Arncliffe Scots share family pride

THE family that plays rugby league together stays together.

Arncliffe Scots Rugby League Club is steeped in history and one of the oldest in St George Junior Rugby League.

Founding father Percy Davis pioneered the club's direction.

He was also the first secretary-manager of the Arncliffe Scots licensed club in Burrows Street, Arncliffe.

A photo of him adorns the walls near the revamped entrance of the premises.

The late Percy Davis is a life member.

Arncliffe Scots has been playing rugby league in the St George district since 1926.

Davis was captain of the club's 1929 winning C grade team and then the A grade team in 1930 before graded with St George.

Davis re-formed the club after World War II in 1947 and became president. He held this role for 40 years.

Rugby league people in the St George district can tell you he was a visionary.

Davis was the founder of the licensed club and its secretary-manager for the first 20 years.

In 2016 the club will celebrate its 90th year.

Arncliffe Scots hold the record for the most senior championships won by a club.

Davis's daughter Glenys Ellis carries on the tradition. She is also a life member of Scots and has served as club secretary for 24 years and stoic club official for 48 years.

Her husband Glenn Ellis is the club's longest-serving treasurer, and also a life member.

Their three sons, Rhys, 32, Huw, 30, and Gareth, 34, are the third generation of the family who have played and coached in the club's colours. The three boys are also life members.

In 2014, Rhys Ellis played his 25th straight year with Scots.