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    AN ANKLE injury to Australia spearhead Mitchell Starc has soured a positive opening day of the historic day-night Test at the Adelaide Oval.

    PETER Siddle became a worthy inductee into the 200-wicket club on Friday night, and is now just one step away from earning what he truly deserves – a Cricket Australia contract.

    JAMES Pattinson is expected to be playing Test cricket by Boxing Day but a fresh injury drama for Mitchell Starc could see him back in Hobart.

    THE braindead actions of a few have unfairly trashed the standing of A-League fans. But the supporters are exactly what makes A-League unparalleled in Australian sport, writes Matt Windley.

    AUSTRALIA is well placed after bowling New Zealand out on day one of the historic first day-night Test in Adelaide. Re-live Greg Buckle’s blog here.


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    MCC Women's State League 2 hockey premiers for 2011. Hockey girls win premiership
    Sunday September 18, 2011

    Congratulations to the MCC Women's State League 2 hockey team, which defeated Footscray 3-2 in the grand final at the State Netball and Hockey Centre today.

    This capped off an amazing undefeated season for the girls, which will see them back in the top division next season. This was a very successful year for coach Scott Doyle.

    The game started with an intense first five minutes, with our girls settling first. The first goal came from a one-on-one with the Footscray goal keeper, with Sarah Calthorpe skillfully beating the keeper and scoring the first goal.

    This was followed by a goal by Caitlin Jones on the left post from a great ball from Alison Upton.

    The girls went into the half-time break leading 2-0, but knowing that Footscray would come out in the second half fighting.

    Carla Bond (co-captain) seemingly sealed the victory with a goal from field play in the second half. This was Carla's 33rd goal for the season ‚ an amazing average of 1.7 goals a game.

    However, the Footscray girls were not going to finish their season without one last go and quickly scored two goals. The last five minutes seemed to go for hours, but the defence kept strong, ensuring victory for the girls.

    It was a fitting end to what has been an amazing season rivalry between the two teams. All girls should be congratulated for their effort this season and hard work during an intense final.

    The Grand Final weekend also saw victories to the Women's Metro 1 team over Camberwell 2-1, the Men's Metro 3 East team 4-3 in overtime golden goal.


    Fifty up for hockey

    MCC president David Meiklejohn, a former MCC hockey player and section chairman, toasts the health of hockey at the section's 50th anniversary celebrations on May 29, 2010.The MCC Hockey Section marked its 50th year of competition with a gala dinner for 250 in the Members Dining Room on May 29, and there was much to celebrate.

    The section, which started with just two teams in 1961, now has a staggering 29 teams of men, women, juniors and veterans taking the field with nearly 400 players donning the MCC colours each week.

    Men’s chair, senior team captain and principal organiser of the dinner, Anthony Traill, reported satisfaction on two fronts. “It was great to see a cross-section of our hockey people enjoying the evening and reinforcing the culture of the section,” he said.

    “And our top team, playing in State League 1, is only a game off top spot at the half-way mark of a very competitive season.”

    After half a century it was pleasing that co-founding members in Lew Jenkins, Frank Hill, Mal Hull, Ian Huntington, Ian “Doc” McDonald and Ron Coventry were able to enjoy the celebrations.

    Doc McDonald recalled the early days when hockey supremo Charlie Morley, a keen MCC member and VHA executive who represented Australia at the 1956 Olympics, pressed vice-president Hans Ebeling to form an MCC hockey club.

    Hans put the suggestion to the committee, which agreed to support the initiative and promptly charged second-year MCC committeeman McDonald with overseeing the section’s foundation.

    They were well prepared when they put two teams on the field in 1961, competing in B and C Grade. Charlie Morley’s influence helped them secure three Victorian players and a Tasmanian representative, plus Olympians Geoff Bennett and Ken Clarke. Morley was inaugural coach.

    So they were competitive from the outset and won successive flags to land in A Grade after just two years of competition, an outstanding result for the fledgling section.

    Fifty years on, it’s high time we had a victory at the highest level. As keynote speaker at the dinner, Dr McDonald enjoined: “I want to die happy with a grand old high-flying flag from the men’s ones.” Now there’s a challenge!

    Members of MCC Hockey's Team of the Half-Century at the 50th anniversary dinner in the Members Dining Room.


