‘My $500,000 saved Cronulla’

Rugby League Week - - News - TONY ADAMS

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.

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