Sunday Territorian 20 Feb 2022
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56 SPORT Sunday February 20 2022 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 PORT Adelaide forward Orazio Fantasia is expected to be unavailable for the AFL club at least a couple of months after having knee surgery. The 26-year-old has gone under the knife in Victoria to fix a sore right knee that had been nagging him over summer. It was a follow-up to an earlier off-season procedure. Power assistant Nathan Bassett suggested the former Essendon goalsneak would be sidelined for the first month of the season. Theyre talking about running in four to six weeks and probably a month of good training after that, and he should he ready to play, he said. Spearhead Charlie Dixon is close to running again as he recovers from ankle surgery. Bassett said the club expected the 31-year-old to play in round 1 against Brisbane at the Gabba on March 19. Surgery grounds Fantasia Matt Turner ALL THE WINNERs: YOUR GUIDE TO SUNDAY RACING PAGES P47-50 NEW KID ON THE BLOCK HOME BOY STUNS CHAMP: P53 NRL BAD BOY CAN BE THE CAM-DO GUY AGAIN: p53 MUNSTER MAKES MARKSPORT 9 770815 957172 Cameron Ilett gets the attack rolling for Nightcliff in the clash with Waratah. The match was stopped because of lightning strikes. Picture: Glenn Campbell hard won. In a rare passage of end-to-end footy, a defensive turnover was swiftly converted into a Ryan Mu goal, as the Tigers began to wrest back some of that lost momentum from the first quarter. The game was still very much up for grabs at half-time with a 13-point buffer in favour of the visitors. However, the Tigers emerged from the change rooms more dominant. CONTINUED P54 longer the quarter wore on a lively Jayden Magro in particular but could only produce five behinds for its efforts. That was until the East Perth recruit nailed a monster roost from outside the perimeter, before a quick Tiger reply through Butchers second, just before the bell. The game became more of an arm wrestle in the second with often a mass of numbers around the ball and every kick up against the boundary line, right by the Tiger diehards. However, the home side found a steadier just before the game was temporarily halted for a series of lightning strikes. Up the other end, and in an almost as awkward position, Lewis Georges set shot found a way home to give the Tahs stilted opening a much-needed jump start And the home team began to look more threatening the Arnold and Corey Rich could only muster 1.1 over the middle quarters despite the tireless work of Robby Bartee. In gloomy conditions, Waratah was tardy getting on to the ground and just as slow finding its rhythm as the Tigers pinched a dream start. A superb Bailey Edwards pass found John Butcher for the opening goal of the contest, then Shaun Wilson landed a beauty from just inside 50 and A DEPLETED Waratah has faded after quarter-time at a sodden Gardens Oval, effectively hand delivering Nightcliff a week off next Saturday, in a 35-point loss to the reigning premier. In a battle billed as the match of the round between the NTFLs top two, the home team missing several stars including Abe Ankers, Cameron nightcliff and LIGHTNING strike ALLROUNDER Marcus Stoinis has urged critics to look beyond the numbers when assessing Steve Smiths T20 value as Australia prepares to complete a clean sweep of the Sri Lanka white-ball series at the MCG on Sunday. Smiths position in the Australian T20 team has come under scrutiny in the past six months after a quiet World Cup, slower scoring rates and the added insult of being left unsold at the IPL mega auction having once been the competitions $2m golden child. But Stoinis said there was no such debate among the players, who were all aware ofthe stars ability to execute any role specific to the situation allowing the top order to attack the game fearlessly. It gives people confidence that weve got arguably the best player of our generation there to mop things up . . . if things dont go to plan, he said. Smith is crucial: Stoinis todd balym Ben Cameron