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Wood’s high-flyers no surprise to Cav

Easton Wood’s high-flying marks are something the playing group have come to expect from him.

Western Bulldogs midfielder-forward Ben Cavarra says Easton Wood’s high-flying marks are something the playing group have come to expect from him.

Cavarra said Wood’s contested hanger against Adelaide in Round 12, named rebel Mark of the Round, was just a glimpse of what the group sees on a weekly basis.

“I didn’t actually see ‘Woody’ jump from behind, but then all of a sudden he got up and got on the shoulders with a clean, one-touch grab - it was an amazing mark,” Cavarra said.

“It’s not something that is unpredictable. We see it from him at training week after week, so to see him jump up and take that mark, I wasn’t surprised at all.

“That’s purely due to (the fact) he works on his craft extremely hard during the week, and it’s good to see it come out on game-day.”

Wood, who recently signed on for another two years, credits his aerial craft and confidence to the coaches.

“I had a bit of clear space and thought ‘I’ll give it a shot’, and up we went. Luckily I came down, it’s never a guarantee when you get up there so it was nice to come down (with the ball),” Wood said.

“I’ve always been really fortunate that the coaches have given me that license to run and jump, and meet the ball at the highest point.

“It’s great having Rohan Smith as my backline coach; he backs me in every time, and ‘Bevo’ keeps backing me in to impact those (contests) so it’s great to have that.”

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