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14 in 14: Shane Edwards

Shane Edwards career highlights Shane Edwards will play his 150th game this Sunday at the Round 22 match against St. Kilda.
Shane Edwards of the Tigers in action during the 2014 AFL Round 13 match between the Richmond Tigers and the Fremantle Dockers at the MCG, Melbourne on June 14, 2014. (Photo: Michael Willson/AFL Media)
Shane Edwards of the Tigers in action during the 2014 AFL Round 13 match between the Richmond Tigers and the Fremantle Dockers at the MCG, Melbourne on June 14, 2014. (Photo: Michael Willson/AFL Media)

In the third of a special richmondfc.com.au series, focusing on 14 key findings from Richmond’s 2014 season, we examine Shane Edwards’ rise to prominence.


No. 3:  Shane Edwards’ dramatic form reversal mirrored that of the Tigers’ team.

In the first 13 games of his eighth season of league football, it’s fair to say Shane Edwards was just going. 

He was averaging only 16 disposals, with 7.5 contested possessions, per match, and wasn’t having much of an influence on games, as Richmond racked up the losses.

That all changed, however, come the Round 15 clash with St Kilda at Etihad Stadium.

The Tigers broke a four-game losing streak that day, to register just their fourth win of the season, defeating the Saints by 44 points, with Edwards conspicuous throughout.

He had 20 disposals, including 11 contested possessions, six clearances, and kicked a goal.

Over the next couple of months, Edwards’ ability to create space, and set teammates up with quick, slick ball use by hand and foot, was a major asset for the resurgent Richmond side.

Edwards was rotated between the forward line and midfield, and he provided the Tigers with a decided boost in both roles.

During Richmond’s nine wins on-the-trot, Edwards averaged 20.7 disposals and 11.2 contested possessions per match.  He hit the scoreboard, too, booting nine goals in those nine games.

A season which had started so slowly for the talented 25-year-old, turned into something significant that he can undoubtedly build on for next season and beyond.