Jason Shields, Geelong Advertiser 21/09/2009

SOUTH Barwon veteran Tim Sherman admitted he was “put through the ringer” on Saturday morning to prove his fitness ahead of the grand final.
Sherman, who injured his hamstring in the preliminary final win over Bell Park, became the story of GFL grand final week as he fought to come back for what was likely to be his last game.

His efforts were rewarded with a fifth premiership medal and was capped with a typically classy goal in the 23rd minute of the final quarter. “We did anything and everything and we left no stone unturned,” Sherman said of his week of recovery.

“There were some really generous people who gave up their time and helped me get through.” SOUTH Barwon veteran Tim Sherman admitted he was put through the ringer” on Saturday morning to prove his fitness ahead of the grand final.

Sherman, who injured his hamstring in the preliminary final win over Bell Park, became the story of GFL grand final week as he fought to come back for what was likely to be his last game.
His efforts were rewarded with a fifth premiership medal and was capped with a typically classy goal in the 23rd minute of the final quarter. “We did anything and everything and we left no stone unturned,” Sherman said of his week of recovery.

There were some really generous people who gave up their time and helped me get through.”

The forward was put through a morning fitness test by the Swans’ coaching staff and declared fit to play at 10am, leaving Jesse Mawson as the unlucky emergency.

But Sherman struggled to have any impact and found himself on and off the ground throughout the match, before his crowning goal late in the final term.

Sherman said this premiership win was “right up there” in terms of team satisfaction after the disappointment of missing the grand final last year.

“It is sort of like the second coming,” he said.

“I suppose we had our three in a row and then dropped off last year and now we are right to go again. We had seven young guys under 20 I think so all of the premierships are different and there is a different feel to this one. Either way, to finish on this note, there is no better way to do it.”

Career Statistics: Tim Sherman #113

Years Played1995, 1997-2003, 2005-2009
Senior Games200
Goals216
Senior Premierships2001, 2005, 2006, 2007
Best & Fairest2000
Runner-Up B&F2002
GFL Interleague Representative
GFL Team of the Year1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002
Senior Captain2001-2003
Jumper Number44