What just happened? The Shane Edwards freak show

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I've been saying since his early games he can see the game unfold faster than his opponents and teammates can. It's like his life is running a second ahead of everyone else. That, in part had him looking a bit silly at times as he 'sprayed' the ball around. Yes, it was sprayed at times skill wise, but it was also so sublime that teammates just didn't get it yet. You could see it in his body language early days

Was fortunate to have a chat with Francis Jackson about Shane in his earliest playing days. Francis said back then (Shed's first season) that he felt that Shane was probably the most important and uniquely skilled player he has has brought to Richmond via the draft. Even then he was saying it would take at least 5 years to see what Shane is truly capable of and just get better from there. Credit where credit is due to Francis, that is pretty visionary. Shane Edwards is our Shaun Burgoyne and visa versa.

I never really wavered, held the faith, watched him closely. Enjoying his football immensely.
I will never forget Andrew Jarman raving about Shedda from day one, and commentating on one of his earliest games he kept bursting out laughing at what he was saying was just outrageous things he was doing. He could see it happening and just couldn’t shut up about it whereas the others thought he was off his head.
 

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I will never forget Andrew Jarman raving about Shedda from day one, and commentating on one of his earliest games he kept bursting out laughing at what he was saying was just outrageous things he was doing. He could see it happening and just couldn’t shut up about it whereas the others thought he was off his head.
Takes one to know one.
 

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Grigg gives it to Edwards and kicks a beauty to our only man forward at the time who is Townsend sprinting back with the flight and it falls right over his shoulder. Just sublime.
My man Towna made that mark look so easy...running at full flight with oppo breathing down his neck...marks the footy cleanly whilst running with his head looking skywards...
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Sydney Stack has better highlights and he's only played one year. lol
I don't recall seeing Sydney out on the M.C.G on the last Saturday in September....Must have been injured.

Sizzle played in a Premiership in his first year, kicking 2 crucial goals & providing a significant spark in getting us over the line that day....He has 4 all up & a Normie.
 

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I don't recall seeing Sydney out on the M.C.G on the last Saturday in September....Must have been injured.

Sizzle played in a Premiership in his first year, kicking 2 crucial goals & providing a significant spark in getting us over the line that day....He has 4 all up & a Normie.
I don't think anyone here is into potting the Rioli's, after all they are Richmond royalty. You guys should count yourselves lucky that you've had one of them.

And just think, we might have 2 of them playing in the one team after next year.
 

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I don't think anyone here is into potting the Rioli's, after all they are Richmond royalty. You guys should count yourselves lucky that you've had one of them.

And just think, we might have 2 of them playing in the one team after next year.
They seem to be a talisman of sorts.....As soon as a team recruits one, they go on to win the Premiership....Sizzle is 2008, 2013-2015, Daniel in 2017 & 2019, & Willie in 2018.

Obviously Collingwood would require 10 of em.

P.S & side-bar:….Cyril was kind of destined for greatness right from the off, given his uncle on his fathers' side was Maurice 'Magic' Rioli & his uncle on his mothers side was Essendon's Michael Long.....That's right.....His mum is Michael Long's sister & his dad is Maurice's brother.....Some pedigree that.

And what do all 3 of these guys have in common?.....They've all won a Norm Smith Medal.
 
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I don't recall seeing Sydney out on the M.C.G on the last Saturday in September....Must have been injured.

Sizzle played in a Premiership in his first year, kicking 2 crucial goals & providing a significant spark in getting us over the line that day....He has 4 all up & a Normie.
stack had an injury you flog
 
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Cyril Was special, Shedda is special.
Let’s share the love! Unique players the both of them.
exactly! Different players in different roles, both guns.

Hawks wouldn’t swap Cyril for anything and we wouldn’t swap Shedda for anything.

Its the same with Danger v Dusty sh*te, both are freaks you’d love to have in your team.
 

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They seem to be a talisman of sorts.....As soon as a team recruits one, they go on to win the Premiership....Sizzle is 2008, 2013-2015, Daniel in 2017 & 2019, & Willie in 2018.

Obviously Collingwood would require 10 of em.

