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Sharman falls short of hitting 100 mark

Wynyard’s Taylor Reeves punches the ball clear in a rucking contest in Saturday’s clash against East Devonort. Picture: NEIL RICHARDSON

WYNYARD spearhead Gregg Sharman will have to wait for at least one more week in his search for 100 goals for the season.

Sharman went into the game against East Devonport at Girdlestone Park needing seven goals to reach the century for the second year running and even though his team kicked 23.21 (159) and won by 117 points, he struggled to kick 3.6 in an unusually inaccurate display.

It prevented Sharman from enjoying a double celebration as players formed a guard of honour to welcome him onto the ground to mark his 300th senior game.

Carrying his young son Theo, the 36-year-old was warmly applauded to mark his outstanding career which includes premierships with Clarence and Wynyard.

Sharman has averaged over six goals a game this season but yesterday was frustrated by East Devonport’s defensive tactics and his own wayward shots at goal.

Although Wynyard won easily, coach Errol Bourn wasn’t all that impressed with his team’s effort as they had to work hard against a vastly improved East Devonport team.

With Wynyard needing to look for alternative goalkickers, it was left to Lachie Bissett who finished with five and Jacob Hamill chipped in with three.

Wynyard was quite happy with the comeback game of Zane Murphy who had missed several weeks after a hernia operation, and Zac Smith, Cameron Betts along with Bissett were among the best.

East Devonport had been beaten by margins of 283 points and 165 points in previous encounters against Wynyard and showed their improvement yesterday.

Although the Cats got away in the second half, the Swans never gave up and were led by Nathan Applebee, Simon Ackerley, Glenn Spencer and Chris Poole.

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