COMMONWEALTH BANK TROPHY 1997-2007

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    1999 COMMONWEALTH BANK TROPHY

    Round 1
    Thunderbirds 58 v Firebirds 48
    Orioles 36 v Ravens 59
    Swifts 59 v Kestrels 45
    Sandpipers 58 v Phoenix 52

    Round 2
    Sandpipers 44 v Swifts 54
    Firebirds 58 v Orioles 42
    Ravens 57 v Phoenix 49
    Kestrels 48 v Thunderbirds 47

    Round 3
    Swifts 49 v Ravens 53
    Firebirds 48 v Kestrels 50
    Phoenix 57 v Orioles 49
    Thunderbirds 63 v Sandpipers 41

    Round 4
    Ravens 40 v Thunderbirds 51
    Orioles 53 v Swifts 72
    Phoenix 65 v Firebirds 56
    Sandpipers 44 v Kestrels 55

    Round 5
    Swifts 61 v Phoenix 51
    Firebirds 47 v Sandpipers 54
    Thunderbirds 74 v Orioles 25
    Kestrels 62 v Ravens 58

    Round 6
    Phoenix 60 v Thunderbirds 56
    Orioles 42 v Kestrels 46
    Swifts 61 v Firebirds 51
    Ravens 53 v Sandpipers 51

    Round 7
    Sandpipers 63 v Orioles 45
    Kestrels 74 v Phoenix 57
    Thunderbirds 57 v Swifts 45
    Firebirds 49 v Ravens 55

    Round 8
    Phoenix 58 v Ravens 52
    Swifts 71 v Sandpipers 46
    Thunderbirds 52 v Kestrels 44
    Orioles 42 v Firebirds 40

    Round 9
    Sandpipers 47 v Thunderbirds 58
    Kestrels 66 v Firebirds 49
    Ravens 56 v Swifts 60
    Orioles 58 v Phoenix 47

    Round 10
    Firebirds 33 v Thunderbirds 77
    Ravens 63 v Orioles 34
    Kestrels 47 v Swifts 57
    Sandpipers 56 v Phoenix 59

    Round 11
    Thunderbirds 49 v Ravens 49
    Kestrels 64 v Sandpipers 52
    Firebirds 61 v Phoenix 73
    Swifts 54 v Orioles 42

    Round 12
    Phoenix 59 v Swifts 70
    Sandpipers 59 v Firebirds 65
    Orioles 33 v Thunderbirds 70
    Ravens 58 v Kestrels 51

    Round 13
    Thunderbirds 79 v Phoenix 43
    Kestrels 56 v Orioles 37
    Sandpipers 56 v Ravens 61
    Firebirds 43 v Swifts 62

    Round 14
    Swifts 38 v Thunderbirds 63
    Phoenix 59 v Kestrels 62
    Orioles 47 v Sandpipers 46
    Ravens 61 v Firebirds 58

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    LADDER

    TEAM . . . . . P . . W . . L . . D . . . F . . . A . . . .+/- . . . . % . . . . Pts
    T’BIRDS .. .. 14 . .11 . . 2 . . 1 . . 854 . . 594 . .+260 . . 143.77 . . 23
    SWIFTS .. .. 14 . .11 . . 3 . . 0 . . 813 . . 710 . .+103 . . 114.51 . . 22
    KESTRELS . 14 . .10 . . 4 . . 0 . . 770 . . 719 . . .+51 . . 107.09 . . 20
    RAVENS .. . 14 . .. 9 . . 4 . . 1 . . 775 . . 713 . . .+62 . . 108.70 . . 19

    PHOENIX .. 14 . .. 6 . . 8 . . 0 . . 789 . . 849 . . .-60 . . ..92.93 . . 12
    S’PIPERS … 14 . .. 3 . .11 . . 0 . . 717 . . 794 . . .-77 . . ..90.30 . . .6
    ORIOLES … 14 . .. 3 . .11 . . 0 . . 585 . . 805 . . -220 . . .72.67 . . .6
    FIREBIRDS. 14 . .. 2 . .12 . . 0 . . 706 . . 825 . . -119 . . .85.58 . . .4

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    MAJOR SEMI FINAL – THUNDERBIRDS v SWIFTS
    State Sports Centre, Sydney

