Bob Shearman

Robert Osborne Shearman (14 September 1939 – 29 June 1999) was an Australian rules footballer who represented Essendon in the Victorian Football League (VFL) and West Torrens and Sturt in the South Australian National Football League (SANFL) from the 1950s to the 1970s.

Bob Shearman
Personal information
Full name Robert Osborne Shearman
Date of birth (1939-09-14)14 September 1939
Date of death 29 June 1999(1999-06-29) (aged 59)
Original team(s) Aberfeldie
Height 178 cm (5 ft 10 in)
Weight 82 kg (181 lb)
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1956–1960 Essendon 64 (8)
1961–1964 West Torrens 70 (90)
1966–1972 Sturt 121 (92)
Total 255 (190)
Representative team honours
Years Team Games (Goals)
????–???? South Australia 13 (?)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1972.
Career highlights
Sources: AFL Tables,

Born in Melbourne, Shearman was recruited from Aberfeldie in the Essendon District League, and made his debut at 16 years of age. He became renowned as a strong half back flanker who could take high marks, kick prodigious drop kicks, and was good at ground level. He played in the 1957 and 1959 Grand Final losses to Melbourne.[1]

In 1961 at the age of 21, Shearman moved to South Australia and joined West Torrens. He represented South Australia at the 1961 carnival, winning All Australian selection and captained West Torrens in 1963 and 1964. In 1965 he stood out of football for the season awaiting a clearance to Sturt.[2] Joining Sturt in 1966, he was a key part of that club's "Golden Era", playing in consecutive premierships from 1966 to 1970. Shearman was subsequently named a member of Sturt's "Team of the century".[3]

Shearman was a prodigious kicker of the ball and twice won the Craven Filter national champion kick of Australia.[4]

Since 2000, Sturt and Woodville West Torrens have competed for the RO Shearman Testimonial Trophy.[5]


  1. Holmesby and Main, 2009, p. 781
  2. "History". Woodville West Torrens Football Club. Archived from the original on 12 September 2009. Retrieved 10 August 2009.
  3. "Team of the century". Sturt Football Club. Archived from the original on 4 October 2009. Retrieved 10 August 2009.
  4. "South Australian Football Record Year Book 1971": 57. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  5. "History". Sturt Football Club. Archived from the original on 4 October 2009. Retrieved 10 August 2009.


  • Holmesby, Russell; Main, Jim (2011). The Encyclopedia of AFL Footballers: Every AFL/VFL Player Since 1897 (9th ed.). Seaford: Bas Publishing. ISBN 978-1-921496-12-7.
  • Lysikatos, John (1995). Cornwall, Peter (ed.). TRUE BLUE: The History of the Sturt Football Club. Unley: Sturt Football Club. ISBN 0 9592687 1 5.
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