The MABL committee were very sad to hear that a long standing MABL referee and attendee of many AGM meetings, passed away last week.
Eugene was a kind, gentle man whose dedication to basketball we all admired. To some he may be remembered as officiating in a more theatrical style than perhaps others, but his unique personality just added more to the enjoyment of the game.
He was keen to be heard at AGM's and many of his thoughts and ideas were adopted over the years. Eugene officiated at many of the Finals weekends over the years and his commitment to be available at a moment's notice throughout past seasons was a great help to the League. He was honoured with the "Ian Pollard Memorial Shield" for the 2007/8 season for his contribution to officiating and in recognition of his outstanding commitment and leadership.
He will be sadly missed by the MABL basketball community and our thoughts are with his family and close friends at this time.
Some teams who knew him more than others may decide to hold 1 minutes applause prior to the start of their next home games this week, but this is clearly optional.