    THUNDERBIRDS WON 54-36

    THUNDERBIRDS:
    GS . Mogg
    GA . Delaney
    WA . Hodge
    C .. Sanders
    WD . Squire
    GD . Harby
    GK . Sutter

    Shooting:
    Delaney 30, Mogg 24

    SWIFTS:
    GS . Cox
    GA . Adamson
    WA . Wagg
    C .. Miller
    WD . Gilmour
    GD . Williams
    GK . Ellis

    Shooting:
    Cox 21, Adamson 15

    Umpires: Janelle Derrington, Nola Calnon

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    MINOR SEMI FINAL – RAVENS v KESTRELS
    ETSA Park, Adelaide

    RAVENS WON 61-53

    RAVENS:
    GS . Huppatz
    GA . Anderson
    WA . Cobb
    C .. Grant
    WD . Gardner
    GD . den Dekker
    GK . Tucker

    Shooting:
    Anderson 39, Huppatz 22

    KESTRELS:
    GS . Borlase
    GA . Teare
    WA . O’Donnell
    C .. Richardson
    WD . Vivian
    GD . Illitch
    GK . Meade

    Shooting:
    Borlase 33, Teare 13, ???

    Umpires: Maureen Boyle, Jan Cross

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    PRELIMINARY FINAL – SWIFTS v RAVENS
    State Sports Centre, Sydney

    RAVENS WON 56-54

    SWIFTS:
    GS . Cox
    GA . Adamson
    WA . Wagg
    C .. Miller
    WD . Gilsenen
    GD . Gilmour
    GK . Ellis

    Shooting stats unknown.

    RAVENS:
    GS . Huppatz
    GA . Anderson
    WA . Cobb
    C .. Grant
    WD . Gardner
    GD . den Dekker
    GK . Tucker

    Shooting stats unknown.

    Umpires: Maureen Boyle, Jan Cross

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    FIRST GOAL IS GETTING A DERBY TICKET
    Linda Pearce
    The Age

    There are two places where netball really matters: New Zealand and Adelaide. Hence the situation, difficult to imagine elsewhere, of a community protest in Adelaide when tickets for tonight’s grand final sold out in just eight minutes.

    The match is a local derby between the high-profile, defending champion Adelaide Thunderbirds, and the improved, coming-from-fourth-and-on-a-roll Ravens. The match will be played at the 3100-seat netball venue rather than switched to the 8000-capacity basketball stadium, and several days of controversy – including a radio station campaign, and formal complaints from T-Birds Kath Harby and Sarah Sutter – have resulted.

    But the Netball Australia decision stands, and the fact also remains that the Commonwealth Bank Trophy will stay in Adelaide for another year. Whether it returns to the Thunderbirds’ cabinet or is claimed by the Ravens shall be seen tonight. The Ravens are yet to beat their hometown rivals in six tries, although this seventh encounter will be spiced by the round 11 draw, 49-all, when last they met. We can walk taller in Adelaide,” Ravens coach Pat Mickan said afterwards. “They have been the definite underdogs in this state.”

    Indeed, the Thunderbirds are preparing for their third grand final in the national league’s three seasons, with the benefit of a week’s rest after defeating the Sydney Swifts in the major semi-final, and they are packed with Australian players including Harby, centre Rebecca Sanders and prolific shooter Jacqui Delaney.

    The Ravens, although lacking some of their opponents’ star qualities, have been boosted by the return of champion defender Michelle Den Dekker from Queensland and the recruitment of a trimmed-down and much-improved goal attack Megan Anderson from Sydney.

    Significantly, they have not lost a match since June and are fresh from sudden-death finals wins over the Melbourne Kestrels and, narrowly, the Swifts. “Upmarket streetfighters”, Mickan calls her players, citing a depth of character and fierce will to win evident in their regular ability to withstand late changes of momentum in tightly fought games.

    Still, it is hard to go past the Thunderbirds, with their supreme confidence, settled defence complemented by wing Peta Squire, pacy midcourt including Sanders and Delaney up front.

