Michael David Woods
6 February 1904
Hall of fame
Western Australian Football Hall Of Fame, Inducted 2009
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Dashing, superbly skilled, and an outstanding exponent of the drop kick, Dave Woods was one of the finest and most flexible players to represent East Fremantle between the wars. Christened Michael David Woods, but invariably referred to as ‘Dave’, he made his WAFL debut in 1923, and went on to play 197 senior games in 13 seasons. He also played 13 interstate games for Western Australia.
During the first half of his career he alternated between centre and the half forward line, but he played his best and most consistent football between 1929 and 1935 at full back. A member of Old Easts premiership teams in 1925, 1928, 1929, 1930, 1931 and 1933, he also played in three losing Grand Finals for a total of nine Grand Final appearances in 13 years. He must have been extremely close to selection as full back in East Fremantle’s official ‘Team of the Twentieth Century’, but the selectors ended up giving the nod to an equally magnificent exponent of the position in Con Regan.
Author - John Devaney