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Shaw family revels in Magpies win

By Roger Vaughan and Justin Chadwick 03/10/2010 05:41:41 PM Comments (0)

Collingwood defender Heath Shaw can forget about seeing his AFL premiership medal for a while.

Heath gave it to his father Ray, the former Collingwood captain, soon after Saturday's comprehensive grand final replay win over St Kilda.

"I gave him the medal straight away and I think he's still go it on, hopefully I'll get it back off him soon," Heath said.

Older brother Rhyce, also a former Collingwood player and now with Sydney, joked their Dad would not give back the medal readily.

"I tell you what, that thing is never going to Heath, our Dad will wear that until he dies, I think, he's so proud.

"Dad never speaks about football to me and my brother and sister, but I know speaking to a lot of people that Dad was one of the best players to play for Collingwood.

"To see him so proud, it brought a tear to my eye and I'm just rapt to be part of the whole culture of Collingwood."

Whatever happens to the medal, Heath now has bragging rights at the family Christmas dinner.

Ray and Rhyce also played in Collingwood grand finals, but only Heath has a premiership medallion.

"I'm a very proud man, not just for Heath but for all the boys, they worked really hard together and today was one of the best grand finals I've seen," Ray said in the chaotic Collingwood rooms post-match.

"For absolute pressure, it was absolutely magnificent."

Rhyce was also a welcome visitor to the Collingwood rooms after the game.

Times were not so good for the Shaws two years ago when the club suspended Heath for an off-field indiscretion involving team-mate Alan Didak and Rhyce left for the Swans.

"Dids and Heath will tell you, they made a bad blue and we know that," Ray said.

"They've gone on with it, they've put their heads down and arses up and said 'we're here to play footy, we're not here to stuff about'.

Ray was a Collingwood star during the club's infamous "Colliwobbles" era, but there was no envy as he watched the Magpies win their 15th premiership.

"That's in the past, this group can make their own tradition now and go ahead," he said.

One of the highlights of Saturday's game came early, when Heath made a crucial smother on Saints captain Nick Riewoldt as he ran into an open goal.

"Let's be fair dinkum, that's probably the probably the most pivotal thing that has happened in a grand final for a very long time, it set the scene for his team," Rhyce said.

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