DARREN Lehmann has made an emotional defence of his sacking of Brad Haddin, calling it “the hardest decision I’ve ever had to make as a coach or player”.

    ENGLAND is 2-1 up in the Ashes and boy are the Poms letting us know about it, with one former Test star issuing a withering take down of the Aussies.

    SELECTORS have assured Michael Clarke he has all the time he needs to fix his struggling form after the captain took the blame for Australia’s crushing loss at Edgbaston.

    RONDA Rousey and Bethe Correia got heated at the weigh-in before their UFC bantamweight bout in Brazil.

    AN error-riddled and ill-disciplined Storm has suffered a big setback in its quest to make the top four, humbled by the bottom-placed Tigers.

    Members receive Australia Day honours

    Feb 04, 2013

    Former Carlton and Hawthorn coach, David Parkin, was among 23 club members recognised in this year’s Australia Day honours list.

    Parkin was awarded an Order of Australia Medal for "service to the sport of Australian rules football," having played 211 games for Hawthorn and coaching both Hawthorn and Carlton to premierships.

    The club congratulates each member on their achievements and recognition.

    MEMBERS IN 2013 AUSTRALIA DAY HONOURS LIST

    AM (General Division)

    ANJOU, Mitchell David
    COCHRANE, Associate Professor Andrew Donald
    DEVLIN, Margaret Ann
    DUNCAN, Dr Alan William
    ELLIS, Dr Mark Francis
    GIBSON, John Aubrey (deceased)
    MADDOCK, John David
    RAND, Dr David Anthony
    SMORGON, Graham Joseph
    THOMAS, Robert Bain
    VOHRA, Associate Professor Jitendra

    OAM (General Division)

    ADNAMS, John Geoffrey
    DAVIES, John Gerard
    GRIFFITHS, Bruce Atkin
    GUEST, The Hon Paul Marshall
    HARDING, Thomas Frank
    JOHNSTON, Harold Dawson (deceased)
    MILL, Peter Bertram
    PARKIN, David
    ROBERTS, Frank Arthur
    YIANNOUDES, Peter Michael

    Public Service Medal

    WATSON, Allan James

    Australian Fire Service Medal (AFSM)

    BLACKBURN, David Eric

    If you know of an MCC member who has been honoured this year but is not on this list, please email the club with details.