DOB: 12 July 1976
From: East Fremantle, Selection #18 1997 Pre-Season draft
Number: 22 1997-2002
Brownlow Medal - 2000
Best and Fairest - 2000
Grand Final team - 2000
Rising Star nominee - Round 10, 1997 vs Richmond
West Australia state player - 1998
Australian International Rules player - 2000
150 Heroes selection
Games: 138 (200 total)
Goals: 63 (94 total)
Recruited from East Fremantle after making his senior debut for the Sharks in 1995, Woewodin had already been overlooked in two national drafts.
After missing out on the 1996 Draft, Woewodin was invited to do a pre-season with the Demons. Entering the 1997 pre-season draft, 'Woey' had never been to Victoria before arriving for pre-season training, but impressed and despite late interest from Hawthorn the Demons got their man first.
One of the bright spots in the 1997 wooden spoon season, Woewodin played every game and finished equal eighth in the Rising Star award. Despite being drafted with a speculative late selection, Woewodin went on to be an ever-present in the Demons side and didn't miss his first match until 2001, become one of just five players to appear in more than a 100 games in a row from his debut.
Melbourne won just six games in 1999, but Woewodin was one of the few genuine quality players for the year. Despite overtures from Fremantle who held the number 2 pick in the 1999 draft and weren't afraid to use it, Woewodin signed a two year contract extension and was appointed as a Deputy Vice Captain that year.
2000 was to be his career best year. After starting the season at 200-1 for the Brownlow Medal, Woewodin was best on ground four times, and second best five more to take home the medal. As the count entered Round 22 it looked like he would share the award with Bulldog Scott West, but a shock two vote performance against the Eagles put him in front. He may have been fortunate not to share the medal. In the Melbourne Best and Fairest count the committee didn't named him amongst their top seven players for the match. It didn't matter in the B&F as he had already sealed victory by the last round.
Despite his Brownlow win, Robert Walls named him as just the 24th best player in the competition in his annual Top 50 list during the 2001 pre-season. Mike Sheahan ranked him 23rd in his list. During that pre-season Woewodin was elevated to vice-captain after David Schwarz was dropped from the leadership group.
After being named a vice-captain he suffered from a drop in form, along with the rest of his side, during 2001. Nevertheless another round of interest from Fremantle, and the chance that he'd be able to take more money on the open than market than what the Demons could offer, Woewodin accepted a new three year contract with the Demons in July of that year. Towards the end of the year it was revealed that he had played the start of the season with a broken bone in his back.
Woewodin's form recovered to something near his best in 2002 which made his trade to Collingwood all that more shocking. Outraged at the loss of one of the club's favourite players, fans flooded talkback radio and club offices with complaints.
The Demons cited salary cap concerns, but still had to pay a portion of Woewodin's contract when he joined the Pies. Melbourne received pick 16 in the 2002 National Draft in return, which they went on to use to select Daniel Bell.
Desperate to retain a franchise player after the defection of Jeff Farmer to Fremantle the Demons had signed a three year deal which would net Woewodin $500k in both 2003 and 2004. After he failed to finish in the top ten of the best and fairest that year, and with money needed to re-sign Adem Yze and Travis Johnstone the club decided that their highest player was the most expendable and did the deal with Collingwood.
The Demons were forced to pay approximately $80,000 a year towards his new Collingwood contract of approximately 400k per year. Woewodin's first year with the Magpies saw a number of angry comments directed to Melbourne through the media. Before the season started he was quoting as saying he hoped his new side would "spank" the Demons when they met in round 11. They did, and his celebrations ended in a chorus of boos from the home fans.
Played in the Pies 2003 losing Grand Final side, but was delisted at the end of 2005. Despite nominating for the draft in the hope of continuing his AFL career he failed to find another club and returned to East Fremantle in the WAFL. After captaining the Sharks in 2006 and 2007 he retired to coach them. At the end of the 2010 season Woewodin joined the Brisbane Lions coaching panel where he remained through 2013.
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"Tales of Woe" - Herald Sun 15/04/2000
"Woewodin to stay a Demon" - The Age 27/07/2001
"Dees star had broken bone in back: Daniher" - The Age 09/08/2001
AFANA News 2001
"Demons lose Woewodin, get Heffernan" - The Age 28/10/2002
"Except to see more big players in the market" - The Age 08/06/2003