Senators honour Mike Ellis

Chief executive Josh Nipps retires club legend Mike Ellis’s number six jersey. |Picture: Christian Ingram
Chief executive Josh Nipps retires club legend Mike Ellis’s number six jersey. |Picture: Christian Ingram

It was the first time the club had honoured one of its players this way, normally offering a life membership instead.

Ellis, whose family members attended the evening, said he was thrilled to be recognised and was blessed to have been a part of the club’s rich history.

‘They have been a huge part of not only my life but the entire family,’ he said.

‘We have had three generations directly involved with the club, including my father, who was heavily involved in the initial stages of Stirling and for many years until he passed away.

‘All of my brothers have played both juniors and seniors for the club, and Glenn is still coaching and has done for some time.

‘My wife Robyn played for Stirling at SBL level and the third generation is my children, with both of the boys playing juniors for the club and Cody playing SBL; you could say it is in my blood.’

Chief executive Josh Nipps praised Ellis for his playing career and ongoing service at the club, saying no one was more deserving.

‘He is and has been the rock of the club for so many years,’ Nipps said.

‘He was on the team that won the first championship for the Stirling Senators in 1975 and has displayed every attribute imaginable to have such an honour presented.’

The former Perth Wildcat captain still coaches the Senators U16s boy’s side and according to Nipps, has left a legacy at the club.

‘For the club, Mike represents loyalty, service and embodies our values,’ he said.

‘He raises the profile of the SBL while displaying a story of what it means to have the SBL as a great transition to new ventures in basketball, therefore is a huge lift in the sport in Western Australia.

‘Additionally, this is an honour reserved for someone who has only been in the Senators and not any other club.’