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Key Facts

Full name
Luke McCabe

Known as
Luke McCabe

10 August 1976 (age 47)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 18y 234d
Last game: 27y 273d

Height and weight
Height: 183 cm
Weight: 82 kg

Senior clubs
Hawthorn; Central District

Jumper numbers
Hawthorn: 7

Family links
William McCabe (Son)

Luke McCabe

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
Central DistrictSANFL2005-2006, 200858
Hamley BridgeAPFL2007

AFL: 10,560th player to appear, 1,514th most games played, 4,710th most goals kickedHawthorn: 754th player to appear, 82nd most games played, 324th most goals kicked

After a promising junior career which included under-age football with Central District, Luke McCabe joined Hawthorn where he made his AFL debut in 1995. Initially a midfielder, he developed into a hard running, hard hitting defender or tagger under the astute coaching of Ken Judge. There was nothing ostentatious or prepossessing about his play, but he was almost invariably effective. In 1998 he ran second to Shane Crawford in the Hawks' best and fairest voting. Later in his career he was handicapped by shoulder problems, but still performed efficiently when selected.

In 2004, after managing just half a dozen AFL games for the year, McCabe left Hawthorn, having played a total of 138 games and kicked 12 goals. The 2005 season saw him lining up with his original club Central District whom he helped claim that year's senior grade SANFL flag. He continued with the Bulldogs in 2006, spent the 2007 season with Hamley Bridge, and then returned for one final season with Centrals in 2008 which included involvement in another premiership. The SANFL phase of McCabe's career comprised 58 senior games.

Author - John Devaney


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