Merv and Lillian moved into a new home in Vermont in 1961. Merv saw an ad in the local paper for players, went to the AGM, and the rest is history. This is how it reads.
He first played in season 1961/62, and finished after the 1994/95 season at age 57, a total of 33 years service! Merv played over 300 games and played in all grades except the 1sts, taking 100s of wickets along the way and witnessing 100s of chances not taken (can only recall those missed off his own bowling!)
He played at 8 different Home Grounds: Halliday Park..Nuna High School..3 x Mahoneys Reserve..Highbury Park(Red Rooster)..Narmara Primary School..and "the one behind the Blackburn Pub". Surprisingly, Merv never played a match on Silver Grove.
Merv played in three premiership teams, won one batting average and a number of bowling averages AND, took three hat-tricks in those 33 seasons! He played lots of enjoyable cricket with up-and-coming players, many of them still going around in all grades. Merv won the last Single-Wicket Competition the Club held, at a Yarra Junction picnic day, beating Ian Davies by one run. He had the great pleasure of playing in the same team as his sons Steven and Robert, and being observed and encouraged (perhaps occasionally "advised"?) in just about all of his 300-plus games by his number one Fan Club member, wife Lillian, who was also a frequent sandwich-cutter, tea-maker and Christmas party shopper for the Club.
One on field highlight was batting with "Harry" (Graham Harris) in a semi-final last-wicket partnership of 96 (Harry only contributed 60-odd). Merv gave Harry the strike and 5 balls to get his double-ton, but Harry's lofted slog landed a bit short of the boundary, in long-on's hands, out for 197).
Merv was honoured with Life Membership in 1992.