The Northern Territory news Mon 29 Aug 2016
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36 SPORT MONDAY AUGUST 29 2016 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 THE 2016 NorZone Premier League finals series has all the ingredients for a goalfest. The last home-and-away round of the season produced 21 goals in the two matches, with minor premier Darwin Olympic contributing six in a thrilling 6-3 win over Azzurri. Second-placed Hellenic showed plenty of skill and flair in beating Casuarina 12-0, with Sulav Maskey hitting a hat-trick to take his seasons tally to 17. Azzurri led as early as the first minute when Olympic keeper Kane McAdam brought down Roberto Sicles in the penalty area for Louis Mbangusi to make no mistake with his spot kick. Kevin Menda Kabangu equalised for the Reds in the 16th minute, scrambling home the ball in the goalmouth after strong lead-up play by Dane Turner. George Ballah regained the lead for Azzurri after 27 minutes when he shrugged off a challenge from Yuki Endo to fire home a right-foot shot which ricocheted off McAdam. Two goals in two minutes from a Mitch Amidy tap-in and a well-taken effort from Keelan Scott gave Olympic a 3-2 lead before an own goal by Azzurris Tylah Pearce gave Olympic a two-goal cushion and a 4-2 lead. But the cushion was short lived when Mbangusi scored his second of the match. Reds talisman Ross Tsounias fired home from 30m and Amidy scored his 18th goal of the season to complete the scoring in the last five minutes. Hellenic, who play Olympic in Saturdays qualifying final, went ahead in the 20th minute when Junar Gamar slotted home a right-foot shot from the edge of the area. John Trikilis made it 2-0 in the 31st minute and Helio Carvalho 3-0 eight minutes later. Maskey made it 4-0 on the half-time whistle. Eight second-half goals from Trikilis, Maskey (2), Ross Billias, Sotirios Dimitrakopoulos, William Tamba and substitute Luis Rodrigues (2) added to the Rowdies woes. GREY MORRIS Jamie Whincup leads race 2 of the V8 Supercars Sydney SuperSprint at Sydney Motorsport Park yesterday Picture: DANIEL KALISZ/GETTY IMAGES Whincup roars to ton Bad Boy clinches NT sprintcar crown in style BENNY Bad Boy Atkinson claimed the Northern Territory Open Sprintcar Title in sensational fashion on Saturday night. One of Australias leading sprintcar drivers, Atkinson won the topsy-turvy 30-lap final from another Territorian in Chace Karpenko after starting from the outside of the second row. Atkinson and pole sitter Karpenko, who won two of the four feature races in four nights of racing during the Chariots of Thunder series, swapped the lead on several occasions. But it was Atkinson who greeted the chequered flag, with Karpenko relegated to second place and Danny Porter completing an all-local podium by finishing third. Porter had been a front runner during the feature race but was forced to settle for the final spot on the podium in the feature. Adding to the on-track dramas was a post-race fire on board Porters car. Porter made a quick exit from the car, but suffered burns to his left leg. After accepting his trophy, he was transported to hospital, where he underwent minor surgery to clean up the burnt skin. Victorian rookie Rusty Hickman impressed throughout the Chariots of Thunder fortnight with his smart driving. And the 16-year-old saved his best until last, finishing one spot off the podium in fourth place in the feature race, while another teenager, West Australian Mitch Wormall, finished fifth. Local Jason Gebert completed what was a tough series with a sixth-place finish after starting from the back of the field, while WAs Lee Nash, Simon Spitzbarth (the first local 360 driver), Steven Ling and Troy David rounded out the top 10. Chris Harrison, who qualified for the pole shootout but was involved in an accident early in the race, and Keith Phelps also finished in the top group. The did not finish tags were handed to Ben Ellement (WA), Daniel Taylor, Mark Robinson, Caleb Gotts, David Ling, Kyle Caunt (NSW), Glen Sutherland (SA) and Territorian Jason McIver. After an outside front-row start, McIver had a tough run something attributed to a bad set-up and was forced to retire on lap five. Caunt and Sutherland were caught up in a lap-five incident between turns three and four that forced them to retire to the pits. McIver (twice), Hickman and Atkinson dominated the smaller heat races. GREY MORRIS Benny "Bad Boy'' Atkinson celebrates his win in the Northern Territory Sprintcar titles Picture: SUPPLIED Thrill from barrage of finals goals ond in Saturdays race, jumped veteran Craig Lowndes in the pits midway through to streak to his third win of the year. The Red Bull Racing star (2109 points) now holds a 137point lead in the championship standings over teammate Shane van Gisbergen (1972). Lowndes, celebrating an unprecedented 600th career start, came home in second place after leading for the early part of the race. The 42-year-old is the only other driver to have posted 100 wins and holds the record with 105 victories. But Whincup has taken far less time to reach the milestone, with the 33-year-old securing his 100th race victory in just his 398th Supercars start. Fords Chaz Mostert, who started from pole position, finished third as his wait for a win in 2016 continued. Van Gisbergen, who won Saturdays race, finished fifth after a run-in with Volvos James Moffat on lap 48. Moffat was issued a drivethrough penalty for his role in the accident, which cost him a top-10 finish. Defending series champion Mark Winterbottom relinquished third place in the title standings to Lowndes after completing a shocking weekend with a 14th-placed finish. The next round of the championship will be the Sandown 500 on September 18. HOLDENS Jamie Whincup has become the second driver in Supercars history to claim 100 career race wins. The six-time champion reached his ton with victory in the 200km race at Sydney Motorsport Park yesterday. Whincup, who finished sec ED JACKSON United, Chelsea set early pace in EPL with triple successes SUBSTITUTE Marcus Rashford scored an injury-time winner as Manchester United beat Hull City 1-0 on Saturday. Rashford (pictured) tapped in from close range in the 92nd minute as United matched Chelsea with three wins from three to open the Premier League season. I think we did everything to win, United manager Jose Mourinho told BT Sport. I know when you score in minute 90-something we al ways speak about a bit of luck but I think the reality is that we deserved it. In the second half we were so dominant, so intense in our attacking that I always be lieved the goal would arrive. Hulls David Meyler had a chance for a late winner but fired over the bar and visitors United struck moments later. Wayne Rooney carried the ball along the line and sent in a pass which the 18-year-old Rashford, making his season debut, steered home. Eden Hazard, Willian and Victor Moses scored as Chelsea comfortably beat Burnley 3-0 to go top of the table over United on goals scored. After opening with a loss and draw, champions Leicester got their first win by beating Swansea 2-1. Jamie Vardy and Wes Morgan put the Foxes up 2-0 before Leroy Fers consolation. Arsenal also broke into the win column with a 3-1 victory at Watford. Santi Cazorlas penalty put the Gunners in front after nine minutes with Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Oezil adding goals before halftime. Everton stayed unbeaten by defeating Stoke 1-0 after Shay Givens own goal. Goalkeeper Given pushed Leighton Baines penalty on to the post but the ball rebounded off his head and in. Scott Danns injury-time goal gave Crystal Palace a 1-1 draw with Bournemouth. Danny Roses goal earned Tottenham a 1-1 draw with Liverpool, while Sunderland and Southampton are still seeking a win after drawing 1-1.