It is with sadness that we report the passing of retired MCA Umpire Adrian Crawley late Wednesday night.
Adrian retired at the end of the 2015/16 season having been awarded Life Membership of the MCUA in 2013. He was Treasurer for a number of years until his retirement from the panel. During that time Adrian turned around the finances of the MCUA from something of a basket case to lay solid foundations of the healthy position the Association now finds itself. Adrian introduced a number of innovations that are still with us today. The switch from shirts with ties to polo shirts, name badges and milestone badges to name a few.
Adrian's on-field exploits are up with the best of the MCUA; 200 MCUA Matches 54 A Grade Matches 11 Grand Finals 3 A Grade Grand Finals
Adrian also umpired in VCA, VSDCA, in Australian Rules Football and was VFA/VFL Interchange Steward at Port Melbourne for many years.
Adrian will be remembered as a man of great integrity, ready with a smile but always expected things to be done properly and was always dedicated to whatever he turned his hand to. The MCUA is privileged and honoured to have had Adrian serve it so faithfully and diligently.
Umpires are required to wear black arm bands both days this weekend in memory of Adrian.
He leaves behind his wife Shirley and 3 children. The MCUA and the MCA wish to extend their deepest condolences to the Crawley family.