This weeks “blast from the past” #4 is the son of the legendary Mr Cannington, Merv MacGrotty.
From the records I have, of which many are missing from the 1970s, Merv played in 231 games from 1967 to 2006. Merv was a great leg spinner and a very good top order batsman. He was mostly known as Papa Smurf or Donahue along with some other colourfull names and was a brilliant fielder.
Merv played most of his career in 1st grade playing 170 games in firsts, the most by any player in the club’s history. Merv played in 5 Grand Finals, winning 2. With the bat he made 4184 runs at an average of 21.46 with 2 centuries and 13 fifties. With the ball Merv took 235 wickets at an average of 21.34 with his best return of 6/45 vs Willetton in 1982.
Merv’s highlight came in 1994/95 vs Kelmscott playing 2nd grade where he made his first century, being 127.
Merv was made a life member of the Tigers in 1988 and his wife Lyn in 1999. Merv also coached the club for many years and has always been a true blue Tiger.
Please share your stories about Merv below…