Fullback of the Half Century: David Peachey
For almost a decade David Peachey excited the Sharks faithful with his long loping stride and ability to sniff out a try.
One of the Club’s most iconic players, Peachey was brought to the big smoke from Dubbo in rural New South Wales by the late Arthur Beetson, making an immediate impression in the Sharks Presidents Cup team and never looking back from there.
Peachey would debut for the Sharks in 1994 and before pulling up stumps in 2005 some 11 seasons later, would play 232 top grade games in Cronulla colours.
Sharks NRL team captain in 60 games, Peachey’s ability to glide through defensive lines and his penchant for placing the ball just centimetres from the dead-ball line when scoring a try, were amongst the idiosyncrasies that made him a fan favourite throughout the league.
Named Dally M Fullback of the Year in 1999 and 2000 along with Dally M Captain of the Year in 2001, Peachey made two State of Origin appearances (1 x ARL, 1 x Super League) while also touring with the Australian Super League side.
Accompanied by his 20-year-old son Wyndam at the Gala Ball last Friday night, Peachey was proud to accept his selection as Fullback in the Sharks Team of the Half Century, thanking the great Arthur Beetson for seeing the potential in him way back when and Johnny Lang for being a coach to bring out the best in him during his early years at the Sharks.
A Sharks great, David Peachey is an extremely worthy inclusion in the Team of the Half Century.