Heath Shaw

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Heath Shaw
Heath Shaw 2017.3.jpg
Shaw playing for Greater Western Sydney in June 2017
Personal information
Full name Heath Shaw
Date of birth (1985-11-27) 27 November 1985 (age 33)
Original team(s) Northern Knights (TAC Cup)
Draft No. 48 (F/S), 2003 national draft
Height 183 cm (6 ft 0 in)
Weight 86 kg (190 lb)
Position(s) Defender
Club information
Current club Greater Western Sydney
Number 23
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
2004–2013 Collingwood 173 (37)
2014– Greater Western Sydney 134 0(2)
Total 307 (39)
Representative team honours
Years Team Games (Goals)
2008 Victoria 1 (0)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of round 12, 2019.
2 State and international statistics correct as of 2008.
Career highlights
Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com

Heath Shaw (born 27 November 1985) is a professional Australian rules footballer playing for the Greater Western Sydney Giants in the Australian Football League (AFL). He previously played for the Collingwood Football Club from 2004 to 2013.

AFL career[edit]

After being drafted under the father-son rule in the 2003 AFL Draft at pick 48 to Collingwood,[1] Shaw made his AFL debut in 2005 against St Kilda at the Telstra Dome. He was a solid contributor since making his debut, with his best game being his first. A running defender, Heath has pace and good ball skills which can make him into a good footballer. He played all possible remaining 6 games of the season and kicked his first goal against Adelaide in Round 21.

Collingwood (2006–2013)[edit]

Shaw had a stunning 2006 season, being quickly noted for his ball winning ability out of the back-line and his consistency and reliability which was a key to the success of the Magpies. He played 22 games, with his first being in Round 2 against Hawthorn after being a late replacement for Scott Burns. Shaw had played for VFL affiliate Williamstown, where he had 30 touches in wet and windy conditions, only 24 hours before his call up.[2] Shaw kept his spot for the rest of the season, building game-time each week early on to becoming a valuable player to the side. In Round 4 on ANZAC Day against Essendon he had 23 touches and 10 marks, and in the following week he won an AFL Rising Star nomination. Shaw had 16 games with 18 or more disposals during the season, which showed his consistency. He somewhat tailed off at the end of the season, but still was effective with his one percenters. Shaws ended up having 448 disposals (313 kicks, 135 handballs) at an average of more than 20 touches a game. His best game being against Port Adelaide where he had 27 kicks, six handballs, 11 marks and kicked a fantastic goal in a thriller at AAMI Stadium. Heath also had 160 marks and accumulated 2210 Champion Data ranking points at an average of 100, and was ranked inside the top 10 in a game on 13 occasions, including two no.1 game rankings.

Shaw played in his first final against the Western Bulldogs, but Collingwood lost. Shaw also came third in the 2006 AFL Rising Star[1] behind Danyle Pearce of Port Adelaide Power and Andrew Raines of the Richmond Tigers. Shaw also polled six votes in the 2006 Brownlow Medal, including a game high of three votes in the Round 12 game against the Sydney Swans. Shaw also placed fourth in the 2006 Copeland Trophy.

In 2007, Shaw started the season in great fashion. He would have a solid pre-season and then become one of the players of the first quarter of the year; leading the league in kicks (114 @ 19.0) after round 6. He had an extraordinary opening game of the season, where he had 27 disposals, and collected two Brownlow votes despite and giving away five free kicks,[3] including a 50-metre penalty in the final minutes of the game, which resulted in a Shannon Grant controversial miss.[4] On Anzac Day, Shaw would put on a show of courage and determination in where he won the Anzac Day Medal,[1][5] racking up 23 kicks, nine handballs and 13 marks against the Bombers. Essendon coach Kevin Sheedy labeled the Shaw boys as trouble and a pair that needed to be stopped. Heath would be on notice by opposition coaches for the majority of the season, with taggers Kane Cornes and Kane Johnson to name a few would be told to restrict his run off half-back. Shaw's All-Australian form would deteriorate with the extra attention, as well as a corked thigh/quad he encountered against Fremantle in round ten. He would be heavily bandaged on his left leg for the rest of the season.

Shaw played an exciting brand of football late in the season, including a good finals series. He would have 25 disposals in the losing preliminary final in which the club lost to the eventual premiers, Geelong by five points. Shaw would poll seven votes in the Brownlow Medal, as well as finish equal fourth (fifth on the new countback system) in the Copeland Trophy and was considered unlucky not to be selected in the All-Australian team.[5]

Shaw started 2008 well with a best on-ground performance against Richmond, but found the going tough mid-season when opposition clubs finally discovered ways to curb his influence. Shaw and Alan Didak were suspended for the rest of the season by the club following a serious late-night indiscretion.

