It was a milestone night for a couple of Sharks when they faced the Storm last Thursday night, with Gerard Beale chalking up his 150th NRL game.
Despite the result not going in their favour, the Storm sneaking home at the death, it was still a special occasion for Beale and 100-gamer Chad Townsend.
A Brisbane boy who played for the Broncos and Dragons before landing in the Shire and at the Sharks, Beale epitomises the ultimate professional, the player capable of doing a quality job for his coach wherever required.
Beale debuted at the Broncos back in 2009 while still a teenager, transferred to the Dragons in 2013 and became a Shark in 2015 and at just 26, his record and experience belies his age with the centre/winger not only playing 150 games in the NRL but also for the Kiwis on 10 occasions.
It goes without saying that Beale played an integral role during the Sharks premiership winning season of 2016.
In recognition of his 150th game the Sharks put together a video tribute, as shown on the big screen on game night and now playing on Sharks
Born – Brisbane
Junior Club – Logan Brothers
NRL debut – Brisbane v Manly, round 9, 2009
Sharks debut – Sharks v Canberra, round 1, 2015
Previous clubs – Brisbane (2009-2012), St George Illawarra (2013-2014)
NRL games – 150
Tries scored – 39
Sharks Games played – 58
Tries scored – 9
10 Tests for New Zealand
Tries scored – 5
Member of the Sharks Premiership winning team of 2016