Robert Shaw

June 21, 2022

Tassie royalty Robert Shaw believes a Tasmania licence will reignite the island’s talent pathway and create a new wave of heroes for budding AFL youngsters to aspire to.

Tassie royalty Robert Shaw believes a Tasmania licence will reignite the island’s talent pathway and create a new wave of heroes for budding AFL youngsters to aspire to.

Shaw, who coached Tasmania in the historic upset victory against Victoria in 1990, told The Believers: Tasmania’s AFL Journey podcast that a local professional team will strengthen the code nationally.

“We have to turn it around and give kids a dream. I played football because I had heroes and I want to be like them,” Shaw said.

“So to me it is a field of dreams. That’s what it will be. I still have the childish dream. I want to see this happen.”

On the episode, Shaw details:

  • Coaching Tasmania to a historic State of Origin victory against Victoria in 1990
  • Becoming Kevin Sheedy’s right-hand man following a playing career riddled with knee injuries
  • How Fitzroy could’ve avoided merging with Brisbane
  • Why a Tassie team will be integral for the growth of Aussie Rules

We have to turn it around and give kids a dream. I played football because I had heroes and I want to be like them.

Shaw has aspirations to create a Tasmania football museum, following the success of a Facebook page he established during Covid that connects the Tassie footy community.
“It’s one of the most satisfying things I’ve ever done in my life,” he said.


“(A Tasmanian team) means so much to us. We‘ve connected people, we’ve found people. We’ve also had enough stuff pledged to us to undertake a feasibility study to have a Tasmanian Australian Rules football museum.


“We’ve had contact with over 300 families that have pledged dad’s jumpers and club jumpers that are no longer.


“That is a dream of mine to have a museum hopefully connected to the team.”