It is very fitting that the Junior Academy is named after Merv Lee. Merv joined Shirley Rugby club in the 1930’s and remained a member for 67 years until his recent death.
Merv began his association with Shirley as a junior player and during his life time held many positions within the club including secretary, treasurer and bar manager.
Merv was so passionate about our club that he purchased a house across the road from the clubrooms and painted it in the club colours. He never learned to drive a car and travelled to matches on his bike, never missing games because of the weather!
Merv among many others helped to build our previous clubrooms in North Avon road, this being totally built from voluntary work by club members.
Merv was made a life member for his outstanding commitment to our club and was still very active as a worker and supporter until a few years ago when failing health meant he had to move to care facility.
Merv was an example to all club members in his support for the players by helping with any project that the club undertook, he was a very strong supporter of Junior Rugby, being at Burwood Park most Saturday mornings.
Even since Merv’s passing we enjoy his ongoing support through a legacy he left to us from his estate. Merv’s brother Norm carries on this family tradition attending a Shirley game every Saturday.