Shaw clan fired up for Ho­bart hos­til­i­ties

Mercury (Hobart) - - AFL, TSL -

BROTH­ERLY bat­tles between Rhyce and Heath Shaw have al­ways been fiercely com­pet­i­tive, but the lat­ter ad­mits Sun­day’s con­test in Ho­bart will be par­tic­u­larly weird.

Rhyce Shaw, seek­ing to im­prove his un­beaten record as care­taker coach of North Mel­bourne to 3-0 with vic­tory over GWS, is now plot­ting the down­fall of Giants de­fender and younger brother Heath.

“It’s great. Ob­vi­ously a pretty good start to his coach­ing ca­reer ... hope­fully that hon­ey­moon pe­riod is over this week,” Heath Shaw said yes­ter­day.

“There will be a lot of stuff talked about dur­ing the week but when we get into it, it’ll be two very com­pet­i­tive beasts both want­ing to get the win.

“Rhyce has al­ready called me a cou­ple of times, which he doesn’t usu­ally do. Try­ing to get a bit of in­side info.”

Heath of­fered one piece of team news, sug­gest­ing team­mate Toby Greene should re­turn from a knee in­jury.

The lat­est chap­ter in the Shaw sib­ling ri­valry, which started with the most un­com­pro­mis­ing of back­yard cricket show­downs, shapes as a fas­ci­nat­ing sub­plot as GWS at­tempts to shore up its top-four spot af­ter a loss to Ade­laide.

The brothers were team­mates at Colling­wood, then op­po­nents, with Rhyce join­ing Syd­ney in 2008 then Heath shift­ing to the same city in 2013 but be­com­ing a Gi­ant.

“It’s go­ing to be in­ter­est­ing ... it was weird when I first played against Rhyce af­ter he moved,” Heath said.

“But I got used to that. This is a pretty unique sit­u­a­tion ... it makes it even more weird. I think we’ll stay away from each other dur­ing the game.”

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