David Mead (rugby league)

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David Mead
David Moore.jpg
Personal information
Full name David Mead (formerly Moore)
Born (1988-11-04) 4 November 1988 (age 26)
Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
Height 183 cm (6 ft 0 in)
Weight 92 kg (14 st 7 lb)
Playing information
Position Wing, Fullback, Centre
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2009– Gold Coast Titans 124 58 0 0 232
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2008–13 PNG 8 5 0 0 20
2014–15 NSW Country 2 3 0 0 12
As of 21 June 2015
Source: [1]

David Mead (formerly Moore)[2] (born 4 November 1988) is a Papua New Guinean professional rugby league footballer who currently plays for the Gold Coast Titans of the National Rugby League. A Papua New Guinea international and New South Wales Country Origin representative, Mead primarily plays on the wing but can fill in at fullback and centre.

Background[edit]

Born in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, Mead moved to Australia as a 12-year old and attended Kadina High School and Trinity Catholic College in Lismore, New South Wales.[3] Mead played junior football with Lismore Marist Brothers before being signed by the Gold Coast Titans.[4] Mead played for the Titans NYC team in 2008. Mead was named in the Papua New Guinea squad for the 2008 Rugby League World Cup.[5] Mead played impressively during the World Cup in his 3 matches and his NRL debut for the Titans was highly anticipated.

Playing career[edit]

2009[edit]

On 30 January 2009, Mead signed a contract extension with the Gold Coast Titans after turning down an offer from the Sydney Roosters.[6] In Round 13 of the 2009 NRL season, Mead made his NRL debut for the Titans against the St George Illawarra Dragons off the interchange bench in the Titans 28-24 win at Cbus Super Stadium.[7] In Mead's next appearance in Round 16 against the New Zealand Warriors, Mead made his first appearance in the starting line-up, and scored his first and second NRL career tries in the Titans 28-12 win at Cbus Super Stadium.[8] Mead finished his debut year in the NRL with him playing in 14 matches and scoring 8 tries. He was part of the Papua New Guinea squad for the 2009 Pacific Cup,[9] and was named their player of the year.[10]

2010[edit]

A regular on the wing in 2010, Mead was one of the club's leaders in many statistics before a foot injury saw him miss the rest of the season from Round 16 onwards. Mead said, "It is pretty frustrating because I have worked so hard and to get halfway through the year now and it is all just gone, just like that."[11] In Round 12 against the Sydney Roosters, Mead scored a hatrick of tries in the Titans 30-16 loss.[12] Mead played in 15 matches and scored 6 tries during 2010.

2011[edit]

Despite the Titans poor record in 2011, Mead played in every match and was the club's top tryscorer with 16 tries from 24 appearances. In Round 22 against the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks, Mead scored what some considered the best try of the year when he collected a Scott Prince cross over kick on the fly behind his back one handed to score in the 20-16 win at Remondis Stadium. Assistant coach Steve Muphy said, "I can't believe he caught that ball. It was just one of those freak things, those amazing things. He's got those in him, Dave."[13]

2012[edit]

Mead played in 20 matches and scored 10 tries for the Titans in the 2012 NRL season. On 6 December 2012, Mead extended his contract with the Titans for 4 years till the end of the 2016 season.[14]

2013[edit]

In Round 23 against the North Queensland Cowboys, Mead became the first Gold Coast Titans player to score 50 tries in the 22-10 loss at 1300SMILES Stadium.[15] Mead played in 16 matches and scored 11 tries in 2013. In October, Mead represented Papua New Guinea in the 2013 Rugby League World Cup, playing in all 3 matches at fullback.

2014[edit]

In February, Mead was selected for the Titans inaugural 2014 Auckland Nines squad.[16] Mead was selected for the Country Origin team in the annual City vs Country Origin match after sorting out his eligibility for New South Wales.[17] Mead played at fullback and scored 2 tries in the 26-26 all draw in Dubbo.[18] In Round 11 against the New Zealand Warriors, Mead played his 100th NRL career match in the 24-16 loss at Cbus Super Stadium.[19] Mead finished the 2014 NRL season with him playing 18 matches and scoring 4 tries, his worst try-scoring effort to date.

