The arrival of Greg Bond to Kalgoorlie-Boulder at the end of Season 1983/84 signalled the beginning of an exciting partnership that spanned some 18 years.
After Captaining the State at National level as a junior and as a former 1st Grade WACA player for Midland Guildford, Bond arrived in town with a huge reputation. This pressure failed to bother Bond, with his trademark confidence he went about procuring a distinguished career with Great Boulder.
As was the case with many mining industry workers of the 1980’s it was not unusual for players being available to play for only half of the days play. This often lead to a scenario where Bond would take the field with limited time to build an innings and more often than not the opposition bowlers would be on the receiving end of a rampaging innings that would result in a lot more runs being scored than balls faced. It was not unfamiliar to see the ball set sail back over the bowlers head onto Bourke or Collins Street when he was on a roll at Wallace Park or indeed disappear over one of the Football Clubrooms at Sir Richard Moore.
Ironically some of his finest innings were produced at the Cruikshanks the same venue he steered home numerous winners as a Trainer/Reinsman at the local trots. Such is his love for the Gee Bees many of his pacers have been named with a distinct Great Boulder flavour.
During his career Bond was Captain Coach the club and was a premiership player on two occasions, he also represented the Eastern Goldfields at Country Week and was the recipient of the prestigious O’Shaughnessy Medal as the competitions leading player in 1995/96.
After his final season where he managed to score 511 runs it was evident that he was still more than capable of holding down a spot in the side. However it was inevitable with his two children approaching high school age it was his last season and a move back to Perth was imminent.
Such was his passion for the Gee Bees he returned from Perth on a regular basis to finish off the season and the curtain came down on his illustrious career when he strode to the crease at age 40 in the A Grade preliminary final in 2002. His career run aggregate stood at 5088 (average 27.9) which to date is second only to his close mate Brian Thomas as the clubs all time leading run scorer.
Not only did Bond serve his beloved Gee Bees with great distinction as a player and coach, his efforts were tireless in his role as a committeeman and his continuous support as a club sponsor is ever generous.
His efforts over the years culminated at the end of season 2000/01 when he was rewarded with the ultimate club honour receiving a life membership.
After forging a reputable image as both a sportsmen and businessman few would argue that one of the clubs most respected and loyal servants is Greg Bond.
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