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.

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    AFL Rd 5 - Collingwood v North Melbourne

    Apr 19, 2014

    Event: AFL Round 5
    Teams: Collingwood v North Melbourne
    Date: Saturday April 19, 2014
    Start time: 1.40pm

    Classification: B - seating plan

    Gate opening:
    Public/AFL members: 11.30am
    MCC members: 11.30am

    Car park opening:
    Gate 3: 7.30am
    Gate 5: 9.00am
    Gate 6: 10.00am
    Gate 7: 9.00am (pass holders only)

    Expected attendance: 53,000

    General admission seating (subject to change):

    Ponsford Stand
    Q32-Q36 (Rows AA-MM)

    Olympic Stand
    M55 (Rows A-Z)
    M56-M57
    Q49-Q57

    Great Southern Stand
    Q1-Q15

    Cheersquad allocation:
    Collingwood - Bay M32 (Rows A-T)
    North Melbourne - Bay M3 (Rows A-T)

    Tickets: On sale at Ticketek.

    Prices:



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