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Luke Hodge’s guide to sledging: Hawks champion explains which players he would target for mind games

Luke Hodge’s guide to sledging: Hawks champion explains which players he would target for mind games – and why he by no means bothered to have a crack at Chris Judd

  • Four-time champ reveals why he focused some players – and left others alone 
  • Getting opponents to second-guess themselves is without doubt one of the keys to niggling 
  • Says concentrating on players like Chris Judd and Jonathan Brown was a waste 

Four-time flag-winning Hawk Luke Hodge has revealed how he determined which players he would sledge – and why Blues champion Chris Judd was exempt from his verbal sprays.

Last week, Matthew Lloyd and David King slammed Essendon players for permitting Sydney star Luke Parker to overtly taunt Dylan Shiel with out copping any retribution.

The Swans gun repeatedly shrugged his shoulders and winced after Shiel appeared to pull out of a contest, however Hodge steered there was nothing flawed with Parker’s behaviour.

‘You say it to folks you suppose you may get underneath their pores and skin or are going to hesitate,’ the Hawthorn legend mentioned on SEN radio’s Whateley on Sunday.

Hodge has no problem with Luke Parker's controversial sledging of Dylan Shiel and says the art of niggling opponents is all about how you pick your targets

Hodge has no downside with Luke Parker’s controversial sledging of Dylan Shiel and says the artwork of niggling opponents is all about the way you decide your targets 

Think an opponent will second-guess themselves on the next play if you give them a gobful? They're the ones you go after, according to Hodge

Think an opponent will second-guess themselves on the subsequent play if you happen to give them a gobful? They’re those you go after, in accordance to Hodge

‘The folks you do it to are the folks you suppose are going to hesitate subsequent time and second-guess themselves after which once they’re over the ball subsequent time they will fumble as a result of they’re second-guessing themselves and are wanting up to see what is going on to occur – that is the place it’s a part of these mind games.

‘If somebody shirked the difficulty and if somebody was egocentric in entrance of objective, after all, you’d go and communicate to them, particularly if you happen to knew they’d be affected by it the subsequent time they go close to the soccer.’

‘There are sure folks on the market that you already know you possibly can both bodily intimidate them, verbally intimidate them or simply make them second-guess that subsequent play, they’re those you go after.

‘There are sure folks in opposition groups the place you thought if I acquired my alternative, I’d point out it.’

On the opposite hand, some footballers are so mentally and bodily robust that Hodge would not hassle making an attempt to get underneath their pores and skin – and a sure Carlton and West Coast champion is amongst them.’

Some players are so mentally and physically strong that trying to put them off their game is a waste of time, Hodge warns - and Chris Judd is a case in point

Some players are so mentally and bodily robust that making an attempt to put them off their sport is a waste of time, Hodge warns – and Chris Judd is a living proof

‘If you have a look at somebody like Chris Judd, if I used to be again there on the bottom, I would not hassle losing my time speaking to him as a result of I do know it is water off a duck’s again,’ Hodge defined.

‘If I used to be enjoying in opposition to Jonathan Brown and he ducked his head, I’m not going to go to Jonathan Brown and say, “You’re soft, you’re weak, you took short steps”, as a result of I do know subsequent time he goes to that ball what’s going to occur.’ 

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