2015[edit]

In January, Mead was named in the Gold Coast Titans' 2015 NRL Auckland Nines squad.[20]

Statistics[edit]

Season Team Pld T G FG Pts
2009 Gold Coast Titans colours.svg Gold Coast Titans 14 8 0 0 32
2010 Gold Coast Titans colours.svg Gold Coast Titans 15 6 0 0 24
2011 Gold Coast Titans colours.svg Gold Coast Titans 24 16 0 0 64
2012 Gold Coast Titans colours.svg Gold Coast Titans 20 10 0 0 40
2013 Gold Coast Titans colours.svg Gold Coast Titans 16 11 0 0 44
2014 Gold Coast Titans colours.svg Gold Coast Titans 18 4 0 0 16
Totals 107 55 0 0 220

(* denotes season still competing)

Honours[edit]

Debut
Papua New Guinea Kumuls
PNG Test Debut – 25 October 2008
Gold Coast Titans
First Grade Debut – 8 June 2009
Awards
Preceded by
Award Introduced
Gold Coast Titans
"The Preston"

2012
Succeeded by
William Zillman
Records
Gold Coast Titans
Most Tries (51)
Gold Coast Titans
Most Tries in a Season (16)

References[edit]

  1. ^ David Mead rugbyleagueproject.org
  2. ^ http://www.nrl.com/News/Latest/tabid/10244/default.aspx?id=53683
  3. ^ http://stevemascord.com/2013/05/03/men-of-the-world-two-david-mead-papua-new-guinea-australia/
  4. ^ http://www.northernstar.com.au/news/mead-on-raider-alert/549378/
  5. ^ http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/rugby_league/7669326.stm
  6. ^ http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/sport/nrl/titans-youngsters-stay-loyal/story-e6frexr9-1111118713475
  7. ^ http://www.foxsports.com.au/nrl/nrl-premiership/gold-coast-titans-defeat-st-george-illawarra-28-24/story-fn2mcuj6-1225729872118
  8. ^ http://www.foxsports.com.au/nrl/nrl-premiership/young-guns-inspire-depleted-gold-coast-titans-to-big-win-over-warriors/story-fn2mcuj6-1225741652678
  9. ^ http://www.thenational.com.pg/?q=node/1554 Kumuls named
  10. ^ http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/sport/nrl/hayne-named-player-of-the-year/story-e6frexnr-1225795997992
  11. ^ http://www.goldcoast.com.au/article/2010/06/30/233771_gold-coast-lead-story.html
  12. ^ http://www.couriermail.com.au/sport/nrl/sydney-roosters-beat-gold-coast-titans-30-16-in-nrl-round-12-match/story-e6frep5x-1225873720312
  13. ^ http://wwos.ninemsn.com.au/article.aspx?id=8282432
  14. ^ http://www.zerotackle.com/nrl/mead-resigns-titans-2016-8203/
  15. ^ http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/sport/nrl/north-queensland-cowboys-beat-gold-coast-titans-22-10-in-nrl-round-23/story-fni3fbgz-1226699040076
  16. ^ http://rugbyleagueweek.com.au/squads-auckland-nines/
  17. ^ http://www.couriermail.com.au/sport/nrl/david-mead-a-kumul-chameleon-after-the-papua-new-guinea-international-changes-eligibility/story-fniabjcr-1226900064511
  18. ^ http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/sport/nrl/hulking-centre-jamal-idris-stars-in-thrilling-citycountry-draw-in-dubbo/story-fni3fbgz-1226904860045
  19. ^ http://www.couriermail.com.au/sport/nrl/dave-taylor-shines-as-gold-coast-titans-keep-sinking-following-loss-to-warriors/story-fniabrr8-1226930400568
  20. ^ http://rugbyleagueweek.com.au/titans-2015-nines-squad/

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