P.S & side-bar:….Cyril was kind of destined for greatness right from the off, given his uncle on his fathers' side was Maurice 'Magic' Rioli & his uncle on his mothers side was Essendon's Michael Long.....That's right.....His mum is Michael Long's sister & his dad is Maurice's brother.....Some pedigree that.

And what do all 3 of these guys have in common?.....They've all won a Norm Smith Medal.
So basically that means that the Dawks wont be winning a cup soon.

Granted, we are yet to see Daniel win a Norm Smith, but the pedigree is there. Add Magic's Son to the mix and who knows what might happen
 

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My Story: Shane Edwards opens up on ‘mythical ceature’ Bachar Houli, Richmond’s two flags and the best he’s played with
As a junior Shane Edwards writes there was always whispers about a kid in Melbourne nicknamed ‘basher - who would kick 20 goals a game and get in fights. He soon realised he was the nicest person you could ever met.
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BY the time I had turned 10 or 11, my future premiership teammate Bachar Houli was already a legend in Adelaide.
Not that he would have known it.
Growing up in South Australia and playing junior footy with the mighty Golden Grove Kookaburras, there were whispers about a kid in Melbourne called Bachar who was apparently as big as everyone’s dad.
The story went he would kick 20 goals a game and get in fights with not just players from the opposing teams, but their parents as well.
We heard the name Bachar was actually a nickname as in “Basher”, because he liked to bash people.
He became this almost mythical creature from the home of footy in Victoria where kids were bigger and nastier.
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Shane Edwards lines up for goal as a junior playign in the SANFL. Picture: Stephen Laffer
Shane Edwards lines up for goal as a junior playign in the SANFL. Picture: Stephen Laffer
Shane Edwards for South Australia. Picture: Cathy Davis
Shane Edwards for South Australia. Picture: Cathy Davis
To all of us he sounded terrifying and over the years the legend only grew.
This rumour started in under-12s and went all the way through to under-15s.