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    GRAND FINAL – THUNDERBIRDS v RAVENS
    ETSA Park, Adelaide

    THUNDERBIRDS WON 62-30
    (18-6, 30-13, 44-26, 62-30)

    THUNDERBIRDS:
    GS . Mogg
    GA . Delaney
    WA . Hodge
    C .. Sanders
    WD . Squire
    GD . Harby
    GK . Sutter

    Changes:
    During 4th Q – Sloane GS (Mogg), Colbeck GA (Delaney), Neale C (Sanders), Andrews (Squire).

    Shooting:
    Delaney 38/45 (84%)
    Mogg 17/20 (85%)
    Colbeck 4/5 (80%)
    Sloane 3/4 (75%)
    TOTAL 62/74 (84%)

    RAVENS:
    GS . Huppatz
    GA . Anderson
    WA . Cobb
    C .. Gardner
    WD . Grant
    GD . den Dekker
    GK . Tucker

    Changes:
    2nd Q – Gardner to WD, Grant to C.

    Shooting:
    Anderson 17/30 (57%)
    Huppatz 13/24 (54%)
    TOTAL 30/54 (56%)

    Umpires: Maureen Boyle, Jan Cross

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    HIGH-FLYING T-BIRDS SET TO CONTINUE
    Illawarra Mercury

    The Adelaide Thunderbirds holding aloft the Commonwealth Bank Trophy is a scene that appears certain to be repeated for years to come.

    The T-birds followed the lead of neighbouring AFL team the Adelaide Crows and the men’s and women’s basketball sides the 36ers and Lightning by claiming back-to-back national titles with a crushing 62-30 grand final win over hometown rivals the Adelaide Ravens on Friday night.

    Thunderbirds coach Marg Angove described it as the best display of netball she had ever seen. And the seemingly unstoppable T-birds unit looks destined to continue its dominance. Angove has another year of her contract to run.

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    T-BIRDS AT THE DOUBLE
    AAP

    The Adelaide Thunderbirds upheld a hometown tradition of back-to-back national titles with a crushing 32-goal win over the Adelaide Ravens in the national league grand final last night.

    The T-Birds followed in the footsteps of their AFL and NBL neighbours by defending their premiership. The last time these two teams met, they drew 49-49, but last night in Adelaide, the Thunderbirds won out in every area.

    Ravens coach Pat Mickan changed her team’s lineup seconds before play, switching centre Danielle Grant with wing defence Trudy Gardner. But the moves did nothing to unsettle the Thunderbirds, with goal attack Jacqui Delaney never looking like missing the target, sinking 14 from 15 attempts in the first quarter.

    Mickan reversed her changes at quarter-time, but again the T-birds were too strong, blazing away to hold a 30-13 lead at half-time, and they went further ahead in the second half.

    With six minutes to go, T-birds coach Marg Angove brought Natalie Sloane into goal shooter, Anna Colbeck to goal attack and Sam Andrews to wing defence, to share in the win.

    Angove described her team’s performance as amazing. “I’ve coached for a long time and it’s the best display I’ve ever seen in my life,” she said.

    Her captain, Kathryn Harby, said the T-birds stuck to their game plan to start well. “It was just great to be a part of,” she said.

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    ONE GOAL REACHED, SHARPSHOOTER DELANEY SETS HER SIHTS ON GLORY AT WORLD TITLES
    Charlotte Harper
    Sydney Morning Herald

    Jacqui Delaney has been playing for three prizes in 1999. After her national league side’s 62-30 grand final victory on Friday night, it’s one down, two to go.

    Delaney, the Australian and Adelaide Thunderbirds’ goal attack, led the defending champions against the Adelaide Ravens, shooting 38 goals from 45 attempts, an 84 per cent success rate.

    “I thought it would be a tougher game,” Delaney said. “Last time [when the Thunderbirds drew with the Ravens] we didn’t have one player who won their position.”

    Performances like the one on Friday have seen Delaney rise to the top three in the player-of-the-year stakes: potential win No 2.

    The third target? The greatest prize of all: playing for Australia as they win their eighth world title in Christchurch in October. If Australia play as well as the Thunderbirds have in this year’s Commonwealth Bank Trophy competition, they’ll romp it in.

    On Friday night, Delaney’s main rival for player of the year, Ravens goal attack Megan Anderson, missed her shots time and again. She was marked out of the action and her success rate was only 57 per cent.

