Garry Hocking


Born: October 8, 1968
Height:   181cm
Weight:   80kg - 82kg
Recruited from: Cobram
Debut: 1987

Acknowledged as one of the toughest competitors in the game, a feared ruck-rover who was appointed captain at the start of 1994 but stood down after round 6 when he felt the added responsibility would affect his play.

Always at the base of packs, Hocking played a gutsy, unrelenting style of football capped off with great skill. He would regularly find the ball and rack up huge posession tallies.

Buddah was the lifeblood of the Cats for more than a decade.

Best and Fairest: (2nd 1990), 1991, '93, '94 and '96.

All-Australian: 1991, '93, '94, '96


Third in Brownlow Medal.


Games:  18
Kicks:     284
Marks:    74
Goals:    18

Equal second in Brownlow Medal.


Games:      24
Goals:        16
Kicks:         338
Marks:        85
Handballs: 273

Third in Brownlow Medal.


Games:      21
Goals:        15
Kicks:         270
Marks:        77
Handballs:  216 

Captain for part of season.

Third in Brownlow Medal with 17 votes but ineligible (suspended).


Games:      23
Goals:        21
Kicks:         313
Marks:        85
Handballs: 270 

Buddah had a great year on the ball.

He was beaten by two votes in the Brownlow Medal, finishing equal fifth  with 20 votes (winners: Michael Voss and James Hird).

He won a record fourth best and fairest with a 31 vote victory over Brad Sholl.


Games:      17
Goals:        12
Kicks:         234
Marks:        81
Handballs: 170


Second in Best and Fairest