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July 18: Holmes a golden point hero; Sea Eagles have last laugh on Bears

On this day, the Sea Eagles and Bears had one last dance, Mark Gasnier played his final game at Kogarah, while Valentine Holmes came through in crunch time for the Sharks.


Future Kiwis international Gerard Beale is born in Brisbane. Beale debuted with the Broncos in 2009 and played 63 games with the club before joining the Dragons. He had 30 games with the Dragons and 71 with Cronulla before signing with the Warriors in 2018.

Warriors centre Gerard Beale.
Warriors centre Gerard Beale. ©Grant Trouville/NRL Photos


Michael Lichaa is born in Wollongong, NSW. Lichaa played 15 games with the Sharks in his rookie NRL season in 2014 and has spent the rest of his career with the Bulldogs.


Manly down Norths 28-22 at North Sydney Oval in the final clash between the two clubs.


Dragons centre Mark Gasnier plays his final game at WIN Jubilee Oval, Kogarah as St George Illawarra crush neighbours Cronulla 38-8 to complete the NRL’s Rivalry Round.

Former Dragons centre Mark Gasnier.
Former Dragons centre Mark Gasnier. ©NRL Photos


Cronulla winger Valentine Holmes seals a golden point victory for the Sharks in skipper Paul Gallen’s 250th first grade game with a dramatic field goal against Canberra at GIO Stadium. The Sharks survived a controversial no try ruling against prop Andrew Fifita before the game was decided in extra-time.


This article contains information from the official records of NRL historian David Middleton.