    Sydney Swifts goal keeper Liz Ellis and Delaney were only a few points behind Anderson when the player-of-the-year points were last made public. Ellis has had a week less to earn points, so Delaney is the new favourite.

    “I haven’t really thought about it that much,” she said. She’s equally humble when it comes to playing for her country.

    “I don’t think I’ve expected to start in the Australian team,” she said. “I’ll just be happy to be playing at all.”

    The South Australian shares the national goal attack position with Sharelle McMahon, whose Melbourne Phoenix missed out on the national league finals. McMahon’s national league goal percentage was 83, while Delaney’s, before the finals, was 78.

    Thunderbirds coach Marg Angove described Friday night’s win as the best team performance she’d ever seen. Even in the period late in the final quarter when Angove replaced her top players, the Thunderbirds still came out on top by several goals.

    “I don’t think I’ve ever been taken off in a game before,” Delaney said. But under the circumstances she was “quite happy” to give the others a go.

    With four members of the Thunderbirds to play for Australia, national coach Jill McIntosh will be feeling positive about her world title defence.

    The Australian team heads to Brisbane on Friday for a series of matches against the Netball Australia President’s 12. Melbourne Kestrels centre Nicole Richardson, who played her first game for Australia earlier in the year, will lead the second Australian side. She will be joined by other former national representatives including Cath Cox (Swifts), Alex Hodge (Thunderbirds) and Joanne Morgan (Sandpipers).

    The combination will provide the world’s top team with the toughest competition it will meet before a likely October 2 grand final clash with New Zealand at the world championships.

    The President’s 12 games will also give youngsters like Sandpipers defender Mo’onia Gerrard the opportunity to show national selectors what they can do. The Australian squad for 2000 will be named in October, after the world championships.

    “Most of the girls are just a hair away from getting into the team,” Delaney said. “Everyone’s still watching them.”

    The national side will play a further two training matches this month, against Victoria in Melbourne and NSW in Sydney, before final training sessions in Melbourne in mid-September. The world championships start on September 21.

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    2000 COMMONWEALTH BANK TROPHY

    Round 1
    Firebirds 43 v Phoenix 66
    Ravens 49 v Swifts 63
    Orioles 46 v Kestrels 44
    Sandpipers 33 Thunderbirds 57

    Round 2
    Thunderbirds 57 v Orioles 21
    Firebirds 35 v Swifts 66
    Sandpipers 72 v Ravens 44
    Phoenix 57 v Kestrels 42

    Round 3
    Kestrels 48 v Sandpipers 52
    Swifts 55 v Phoenix 51
    Thunderbirds 65 v Firebirds 29
    Orioles 63 v Ravens 47

    Round 4
    Sandpipers 67 v Orioles 46
    Ravens 52 v Phoenix 70
    Swifts 44 v Thunderbirds 46
    Kestrels 64 v Firebirds 40

    Round 5
    Phoenix 58 v Thunderbirds 56
    Firebirds 62 v Orioles 53
    Sandpipers 54 v Swifts 56
    Ravens 37 v Kestrels 65

    Round 6
    Firebirds 59 v Ravens 50
    Swifts 51 v Orioles 66
    Thunderbirds 67 v Kestrels 40
    Phoenix 67 v Sandpipers 67

    Round 7
    Kestrels 51 v Swifts 42
    Sandpipers 66 v Firebirds 46
    Ravens 36 v Thunderbirds 67
    Orioles 42 v Phoenix 57

    Round 8
    Thunderbirds 63 v Sandpipers 41
    Swifts 71 v Ravens 45
    Kestrels 56 v Orioles 47
    Phoenix 69 v Firebirds 46

    Round 9
    Ravens 52 v Sandpipers 73
    Kestrels 50 v Phoenix 56
    Orioles 35 v Thunderbirds 61
    Swifts 62 v Firebirds 44

    Round 10
    Sandpipers 63 v Kestrels 56
    Ravens 59 v Orioles 66
    Firebirds 42 v Thunderbirds 59
    Phoenix 52 v Swifts 56

    Round 11
    Thunderbirds 38 v Phoenix 75
    Orioles 60 v Firebirds 51
    Swifts 61 v Sandpipers 62
    Kestrels 67 v Ravens 48

