Former Melbourne University Cricket Club President, and life member, Kevan Carroll was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) as part of the Queen’s Birthday Honours last weekend.
Carroll, who was awarded the Medal for his services to cricket in Victoria, began his association with MUCC when he debuted for the First XI in 1962/63. As a player, Carroll represented the Club in 48 First XI matches, compiling 1,712 runs with two centuries.
After completing his playing days with Hawthorn-East Melbourne, having to move at the conclusion of his studies as a result of the claim rule, Carroll returned to MUCC in an administrative capacity in 1993/94. He served as the Vice President for four years, before being elected President in 1997; holding this role until the conclusion of the 2011/12 season.
From beyond the pickets, Carroll was responsible for an exciting and integral period of the Club’s development; overseeing the merger between the women’s and men’s teams, as well as the foundation of the Melbourne University Cricket Club Magazine; both of these crucial in shaping the Club as we know it today. His tenure as President also saw profound success within the boundary ropes, as MUCC claimed three Club Championships, as well as five premierships in the lower grades.
In 2004, he was awarded life membership of the Melbourne University Cricket Club; due recognition of his services and contribution to the Club. Moreover, the Club’s honour boards are named after him, in conjunction with the Club’s other longest-serving President, Dr Allen Robertson.
In addition to his services to MUCC, Carroll also spent extended periods as a delegate for Cricket Victoria on the Pennant Committee. Awarded life membership of Cricket Victoria in 2014, Carroll is held in the highest possible esteem in cricketing circles.
A tremendous servant of the Melbourne University Cricket Club, the University itself, and the game more broadly, Carroll’s contributions to cricket have been profound. A thoroughly deserving recipient of the Medal of the Order of Australia, we are immensely proud and congratulate Kevan on this tremendous achievement.