LISTEN: Brisbane Lion pair look forward to weekend down time
AUSSIE RULES: Just three weeks after the finish of the AFL minor round, two Brisbane Lions superstars will spend time in Central Queensland.
Luke Hodge and Daniel Rich will be guest speakers at the BITS Saints Football Club senior and junior presentation nights to be held on Friday and Saturday.
They will also take part in a golf day on Saturday afternoon at Boyne Tannum Golf Course.
The pair took time out to speak exclusively with The Observer about the past season and a little about this weekend.
Hodge, who changed clubs after a four-premiership career with Hawthorn, said he was excited by the current crop of cubs at the Brisbane Lions.
The Lions finished 15th with a 5-17 record but were in the contests more often than not over 22 games.
"I've really enjoyed it," Hodge said.
"To obviously see the development of blokes what Alex Witherden and what Cam Rayner's been able to do."
Hodge also highlighted young guns Hugh McLuggage, Jarrod Berry and Harris Andrews.
They are the future of the club, which he said he firmly believed was on the rise.
"You can go through the whole list and all the younger guys have been so impressive," Hodge said.
"Then you look at the older guys and Dayne Zorko has had a great year and Dayne Beams's second half of the year has been as good as anyone's in the AFL."
Hodge said his role was to help develop the younger players as best he could. He said he wanted to continue to do this and be a part of a club that many pundits predict will have a rapid rise up the ladder.
"Obviously my best footy is behind me but if I can have some little part in helping to develop the younger and emerging guys, I think I'm doing my role," Hodge said.
When asked if the young Lions reminded him of the Hawks just before their 2008-2015 dynasty, Hodge said it was hard to put a measure on it.
"I try not to compare teams like that... everyone's so different and people sort of say that they (have) got similar players here and there," he said.
"Footy's changed how it was back then and yes we have got an emerging and very talented list.
"But I guess to be successful in this industry, you need more than just talent.
"You need a lot of hard work and the whole group playing together."
Hodge's teammate Rich said he looked forward to having a hit with his good mate and Boyne Tannum Golf Club professional Ben Fletcher.
"It's always good getting up there and having a whack with the boys and having a bit of a laugh," he said.
"I don't know if Fletch is used to a bit of sledging so I might throw a bit of verbal at him."
THE STARS ALIGN
Friday: BITS Saints senior presentation at Yaralla Club - Hodge/Rich special guests
Saturday: 2018 AFL Golf Day BITS at Boyne Tannum Golf Club; Saints junior presentation at Boyne island Community Centre - Hodge/Rich special guests