Two sports better than one for Mead

Tristan WheelerManjimup-Bridgetown Times
Tristan Mead is an accomplished batsman, despite starting his career as a specialist bowler.
Camera IconTristan Mead is an accomplished batsman, despite starting his career as a specialist bowler. Credit: Manjimup-Bridgetown Times

Tristan Mead’s sporting exploits have seen him win a number of personal and team honours in both cricket and football.

During his career for the Boyup Brook Cricket Club he has amassed more than 5000 runs and 323 wickets over 15 seasons.

His innings of 197 not out, his second century of the season, was the highest in the Warren Blackwood Cricket Association in 2019-20.

Mead started cricket as a bowler but said as he gained more experience he began to improve his batting.

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“I was a bowler when I was younger,” he said.

“In junior cricket I hardly got a bat, because bowling was what I was meant to be concentrating on.

“I developed batting later on as I came down here and got more opportunities.

“I enjoy both of them — there is probably more art to bowling than batting.”

He nominated Donnybrook as the toughest opposition his side had faced.

“We used to have some good duels in the mid-2000s, they were probably the hardest team to go up against,” Mead said.

“Probably now it would be Bridgetown as they’ve matured and got quite a good side.”

Despite his number of games played, Mead said his least favourite bowling attack were his teammates (in the nets).

“They give me hell when they get me out,” he said.

As well as achieving cricket success, Mead is an accomplished footballer and coach with the Boyup Brook Football Club.

While now retired from football, Mead has had an accomplished tenure with the club.

He won the Lower South West Football League Fairest and Best medal in 2006 and helped Boyup Brook to end a 31-year premiership drought in 2012 — an achievement he considers to be a personal highlight of his football career.

Mead has also been selected in the Manjimup-Bridgetown Times Team of the Year twice as an assistant coach.

Mead also umpires football and won Umpire of the Year in 2019.

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