Easts Past History

Easts Past Players

Honorary Life Members

Although we have experienced ups and downs over the 84 years, the foundations have been built and maintained through the dedication of men interested in furthering the cause of rugby in the ACT, and in particular the fortunes of Easts.

There are countless numbers who played their part in contributing to the Club’s growth. A few who are representative of many have been singled out over the years for their exceptional service and rewarded with honorary life membership for those efforts. They are:


(elected to life member pre 1949)*

— Long term supporter and worker from foundation of Club in 1938.

Max J SATTLER (1957)

— Former player/captain and member of devoted small group which reformed the Club in 1952.

— Administrator in the 1950s as president, secretary, treasurer, 1st grade coach and selector.

— Assisted in founding Juniors in 1952.

P S (Sacs) GALLAGHER (1958)*

— Long term supporter/mentor throughout the reformed period and later in the 1950s.

— Substantial involvement in early years of Juniors as coach and supporter.

— Administrator/committee member and selector in the 1950s.

Jack M DAVIS (1964)*

— Stalwart supporter and member of group which kept the Club going in early 1960s.

— President 1963-64.

— Long involvement with Juniors as coach and administrator.

— President of initial Club Inc committee and No 1 badge holder.

Jim McGRATH (1964)*

— Former player and member of group which kept the Club going in the early 1960s.

— Administrator in early 1960s as president, treasurer, selector and senior vice-president.

C J (Gus) VALLANCE (1969)

— Outstanding efforts in the development of Easts Juniors and coach of various junior teams from 1958 to 1984.

— ACT Under-14s coach and selector and manager of ACT Junior representative teams for over 25 years.

— Senior club president and selector in the late 1960s.

— Active and effective link between the junior and senior club.

Arthur H BROWN (1973)

Best known as “Mr Easts”

Ian D WELLS (1975)

— Former player and secretary/committee member in the mid 1960s.

— Tireless worker in fund-raising, catering and support activities for both the Rugby Club and the Club Inc.

— Committee member of the Club Inc during the important development and early trading years and president in the late 1970s.

Bruce J MAY (1978)
— Player and secretary/committee member in the late 1960s to 1978.

— Secretary/committee member of the Club Inc from 1971 to 1977.

— Administrator/organiser of many activities for both Clubs.

— Reviver of the Old Cogs as Golden Oldies participants in Sydney.

Neil S CAMPBELL (1980)

— Long involvement with development of Juniors 1 n the 1960s as coach and administrator.

— Committee member of both Rugby Club and Club Inc over three decades.

— Tireless worker in building, maintenance and renovation aspects of the Club Inc.

— Long serving St John Ambulance attendant to senior grades.

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