Hamstring troubles and a suspension for contact with an umpire caused a slow start to 2009. He played only two of the first six matches before returning in round seven against St Kilda and didn’t miss a beat for the remainder of the year. Was one of the most consistent Magpies in the finals. Finished third in the Copeland Trophy and won the Bob Rose Trophy as the Best Finals Player.

In 2010 he was one of Collingwood’s best players across the two Grand Finals. goal of the day. He enshrined himself in Collingwood history in the replay by his freakish smother of Nick Riewoldt who meandered to the goal line. Shaw managed to knock the ball free from Riewoldt’s hands before it could even touch his boot to save a certain goal and tip the momentum Collingwood’s way.

By mid-year 2011 he was a popularly tipped by most pundits to be a certain inclusion in the All-Australian team but after he was found to have laid a bet on teammate he was suspended for the rest of the season.

In 2013, Shaw's on-field issues were highlighted again during Collingwood's loss to Port Adelaide in the Elimination Final where he played on Angus Monfries. During the game Shaw gave away a crucial free kick in the goal square early in the second quarter and after the siren for half-time rang, he threw the ball at Monfries' head.[6] At the end of the 2013 season, Collingwood agreed to trade Shaw despite signing a two-year contract extension in 2012.[7]

Greater Western Sydney (2014–present)[edit]

In October 2013, Shaw was traded to Greater Western Sydney in exchange for Taylor Adams.[8]

in 2015, he won the Kevin Sheedy Medal as Greater Western Sydney's best and fairest.[9]

Shaw was recognised for his defensive efforts by earning a place in the back-pocket in the 2015 All-Australian team.[10] He was also selected in the 2016 All-Australian team, this time on the half-back line.[11]


Shaw was involved in a late-season controversy in 2008 when he was charged with drink driving after crashing into a parked car and reportedly registering a blood alcohol reading of 0.144. On the 4th of August the Collingwood Football Club released a statement saying that Shaw had lied to them; teammate Alan Didak was his passenger when the accident happened, but Shaw and Didak denied this and the entire team fronted the media in a show of unity, where Shaw refused to divulge the identity of the passenger under media questioning. He was backed up by captain Scott Burns. However eyewitnesses identified Didak, and after the pair admitted to lying to their teammates and club officials, they were banned until the end of the season. [12]

In Round 3, 2009, Shaw pushed umpire Michael Vozzo off balance after he had paid a free kick to the opposition. This resulted in Shaw being suspended for one game and fined $1950.[13]

Shaw was suspended by the AFL in July 2011 after it was found that he had paid $10 to a friend to bet on teammate Nick Maxwell to be the first goal scorer in Collingwood's Round 9 match against Adelaide. AFL integrity rules prohibit all players and club officials from participating in any form of betting on football matches. He was fined $20,000 and suspended for 8 weeks, as well as a six-week suspended sentence.[14]

During the 2014 off-season, Shaw was detained by Victorian police for drunken behaviour early on the morning of the AFL Grand Final, which his brother Rhyce was to take part in for the Sydney Swans. He was the second Giants player to fall foul of the law in 2014, after teammate Toby Greene was suspended for five matches earlier in the season also for drunken behaviour following the team's 111-point loss to West Coast in Round 8.[15]

In round five, 2017, during the third quarter of the twelfth Sydney Derby, Shaw made an insensitive comment towards Sydney Swans player Tom Papley while being tackled.[16]


Shaw attended Loyola College, Watsonia in Melbourne's outer north-east suburbs in his secondary education years of life.

Personal life[edit]

Shaw is the son of former captain Ray Shaw, and brother of Rhyce. He is also the nephew of premiership captain and Norm Smith Medallist, Tony Shaw and former Collingwood player Neville Shaw. His cousin, Brayden (son of Tony)[17] was drafted in the same year as Heath, but failed to play a game before being delisted in 2005.[18]


