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Alex Woodward

Occupation: Australian Rules Footballer
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About Alex Woodward

Alex Woodward (born 11 June 1993) is a former professional Australian rules footballer who played for the Hawthorn Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL). He attended Mazenod College.

He was drafted by Hawthorn Football Club with pick 53 in 2011 AFL Draft from the Sandringham Dragons in the TAC Cup. Whilst on Hawthorn's list, Woodward twice ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee and has had three knee reconstructions. Woodward has played primarily for Box Hill Hawks in VFL and finally made his AFL debut in Round 18, 2014.

After competing his first full year of football in three years, Woodward's hard work was rewarded with winning the J. J. Liston Trophy for 2014. He polled 20 votes.

Woodward tore the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his right knee early in Box Hill Hawks’ match against Coburg in the VFL in July 2015.

Woodward was delisted at the conclusion of the 2015 season, however, he was re-drafted in the 2016 rookie draft with the 52nd selection. At the conclusion of the 2016 season, he was delisted again by Hawthorn.

In 2017 he joined the Collingwood VFL team, but ruptured his ACL again in his third game for the club. He returned strongly with the club in mid-2018, and managed to finish third in the J. J. Liston Trophy despite playing only eight games for the year.

Woodward also served as a runner for the Collingwood AFL team during the year, and controversially became involved in the play during the 2018 AFL Grand Final to Collingwood's detriment. Late in the third quarter, Collingwood's Taylor Adams miskicked an attempted clearing kick towards centre half back; West Coast's Elliot Yeo and Collingwood's Jaidyn Stephenson would both have had the opportunity to contest the miskick, but Woodward inadvertantly blocked Stephenson's path, allowing Yeo to take the mark uncontested and kick a goal. The goal gave West Coast the lead for the first time since early in the game, and West Coast went on to win by five points.

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June 11, 1993