Tony Shaw: Collingwood champ’s property journey

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Collingwood Champ, Tony Shaw with his 1990 best-and-fairest, Copeland and Norm Smith medals. Picture: Tim Carrafa

Tony Shaw is a former AFL captain and coach who played for the Collingwood Football Club.

The Pies legend and premiership player notched an impressive 313 games and 157 goals from 1978 until 1994.

He is also currently a partner at McGrath real estate’s Greensborough office.

Here’s how the savvy sportsman, media personality and agent climbed the property ladder.

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Tony Shaw is chaired by his teammates and holds the premiership cup aloft after the 1990 grand final. Collingwood v Essendon. MCG.

Tony Shaw is chaired by his teammates and holds the premiership cup after the 1990 Grand Final.


My first rental was after I got married in 1982. It was a one-bed, one-bath unit that was one of six in Reservoir. We were only there for six months and when we were on our way out we cleaned up and found a diamond ring. We gave it to the police and three months later we got it back because no one claimed it. It’s still part of my wife’s jewellery today.

But we bought our first home in Eltham in 1983. I went to the (Collingwood) footy club and asked them for a $10,000 advance for my next year’s contract to buy the place — but the problem was I didn’t have a contract yet. Luckily they gave it to me, because if they didn’t I wouldn’t have been able to buy in that spot. I think it was about $83,000. We were there for 31 years and extended it four times and brought our kids up there.


We’re in Greensborough. We upsized mainly for our kids and grandkids but we love the home. We moved here because our kids moved away, so we have one in Briar Hill and one in St Helena, we’re in the middle now. I have a bit of a green thumb and I’ve just put in an irrigation system.

Positano resort, Italy

Positano on the Amalfi Coast is a pretty dreamy location for a dream home.


I don’t like sitting around because I like to keep moving, but the only place (where) I’d sit on my backside would be the Amalfi Coast in Italy. If I could get house on the rocks overlooking the ocean, that would be amazing. It would have big open windows so you could look over the water — but I’m not too fussed, I just like a home that feels like a home. It’s just got to be family oriented.

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