Vale Greg Pierce
It is with deep regret that we announce the death of Gymea Gorilla legend Greg ‘Skipper’ Pierce. Greg was graded by the Sharks from Gymea in 1969 and went onto play over 210 1st grade games before retiring in 1980. He was a long term captain of the team between 1975 and 1980 and went on to coach the 1st grade side in 1981 and 1982. He played in the infamous 1973 Grand Final against Manly and earned a berth in the Australian Kangaroo team that toured England and France that same year. He regularly represented Sydney, NSW and Australia with distinction and Captained the Australian side against New Zealand in Australia in 1978 and in doing so became the 1st Cronulla player to Captain Australia. He was later appointed as the Vice-Captain of the 1978 Kangaroos team. He is the only Cronulla Captain to hoist silverware when the Sharks won the ‘Amco Cup’ in 1979. Greg was the first Gymea Junior to captain Cronulla and then go on to represent his country. His portrait, commissioned after being selected to represent Australia, has hung in the Gorilla Club House since its opening in 1974.
He was selected as an ‘Immortal’ at the Sharks in 2005. In 2012 he was selected Captain and lock of the Gymea “Green Team”, the best Gymea team of the last 50 years.
Despite achieving the highest honours in the professional arena he still found the time and energy to coach numerous Gymea teams and lend his advice to emerging coaches. He was a regular at re-unions and life member days being an entertaining guest speaker. Greg was one out of the box for a Rugby League player emerging from the 60’s. He was bright, articulated and university educated. He was a gifted public speaker and was identified early on in his career as a leader of men. Despite having the highest regard for a healthy lifestyle, he suffered ill health of recent times that curtailed his activities.
A man that has left an indelible foot print at both ‘Corea Road’ and ‘Endeavour Field’. May he now rest in peace.