Shane Woewodin

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Shane Woewodin
Personal information
Full name Shane Woewodin
Date of birth (1976-07-12) 12 July 1976 (age 38)
Original team East Fremantle (WAFL)
Height/Weight 185 cm / 83 kg
Club information
Current club Brisbane Lions
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1997–2002
2003–2005
Total
Melbourne
Collingwood
138 (63)
62 (31)
200 (94)
International team honours
Years Team Games (Goals)
2000 Australia 2
1 Playing statistics correct to end of 2005 season.
Career highlights

Shane Woewodin (born 12 July 1976) is a former Australian rules football player who played 200 games with the Melbourne and Collingwood Football Clubs. He was the recipient of the Brownlow Medal in 2000.

Early career[edit]

Woewodin played the majority of his junior career at the Lynwood Ferndale Junior Football Club predominantly as a Centre Half Forward. LFJFC was a part of the East Fremantle recruiting zone. Shane attended Kent Street Senior High School as a teenager was made his debut for the seniors of East Fremantle in the WAFL in 1995. In 1997, he was picked up by Melbourne in the pre-season draft.

AFL career[edit]

Melbourne Demons[edit]

He had a fine start to his career, playing more than 100 consecutive games from his debut.

The highlight of Woewodin's career remains his 2000 Brownlow Medal victory, in which he capped off a solid season, surprisingly finishing ahead of favourite Scott West of the Western Bulldogs in the votes. Woewodin also played in the losing Grand Final team against Essendon that year.

2001 saw Woewodin suffer the infamous "Brownlow Blues", struggling through injury and poor form as the Demons slid outside the final eight.

Collingwood[edit]

In the aftermath of the 2002 season, in which Woewodin improved on his 2001 but was still unable to recapture his Brownlow winning 2000 form, Melbourne sought to trade Woewodin to Collingwood as they felt he was underperforming given that he became one of the highest paid AFL footballers at the end of the 2000 season. Woewodin held general discussions with Collingwood initially, but the media speculated that he was keen to remain at Melbourne and ultimately would accept a reduced salary. However, Woewodin was traded to Collingwood for a first round draft pick (which Melbourne would use on South Australian half back/midfielder Daniel Bell).

In the days and weeks following his trade, it was revealed that Melbourne approached Woewodin at the end of the season with the view of negotiating a salary reduction. It was rumoured that Woewodin offered to reduce his $500,000 per year contract by approximately $50,000 per year. However, Melbourne officials publicly stated that, specific figures aside, it was clear that Woewodin would never agree to the (substantial) reduction they had in mind. Accordingly, they entered into confidential negotiations with Collingwood. As part of the trade, it was believed that Melbourne would pay approximately $320,000 of Woewodin's salary in his first year at Collingwood and Collingwood would pay the balance of $180,000. In the second year, Melbourne and Collingwood were to pay his salary in equal shares and in his third year, Collingwood would shoulder most of his salary, thereby creating room in Melbourne's salary cap.

Woewodin was informed of his trade to Collingwood while holidaying in Mauritius. Woewodin understandably shattered to have been moved on without any significant warning. A verbal war of words between Woewodin and Melbourne coach Neale Daniher, in particular, continued until the Melbourne-Collingwood Queen's Birthday match of 2003. After publicly stating he hoped the Pies would "smash" his old side, Woewodin got his revenge, picking up 22 touches in the Pies' 52-point victory. It would be the only time Collingwood beat them during his three-year stint at the club.

Woewodin's finest hour for the club arose in the round seven victory over Adelaide at AAMI Stadium, a night best remembered for Chris Tarrant's goal after the siren to clinch victory. Woewodin's hard running across the ground ensured that his 25-possessions and two goals earned him three of his 12 Brownlow votes for the winter. From there Woewodin enjoyed a steady first season at Collingwood, as the Pies continued on from their stellar 2002 form to once again meet the Brisbane Lions in the Grand Final. Despite kicking the opening goal of the match, Woewodin was quiet on the day – as were a number of his teammates – and the Lions ran out convincing 50-point winners. Prior to this game, he had stated to the press that he thought Neale Daniher getting rid of him was a blessing in disguise and that he was happy that he was going to play in a premiership this time, rather than a grand final.

As Collingwood slid from contention in 2004 Woewodin enjoyed his best season in black and white, finishing 2nd in the Copeland Trophy, however the following seasion saw Woewodin fall out of favour. With Collingwood winning a mere five games, the club's selection committee opted to pursue a youth policy, which saw the likes of Woewodin, whose lack of leg speed saw him unable to dominate the midfield as he once had, Andrew Williams and, to a lesser extent, Matthew Lokan, ushered out of the side. He was dropped to the club's VFL affiliate Williamstown on a number of occasions, and at the end of the season, was delisted.

