Tuesday, 3 October 2017
Everyone at the club is very saddened to hear of the passing of Michael Traut this morning following an illness fought with typical bravery and stoicism.
Mike coached the 2nd XV at West for many years and formed a great partnership with his close friend Peter Dow. Mike and Dowser made a formidable coaching team that was rewarded with great success on the park and huge respect and admiration off it.
Mike gave 100% committment to his role at the club and expected nothing less from his players. He didn't like being beaten and following one heavy defeat in an opening league fixture let his players know the following Tuesday that a poor attitude was not going to be tolerated. As he put it....."the problem here is boys, you like this game......I love it!". Those who attended that session are unlikely to ever forget it, The Mighty Twos won every remaining league fixture that season.
He will be sorely missed by everyone who knew him at West and our deepest condolences go to his wife June and daughter Megan at this sad time.
Funeral arrangements will be posted here in due course.