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Reunion golf day worth the drive

Tuesday, 22nd March, 2011

COME AND GET ‘EM: Former local Steve “Spog” Hywood with some of the trophies which will be up for grabs at the Great BH Reunion golf day. COME AND GET ‘EM: Former local Steve “Spog” Hywood with some of the trophies which will be up for grabs at the Great BH Reunion golf day.

By John Casey

Former local sporting star Steve "Spog" Hywood has thrown out the challenge to sportsmen and women still living in the city to get involved in the big golf day planned to coincide with next month's "Great Broken Hill Reunion".

Hywood, who reached the pinnacle of Aussie Rules football by playing in the 1972 grand final for Richmond at the MCG in front of more than 112,000 fans, said the golf day would be a great occasion.

"I'm sure there will be a little bit of rivalry between ex-players from the four local footy clubs for bragging rights, so the pressure will be on," Hywood said.

"We've already had about 40 ex-Broken Hill people commit themselves to the day and now we want some of the residents to nominate as well.

"There will be great trophies on offer and we're hoping someone will have the chance to win AFL grand final tickets as well, but it's not about the golf or winning - it's about everyone getting together again for a fun day."

The golf day has been named in honour of another former Broken Hill sporting great, the late Ron Serich.

Like Hywood, Serich was a champion footballer with South Broken Hill who later switched to Richmond in the VFL.

"Ron really loved his golf as well and was a terrific all-round sportsmen so it is fitting that he has been recognised in this way," reunion organiser Tony Vance said.

Serich made his debut for Richmond as a 20-year-old against Collingwood at Victoria Park, helping them to a 23-point victory over the Magpies.

In his three seasons with the Tigers, Serich played 28 games in the number 38 jumper and kicked a total of 36 goals, including a career-high of five against North Melbourne on June 2, 1962, at Punt Road.

Anyone interested in nominating for the golf day can phone Steve Hywood on 0411-559-206 or contact the BH Golf & Country Club on 8087-9099.

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