Mervyn Moy

PLAYER

Merv Moy joined the YMCA in 1948 aged 18 years and played his first game in C grade in the City of Sydney competition. He soon made A grade and continued playing for the “ Y” for the next 5 years. In that time he was selected to the Sydney YMCA representative side that played regular matches in Sydney, in regional areas and, in fact, all around Australia against other YMCA teams.

In 1951, Merv was selected into his first NSW representative team and played in the Australian Men’s Championships in Perth. He went on to represent NSW in 1952, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1957, and 1958 ( captain).

In 1953 he left the YMCA to join Newtown Police Boys Club where he played alongside Ken Fitch and Bruce Flick under soon to be 1956 Olympic Assistant Coach Harry Burgess. Many of the featured games he played in that period were against Mormon teams based in Sydney or touring from the USA.

Merv was named in the “ All Australian Team” at the 1955 and 1956 Australian Championships. This was a tremendous feat for someone who had only been playing the game for a short time. In 1955 at the conclusion of the Australian Championships, Merv, along with other NSW players, Bruce Flick and Ken Finch, were named in the Olympic squad of 16 players and then in the team to compete in the 1956 Melbourne Olympics. He would be 26 years of age at the Olympics and a member of Australia’s first ever Olympic team. Merv went on to join the NSW Police Force and retired in 1989 after 30 years of service. Commendably, Merv reached the rank of Superintendent.

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