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.
|Full name||Robert Osborne Shearman|
|Date of birth||14 September 1939|
|Date of death||29 June 1999 59)(aged|
|Height||178 cm (5 ft 10 in)|
|Weight||82 kg (181 lb)|
|1961–1964||West Torrens||70 (90)|
|Representative team honours|
|????–????||South Australia||13 (?)|
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1972.
|Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com|
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.
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. 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".
Since 2000, Sturt and Woodville West Torrens have competed for the RO Shearman Testimonial Trophy.
- Holmesby and Main, 2009, p. 781
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- "Team of the century". Sturt Football Club. Archived from the original on 4 October 2009. Retrieved 10 August 2009.
- "South Australian Football Record Year Book 1971": 57. Cite journal requires
- "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.