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TUESDAY JUNE 6 2017 SPORT 33 V1 - CAVE01Z01MA MPH Vikings have continued Verdis winless start to the 2017 Southern Zone Premier League season with a 3-0 win against the club on Saturday evening. Vikings have been impressive so far in 2017 and have continued to show they are serious premiership Verdi defender Gio Morelli collects the ball during his side's loss against MPH Vikings on Saturday. Picture: JOSH ABBOTT Vikings down a much improved Verdi side contenders with a comfortable 90 minute performance. Kyle Juffermans, Michael Lindsay and Joe Worrall all got on the scoresheet for Vikings in the win with Worrall continuing his impressive form for his new club after crossing over from Celtic in the off season. Despite the loss, Verdi continue to show signs of improvement through the season. The previous meeting between these two sides ended in a 7-0 thrashing but Verdi are proving to be a much more difficult proposition for clubs now. The win sees Vikings remain just a game behind first place on the ladder while Verdi remain at the bottom of the table. In the other match of round seven, Celtic managed to hold off a fast-finishing Stormbirds side to record an enthralling 4-3 victory. The reigning premiers seemed to be cruising to a routine win when they found themselves up 4-1 but Stormbirds made the club work for the three points. Stormbirds rallied to score two late goals to reduce the margin to only one goal but they were unable to find an equaliser before the full time whistle. The win is Celtics fifth in six matches this season and sees the club remain at the top of the Premier League standings. Stormbirds meanwhile sit fourth on the ladder with one win through six matches this season. Last years grand finalists Scorpions had a bye. John runs impressive time CYCLISTS, mountain bikers and runners will get the chance to team up later this month with the Three Tribes social race to be held. The race will involve teams consisting of one cyclist, one runner and one mountain biker each completing a leg of approximately one hour. Each leg will leave from the Telegraph Station. The event, while competitive in nature, will be a social event with people of all abilities welcome and encouraged to participate. The event will take place on Saturday June 24 from 3pm with more details to be decided upon. A post race barbecue will also be held for all competitors in the event. Best and fairests named ALICE Springs Running and Walking official John Bermingham finished the Traralgon Marathon in a time of 3:21:34 on Sunday. The race was Berminghams first marathon since 1974 as he dusted off his runners to enter the 50th edition of the race. Bermingham was born in Traralgon and ran the second ever edition of the race in 1968 and decided to take part in the historic 50th edition of the famed event. The time is better than the 3:30:00 that Bermingham was hoping for. Despite running a time better than he hoped for, Bermingham said the event was a tough race. Athletes are set to team up THE Alice Springs Touch Association have announced best and fairest award winners for season 2017. Jakewyn Totani and Kirstin Remfrey won the BOTM Scorpions mens and womens awards. Brenny Donnelly and JoJo Herewini took home the mens and females awards for CKS respectively. For Team ABC, Te Aroha Davis Tahere received the mens best and fairest and Madisen Davis Tahere won the womens. Caleb Smith and Briar Roach won the awards for 18s and William Schwalger and Karen Taylor-McIness won the mens and womens for Whanau A. THE lack of a viable soccer venue in Alice Springs means the annual Sports Ministers Cup match to decide the Territorys FFA Cup representative has been consigned to Darwin for another year. Celtic will meet Darwin Rovers in the Top End on June 24 to decide the NTs entrant in the competitions final 32, the third consecutive year an Alice Springs side has travelled to Darwin. Football Federation NT boss Bruce Stalder said the decision was made to keep the game in Darwin due to Ross Park, its in great condition and definitely up there with the conditions of the Darwin pitches. Darwin set to host FFA Cup fixture yet again Park not providing an adequate playing surface. Celtic coach Andy Pye said he can understand Stalders concerns about hosting the match at Ross Park but was quick to say that hosting the game in Alice Springs should not be considered off the table. To come (and play the game) in Alice, maybe we should have that opportunity to come and play down here, Pye said. Not necessarily at Ross Park, I can understand (FFNT) not wanting to come down here and play at Ross Park because it isnt the best of pitches. Maybe next year though we can look at using Traeger All grades play on Ross Park each week so it doesnt have time to repair but two years ago we played a game against Adelaide United on Traeger Park and its great to play on there actually. Its only one game and it would be really good for Darwin to come down here and Alice Springs to maybe have home advantage one time. Celtic has experience playing in Darwin in the FFA Cup, travelling to the Top End in 2015 as they lost 5-0 to Darwin Olympic. The team travelled to Darwin on the day of the match on that occasion and Pye said they will not be making the same mistake this time around. At first we were going to get flown up on the Saturday afternoon but its asking too much of us to fly up to Darwin and by the time we get to the hotel, you have to be at the ground to get ready for the game, he said. This year were going up on the Friday afternoon so we have a little bit of time. You dont want to be running around and do too much organising before playing. Celtic will travel to the Top End later this month to take on Darwin Rovers in the Sports Ministers Cup match. The match will be played on Saturday June 24. Anthony Geppa SOCCER Maybe we should have that opportunity to come and play here. C E L T I C C O A C H A N D Y P Y E Anthony Geppa SOCCER RUNNING/RIDING TOUCH RUNNING