I remember then seeing him for the first time a few years later and thinking, ‘Wow, that’s Bachar Houli, he’s a real person!’
He had muscles and facial hair before anyone else, and then I met him and soon realised he’s the nicest guy you’ll ever come across.
I quickly realised he’s the last person in the world to enjoy bashing people or getting in a fight with anyone’s parents.
But one part of the legend actually was true – he was often kicking 20 goals a game in the juniors.
We came across each other again at the AFL draft camp in Canberra in 2006 and we were in a similar group — medium forwards.
We did the beep test, which was my first and thankfully my last time I had to go through that.
I was only 65kg at the time so I think I won it or came close to winning it.
The next day we had the 3km time-trial and I also did well on that because again I was so light.
I remember actually beating Bachar and afterwards he made a point of coming over to me.
“Well done mate, great run,” he said.
Everyone was obviously really competitive and here was the one guy actually being nice and respectful to everyone else.
Bachar Houli congradulates Shane Edwards after their beep test at the 2006 AFL Draft camp.
Bachar Houli congradulates Shane Edwards after their beep test at the 2006 AFL Draft camp.
Yep, the very same “Basher” I’d heard all those tall tales about years earlier.
Later on when he joined me at Richmond after leaving Essendon, I quickly realised he was a much better runner than me.
He absolutely blossomed when he hit the AFL system, whereas I’ve pretty much kept the same time and had to add weight on.
I never would have thought I would play in two flags with “Basher”, my junior footy bogyman from Victoria who turned out to be by far the nicest guy I’ve ever met.
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EARLY DAYS AT PUNT RD
I’LL never forget my early days at Tigerland at the end of 2006.
I’d just been drafted, it was my first day at the club and I’d been handed the No.10 jumper, which had last been worn by 203cm ruckman Greg Stafford.
At the time they still only had the No.10 jumper in his size and I had to pose up in it.
I was just swimming in this jumper. I looked horrible.
I was 65kg, had never lifted a weight in my life to that point.
I looked absolutely awful.
If I was the club I would have undrafted me and sent me packing back to South Australia on a one-way ticket immediately.
Despite that incident, my early days there were incredible and I just remember constantly being in awe.
At the time the facilities at Punt Rd weren’t what they are today.
I remember thinking that my old SANFL club North Adelaide boasted better digs than this historic AFL club.
Often we would find possum poo on the floor of the gym in the mornings.
It didn’t bother me. I was at an AFL club and walking the hallways with the likes of Matthew Richardson.
Edwards after being drafted by the Tigers.
Edwards after being drafted by the Tigers.
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JACK AND I
I WAS drafted to Richmond alongside Jack Riewoldt, but that was not the first time I met him.
We had crossed paths months earlier at the AFL draft camp and you couldn’t miss him.
He was the loudest kid by a mile, cracking jokes with all the coaches while everyone else was just afraid of their own shadow.
Early in Jack’s career, the older guys probably would have thought, “Who is this loud and confident kid?”
That is just Jack though, and he’s never been afraid to speak up.
He was an absolute gun straight away, even though it took him a few years to get regular games because “Richo” was there.
He is just the smartest player and I remember years ago we would call him footy’s “Rain Man” because he just knew where the footy was always going to go.
The only problem with fitting into game plans is Jack is smart enough to almost beat the system and just kick a goal.
It’s almost like stopping him from kicking a goal and playing into the system, because he’s just ridiculously smart.
I fully believe that if Jack had just played in the midfield from day one he’d probably be one of the best mids in the comp. He’s just good at everything.
We’ve experienced the ups and downs at the club together for almost 15 years.
We’ve got our inside jokes and it’s good knowing that when we talk about stories from Richmond back in the day, Jack knows exactly what I’m talking about.
The Tigers’ 2006 draft class - including Jack Riewoldt (middle back) and Shane Edwards (front right).
The Tigers’ 2006 draft class - including Jack Riewoldt (middle back) and Shane Edwards (front right).
THE TRANSFORMATION AT PUNT RD
I PLAYED almost seven seasons of AFL before playing my first final.
Before that, I would sit on the couch at my parents’ home in Adelaide and watch the teams run around in September.
My off-season had already started and here were these players all finding another gear with everything on the line.
I remember thinking, “I’m buggered, the season was that hard. I have no idea about how those blokes are playing finals”.
Then once you’re in it you realise it’s largely the adrenaline that carries you through.
The difference of having a positive season rather than a negative one is actually refreshing.
The transformation at Richmond in my time has been incredible.
The journey has been gradual in terms of improving facilities, then slowly making finals every now and then or not making it to making finals regularly.
Now I feel surprised if we lose two games in a row.
Back in the day, I was just happy to be playing and to be out there.
It’s different these days.
The system is working really well and it’s a happy environment and very progressive.
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PREMIERSHIPS
THE first flag in 2017 was just surreal, I couldn’t believe it.
Even after the game at functions and the after party, my partner Sam or my dad or brother would say to me: “You just won the Grand Final.”
Those words would almost shock me again and make me think, “How did we do that?”
The whole month of finals went so quick it was just perfect.
The flag last September felt different.
I can’t think of it without thinking of Marlion Pickett.
Having him play almost took the attention away from the gravity of the event.
It changed the mindset a lot because you wanted to help Marlion just be comfortable.
It diverted a bit of your attention to look outside yourself and it probably really helped us calm the nerves.
It was extraordinary.
You wouldn’t think winning the Grand Final would almost be second-place news on the day.
Coach Damien Hardwick, Shane Edwards and captain Trent Cotchin with the 2019 premiership cup. Picture: Michael Klein.
Coach Damien Hardwick, Shane Edwards and captain Trent Cotchin with the 2019 premiership cup. Picture: Michael Klein.
BEST I’VE PLAYED WITH
IN my time at the club, I’ve played with some truly remarkable players.
It’s almost impossible to split them, but three players come to mind.
“Dusty” Martin is probably at the highest peak.
“Richo” is probably the best overall player, but I reckon Riewoldt is the most underrated.
He’s had the highest degree of difficulty in his position for the longest and been the best player at that.
So I’d almost say Riewoldt is the best, just by the fact he’s an undersized key forward who’s held the fort down for years and thrived at it.
THE FUTURE
I’M contracted for this season and the next, so I like to think I’ve still got plenty of football left in me.
Although, I must admit I have an eye on the future.
Recruitment and list management is an area I’m interested in and I’ve been doing a fair bit of stuff with our recruiters the past couple of years, going out watching under-18 games.
I’ve been learning a lot and hopefully I can transition into something like that after footy because I’m really interested in that side of the game.
 

