Shepparton News

Rok-star Bears pair go west

- By Zac Standish

Shepparton Bears 2018 premiershi­p stars Harry Boyd and Nik Rokahr will become honorary South Australian­s at the weekend, as they prepare to represent the SANFL in its annual clash against the WAFL in Perth.

Plying their trade for Norwood, the pair have been standouts for the Redlegs in the opening portion of the season despite their underwhelm­ing 2-4 start.

Rokahr, who is in his third campaign at the Parade, has led from the front through the midfield, averaging a prolific 29.2 disposals, 5.5 tackles and 4.7 clearances per game.

Boyd has flourished up forward in his second season as a Redleg, kicking six majors and averaging 15.7 disposals a game.

Having coached the pair in Shepparton’s famous 2018 premiershi­p, former Bears coach Sean Harrap said he was thrilled to see them thriving in the SANFL.

“They are both doing really well and I’m very happy for them,” Harrap said.

“They have both taken their game to a new level and I think Nik in particular having been there the extra year continues to improve.

“Looking at it I think he (Nik) is leading the competitio­n in disposals at the moment, so I am just pumped to see him, and Harry, get the opportunit­y at this higher level.”

He said the talent of both boys was clearly evident back in 2018, and he was not surprised to see them doing well at state league level.

“Obviously the year when (Bears) won the flag at Shepparton, Roks won the league medal and pushed his game to a new level, and he’s really gone on from that and matured to be dominating at SANFL level,” Harrap said.

“Harry was playing VFL footy at Werribee as well in 2018, and since then he’s got a lot bigger and has a lot of potential as a forward.

“I do keep in contact with them and they are both loving playing for Norwood.”

The pair will take to Optus Stadium this Sunday with the match between South Australia and Western Australia set to begin at noon local time.

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Shepparton Bears product Nik Rokahr is loving life in the
SANFL. Taking his game to new heights: Shepparton Bears product Nik Rokahr is loving life in the
 ?? ?? Fantastic opportunit­y: Shepparton’s Harry Boyd will suit up for the SANFL in its annual clash with the WAFL on Sunday.
Fantastic opportunit­y: Shepparton’s Harry Boyd will suit up for the SANFL in its annual clash with the WAFL on Sunday.

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