Shane Whereat

Shane Whereat
Personal information
Born (1970-06-10) 10 June 1970 (age 51)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Height 180 cm (5 ft 11 in)
Weight 84 kg (13 st 3 lb)
Playing information
Position Wing
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1993–96 Eastern Suburbs 35 12 0 0 48
1997–99 Parramatta Eels 38 25 0 0 100
Total 73 37 0 0 148
Source: [1]

Shane Whereat (born 10 June 1970) is an Australian former professional rugby league footballer who played in the 1990s. His outstanding speed saw him mostly play on the Wing.

Playing career

A former junior rugby union player, Whereat switched to rugby league in the early 1990s and made his first grade debut on the bench for Eastern Suburbs in round 10 of the 1993 NSWRL season against the Penrith Panthers at Penrith Stadium. He went on to play 10 games and scored 4 tries in his debut season.[2]

A noted speedster, Whereat took place in the Rugby League Sprint race held during the Botany Bay Gift in March 1993. Over 75 meters, Whereat finished in fourth place behind winner Brett Dallas, second placed John Minto, and third placed Lee Oudenryn.[3] Despite losing this race, Whereat gained a reputation as one of the fastest ever players in rugby league.[4]

After spending four seasons with the Roosters where he scored 12 tries in 35 games, he signed to play with the Parramatta Eels for the 1997 season. In the 1998 season, Whereat scored 2 tries in his side's 32–20 preliminary final loss to Canterbury-Bankstown at the Sydney Football Stadium. With less than 10 minutes to go in the game, Parramatta were winning the match 18–2 and looked certain to qualify for their first grand final since 1986. Canterbury then scored 3 tries in quick succession to take the game into extra-time and ultimately win the match. The game has been described as one of the biggest comebacks in the history of the game.[5][6]

After spending three seasons with the Parramatta Eels, Whereat retired at the end of the 1999 season. He finished his stint with the Eels scoring 25 tries in 38 games.[7]


  1. ^ Shane Whereat
  2. ^ "Men's Honour Roll". Sydney Roosters.
  3. ^ 1993 Rugby League Sprint Archived 22 December 2015 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Walter, Brad (17 July 2002). "Light speed puts Clarke alongside the stars". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 21 January 2008.
  5. ^ "Top 10 preliminary final heartbreaks".
  6. ^ "Memorable Match: 1998 Preliminary Final".
  7. ^ "Official Player Numbers". Parramatta Eels.

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