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My Story: Shane Edwards opens up on ‘mythical ceature’ Bachar Houli, Richmond’s two flags and the best he’s played with
As a junior Shane Edwards writes there was always whispers about a kid in Melbourne nicknamed ‘basher - who would kick 20 goals a game and get in fights. He soon realised he was the nicest person you could ever met.
Shane Edwards, Sunday Herald Sun
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March 14, 2020 6:00pm
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BY the time I had turned 10 or 11, my future premiership teammate Bachar Houli was already a legend in Adelaide.
Not that he would have known it.
Growing up in South Australia and playing junior footy with the mighty Golden Grove Kookaburras, there were whispers about a kid in Melbourne called Bachar who was apparently as big as everyone’s dad.
The story went he would kick 20 goals a game and get in fights with not just players from the opposing teams, but their parents as well.
We heard the name Bachar was actually a nickname as in “Basher”, because he liked to bash people.
He became this almost mythical creature from the home of footy in Victoria where kids were bigger and nastier.
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Shane Edwards lines up for goal as a junior playign in the SANFL. Picture: Stephen Laffer
Shane Edwards lines up for goal as a junior playign in the SANFL. Picture: Stephen Laffer
Shane Edwards for South Australia. Picture: Cathy Davis
Shane Edwards for South Australia. Picture: Cathy Davis
To all of us he sounded terrifying and over the years the legend only grew.
This rumour started in under-12s and went all the way through to under-15s.

