With the move to the Gabba success
started to come. In 1995 he led the Bears to their first finals appearance, a
game they narrowly lost to eventual premiers, Carlton. 1996 saw the Bears win
two finals before loosing to eventual premiers North Melbourne in the
In recognition of his services
he was chosen by the Brisbane Football Club as its star on the inside cover of
the stamp booklet (displayed above), Brisbane Centenary Maximum Card and
Postcard. The maximum card is displayed below. The postcard is essentially the
same except that the background is brighter and there is no postmark. A cover
outline of the
postcard was also released.
In 1998 Merrett replaced John
Northey as Coach of the Brisbane Lions midway through the season but after
finnishing last on the ladder he was not awarded the job in 1999. The Brisbane
Lions Best and Fairest Medal was named after Merrett, jointly with Fitzroy
champion Kevin Murray.
the 19th May 2002
became the first Bear to be inducted into
the combined Hall of Fame at a luncheon at the Town Hall. Along with 15 new
inductees, taking the total inductees to 38. Haydn Bunton became the first
"Legend". A cover by First Class
Collectibles was released to commemorate the event.