The Rhyce Shaw (Shank) Redemption

2003 GF, the slippery slide to infamy

Lynch gathers, goals, Pie hearts sink

Rhyce, now a scapegoat to a legion

Finds space on a Preston dart board


Number 22, the weight of a history

Affects every kick under pressure

The Rhyce Shaw shank now brings

A malignant stigma to each effort


2008, the unforgiven finds solace

In a city known for different sins

Number 2, the shackles are loose

Reservoir blues out of the system


2012, a silver chalice and a medal

Playing for the red and the white

Nine years of purgatory now over

Time done, redemption complete.



About Phillip Dimitriadis

Carer/Teacher/Writer. Author of Fandemic: Travels in Footy Mythology. World view influenced by Johnny Cash, Krishnamurti, Larry David, Toni Morrison and Billy Picken.


  1. Grant of Pieland says:

    Very happy for you Rhys

  2. Andrew Starkie says:

    One of the feelgood moments of the season. Very happy for him.

  3. Lord Bogan – yes he was redeemed. But I still think he murders the ball more often than not.

  4. DBalassone says:

    Love the wordplay here Lord B. He is still known to shank the odd kick (and is ordinary on the left) but I think Shaw’s value is run and carry, breaking the lines. He has had 3 or 4 v.good years up north, and this dangling medal caps it off.

  5. Lord Bogan says:

    Yes, a couple of times in that tense last quarter me and my brother yelled: “Don’t kick it to Rhyce!” So happy for him though as I think there is a bit of Rhyce in all of us. A worthy icon for the Almanac community.

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