    Round 12
    Firebirds 41 v Kestrels 54
    Thunderbirds 47 v Swifts 46
    Orioles 58 v Sandpipers 68
    Phoenix 70 v Ravens 51

    Round 13
    Sandpipers 66 v Phoenix 73
    Kestrels 42 v Thunderbirds 47
    Orioles 46 v Swifts 58
    Ravens 57 v Firebirds 57

    Round 14
    Swifts 60 v Kestrels 35
    Thunderbirds 67 v Ravens 36
    Firebirds 45 v Sandpipers 50
    Phoenix 65 v Orioles 57

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    LADDER

    TEAM . . . . . P . . W . . L . . D . . . F . . . A . . . .+/- . . . . % . . . . Pts
    T’BIRDS .. .. 14 . .12 . . 2 . . 0 . . 797 . . 588 . .+209 . . 135.54 . . 24
    PHOENIX .. 14 . .11 . . 2 . . 1 . . 886 . . 721 . .+165 . . 122.88 . . 23
    S’PIPERS … 14 . .. 9 . . 4 . . 1 . . 835 . . 772 . . .+63 . . 108.76 . . 19
    SWIFTS .. .. 14 . .. 9 . . 5 . . 0 . . 791 . . 683 . .+108 . . 115.81 . . 18

    KESTRELS . 14 . .. 6 . . 8 . . 0 . . 714 . . 703 . . .+11 . . 101.56 . . 12
    ORIOLES … 14 . .. 5 . . 9 . . 0 . . 706 . . 803 . . .-97 . . ..87.92 . . 10
    FIREBIRDS. 14 . .. 2 . 11 . . 1 . . 640 . . 841 . . -201 . . .76.10 . . . 5
    RAVENS .. . 14 . .. 0 . 13 . . 1 . . 663 . . 934 . . -271 . . .70.99 . . . 1

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    MAJOR SEMI FINAL – THUNDERBIRDS v PHOENIX
    ETSA Park, Adelaide

    PHOENIX WON 61-52
    (13-17, 29-30, 38-47, 52-61)

    THUNDERBIRDS:
    GS . Mogg
    GA . Colbeck
    WA . Hodge
    C .. Sanders
    WD . Squire
    GD . Harby
    GK . Sutter

    Shooting:
    Mogg 28/41 (68%)
    Colbeck 24/30 (80%)
    TOTAL 52/71 (73%)

    PHOENIX:
    GS . McMahon
    GA . Southby
    WA . Meaney
    C .. Vennus
    WD . Chokljat
    GD . Taverner
    GK . Browning

    Shooting:
    McMahon 45/48 (94%)
    Southby 16/20 (80%)
    TOTAL 61/68 (90%)

    Umpires: Kate Wright, Annette Smith

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    MINOR SEMI FINAL – SANDPIPERS v SWIFTS
    Penrith Sports Stadium

    SWIFTS WON 64-58
    (15-20, 29-37, 44-48, 58-64)

    SANDPIPERS:
    GS . Morgan
    GA . Avellino
    WA . Cramsie
    C .. McCaffrey
    WD . McMahon
    GD . Harvey
    GK . Neville

    Shooting:
    Morgan 43/53 (81%)
    Avellino 15/19 (78%)
    TOTAL 58/77 (80%)

    SWIFTS:
    GS . Sloane
    GA . Anderson
    WA . Adamson
    C .. Jackson
    WD . Gilsenan
    GD . Williams
    GK . Ellis

    Shooting:
    Sloane 34/44 (77%)
    Anderson 30/35 (85%)
    TOTAL 64/79 (81%)

    Umpires: Stacey Campton, Nola Calnon

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    PRELIMINARY FINAL – THUNDERBIRDS v SWIFTS
    ETSA Park, Adelaide

    THUNDERBIRDS WON 51-49 (extra time)
    (13-13, 22-20, 34-29, 43-43 / 51-49)

    THUNDERBIRDS:
    GS . Mogg
    GA . Colbeck
    WA . Hodge
    C .. Sanders
    WD . Squire
    GD . Harby
    GK . Sutter

