‘My $500,000 saved Cronulla’
HE’S A 70-SOMETHING FORMER BUSINESS TYCOON who now quietly sails his boat around the bays of Cronulla, but few realise that without Peter Gow there might not be a Sharks team to contest the grand final.
Gow was Cronulla chairman during a tempestuous period for the club in the 1990s, and has revealed to
RLW how close the Sharks came to dying. He says it took a $500,000 injection of his own cash to keep the Sharks alive as receivers attempted to shut the club down.
“We were days… if not hours… away from having the doors shut and the club disbanded for all time, more than once,” reveals Gow, who was made a life member of the Sharks in appreciation of his efforts this year.
“The licensed club was in receivership and the banks and the receivers wanted to wind us up and close us down. It took a lot of sweet-talking, the fact I was a good customer of the bank, and some begging for them to allow us to continue playing.
“I trod on a lot of toes and called in a lot of favours. We were essentially playing poker with no cards, but somehow we bluffed our way through. We didn’t quite hit rock bottom, but we touched the sides.”
Gow (pictured) was at last weekend’s win over the Cowboys and finished the night shedding tears of joy.
“After all the hard times we have been through, it was great to see the boys fight through to the grand final,” he says.