Merv Seres – A Man for all Seasons
To be in the company of Merv Seres, 84 years old and a longstanding Men of League Member, is always a humorous and pleasant occasion and when Northern Sydney Welfare Officers Norm Pounder, Fred Jackson and Ken Vessey recently visited Merv and his charming wife Olga it was no different, even though it was in a hospital. Merv was in fine form, successfully recovering from treatment and was due to go home in a few days.
Merv has certainly had a varied and successful involvement in a variety of sports throughout his life both on and off the field. In the beginning he played rugby union with the St. George Rugby Club prior to playing 2 years with the “Bluebags” Newtown Rugby League Club in the 1950’s as a “dashing five-eight”. Prior to going to Northern Queensland he played in Bundaberg, Ipswich, Rockhampton and Queensland Country Wide Bay representative teams against the touring international teams from France, New Zealand and England. In addition he was a noted rower with the famous North Narrabeen SLS Club in his younger days.
In 1957 he was graded with the Manly Warringah District Rugby League Club and played many grade games with the Club. In the 1990’s he became a Sports Trainer with his old club Manly Warringah District Rugby League Club alongside the late and famous Brian “The Sheriff” Hollis. In the following years his Sports Trainer skills and ability saw him at the famous Sydney Cricket Ground with the NSW and Australian cricket teams, touring England with Allan Border’s Australian team, the NSW Police and Australian Police representative teams.
These days he follows the Sea Eagles NRL team, actively supports the Men of League and enjoys his life with wife of 54 years, Olga and their 5 sons, 2 daughters and 7 grandchildren.
We had the pleasure to present Merv with a Men of League polo shirt & cap in recognition of his wholehearted services to rugby league and other sports over many years and we wish him and Olga continued good health.
Merv thanked us for the visit and the gifts plus wished the Men of League continued successes in helping the rugby league community.