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…


Robyn Stanik Well were to start
Paul McLean
Paul McLean I remember catching practise when hit towards you you had to make sure to be ready as they were not soft lol😁
Mark Richards
Mark Richards Yeah I remember those, he nearly broke a few ankles.
Paul Tompsett
Paul Tompsett Everyone who was there does. Scary as hell but great fun. Funny how us blokes love to laugh at others pain😂
Lyn Mac
Lyn Mac I remember l stayed home the day he made the 127. Having to be married on the 1st april between cricket and hockey. Remember a spectacular catch whole body in the air where he caught keepie out while subbing for thornlie.
Mark Richards
Mark Richards I recall that catch. We gave Merv heaps for that one. He was always volunteering to sub against us.
Lyn Mac
Lyn Mac Ah yep did come with a lot of verbalising but damn was a gorgeous catch
Lyn Mac
Lyn Mac Well done ritcho..
Alan James Walters
Alan James Walters Merv was the consummate professional and a hard task master, but he would never ask any more than he was prepared to offer himself. Shame I did not get to play more games with the silver fox, hands down the best fielder the club has seen. Well done mate.
Paul Keep
Paul Keep Playing cricket at Cannington was a lot different than my old club rivervale Cannington always made you feel welcome part of a unique family nothing like my old club and the there was Merv ran me out in my first game called for a quick single and peoplSee More
Paul Keep
Paul Keep In addition Merv was very good a the game we love respected by opposition players umpires and team mates learnt a lot from him but don’t tell him that


Lyn Mac
Lyn Mac I aint telling him


Paul Tompsett
Paul Tompsett I like the man. Hard as nails with a dry wit that burst from nowhere. Great to play the game with but not so much when he kept subby- ing for opposition. 2 laps before you could start training, break finger catching practice and where did that idea of running between wickets after batting practice come from??? Cheers to you Merv
Robyn Stanik
Robyn Stanik Wow so many memories