Post-AFL career[edit]

Woewodin hoped to be picked up in the pre-season draft to extend his career beyond 2006 (he expressed interest in re-joining Melbourne), but was eventually overlooked by all clubs in the draft. He gave a candid interview on SEN 1116 revealing his disbelief and frustration at not being picked up when realistically, he could have played for another 3 or 4 seasons. Eventually he could only manage to play for 2 seasons in the lower-ranked WAFL.

On the Queen's Birthday match between Melbourne and Collingwood on 12 June 2006, Shane Woewodin did a prematch lap of honour in an open top car with his children to celebrate his distinguished career with both sides. In an interview he gave prior to the game, he continued to signal his intent to return to the AFL in 2007 and was doing "all the right things" with East Fremantle in an attempt to catch the eye of recruiting staff. Woewodin added that he did not have a manager at this point in time, but was hopeful of selection if he simply nominated himself for the draft. However, he was again overlooked by the draft, due to his age (31).

It was rumoured that Woewodin was asked to play in the annual E. J. Whitten Legends Game with all the other past players, but refused – apparently because he felt that it would completely ruin his chances of being drafted in 2007. This is despite the fact that Paul Salmon made a comeback to the AFL after playing in the Legends Game in the year following his first retirement.

East Fremantle[edit]

Woewodin finished his career playing for East Fremantle in the WAFL, his original club.

In May 2006, after a 37-possession performance for Western Australia against South Australia, Woewodin again reiterated his desire to return to AFL level. Again he was not selected.

He retired at the end of the 2007 WAFL season.

He was named coach of East Fremantle for 2008.

Brisbane Lions[edit]

In October 2010, Woewodin announced that he had signed a two-year deal as the midfield coach for AFL club Brisbane Lions.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Woewodin married Deanne Price in 2003. They have four children – Shaye (Deanne's son from a previous relationship), Taj, Sienna and Summer.

Playing Statistics[edit]

[2]
Legend
 G  Goals  B  Behinds  K  Kicks  H  Handballs  D  Disposals  M  Marks  T  Tackles
Led the league for the Season only*
Led the league after finals only*
Led the league after Season and Finals*

*10 games required to be eligible.


Season Team # Games G B K H D M T G B K H D M T
Totals Averages (per game)
1997 Melbourne 22 22 4 4 169 79 248 74 22 0.2 0.2 7.7 3.6 11.3 3.4 1.0
1998 Melbourne 22 25 10 10 316 136 452 127 33 0.4 0.4 12.6 5.4 18.1 5.1 1.3
1999 Melbourne 22 22 10 7 256 104 360 91 20 0.5 0.3 11.6 4.7 16.4 4.1 0.9
2000 Melbourne 22 25 20 16 367 187 554 107 64 0.8 0.6 14.7 7.5 22.2 4.3 2.6
2001 Melbourne 22 20 7 8 215 98 313 61 33 0.4 0.4 10.8 4.9 15.7 3.1 1.7
2002 Melbourne 22 24 12 9 296 170 466 98 73 0.5 0.4 12.3 7.1 19.4 4.1 3.0
2003 Collingwood 2 25 16 12 322 152 474 115 66 0.6 0.5 12.9 6.1 19.0 4.6 2.6
2004 Collingwood 2 22 10 12 314 120 434 96 64 0.5 0.5 14.3 5.5 19.7 4.4 2.9
2005 Collingwood 2 15 5 7 169 73 242 63 31 0.3 0.5 11.3 4.9 16.1 4.2 2.1
Career 200 94 85 2424 1119 3543 832 406 0.4 0.4 12.1 5.6 17.7 4.2 2.0

Honours and achievements[edit]

Brownlow Medal votes
Season Votes
1997 2
1998 6
1999 4
2000 24
2001 4
2002 3
2003 12
2004 2
2005
Total 57
Key:
Green / Bold = Won

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Woewodin joins Brisbane coaching team". The West Australian. 2010-10-02. Retrieved 2008-10-02. 
  2. ^ Shane Woewodin Player Profile at AFL Tables

External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Shane Crawford
Brownlow Medallist
2000
Succeeded by
Jason Akermanis
Preceded by
David Schwarz
Keith 'Bluey' Truscott Medallist
2000
Succeeded by
Adem Yze