Wests announce two new life members and new President at AGM

Trevor Ellis and David Bensley were both honoured with life memberships of the Western Districts Rugby Union Football Club at the Annual General Meeting held tonight, Friday 8 December at 6pm at Southern Cross Club Jamison.

Both gentlemen have tirelessly supported the club for more than 50 years collectively and are extremely deserving of this recognition.

Tonight’s meeting also resulted in the appointment of Angus McKerchar as the new President for Wests.

Trevor “The King” Ellis started at Wests in 1986. He played 105 First Grade games, a total of 253 games for the club and over 1,400 show and goes.  Over his playing career Trevor scored 101 tries and amassed an impressive 677 points for the club.

Off the field, Trevor has continued to play an important role for the club as the Manager of First Grade from 2011 – 2016 and managing various other teams from 2003 – 2010.

David “Benz” Bensley started with the senior club Wests in 1991 playing a total of 162 games, including 31 First Grade games.  He scored 254 points for Wests including 18 tries, 46 conversions and 23 penalty goals.

Benz held coaching roles for various teams for Second to Fourth Grades between 2002 and 2013. He was awarded “Clubman of the Year” in 2009 and most recently Benz has served as Wests President since 2013.

After four years as President, Benz has made the decision to step down from this role. We thank him for his work.

Angus McKerchar has been involved with Wests for the past 12 years. He played 173 games for the club, including 134 First Grade Games and scored 834 points during his playing career. Angus was awarded the “Ron Moloney award for efforts on and off the field” three times during his playing career.

Angus is looking forward to getting stuck in to the role and continuing on the previous work of David Bensley.

“Benz has worked tirelessly during his tenure as Club President and I want to thank him for the important contribution he has made, and will continue to make to this great club,” Angus said.

“Wests has a rich and impressive history, which everyone should be proud of and it’s an honour to be involved in this role with such a passionate community.”

“I look forward to building on our foundations and working to ensure we become the most renown sporting community in the Belconnen and Canberra region,” Angus said. 

Players have already commenced training and developments to involve the Wests community, supporters and sponsorship programs are well underway for what shapes as a big 2018 season.