Sunday Territorian 20 Feb 2022
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Sunday, February 20, 2022 SPORT 53 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA Phoenix find their range SOUTH East Melbourne snapped out of its collective shooting funk in the best way possible, holding off an undermanned, but determined Brisbane 98-94 in a dramatic Saturday night NBL clash. The Phoenix had been woeful from deep over their past six games, shooting at less than 30 per cent in each and were averaging a league-low six makes per contest in that period. It seemed ludicrous that a team featuring Cam Gliddon, Ryan Broekhoff, Mitch Creek, Kyle Adnam and Xavier Munford could shoot the ball so poorly and it was certain it would eventually click. And click, it did, on Saturday night, as Gliddon was red-hot in the first quarter, potting four threes in just 2.21 to get the ball rolling. He would finish a perfect six-from-six from down town for a team-high 20 points off the bench as Broekhoff (pictured) added four more threes to help the Phoenix survive late mistakes to win 98-94. A brain fade from Isaiah LeAfa with 26 seconds left allowed Bullets import Robert Franks to drain a three that reduced the margin to just one. Broekhoff, as he has done so often this season, tore down a defensive board and potted a pair of free throws to ice it at the end. Munster shows he can BE THE CAM-DO GUY again CAMERON Munster is back. After a so-so 2021 on the field and then a tumultuous off-season followed by a stint in rehab, the Melbourne Storm superstar (pictured) appears well on the way to returning to his deadly best this year. In Storms first trial game of the year, in which the more experienced New Zealand Warriors scored a 30-18 win at a packed-out Casey Fields in suburban Melbourne, Munster started in the halves after Cooper Johns was a late scratching with a sore calf. Interestingly, Munster spent some time playing at fullback on Saturday. He has not played at the back since the 2016 season when he played in the No.1 jersey all year in the absence of an injured Billy Slater. Fellow Storm star Brandon Smith, who also had an eventful off-season, was another who displayed good signs. Brisbanes playmaking spine bumbled its way through a 26-all trial draw with the Titans on the Gold Coast on Saturday night. The Broncos were being towelled up by the baby Titans, trailing 26-8 on the hour, before scoring three late tries. ANAMOE, Godolphins outstanding three-year-old, was given a real fright before finding a way to win at Rosehill on Saturday. The Group 2 Hobartville Stakes (1400m) was a heartstopper with Hilal ($10) putting Anamoe ($1.70) under real pressure in a desperate duel to the finish. Only a half neck separated them on the line. But Godolphin trainer James Cummings said he was optimistic about Anamoes chances of winning a third Group 1 when he tackles the $1m Randwick Guineas (1600m) on March 5. Anamoe was still a bit above himself in the yard today but I identified that I thought he would need at least two runs going into the (Randwick) Guineas and weve stuck to that as a formula for him, Cummings said. He should be perfect in a fortnight. Anamoe given scare Hobartville Stakes Best is now even better Silver Slipper Flying doctor one to beat THE restricted dash final for grade 5 sprinters looks to be an intriguing race at the Winnellie Park greyhounds meeting on Sunday night. There were two keenly contested heats last week and the Graeme Ferns-trained Dr Topazs winning time was the quickest of the two, suggesting he could be the one to beat in the final. Dr Topaz will need to replicate that effort because the other heat winner, Coco Sun, for trainer Ron Phillips, is a talented young greyhound building an excellent record at Winnellie Park. He is right in the mix while Capital Kay and Switched On should not be underestimated. Another highlight will be the open distance race over 537m with another Ferns runner, Gippsland Storms, a leading contender. She is capable on her night although may need early luck into the first turn from her draw. Leading trainer Steele Bolton has a strong hand with quality stayers Vesper Bale and Myrtle Monelli engaged, as well as Great Knock, which can improve quickly jumping from box one. Other notable chances at the meeting include Fluxing Hard, a newcomer in race 1 for Adam Poulter. He reportedly has trialled nicely in preparation for his debut. And Shes All Gone can make it back-to-back wins for Rob Brown in race 7. Fields and tips: P50 Greg Aldam BEST Of Bordeaux showed he is the real deal while Magic was outstanding on debut as the colts muscled the fillies aside at Rosehill on Saturday. Queensland flying machine Best Of Bordeaux ($11) again demonstrated brilliant natural speed to lead early then defy his chasing rivals to win the Group 2 Silver Slipper (1100m). Magic ($18) charged home for a close second while Cythera ($8) was the first of the fillies home in third place. Unbeaten Best Of Bordeaux backed up his debut win in the Canonbury Stakes and secured his place in the $5m Golden Slipper (1200m) at Rosehill on March 19. The colt firmed from $15 to $11 in Golden Slipper betting behind Magic Millions winner Coolangatta at $4. HOME TRUTHS FOR CHAMP HOME Affairs earned the bragging rights over Nature Strip after their pulsating $1m Group 1 Black Caviar Lightning Stakes clash but a rematch cannot come around quick enough. Rising star colt Home Affairs showed tenacity beyond his years on Saturday at Flemington, forced to lead unexpectedly and then prevailing by a short half-head in a dogfight to the winning post. Champion Nature Strip was enormous in defeat after being sandwiched between Profiteer and Eduardo out of the barriers. Every stride counts in a Lightning and Nature Strip, through no fault of his own, blundered a dozen before Jamie Kah could balance up the worlds best sprinter and tack on to the back of Home Affairs. It was on from the 300m between the Chris Waller superstars, Nature Strip mounting the challenge to new boy on the block Home Affairs, who impressively refused to relent. It was a tragedy from the start with Nature Strip, unfortunately, Waller said. Not only did he get one knock, he then got sandwiched as well, so for him to recover and run so close, I think it makes it disappointing for the connections but great for the horse. Imagine Usain Bolt doing that in a 100m final at the Olympics, youd just pull up. A dead-heat wouldve been perfect. It wouldve been a fitting result if life was perfect. The new boy on the block, Home Affairs it was a bit gamble bringing him here today. He raced against the young horses and dominated last preparation and now hes come back and beaten the best at weight-for-age. So its pretty exciting going forward. Kah also praised Nature Strips brave effort. He got wiped out at the start and wasnt entitled to run like that. He was very brave, Kah said. Three-year-old sensation Home Affairs is the first colt to complete the Coolmore (Ascot Vale)/Lightning stakes double since Zeditave in 1988-89. Home Affairs delivered Waller, who trained the Lightning quinella last year with Nature Strip and September Run, his 26th Group 1 at Flemington and 38th overall in Victoria. Eduardo was gutsy in third, matching motors with Home Affairs in the run and only petering out late. The Group 1 Newmarket Handicap at Flemington looms as Home Affairs next assignment while Nature Strip, who would be weighted out of the March 5 event, is likely to return to Sydney. Thats the normal plan (for Nature Strip) might need a rematch, Waller said. Whether it comes in the Newmarket, I dont know, but hell (Nature Strip) get his chance to beat him (Home Affairs) in the TJ in Sydney. For James McDonald it was vindication after the Sydney jockey sided with Home Affairs over Nature Strip. McDonald was enamoured by the fight in Home Affairs. It was a stressful situation that last 100m hes an absolute superstar my colt and he knows how to fight, McDonald said. Home Affairs surged TAB betting boards for the Newmarket ($3.50), Galaxy ($5), TJ Smith ($6) and Everest ($8). Home Affairs (right) just holds off the unlucky Nature Strip in the Lightning Handicap. Picture: Jay Town Gilbert Gardiner lightning stakes
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