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Easton Wood's premiership medal stolen

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29th April, 2020
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The 2016 AFL premiership medal of Western Bulldogs star Easton Wood has been stolen.

Victoria Police allege it was taken during a burglary in the inner Melbourne suburb of Albert Park between April 14 and 26.

Wood, 30, stood in for injured captain Bob Murphy captain in the Bulldogs’ drought-breaking grand final win over Sydney in 2016.

His medal is one of several items of sentimental value that were stolen, including a World War I identification tag belonging to Wood’s wife Tiffany.

Wood had hoped to pass on his premiership medal to daughter Matilda.

“A medal is the symbol of hard work over a career and what we achieved as a team in that year,” Wood said.

“It’s awful to have that symbol gone and that bit of history in my own life.”

A premiership watch, jewellery and a drone were among the items stolen.

The family was not home during the burglary, having chosen to visit Wood’s mother’s property at Camperdown after the AFL shutdown period was announced.

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Wood said the burglary had raised further issues about him potentially having to spend time away in a quarantine hub as the AFL considers ways to restart the season.

“We’ve taken some measures now to increase the security at our property but that is a concern,” Wood said.

Police said the silver World War I service identification tag is engraved with ‘Sayers SA 1830’ on the front and ‘Nugget’ on the back.

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