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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