PETER HUDSON was recruited from the New Norfolk (Tasmania) Football Club in 1967 by the Hawthorn Hawks Football Club for whom he played 129 Games, kicking 727 Goals . Hudson was a prolific Goal scorer throughout his football career, highlighted at Hawthorn from 1967 to 1974, and then complimented by his remarkable comeback year at the Hawks in 1977. He is regarded as one of the greatest goal scoring Australian Football Players in history, and his Hall of Fame Card, together with cards of many of his Hawthorn team mates are available at qualityafltradingcards.com.
Peter Hudson was uncanny in the way he accumulated Goals in an unobtrusive manner, with eloquent use of his body, supreme judgement and ability to read the play, combined with safe, sure ball-handling and deadly accurate Goal kicking skills. Hudson leads all comers with an outstanding VFL/AFL career average of 5.59 Goals per Game, which vindicates his rating as a supreme Full Forward. Considering Hudson incurred a career threatening knee injury in the First Round of the 1972 Season which cost him 2 Seasons of his career at the elite level, and dominated Tasmanian Football in Seasons 1975 and 1976, prior to returning to Hawthorn for Season 1977, one wonders what his career VFL/AFL Goals tally may have reached.
Hawthorn Hawks career highlights included Club Best and Fairest Awards ( Peter Crimmins Medal) in 1968 and 1970, Hawthorn’s Leading Goalkicker in seasons 1967 to 1971 and in 1977, Hawthorn Hawks Premiership Player in 1971, Coleman Medal as Leading Goalkicker in the VFL for 1968, 1970 and 1971, Victorian representative on 10 occasions and All Australian selection in 1969. Hudson was an inaugural inductee to the Australian Football League Hall of Fame in 1996, being elevated to “Legend” status in 1999 and was honoured with an award of the Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in 1979 for his services to Australian Football.
To fully appreciate Hudson’s Goal kicking genius, he totalled 2191 Career Goals from 1963 to 1979 at senior level, an average of over 7 Goals per Game played. His VFL/AFL record included 125 Goals in 1968, 120 (1969), 146 (1970), 150 (1971), and 110 (1977). Hudson also achieved the almost impossible feat of being selected as an All Australian in 1966 whilst still playing in Tasmania, prior to beginning his VFL/AFL career at Hawthorn.
Peter Hudson returned to Tasmania after retiring as a player at Hawthorn after the 1977 Season, to take on the role as Playing Coach of the Glenorchy Football Club for seasons 1978 and 1979. Although the Club was unsuccessful in these years, Hudson was at his Goal Scoring best with season tallies of 191 and 200 Goals respectively, earning him consecutive awards as the Best and Fairest player in the Tasmanian Football League. After retirement as a player, Hudson developed his business interests , before returning as a Senior Coach with the Hobart Football Club for seasons 1986 and 1987, however the Club experienced 2 unsuccessful Finals campaigns.
Hudson is widely acclaimed for his astute business acumen and has enjoyed roles as Chief Executive Officer at the Hawthorn Hawks Football Club and Senior Executive involvement in the Insurance industry.
With modern Australian Football evolving to have many team players contributing to a Teams weekly Goal tally, it is conceiveable that Peter Hudsons goal kicking record of 5.59 Goals per game will never be equalled. To those of us who had the pleasure to be enthralled by the Hudson goal kicking phenomena, it is more than justified that his Goal kicking expertise remains unequalled.
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