We conclude our focus on top individual performances by Richmond Indigenous players past and present, as part of the Club’s ‘Dreamtime at the G’ celebrations this week, with Shane Edwards' Yiooken Award-winning match in 2018.
Shane Edwards was a proud man after becoming the first Indigenous player to win the Yiooken Award for being best-on-ground in the 2018 ‘Dreamtime at the G’ clash.
The talented Richmond playmaker was the unanimous best afield choice of the expert panel of three – Matthew Richardson, Sam Lane and Gilbert McAdam – who cast their votes for the annual Yiooken Award.
Edwards finished the match with a career-high, game-high 31 disposals, including a game-high 12 score involvements, a game-high four goals assists, two goals, plus a game-high 685 metres gained, in the Tigers’ 71-point victory over Essendon.
“You never want to go out to win individual awards. I’m just really lucky to win one of these. I’ve always wanted to . . . There’s tons of guys in the side that could have won it tonight. I was pretty lucky,” a typically humble Edwards told Channel Seven post-match.
The then 29-year-old veteran was in AFL career-best form.
He was averaging 19.6 disposals per match and ranked No. 1 in the competition for goal assists and No. 4 for score involvements.
One of his goal assists in the 2018 Dreamtime game was the best of the season.
As Mitch Cleary reported for afl.com.au at the time: “Richmond's goal assist king Shane Edwards put in a nomination for set-up of the year, as he dominated the second term. He picked up 12 disposals, three inside 50s and kicked two goals, but it was his assist to Josh Caddy nearing half-time that came from the bottom of his trick bag. Appearing to have overrun the ball, Edwards then soccer-flicked the ball to a rampaging Caddy, who converted from beyond 50 metres. It helped Caddy to one of four goals for the game and Richmond to its highest first-half score of the season.”