Monday Memories is marking the anniversary of one of the most sensational tries in NRL history, and PNG international David Mead’s most memorable moment in Titans colours.
Six years on, and we haven’t seen anything else like it. In fact, if the NRL sticks around for another thousand years, it’s unlikely a player will produce anything to match David Mead’s gobsmacking pick-up to score a try for Gold Coast against Cronulla in 2011.
Titans half Scott Prince had overcooked his cross-field kick slightly, but flying winger Mead – running at full pace – put out his mitt and the ball stuck on the half-volley, leaving the Toyota Stadium crowd and thousands of TV viewers stunned as he scooted in for a miraculous try.
It was the sort of moment that ultimately renders the result unimportant – few will remember that Mead scored another try that night to help Gold Coast to a 20-16 victory.
The Titans finished with the wooden spoon in 2011, but Mead enjoyed a breakout year with a club record 16 tries (equalled this year by James Roberts). Remarkably, they all came in his last 17 appearances of the season (for just four wins) after enduring a try drought at the beginning of the season.
Mead, now at the Broncos, left the Titans with a club-record 67 tries to his credit, but it’s unlikely the Country Origin rep will ever bag another as memorable as that screamer on a winter’s night in the Shire.