Statistics are correct to the end of the Preliminary Final, 2019 [19]
 G  Goals  B  Behinds  K  Kicks  H  Handballs  D  Disposals  M  Marks  T  Tackles
Season Team No. Games G B K H D M T G B K H D M T
Totals Averages (per game)
2004 Collingwood 39 0
2005 Collingwood 39 6 1 0 66 24 90 40 11 0.2 0.0 11.0 4.0 15.0 6.7 1.8
2006 Collingwood 39 22 9 4 313 136 449 160 54 0.4 0.2 14.2 6.2 20.4 7.3 2.5
2007 Collingwood 39 25 2 4 361 126 487 164 68 0.1 0.2 14.4 5.0 19.5 6.6 2.7
2008 Collingwood 39 18 6 5 247 119 366 125 33 0.3 0.3 13.7 6.6 20.3 6.9 1.8
2009 Collingwood 39 21 2 3 295 187 482 118 43 0.1 0.1 14.0 8.9 23.0 5.6 2.0
2010 Collingwood 39 23 5 3 345 144 489 129 53 0.2 0.1 15.0 6.3 21.3 5.6 2.3
2011 Collingwood 39 17 2 2 282 95 377 116 60 0.1 0.1 16.6 5.6 22.2 6.8 3.5
2012 Collingwood 39 21 9 2 318 105 423 107 58 0.4 0.1 15.1 5.0 20.1 5.1 2.8
2013 Collingwood 39 20 1 6 278 113 391 114 60 0.1 0.3 13.9 5.7 19.6 5.7 3.0
2014 Greater Western Sydney 23 17 0 3 275 82 357 83 30 0.0 0.2 16.2 4.8 21.0 4.9 1.8
2015 Greater Western Sydney 23 22 1 2 420 97 517 145 61 0.0 0.1 19.1 4.4 23.5 6.6 2.8
2016 Greater Western Sydney 23 24 1 0 503 77 580 183 61 0.0 0.0 21.0 3.2 24.2 7.6 2.5
2017 Greater Western Sydney 23 25 0 4 393 122 515 151 37 0.0 0.2 15.7 4.9 20.6 6.0 1.5
2018 Greater Western Sydney 23 20 0 2 361 84 445 115 53 0.0 0.1 18.1 4.2 22.3 5.8 2.7
2019 Greater Western Sydney 23 25 0 1 401 93 494 163 57 0.0 0.0 16.0 3.7 19.8 6.5 2.3
Career 307 39 41 4881 1610 6491 1925 740 0.1 0.1 15.9 5.2 21.1 6.3 2.4


  1. ^ a b c Quayle, Emma (1 July 2007). "Family planning a Shaw (and Cloke) thing". The Sunday Age. p. 13.
  2. ^ Quayle, Emma (26 May 2006). "Family ties shaping a young player". The Age. p. 8.
  3. ^ "Game stats: Rd 1 2007".
  4. ^ Johnson, Lyall (1 April 2007). "Grant's miss just the final nail in Kangaroos' coffin". The Sunday Age. Retrieved 7 February 2013.
  5. ^ a b Ralph, Jon (25 April 2008). "Heath Shaw picks up ANZAC baton". Herald Sun. Archived from the original on 30 December 2012.
  6. ^ Heath's move from Pies no Shaw thing
  7. ^ Heath Shaw signs long-term deal with Collingwood
  8. ^ "Shaw Thing". GWSGIANTS.com.au. 23 October 2013. Retrieved 12 November 2013.
  9. ^ Curley, Adam (12 September 2015). "Shaw earns Giant honour after finest season". AFL.com.au. Bigpond. Retrieved 12 September 2015.
  10. ^ Twomey, Callum (22 September 2015). "Bulldog Murphy captains All Australian team with 11 first-time players". AFL.com.au. Bigpond. Retrieved 22 September 2015.
  11. ^ Schmook, Nathan (1 September 2016). "All Australian: Five Swans in 2016's best 22 - AFL.com.au". afl.com.au. Retrieved 16 July 2017.
  12. ^ Heath Shaw Charged With Drink Driving Archived 10 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  13. ^ Collingwood's Heath Shaw fined and suspended for umpire contact
  14. ^ Heath Shaw suspended for eight weeks for betting on Collingwood game
  15. ^ GWS's Heath Shaw fined by police, The Roar, 29 September 2014
  16. ^ "Heath Shaw Statement". GWS Giants. 23 April 2017. Retrieved 25 April 2017.
  17. ^ Wilson, Caroline (17 June 2003). "In their fathers' footsteps, it's a Shaw thing". The Age. Melbourne.
  18. ^ Niall, Jake (12 August 2005). "Shaw shattered as Collingwood calls time". The Age. p. 3.
  19. ^ Heath Shaw's player profile at AFL Tables

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