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Harrigan’s Heroes Storm Bondi

By Duncan Horscroft on April 25, 2011 in Sport

It was enough to bring a tear to a glass eye. Well, Bill Harrigan’s anyway.

After tackling the pristine greens of the Bondi Golf Club for more than 15 years, the Bondi Junction Waverley RSL Club – or Club Bondi Junction as it is now known – broke through for their inaugural win in the Waverley Shield.

And even the fact that the cheeky Bronte RSL Club already had an Alan Hayes engraving depicting their win ready to put on the Cup as defending champions was no deterrent to the straight-hitting band of stalwarts from Bondi Junction.

A team score of 146 was too good for the other combatants representing the remaining six Waverley clubs, with nearest rivals Bronte three shots off the pace in the twice-yearly competition.

“We have been runner-up in the Shield a few times and it was just awesome to finally win it,” Club Bondi Junction general manager and team member Peter Gasson said.

“It was an emotional moment and even our captain and club president Bill Harrigan, who is never short for words, found the moment moving.

“There will be no stopping us now and, as hosts of the next event, we will be looking to make it back-to-back wins.”

Along with Bill and Peter, the other members of the winning team were Chris Smith, Chris Evans, Kevin Hagan, Paul Dagg, Mark Peoples and Gerry Evans.

Your shout for the tissues, Bill!