions will play more than the 22 games of the home-and-away season. Odds of him finishing the season are good and there is plenty of betting action on it, including free bets if you want to dabble.

Hodge should have some pretty fresh legs. He played in 19 of Hawthorn’s games in 2017, but he often stood aside so that some of the younger Hawks could be blooded.

The Lions seem to have a pretty enthusiastic outlook so far as Hodge’s possible contributions are concerned. They have an inexpensive list, the youngest in the AFL by quite a margin, so they could give him some money to play and then transition him to a coach’s salary.

For Hodge, the obvious benefit is that he would delay having to get a real job, something to which those of us who have abandoned working for the man can easily relate.

Do not take our word for it. This is what Swan premiership player Jarrod Crouch had to say on the matter. “They’ve got a good young list, they showed some fight towards the end of the year and showed some improvement,” Crouch told Fox Sports News’ Bill and Boz.

The Hawks’ Coach Alastair Clarkson offered the perspective that Hawthorn could see some benefit to the Lions acquiring Hodge and he thinks that Hodge definitely has some footy left in him. Sportsbet.com.au have a betting market at there site including bonus bets if you wish to join.

The situation should evolve over the next 10 days or so, so we will supply further information as further information becomes available.