STEVE Smith’s captain’s knock and some big hitting by Australia’s lower order helped the hosts take charge of the second Test against India.

    MITCHELL Starc needed to find something special to keep his place for Boxing Day and he wasn’t prepared to wait until he got the ball back in his hands to make a start.

    NIC Maddinson carried his bat as Sydney Sixers eased to victory in their opening match of the Big Bash season against Melbourne Renegades.

    KEVIN Muscat has taunted host City by claiming the Melbourne derby was a home game for Victory, with AAMI Park providing it with happy memories of late.

    LITTLE has changed on the field for Melbourne City, but the 2014-15 version is so much more interesting and the last fortnight underlines it.


    Hans Ebeling Award Honour Roll

    Previous winners (View a biography on each recipient)

    1981 - Jack Armstrong (Shooting)
    1981 - Bill Gray (Lacrosse)
    1982 - Allan Bamford (Lacrosse and Bowls)
    1983 - Ian Huntington (Cricket, Baseball, Tennis and Hockey)
    1984 - Peter Mitchell (Tennis and Squash)
    1986 - Clive Fairbairn (Cricket)
    1986 - Ian McDonald (Cricket and Hockey)
    1987 - John Fraser (Tennis and Cricket)
    1988 - Jim Butchart (Shooting)
    1990 - Jack Francis (Bowls and Baseball)
    1992 - Donald Cordner
    1993 - John Cavanagh (Baseball and cricket)
    1994 - Graeme Howarth (Cricket and Baseball)
    1995 - Ian Ridley (Football)
    1995 - Eric Beissel (Squash)
    1997 - Ian Woodham (Bowls)
    1998 - Barry Brennan (Tennis)
    1999 - Bill Stahmer (Lacrosse)
    2000 - Bob Crawford (Lacrosse)
    2001 - Doug Patrick (Cricket)
    2002 - Robert Storey (Bowls)
    2002 - Brian Adams (Tennis)
    2004 - Bob Lloyd (Cricket)
    2006 - Donna Mortimer (Hockey)
    2007 - Peter Richardson (Tennis) 
    2009 - Robert Rouch (Lawn Bowls)
    2010 - Peter Wright (Squash)
    2011 - Hassa Mann (Football)
    2011 - John Tait (Hockey)
    2012 - David Went (Baseball)
    2013 - Ken Nichols (Lacrosse)