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Shaw wins second Rose-Sutton Medal

Luke Mason  June 17, 2013 11:55 AM

Watch the best of Heath Shaw in his best on ground display against the Western Bulldogs.
Heath Shaw poses with his two Bob Rose-Charlie Sutton Medals, won in 2011 and 2013.

Heath Shaw poses with his two Bob Rose-Charlie Sutton Medals, won in 2011 and 2013.

Heath Shaw became the second player to win two Bob Rose-Charlie Sutton Medals after his consummate defensive display against the Western Bulldogs on Sunday evening.

Shaw previously won the Medal in 2011. He joins Scott Pendlebury as the second player to have earned dual Rose-Sutton Medals.

Bulldogs coach Brendan McCartney sent reliable stopper Dylan Addison to Shaw from the get-go, but Collingwood’s No. 39 was not inhibited by the prospect of a heavy tag.

He relished the opportunity to engage in several one-on-one battles, evidenced by his three contested marks and nine contested possessions.

Was Shaw the best afield on Sunday? Cast your vote now in the Magpie Army Player of the Year Award.

Shaw also narrowly missed out on equalling the league record for intercept marks. He was one shy of the record, set by former Hawk Jade Rawlings when he cut off the Kangaroos nine times back in 2002.

In total, he ended up with 22 disposals, 11 marks and three tackles on top of seven rebound 50s.

The 27-year-old has been nothing if not consistent in the first half of 2013. He has collected between 22 and 25 disposals in seven of his nine games this season.

Shaw has developed a strong record against the Western Bulldogs, particularly at Etihad Stadium. He received five of a possible six Brownlow votes in losing causes against them in round 14, 2008, and round 22, 2009.

Interestingly, he failed to figure among the votes when he last won the Rose-Sutton Medal in round six, 2011, despite collecting 31 possessions and recording eight rebounds from half back.

Bob Rose-Charlie Sutton Medallists
2007 – Matthew Boyd (Western Bulldogs)
2008 – Ben Johnson (Collingwood)
2009 – Dane Swan (Collingwood)
2010 – Scott Pendlebury (Collingwood)
2011 – Heath Shaw (Collingwood)
2012 – Scott Pendlebury (Collingwood)
2013 – Heath Shaw (Collingwood)