Still a Shaw thing for our backlines?
Once appearing alongside Dusty as the #1 entry on the “no flogs list”, Heath Shaw has amazingly un-flogged himself since joining the Giants in 2014. In what could be a future “compare the pair” Bupa ad, Heater was given a licence to play his natural game at the Giants, a beautiful thing for Supercoaches. He chose to kick it SEVEN TIMES more than he is willing to handball it in 2016. You can often see him running behind his teammate pleading for cheap possessions. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s the type of bloke that lurks around food courts, waiting to tuck into any leftovers that present themselves. South of the border Dusty is still a flog, threatening women with chopsticks and washing down sleeping tablets with Juicy Watermelon vodka cruisers (never confirmed, but it probably was)
In what will surely go down in the annals of history of Buckley getting something right, he was quoted saying that he hoped for Shaw to “recapture his best” at the Giants and he’s done exactly that, backing up his 112 average in 2015 in what was statistically his best year. Hitting careerhighs for kicks (21.3 per game – 1st in the comp), possessions (24.5), marks (7.8 – 5th) and rebound 50’s (7.8 – 1st)
By round 13 he was averaging 117 and on a trouser stretching run of 9 tons in 11 games. Round 14 saw his influence completely nullified in the form of Carlton’s Simon White, then again against Macaffer following the round 15 bye, and once more against the Lions the following week. Shaw’s inability to handle a tag wouldn’t have gone unnoticed by opposition coaches and may see more attention coming his way in 2017. Is this enough of a reason for us coaches to avoid?
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|Games last season:||22|
|Average last season:||105.9|
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A worry rather than a risk. The aforementioned tag takes him out of the game completely. He can throw in a 50 or 60 that can completely ruin your weekend. But is the odd bad game worth missing out on his big scores? Since joining the Giants he has crossed the 100 mark 35 times, 21 of those being 120 or more. In 2016 he went 120+ 9 times out of 12. If you don’t have him he can hurt you. He is a top defender and priced accordingly.
Premium keeper and will easily be a top 6 defender at the end of the year. Though if you feel like rolling the dice he traditionally starts off the year slow(ish). In his first 5 games in 2014 he averaged 98. 2015 – 97.8. 2016 – 98.4.
- 1 TOG%
- Demands, and usually gets, the footy
- Doesn’t bother with handballs. Kicking is great for SC scoring
- 5 D.E%
- 8 clangers a week
- His bad games are crap
55% had Sam Docherty in the first version of their teams. For $15k less you can have a guy with plenty of runs on the board and doesn’t play for Carlton. Heath Shaw has proven he can stay above 600k and is bloody hard to get in when he’s on song.
It’s better just to start with him.
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