Wickham notches up 28-goal haul

TAMAR Cats full-forward David Wickham had a beer with his teammates yesterday to celebrate his record-breaking 28-goal haul in NTFA division 2 on Saturday against Perth.

The 33-year-old builder kicked 28.6 for the Cats in a stellar performance - a club and all-time NTFA goalkicking record.

The Cats' final score of 49.12 (306) is also considered to be a club record.

``The boys had been saying to me for the past few weeks that I might be able to get it (the record) but I didn't think I would,'' Wickham said.

``We just played really well and it was a good day all around - it's the most goals I've ever kicked.''

Wickham's previous best tally was 18,  scored a few years ago in the under-18s at South Launceston, and he kicked 15 for Rocherlea playing in NTFA division 1.

He was part of three division 1 premierships with Rocherlea in seven or eight seasons before joining the Cats this season.

``I've just been enjoying my footy this year and living down at Greens Beach, and the club has been good to me,'' he said.

``If it's an NTFA record, it is good to have something like that - but I always say you can't do it without your teammates, because the ball was coming in really well.''

A former Clarence and South Launceston player, Wickham has kicked more than 100 goals in a season six or seven times, with 162 goals his best total.

Tamar Cats full-forward David Wickham has achieved  a club and all-time NTFA goalkicking record. Picture: PAUL SCAMBLER

Tamar Cats full-forward David Wickham has achieved a club and all-time NTFA goalkicking record. Picture: PAUL SCAMBLER

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