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200 First XVIII Games

To play 200 games for any sporting team requires a remarkable amount of dedication, and perseverance, along with support from family, a love for the game and maybe just a little bit of luck!

Ethan Hodgkin is the kind of player that every team needs. His successful junior career included a premiership in 2005 (Fourths) and 2007 (Thirds) under Steve John. Ethan shared this premiership success with brother Jake in a period where the club was awash with junior talent. Ethan himself was quite a talented junior making his senior debut at the age of 16 in 2008. The following year he won the 2009 Thirds Best and Fairest before settling into consistent senior football. He is a particularly versatile player who has taken out the coveted Duncan Hendy Most Determined player award in 2019. He is equally comfortable playing in the ruck, midfield or in defence, and has a reputation as a lock down player who throughout his career could negate any opposition player, tall, small or in between. Ethan’s teammates and coaches would rate him very highly for his reliability and consistency on the field, his toughness and mental strength to push through the pain barrier. He has rarely ever missed a game through injury over the many years of his football career. Ethan has kept himself fit and is still playing good quality footy at the age of 31. He has contributed to the teams’ success thus far and will play an important role in the 2023 finals series.

The milestone of reaching 200 senior games for the Katunga Football Netball club is testament to the hard work and dedication that Hodgkin has put into his football career. Even when family came along with his lovely wife Kirsty, Ethan was still regularly training and keeping his fitness up.

Overall, Hodgkin's 200th senior game for Katunga Football Netball Club is a fantastic achievement that deserves recognition. It is a moment to celebrate the longevity of a player that has spent the bulk of his career in the red and white. I’m sure Ethan will give everything in the quest to have the ultimate medal around his neck at the end of the season. We wish him well for his 200th 1st XVIII game on Saturday against Blighty.

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