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Easton
Wood

Height
187 cm
DOB
04-09-1989
Weight
86 kg
Debut
2009
Games
2018
12
Career
137
Goals
2018
0
Career
18
2018 AFL Fantasy Points
Total
676
Avg
56
EastonWood

Player Bio

At A Glance

Junior Clubs: Camperdown, Geelong Grammar
Clubs: Western Bulldogs
Debut: Rd 19 2009 (West Coast Eagles)
Recruited from: Geelong Grammar
Brownlow Votes: 9

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Wood is a medium sized defender who has the ability to play on a range of different opponents. After a stellar 2015 season, Wood was named in the All Australian Team for the first time. In 2016, Wood stepped into the captaincy role in the absence of Bob Murphy, leading the Club to it's historic premiership victory. 2016  The athletic defender was recruited to the Bulldogs through the 2007 AFL National Draft with the Club’s third round selection (pick 43 overall).

Season By Season

Season in short

The Western Bulldogs vice-captain played 18 games in 2017. With Skipper Bob Murphy missing with injury, Wood often took the responsibility of captaincy.

His year was interrupted by a hamstring injury sustained in Round 20 against Brisbane. It didn’t require surgery, but kept the 27-year-old sidelined for the remainder of the season.

In July, Wood recommitted to the club for a further two years on top of his current deal. He’ll be at the Dogs until at least the end of 2020.

Stat that mattered:

Wood led the Bulldogs in intercept possessions, averaging 5.9 per game over 18 matches.

What they said:

“It’s frustrating (as a club) to be out at this time of year (and) it was frustrating for me to end the year injured. I’ve got the time now to get that right and comeback firing in pre-season and ready to go."

“I’ll work on being a lot more resilient. I don’t want to have another year where I get injured. I need to keep working away there.

“I think I’ve got a bit of scope to improve with my ability to use the ball along with targets and that sort of thing. I found myself up and around goals every now and then during the season so I’d like to have a bit more polish there and get a bit more bang for buck.”

- Easton Wood, September 2017

Season in short

While statistically Easton Wood’s 2016 didn’t quite match what he produced last season largely due to injury, his impact on the Bulldogs’ premiership-winning season is immeasurable.

Thrust into the captaincy after Robert Murphy injured his knee in round three, the 27-year-old had large shoes to fill but led with courage and pride, and as a Bulldogs premiership captain, now has a legacy that will echo through the ages.

Wood rarely makes a mistake, and his 20 disposal, 8 intercept mark performance against the Gold Coast in round 17, was the high-flying defender at his best.

Although all you need to know about Easton Wood the footballer was on display during the final two games of the year, a titan in the biggest games in the Club’s history.  

 

The stat that mattered

Wood played his 100th game for the Club on July 29th against Geelong.

 

What they said

“Personally, my own season has been a bit of a frustrating one with niggles and injuries here and there. 

“I missed rounds three and four with an annoying hamstring, I’d missed some time in the preseason, I’d had two minor strains, so I kept getting interruptions and then I did that same hamstring again in round 10.

“I got back and I was feeling ok, and then I did that ankle.  All seasons have their ups and downs but it seemed like there were lots of annoying little things in, I guess, my own season which made it more amazing that I got to hold the [Cup] up in the end.”

Season in short:

A healthy and fit Easton Wood reaped rewards in 2015, undoubtedly the defender’s best season.

He was one fourth of a formidable half-back quartet with Bob Murphy, Matthew Boyd and Jason Johannisen, and became the competition’s intercept marking king.

The 26-year-old averaged 17 disposals and seven marks, and was the architect in driving attacking football from the Dogs’ defensive line all season.

Wood was rewarded for his year with selection on the half-back line in the All-Australian side.

His most notable performance came in round 13 with a career-high 13 marks and 22 touches.

 

Stat that mattered:

Wood finished the year ranked 12th for total marks and contested marks, the highlight of his 2015 season.

 

What they said:

“It’s certainly been a very positive year for me. With a new coach coming in and having my body hold up, I was able to grow in confidence and explore elements of my game that I probably didn’t know I was capable of.” – Easton Wood, September 2015

“He probably started to get some continuity in his body last year and some real confidence but this year he’s just taken it to another level. I haven’t seen really a year by a defender, and I played with some good defenders, I don’t think I’ve seen a more outstanding year… As a medium-sized defender, the way he throws his body back into the play, his courageous efforts to intercept mark and aid our Bulldog attack has just been sensational… He’s just had a brilliant year and I’m so rapt for him.” – Rohan Smith (Western Bulldogs Assistant Coach), September 2015

Season in short:

A milestone victory has been a rare occurrence in recent years for the Bulldogs, but Easton Wood celebrated his 50th game in the heart-stopping two-point win over Richmond in round three.

In his sixth year of senior football, 2014 was Wood’s best so far, finding his niche as a versatile defensive option – playing tall, stopping smalls, capitalising on his athleticism as an attacking back.

While a broken hand shortened his season, Wood managed 18 of the Dogs’ first 19 games of the year, averaging 15 disposals from his defensive post.

With an emerging playing group, 25-year old Wood represents a rare commodity in the Bulldogs’ list profile, sitting in a thin middle band of players, bookended by the veterans and recent draftees.

 

The stat that mattered:

After six years of AFL football, Wood reached his 50-game milestone in 2014.

 

What they said:

“Easton hasn’t had a lot of luck with injury in the early part of his career, but showed some durability and promise this season.

“We were particularly encouraged with how Easton thrived with some additional on-field responsibility, and we look forward to that continuing next season.” – Bulldogs List Manager, Jason McCartney

Season in short:

Playing just one match up to round 20, Wood’s season was marred by injury until he found touch late. After a serious hamstring tear in round three, the defender spent an extended period of time on the sidelines before working his way back through the VFL to play the last four games of the season. Contributing strongly to the Dogs’ late-season revival, Wood’s work mopping up down back and launching forward thrusts demonstrated his relentless running ability and strength over the ball.