    Young Demons selected in Junior State Championship squads

    Congratulations to the following MCC Hockey Section players on being selected in teams for the Junior State Championships to be held from June 30-July 6 at the State Netball and Hockey Centre in Melbourne:

    Eastern Hotshots
    Lucy Mowat, Caitlin Symon (Under 13 girls), Ben Symon (Under 13 boys), Mitchell Hope (Under 14 boys) and Kip Davey (Under 15 boys).

    Goulburn Valley
    James Thomson (Under 13 boys)


    Hockey News update - 2007

    Midway through the 2007 season and the MCC Hockey Section has eight of its senior teams in the top four. Hopefully come finals time we will be well represented.

    The members of the section have enjoyed a number of improvements in the facilities, with our pitch into its second season. We also enjoy a great BBQ area and a new electronic scoreboard pitch-side.

    The strength in the Hockey Section can be seen from the juniors right through to our senior teams, with 10 junior players gaining selection for the Victorian Junior State Championships held in July.

    Jack Lewis represented Victoria in the u/21 men’s National Championships held in Newcastle, while Carla Bond, Kim Morrow, Rebecca Waley, Sara Wrate represented Victoria in the senior AHL season for 2007.

    The Hockey Section is very proud of our Australian Masters players, Peter Brooks, Norm Same and Rob Meagher. Fleur Paton will be touring the UK with the Australian Veterans ladies team.

    A large number of the MCC veterans have recently been involved in state trials, where 12 players from the Women's section and 16 players from the Men’s veteran section will be representing Victoria in this year's National tournament held in Sydney and Gold Coast respectively.


    Hans Ebeling Award winner Donna MortimerDonna Mortimer wins Hans Ebeling Award
    Wednesday November 15, 2006

    Outgoing MCC Hockey Section chairperson Donna Mortimer was a very popular winner of the 2006 Hans Ebeling Award, announced by MCC president David Jones at the Sporting Sections annual dinner on Monday November 13.

    Donna is the first female recipient since the award was introduced in 1981 to honour those who have given outstanding service to our Sporting Sections. Her record speaks volume of her service to the Hockey Section:


    • Women’s Section: 1989-2006 (400+ games), captain MD1: 1995
    • Mixed: 1988-1990, 2003/04
    • Men’s Veterans: 1996-97, 2004-06
    • State Rep: Over 40 Veterans (1996-98), Over 45 (2003), Over 50 (2005-06)


    • MCC Women’s Section - Pennant C: 2000, Melbourne District 2: 1989


    • Hockey Executive Chair (2003-06), Executive Secretary (1999-2002)
    • Women’s Section President (1995-97), Secretary (1989-90)
    • General Committee Member: 1991-94, 1998-99

    Well done Donna!


    Women win State League final
    Sunday September 22, 2003

    The MCC Hockey Section is celebrating today after the Women's State League team scored a thrilling grand final victory over Hawthorn in extra time.

    In a double triumph, the MCC Men's top team earnt themselves promotion to State League with a 3-2 grand final win over Melbourne University at the State Hockey Centre. Club coach Peter (PJ) Weller was adjudged best player afield, capping a brilliant season in which the team went undefeated.

    But it was the women's match that followed which produced the most captivating display of the afternoon.

    In a tight struggle highlighted by missed opportunities on both sides, Hawthorn struck a crucial blow deep into the first half when a brilliant cross was converted.

    At half time the score was 1-0 in Hawthorn's favour.

    Despite having the majority of possession in the second half the Demons could not convert until, finally, with seven minutes remaining Stephanie Napolitano put one into the net to level the scores.

    The game went to extra time with the golden goal rule applying (next goal wins). With 2 min 22 sec left on the clock, MCC captain and 2003 MCC Sporting Section Scholarship winner, Kimberley Morrow, slammed home the winning goal to spark jubilant scenes.

    It was Morrow's 14th goal for the season and none have been more important.


    Dr Ian McDonald and David Meiklejohn formally open the MCC-MHS Hockey PavilionMCC Hockey Pavilion opened
    Saturday March 22, 2003

    The MCC-MHS Pavilion was officially opened on Saturday by MCC Vice-President David Meiklejohn.

    The multi-million dollar pavilion, located at Melbourne High School in South Yarra, comes fully-equipped with changerooms and bar facilities and a tremendous viewing deck and balcony.

    Mr Meiklejohn, a former player with the MCC Hockey section, formally opened the pavilion after watching his former club play an entertaining 3-3 draw with MHSOB in a Men's exhibition match.

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