EASTON Wood was greeted by a familiar face when he visited Camperdown College on Tuesday – himself.
The students at the college’s junior campus on Brooke Street revamped the school’s bollards last term to strip and repaint them in honour of local legends.
Principal Cherie Kilpatrick said the school had redesigned all the bollards and had unveiled them recently.
“We stripped all the bollards back and painted them,” she said.
“The Grade 5/6 students did most of the bollard work.
“We unveiled them at the opening of our new playground this term.”
Ms Kilpatrick said Wood was generous to make time to visit the school.
“Eason is an ex-student of ours so we picked up the phone and we were fortunate enough for him to agree to come down and talk to the students,” she said.
“He met with the senior students at 10 and will have a question and answer time with the whole school.”
Wood said despite many things having changed over the years he still carries fond memories of the college.
“It’s amazing,” he said
“I have heaps of memories flooding back.
“Lots of things have changed at the school, but it still reminds me of when I was here.”
Upon viewing the bollard, Wood said he was overwhelmed with the amount of support from his home town and former school.
“It’s really amazing,” he said.
“I felt it was really important co come back here, it feels like home.
“It’s important to come back, my mum lives here, my nana lives here… I thought it was a special opportunity to come back.”
It has been a busy spring for the Western Bulldogs’ acting skipper who held the premiership cup aloft just two months ago.
Wood said it was hard to believe his side would head into the 2017 season as reigning premiers, and is determined for the group to maintain the focus.
“It’s been a whirlwind, it’s still surreal,” he said.
“(It feels) just like we did going into last season, we just clicked.”