Stat that mattered:

While Wood’s average stats are deflated by the round three clash where he was injured in the first term, he still produced a number of reasonable results for the year. Wood found 17 possessions, five marks and four rebound 50s against Carlton on return from injury, while his five inside 50s and three rebound 50s performance against Brisbane in round 22 was influential. A 26 disposals and eight mark game in the VFL was also promising.

What they said:

“It’s been a long time out and… last week was the first game with no restrictions, so to finally have the shackles off in a sense was a great feeling… I feel like now I can finally say I am ready and I am confident again in my body - it might sound like a simple thing but I haven’t been able to say that all season.”

- Easton Wood during August 2013

Wood demonstrated he could deliver on his potential in round six against Collingwood, proving to be one of the most influential players on the field providing run and carry out of the back half before being substituted off midway through the third term with a hamstring injury. Using his athleticism to expose his opponents, the 23-year-old also took on a more accountable, run-with role at times, including lining up on Brownlow Medallist Adam Goodes when the Bulldogs faced Sydney in round 21. A hamstring injury sidelined him for three weeks midway through the season while an adductor kept him out of the starting lineup for another five weeks, before returning for the final three games.

Season By Season

Stats

By the numbers

  • 2018 Season Average
    Games Played 12
    • Kicks 8.4
    • Handballs 5.3
    • Disposals 13.8
    • Marks 5.3
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 1.4
    • Goals 0.0
    • AFL Fantasy 56.3

2018 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 14 Adelaide Crows Rd 9
Handballs 11 Melbourne Rd 11
Disposals 21 Melbourne Rd 11
Marks 10 Collingwood Rd 10
Hit-outs 0 - -
Tackles 3 Carlton Rd 22
Goals 0 - -
AFL Fantasy 79 Sydney Swans Rd 4

2018 Season Breakdown

Rd Opponent Result K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1 GWS Giants L 133 - 51 5 2 7 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 28
2 West Coast Eagles L 70 - 121 8 4 12 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 59
3 Essendon W 104 - 83 6 3 9 6 0 0 0 2 0 0 50
4 Sydney Swans L 79 - 86 12 6 18 7 0 1 1 3 0 0 79
5 Fremantle L 108 - 54 7 5 12 3 0 2 2 0 0 0 36
6 Carlton W 80 - 59 7 7 14 4 0 0 0 1 0 0 51
7 Gold Coast Suns W 81 - 72 - - - - - - - - - - -
8 Brisbane Lions W 107 - 93 - - - - - - - - - - -
9 Adelaide Crows L 63 - 26 14 4 18 2 0 1 1 3 0 0 66
10 Collingwood L 90 - 55 11 4 15 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 71
11 Melbourne L 51 - 100 10 11 21 3 0 1 1 2 0 0 67
13 Port Adelaide L 132 - 75 4 5 9 3 0 0 1 2 0 0 36
14 North Melbourne L 75 - 77 - - - - - - - - - - -
15 Geelong Cats W 103 - 101 - - - - - - - - - - -
16 Hawthorn L 59 - 122 - - - - - - - - - - -
17 Melbourne L 119 - 69 - - - - - - - - - - -
18 West Coast Eagles L 100 - 46 - - - - - - - - - - -
19 Port Adelaide L 34 - 78 - - - - - - - - - - -
20 St Kilda W 68 - 103 - - - - - - - - - - -
21 North Melbourne W 85 - 92 - - - - - - - - - - -
22 Carlton W 49 - 66 7 6 13 6 0 1 0 3 0 0 64
23 Richmond L 98 - 95 10 7 17 7 0 0 0 1 0 0 69
TOTAL W: 8 - L: 14 101 64 165 63 0 6 6 17 0 0 676

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 137
    • Kicks 8.1
    • Handballs 6.5
    • Disposals 14.6
    • Marks 5.0
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 1.6
    • Goals 0.1
    • AFL Fantasy 58.7

Career Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 16 Gold Coast Suns Rd 17, 2016
Handballs 14 St Kilda Rd 2, 2016
Disposals 23 Fremantle Rd 1, 2016
Marks 13 Collingwood Rd 10, 2016
Hit-outs 0 - -
Tackles 6 Carlton Rd 16, 2011
Goals 1 North Melbourne Rd 14, 2017
AFL Fantasy 98 Collingwood Rd 10, 2016

Career Breakdown

Season Club K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
2018 Western Bulldogs 101 64 165 63 0 6 6 17 0 0 676
2017 Western Bulldogs 150 104 254 96 0 13 15 29 3 4 1052
2016 Western Bulldogs 180 146 326 127 0 15 14 29 3 0 1320
2015 Western Bulldogs 224 167 391 155 0 15 11 31 5 0 1607
2014 Western Bulldogs 131 142 273 62 0 11 5 42 1 2 1035
2013 Western Bulldogs 27 27 54 13 0 2 6 5 1 2 186
2012 Western Bulldogs 121 85 206 75 0 8 5 17 1 1 826
2011 Western Bulldogs 109 72 181 59 0 10 8 32 2 2 776
2010 Western Bulldogs 53 74 127 36 0 8 7 20 2 1 495
2009 Western Bulldogs 11 9 20 3 0 3 0 2 0 2 73

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Awards

AFL Awards

All Australian
2015

International Rules Series
2011

Club Awards

Charles Sutton Medal - (Winner - Western Bulldogs Best & Fairest)
2015

Western Bulldogs NAB Cup Premiership Side
2010