I remember then seeing him for the first time a few years later and thinking, ‘Wow, that’s Bachar Houli, he’s a real person!’
He had muscles and facial hair before anyone else, and then I met him and soon realised he’s the nicest guy you’ll ever come across.
I quickly realised he’s the last person in the world to enjoy bashing people or getting in a fight with anyone’s parents.
But one part of the legend actually was true – he was often kicking 20 goals a game in the juniors.
We came across each other again at the AFL draft camp in Canberra in 2006 and we were in a similar group — medium forwards.
We did the beep test, which was my first and thankfully my last time I had to go through that.
I was only 65kg at the time so I think I won it or came close to winning it.
The next day we had the 3km time-trial and I also did well on that because again I was so light.
I remember actually beating Bachar and afterwards he made a point of coming over to me.
“Well done mate, great run,” he said.
Everyone was obviously really competitive and here was the one guy actually being nice and respectful to everyone else.
Bachar Houli congradulates Shane Edwards after their beep test at the 2006 AFL Draft camp.
Bachar Houli congradulates Shane Edwards after their beep test at the 2006 AFL Draft camp.
Yep, the very same “Basher” I’d heard all those tall tales about years earlier.
Later on when he joined me at Richmond after leaving Essendon, I quickly realised he was a much better runner than me.
He absolutely blossomed when he hit the AFL system, whereas I’ve pretty much kept the same time and had to add weight on.
I never would have thought I would play in two flags with “Basher”, my junior footy bogyman from Victoria who turned out to be by far the nicest guy I’ve ever met.
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EARLY DAYS AT PUNT RD
I’LL never forget my early days at Tigerland at the end of 2006.
I’d just been drafted, it was my first day at the club and I’d been handed the No.10 jumper, which had last been worn by 203cm ruckman Greg Stafford.
At the time they still only had the No.10 jumper in his size and I had to pose up in it.
I was just swimming in this jumper. I looked horrible.
I was 65kg, had never lifted a weight in my life to that point.
I looked absolutely awful.
If I was the club I would have undrafted me and sent me packing back to South Australia on a one-way ticket immediately.
Despite that incident, my early days there were incredible and I just remember constantly being in awe.
At the time the facilities at Punt Rd weren’t what they are today.
I remember thinking that my old SANFL club North Adelaide boasted better digs than this historic AFL club.
Often we would find possum poo on the floor of the gym in the mornings.
It didn’t bother me. I was at an AFL club and walking the hallways with the likes of Matthew Richardson.
Edwards after being drafted by the Tigers.
Edwards after being drafted by the Tigers.
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JACK AND I
I WAS drafted to Richmond alongside Jack Riewoldt, but that was not the first time I met him.
We had crossed paths months earlier at the AFL draft camp and you couldn’t miss him.
He was the loudest kid by a mile, cracking jokes with all the coaches while everyone else was just afraid of their own shadow.
Early in Jack’s career, the older guys probably would have thought, “Who is this loud and confident kid?”
That is just Jack though, and he’s never been afraid to speak up.
He was an absolute gun straight away, even though it took him a few years to get regular games because “Richo” was there.
He is just the smartest player and I remember years ago we would call him footy’s “Rain Man” because he just knew where the footy was always going to go.
The only problem with fitting into game plans is Jack is smart enough to almost beat the system and just kick a goal.
It’s almost like stopping him from kicking a goal and playing into the system, because he’s just ridiculously smart.
I fully believe that if Jack had just played in the midfield from day one he’d probably be one of the best mids in the comp. He’s just good at everything.
We’ve experienced the ups and downs at the club together for almost 15 years.
We’ve got our inside jokes and it’s good knowing that when we talk about stories from Richmond back in the day, Jack knows exactly what I’m talking about.
The Tigers’ 2006 draft class - including Jack Riewoldt (middle back) and Shane Edwards (front right).
The Tigers’ 2006 draft class - including Jack Riewoldt (middle back) and Shane Edwards (front right).
THE TRANSFORMATION AT PUNT RD
I PLAYED almost seven seasons of AFL before playing my first final.
Before that, I would sit on the couch at my parents’ home in Adelaide and watch the teams run around in September.
My off-season had already started and here were these players all finding another gear with everything on the line.
I remember thinking, “I’m buggered, the season was that hard. I have no idea about how those blokes are playing finals”.
Then once you’re in it you realise it’s largely the adrenaline that carries you through.
The difference of having a positive season rather than a negative one is actually refreshing.
The transformation at Richmond in my time has been incredible.
The journey has been gradual in terms of improving facilities, then slowly making finals every now and then or not making it to making finals regularly.
Now I feel surprised if we lose two games in a row.
Back in the day, I was just happy to be playing and to be out there.
It’s different these days.
The system is working really well and it’s a happy environment and very progressive.
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PREMIERSHIPS
THE first flag in 2017 was just surreal, I couldn’t believe it.
Even after the game at functions and the after party, my partner Sam or my dad or brother would say to me: “You just won the Grand Final.”
Those words would almost shock me again and make me think, “How did we do that?”
The whole month of finals went so quick it was just perfect.
The flag last September felt different.
I can’t think of it without thinking of Marlion Pickett.
Having him play almost took the attention away from the gravity of the event.
It changed the mindset a lot because you wanted to help Marlion just be comfortable.
It diverted a bit of your attention to look outside yourself and it probably really helped us calm the nerves.
It was extraordinary.
You wouldn’t think winning the Grand Final would almost be second-place news on the day.
Coach Damien Hardwick, Shane Edwards and captain Trent Cotchin with the 2019 premiership cup. Picture: Michael Klein.
Coach Damien Hardwick, Shane Edwards and captain Trent Cotchin with the 2019 premiership cup. Picture: Michael Klein.
BEST I’VE PLAYED WITH
IN my time at the club, I’ve played with some truly remarkable players.
It’s almost impossible to split them, but three players come to mind.
“Dusty” Martin is probably at the highest peak.
“Richo” is probably the best overall player, but I reckon Riewoldt is the most underrated.
He’s had the highest degree of difficulty in his position for the longest and been the best player at that.
So I’d almost say Riewoldt is the best, just by the fact he’s an undersized key forward who’s held the fort down for years and thrived at it.
THE FUTURE
I’M contracted for this season and the next, so I like to think I’ve still got plenty of football left in me.
Although, I must admit I have an eye on the future.
Recruitment and list management is an area I’m interested in and I’ve been doing a fair bit of stuff with our recruiters the past couple of years, going out watching under-18 games.
I’ve been learning a lot and hopefully I can transition into something like that after footy because I’m really interested in that side of the game.
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The man, the legend. Quite possibly the most underrated super star in the AFL. He is a super star because of how much difference he makes to the best team in the land. An underrated because most people don't even realise he's a star, much less a super star.

And yeah, Bachar, legend as well.
Shaun Edwards.😶
 

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