Retired AFL superstar Tony “Shawry” Shaw made his debut in 1977 alongside his brother, Ray Shaw for Collingwood. A smaller midfielder, he had a courage and determination that made him one of the finest rovers on the field. While not as naturally talented as his opponents, Shaw’s tenacity saw him overcome far bigger opponents, cementing him as a stellar rover and centreman. In 1984 he won the Copeland Trophy as the Magpies best and fairest and later took on the captaincy of Collingwood.
In 1990 he captained the Magpies to a historic win, the first in over 30 years, against Essendon. Shaw won the Norm Smith Medal as best on field and his second Copeland Trophy. In 1991 he had the second most record disposals in the history of the game by a single player, finishing the season at 50 and was also appointed the honour of Moomba Monarch (better known as the king of Moomba).
An impressive centreman, he played his 300th game in 1994 and went on nine weeks later to break the Magpies’ club record with 306 games. He retired to tears and applause with a historic 313 AFL/VFL games and nearly 160 goals, as well as two Copeland Trophies, an All-Australian Captaincy, a Norm Smith Medal and a Premiership Captaincy – there are very few footballers who can boast the same CV. He truly stands among the greatest and most superbly courageous Magpie players, if not AFL players, in history.
Post-AFL, Shaw went on to join 3AW as a radio commentator before joining the Fox Footy Channel for several seasons. He was selected to present the Norm Smith Medal in 2008. Gutsy, dynamic, and never one to give in to weakness, few footballers have truly exemplified the spirit of the game like Shaw.