Hawthorne Captain Luke Hodge faces an anxious wait.

He’s due to appear before the AFL tribunal tomorrow, over an ugly first-quarter incident in the weekend game against North Melbourne.

His Vice Captain Jordan Lewis can expect a two match ban, for a guilty plea over another incident.

Jess Lodge reports.


Minutes in, skipper Luke Hodge appeared to strike his counterpart, Andrew Swallow, with a forearm to the chin.

Vice Captain, Jordan Lewis, then upped the ante when he “coat-hangered” North ruckman Todd Goldstein.

In Rugby League Australia’s loss to New Zealand on Sunday looks set to mark a changing of the guard ahead of the 2017 World Cup.

Coach Tim Sheens admitted there would be “scrutiny on everyone” after the unsatisfactory result.

Tim Sheens, Kangaroos Coach: “We just didn’t play enough up to speed. Simple. Too many mistakes. Some fundamental mistakes for the Australian side.”

And Reds players turned up to the opening of the new playground at the Lady Cilento Children’s hospital today.

Showing their support to former Australian captain, George Gregan, whose foundation built the facility.

Richard Graham, Qld Reds Coach: “Having walked around it with George today, having seen the project itself, I’m sure it will put a lot of smiles on kids faces.”

Still reeling from their 19-35 loss against the Hurricanes, the Reds are hoping to put in a better performance on Friday.

Rob Simmons, Qld Reds: “We’ve got to try and build on that. Make it an eighty-minutes performance and move forward from the Hurricanes and try and put a better performance on the field against the Crusaders.”

Jess Lodge, QUT News.