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38 SPORT MONDAY JANUARY 1 2018 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 MAL Meninga became the first man to captain and coach Australia to World Cup glory while Goves Will Chambers became the first Territorian to win a Rugby League World Cup as the Kangaroos summoned every ounce of courage to break Englands hearts in a pulsating decider. Before 40,033 at Suncorp Stadium, the World Cup decider morphed into an Ashes classic as the old enemies traded blows before Australia landed the killer punch to prevail 6-0. It was frantic and furious to the final seconds, with the Kangaroos having to withstand a second-half English onslaught that breathed life into the credibility of international rugby league. Ultimately, the first World Cup decider in 22 years between the Ashes rivals was decided by a solitary try Kangaroos back-rower Boyd Cordners line-busting brilliance in the 15th minute. The English had a glorious chance to level scores when Kallum Watkins surged clear in the 66th minute, only to be sensationally ankle-tapped by Australian centre Josh Dugan. The Kangaroos hung on, their courage underscored by DECEMBERIN SPORT2017 THE YEAR THAT WAS Big Mals brilliant victory the desperation of a defensive line that shut-out the Poms and conceded just 16 points in six tournament games. When the full-time siren sounded, shattered England players dropped to the turf. Australian skipper Cameron Smith was mobbed by Kangaroos teammates on a night that may have represented Billy Slaters final game in green and gold. For Meninga, it was vindication. He controversially beat England rival Wayne Bennett to the Kangaroos post two years ago and on his watch, Australia have gone 575 days and 13 matches without a loss. In the process, the 46-Test legend became the first man to skipper and mastermind Australian World Cup triumphs after he captained the Kangaroos to victory in the 1992 final. The opening 30 minutes had the fire-and-brimstone feel of Kangaroo tour clashes from the 1980s. The Kangaroos looked most dangerous when fiveeighth Michael Morgan and his outside man, back-rower Boyd Cordner, played direct. Morgan provided the crisp short ball for Cordner, the best straight-line runner in the code, to crash over for a 6-0 lead after 15 minutes. DECEMBER 3 Toast before tea after Ashes win AUSTRALIA regained the Ashes with two matches still to play after a series-clinching win in the third Test at the WACA. Steve Smiths ruthless Australians followed up their convincing victories against England in the first two Tests in Brisbane and Adelaide by winning the third by an even more emphatic margin of an innings and 41 runs to take an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match series. Needing to bat through the fifth and final day to salvage a draw and keep the series alive, England crumbled to be all out for just 218, losing their last six wickets in 34 overs to hand the old urn back to Australia. Captaining an Asheswinning side is an amazing feeling, Smith said. So many emotions coming out. The boys are going to celebrate hard tonight. To win an amazing Ashes series, to be 3-0 up and get that urn back, Im really proud. Yesterdays scheduled start of play was delayed by three hours because of heavy overnight rain that leaked through the covers. But the end came swiftly enough once the ground staff dried the pitch using leaf blowers and the umpires agreed to let play finally recommence after lunch with Australian paceman Josh Hazlewood ripping through Englands middle and lower order. Hazlewood clean bowled England wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow for 14 with his first delivery of the day, then added the key wickets of Dawid Malan (54) and Craig Overton (12) to complete his first five-wicket haul in an Ashes Test and finish with figures of 5-48. Spinner Nathan Lyon (2-42) trapped Moeen Ali in front for 11 before paceman Pat Cummins (2-53) dismissed Stuart Broad (0) and Chris Woakes (22) to seal Australias win just before the rescheduled tea break. DECEMBER 18 Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, Nathan Lyon and Mitchell Starc of Australia celebrate in the changing rooms after Australia regained the Ashes during day five of the third Test against England at the WACA Picture: GETTY IMAGES MONTHLY HIGHLIGHTS December 1: Tiwi Bombers coach Brenton Toy wants Territory-born footballers to be exempt from the controversial fly-in rule. The ruling states each club is allowed a maximum of 12 fly-in players, with no more than four available on matchdays. But Toy said Tiwi Island students and those from other clubs were being swept aside by the new rule. December 3: Mal Meninga has become the first man to captain and coach Australia to World Cup glory as the Kangaroos last night summoned every ounce of courage to break Englands hearts in a pulsating decider, winning 6-0. December 3: Australian greats Renae Kunst and Steph Hancock will retire as world champions after the Jillaroos retained the World Cup trophy with a stunning 23-16 victory against the Kiwi Ferns. December 3: Deba George leads Essington to win the Darwin Basketball Championship mens competition after defeating Rebels. December 7: Southern Districts defender Keegan Dingo will play for Southern Districts on Saturday after the league tribunal last night handed him a reprimand on a rough conduct charge. The reprimand means Dingo has again sidestepped deregistration after he entered last nights hearing with 15 games of suspension hanging over his head, one less than the maximum 16 required to receive a ban. December 14: After a sluggish start, Jeff Horn stormed home to score a technical knockout over Gary Corcoran to retain his world title last night. Corcorans corner threw in the towel in the 11th round after the Englishman had endured a beating from the Australian at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre (pictured). December 18: Australia regained the Ashes from England with two matches still to play after a series-clinching win in the third Test at the WACA. December 29: LDV Comanche is the new line honours winner of the Sydney to Hobart after successfully protesting against Wild Oats XI after a near collision between the two yachts just outside Sydney Heads on Boxing Day. Wild Oats XI was penalised an hour for the infringement, enough to wipe away the 26 minutes and 34 second winning margin it had when it crossed the finish line on Wednesday evening. December 30: The fourth Ashes test between Australia and England finishes in a draw as both team struggled to make inroads on a flat MCG wicket. QUOTES OF THE MO NTH It is what it is, I play the game hard and these things happen. Right now I want to get back to playing footy Southern Districts defender Keegan Dingo reacts to receiving a reprimand on a rough conduct charge at the NTFL Tribunal, after he was on the brink of facing a life ban So many emotions coming out. The boys are going to celebrate hard tonight Steve Smith following Australias emphatic Ashes win in Perth, taking a series-winning 3-0 lead