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  • Dan Crouch

February Sport in review

It was a successful month for Australian cricket, with the men's team recording three easy ODI wins over the West Indies to exact some revenge after tying the two-test series in January.

In the first ODI Xavier Bartlett stole the show as he took four wickets and earned man of the match honours in his international cricket debut. He rested the second match, and repeated the four-wicket and man of the match feat in the third, which was good enough to see him named man of the series.

Glenn Maxwell's record breaking 120 not out off 55 deliveries was the headlining performance in Australia's three-match T20 series against the West Indies, but David Warner was the man of the series in his final matches played in Australia as his side won 2-1.

Three T20s across the Tasman Sea against New Zealand were next on the agenda and it was three wins for Australia, headlined by the thrilling last-ball victory courtesy of clutch masterclasses from Tim David and Mitchell Marsh in the first match of the series. Marsh went on to win man of the series.

The Australian women book-ended three ODIs against South Africa with big wins, but in between South Africa won their first ever ODI against Australia, just weeks after securing their first T20 International win over the Aussies.

The multi-format series against South Africa concluded with a four-day test match, which Australia won by an innings and 284 runs. Annabel Sutherland put together a flawless all-round performance with 210 runs in Australia's only innings with the bat, and bowling figures of 3/19 and 2/11 across two innings with the ball. Beth Mooney was named player of the series.

The Adelaide Giants made it back to back Australian Baseball League Championships when they defeated the Perth Heat 2-1 in the best of 3 championship series. It was the second straight year they beat Perth to claim the Claxton Shield.

The Giants suffered a heartbreaking extra innings loss in a marathon first game of the series, but they rallied to win game two from behind, and closed out the series with a game three victory courtesy of a Briley Knight double which sent two runners to home base and gave Adelaide a 3-1 lead at the bottom of the 8th inning. Closing pitcher Todd Van Steensel was named MVP of the championship series.

ABL GM Paul Gonzalez joined Flow Sports earlier in February to review the championship series, and called it one of the best series he has ever seen. He especially praised the energy and the sellout crowds.

The NBL season concluded with Melbourne United finishing top of the ladder, and clearly looking like the team to beat in finals. Lower down the ladder it was a tussle for finals spots, with just two wins separating fourth and ninth and the top six not locked in until the last day of the season. Bryce Cotton won his fourth league MVP and seventh scoring title to move into rarefied air among the NBL greats.

Following a solid Australian Open run, Alex De Minaur made the Final at the Rotterdam Open, and as a result reached a career high world ranking at no. 9; He lost the final to Australian Open champion Jannik Sinner 7-5 6-4.

The Socceroos Asian Cup run came to an end with a 2-1 quarter-final loss to South Korea, and the Matildas qualified for the Olympics after two dominant wins against Uzbekistan - 3-0 in Uzbekistan and 10-0 at home - for an 13-0 aggregate victory. Comeback star Michelle Heymen at 35 years old was the star in the series, and boosted her chances of a spot in the team for Paris.

The Kookaburras and Hockeyroos both took the stage in India for the FIH Pro League as part of their Olympic preparations, and both teams fared well. The Kookaburras won seven games, and only lost to the top ranked Netherlands, whom they had beaten in a thrilling 5-4 contest several days earlier.

The Hockeyroos led by veteran captain Jane Claxton won four and lost four games. Jane joined Flow Sports to share some insights about the team's matches in India, their preparations for the Olympics, and plenty more.

Qatar hosted the World Aquatics Championships, in which Australia won 7 gold medals and 24 medals in total to finish third on the tally.

Internationally, The Kansas City Chiefs won a thrilling Super Bowl in overtime over the San Francisco 49ers. It was their second straight Super Bowl victory, and their third in five years to undoubtedly earn them dynasty status. Quarterback Patrick Mahomes won his third Super Bowl MVP to enter the conversation as one of the all-time greats.


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