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Woodward Wins JJ Liston

Hawthorn’s depth continues to shine with midfielder Alex Woodward last night being crowned the J.J. Liston Trophy winner for the best and fairest in the VFL in a pulsating count.

Woodward, who has undergone two knee reconstructions since joining Hawthorn, is the second Hawk in successive years to win the coveted medal after Mitch Hallahan was a joint winner last season. Sam Mitchell is the other current Hawk to have won a Liston Trophy back in 2002.

Woodward, who began the season with a shoulder injury, polled in nine of 13 games this season for the Box Hill Hawks. He has also made his AFL debut this season and is in the mix – along with Hallahan and ruckman Ben McEvoy – for a recall ahead of Friday night’s qualifying final against Geelong after a stellar performance against Port Melbourne on Saturday, collecting 26 disposals.

Before making his AFL debut in May this year, Woodward told The Age: “I see every week as a chance to play AFL and that’s how I approach every game at Box Hill.”

“That sort of mentality helps me perform out on the ground and I’m sure the coaches recognise that I’m working hard to put my hand up.”

Woodward, a Sandringham Dragons best and fairest winner in 2011, won the award on last night at Docklands on 20 votes, with three votes in the last round against the Northern Blues, to jump ahead of runner-up Liam Anthony from North Ballarat on 17, Footscray’s Tom Campbell on 15 and Port Melbourne’s Toby Pinwill and Williamstown’s Scott Clouston on 14 apiece.

Story Courtesy of The Age 

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