Heritage Round Spotlight: Easts

by Brumbies Media

It's Heritage Round in the Griffin Legal John I Dent Cup, so we're taking a look back at some of the glory years, key people and more for all seven of our Premier division clubs, this time Easts. 

1982 4th Grade Crown

In 1982, Easts 4th grade took home the chocolates after beating Daramalan in the Grand-Final. 

Mark (Spider) McInnes

Mark began playing for Easts in 1986 and was selected in the ACT senior representative XV the same year.He won the Tommy Byrne Memorial Trophy as the best and fairest first grade player in the ACT competition in 1987 and was appointed captain of Easts 1st Grade in 1989, the year he also won the prestigious MacDougall Medal. 

Mark played 36 representative games for the ACT between 1986 and 1990 and was selected in the Wallaby squad that toured France and Canada in 1989. His outstanding rugby career was unfortunately cut short due to injury. Mark remains a great supporter of the Club.

Graham (Choppy) Wauchop

Graham had a long association with Easts as a player, President, Coach and mentor in the 1960s, 70s and 80s.

Following several years as a Director on the then ACTRU Board of Management, his greatest achievement was playing a leading role in negotiating the ACT’s inclusion as the third Australian province in the Super 12 competition in 1996, and in establishing the ACT Brumbies. 

Graham was the inaugural Chairman of the ACTRU Board, represented the ACTRU on the ARU Board of Management, Chaired the ACT Government’s 2003 Rugby World Cup Management Committee and was the Brumbies Number 1 Foundation Member.

He was awarded the Australian Sports Medal in 2000 for his significant contribution to Rugby Union.