Robbie Mears

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Robbie Mears
Personal information
Full name Robert Mears
Born (1974-09-25) 25 September 1974 (age 39)
Liverpool, New South Wales, Australia
Playing information
Height 173 cm (5 ft 8 in)
Weight 89 kg (14 st 0 lb)
Position Hooker
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1994–1996 Eastern Suburbs 10 1 0 0 4
1997–1998 Canterbury Bulldogs 16 7 0 0 28
1999–2000 Auckland Warriors 40 10 0 0 40
2001 Leeds Rhinos 23 6 0 0 24
2002–2004 Wests Tigers 57 15 0 0 60
2005 Leigh Centurions 14 0 0 0 0
Total 160 39 0 0 156
Source: [1]

Robert "Robbie" Mears (born 25 September 1974 in Liverpool, New South Wales) is an Australian former rugby league player. His usual position was at hooker.

Early years[edit]

While attending Campbelltown's St. Gregory's College, Mears played for the Australian Schoolboys team in 1992.[2]

Australia[edit]

Mears joined the Eastern Suburbs Roosters in 1994 and made his first grade debut in Round 14, coming off the bench against the Cronulla Sharks. However over the next three seasons Mears was only used sporadically by the club and he made just nine more appearances for the Roosters.

Looking for more first grade opportunities, Mears joined the Canterbury Bulldogs in 1997. He started in reserve grade but got an opportunity to play first grade when Jason Hetherington went down injured. In 1998 he was a regular in the reserve grade team and played in the side that defeated the Parramatta Eels's in the Grand Final.

Warriors[edit]

Not wanted by the Bulldogs for 1999, Mears moved into the bush and played for the Ourimbah Magpies in the Country Rugby League Central Coast Division. His form was good enough to make the Country Firsts team for the curtain raiser to the ANZAC Test, where his performance got him noticed by several NRL clubs.

He was signed by the Auckland Warriors after injuries to both Syd Eru and Jason Death and made his debut for the club in Round 11. He went on to play 40 first grade games for the club over the next two seasons and was a fan favourite. However with the purchase of the club, but not the players contracts, by Eric Watson at the end of the 2000 season, Mears was left looking for another club.

Leeds[edit]

Mears joined the Leeds Rhinos as their final signing for the 2001 season. However he had a horror run at the club, fracturing his collar bone in the first game of the season. While recovering from injury his house was burgled four times.[3] He managed to recover and play 23 Super League games for the club, showing good form and being awarded the Supporters Player of the Year award. However in the final game of the season he severely fractured his cheek bone after a high shot by Sonny Nickle.[4] Nickle was suspended nine games for the high shot and Mears was awarded damages after a lawsuit.[5][6] Mears left the Rhinos at the end of the season, unhappy with his treatment at the club.[3]

Tigers[edit]

Mears joined the Wests Tigers on a one year deal for the 2002 season. His return to the NRL proved to be a success and he played 24 games for the Wests Tigers, earning a new contract in the process. Mears played for the Wests Tigers for two more seasons, playing in 33 more games. He was released from his contract at the end of 2004 due to the emergence of Robbie Farah as a hooker at the Tigers.

Leigh[edit]

Not retained by the Tigers after the 2004 season, Mears instead joined the Mittagong Lions club in the Country Rugby League Group 6 competition.[7][8]

In April 2005 Mears returned to England, joining the Leigh Centurions on a one year contract, with an option for a second year.[9][10] He replaced an injured Jason Ferris as the quota player of the Centurions. Mears played in fourteen games for the Centurions however they were relegated at the end of the year and he left the club.

Country Rugby League[edit]

In 2006 Mears joined the Thirlmere-Tahmoor Roosters in the CRL Group 6 competition. He captained the side and scored their only try in the Grand Final, when they defeated the Picton Magpies 6-0.[11] He also played for the club in 2007 and 2008.[12]

In 2009 Mears joined the Narellan Jets as the head coach.[13] The Jets also play in Group 6.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Robert Mears Rugby League Project
  2. ^ "SportingPulse Homepage for Australian Secondary Schools Rugby League". SportingPulse. Retrieved 2008-10-10. 
  3. ^ a b Mears takes swipe at Rhinos BBC Sport, 12 January 2002
  4. ^ Victory at a price; Mears injury mars Leeds celebrations The Liverpool Daily Post, 8 September 2001
  5. ^ Leigh bring in Mears to boost their chances of survival The Times, 21 April 2005
  6. ^ Vikings ring out 18-12 overture Liverpool Echo, 27 December 2001
  7. ^ Mears relishes second chance for career in England The Independent, 30 April 2005
  8. ^ Mittagong Sign Group 6 Leading Try-Scorer rleague.com, 28 Nov 2004
  9. ^ Leigh look to experienced Mears to fight drop The Independent, 21 April 2005
  10. ^ Leigh sign Mears Manchester Evening News, 20 April 2005
  11. ^ Player Profiles 2008 Thirlmere-Tahmoor Roosters Official Site
  12. ^ Extra-time thriller: Stockies beaten on buzzer Goulburn Post, 29 August 2007
  13. ^ Narellan Jets can fly, says Mears Camden Advertiser, 18 February 2009

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