    Shooting:
    Mogg 27/41 (66%)
    Roberts 15/24 (63%)
    Colbeck 9/13 (69%)
    TOTAL 51/78 (65%)

    SWIFTS:
    GS . Sloane
    GA . Anderson
    WA . Adamson
    C .. Jackson
    WD . Gilsenan
    GD . Williams
    GK . Ellis

    Shooting:
    Anderson 28/40 (70%)
    Sloane 16/23 (69%)
    Adamson 5/10 (50%)
    TOTAL 49/73 (67%)

    Umpires: Prue Plummer, Kate Wright

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    PHOENIX TO STEAL T-BIRDS’ THUNDER
    Ted Simmons

    IF confidence is a winner, then Melbourne Phoenix are poised to complete a 4-0 unbeaten sweep over the defending champions Adelaide Thunderbirds in the national netball league grand final tonight. `We’ve already beaten them three times this season, and if we have to make it four to win the Cup, then we’ll do it,’ Melbourne coach Joyce Brown said.

    Adelaide, winners of the past two netball titles, meet Phoenix, who won the first championship in 1997, at the Melbourne Glasshouse. Both sides are at full strength but Phoenix hold the confidence advantage after their resounding wins this season.

    Finals form matters and to beat the T-Birds by nine in the major semi-final is a good statement of where we are,’ Brown said. It’s also a great advantage to have shooters Sharelle McMahon and Eloise Southby in form as well as a boost to the team.

    Co-captain Liz Taverner also adds great experience in defence. In fact, it’s a pretty solid team all the way down.’ That is not the type of news that Adelaide coach Marg Angove wants to hear.

    Angove has already stated it is almost impossible to stop McMahon, and the T-Birds will have to improve their accuracy to record three consecutive titles. `Errors have caught up with us in the past few weeks but we’ve exceeded expectations in getting to the grand final after the loss of international Jacqui Delaney,’ she said.

    ‘We’ve been in every grand final but the Phoenix will have extra confidence with their wins this season. Adelaide has never been the most accurate side in the league but we get more shots. Our shooters Cassie Mogg and Anna Coldbeck have worked so hard to get moves going, and we just have to find a way to cut down the opportunities for McMahon and Southby.’

    Thunderbirds defenders Kathryn Harby and Sarah Sutter will again have to be on song to stop McMahon, who is the second-highest scorer in the league behind Joanne Morgan. She has an average of 83% for the season and has scored 40, 50 and 45 against Adelaide.

    McMahon also plays a key role in stopping Angove’s hopes of equalling the record of Adelaide basketball coach Jan Stirling, who guided Adelaide Lightning to a hat-trick of wins in the Women’s National Basketball League.

    In what should be a close struggle, Australian coach Jill McIntosh predicts Phoenix will go all the way. However, the Sydney Swifts’ Julie Fitzgerald says Adelaide are used to winning and have the winning mentality.

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    GRAND FINAL – PHOENIX v THUNDERBIRDS
    The Glasshouse, Melbourne

    PHOENIX WON 52-51
    (13-18, 25-30, 39-40, 52-51)

    PHOENIX:
    GS . McMahon
    GA . Southby
    WA . Meaney
    C .. Dick
    WD . Chokljat
    GD . Taverner
    GK . Browning

    Changes:
    3rd Q – Chatfield GK (Browning).

    Shooting:
    McMahon 32/35 (91%)
    Southby 20/26 (77%)
    TOTAL 52/61 (85%)

    THUNDERBIRDS:
    GS . Colbeck
    GA . Roberts
    WA . Hodge
    C .. Sanders
    WD . Squire
    GD . Harby
    GK . Sutter

    Changes:
    3rd Q – Altschwager GA (Roberts).
    4th Q – Roberts GA (Altschwager).

    Shooting:
    Colbeck 33/40 (83%)
    Roberts 14/20 (70%)
    Altschwager 4/6 (67%)
    TOTAL 51/66 (77%)

    Player Of The Match: Sharelle McMahon (Phoenix)

    Umpires: Prue Plummer, Kate Wright
    Crowd: 5 700

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    COMMITMENT AND UNITY LIFT PHOENIX TO VICTORY
    Jackie Epstein
    The Age
    14/8/2000

    When speaking in the lead-up to Friday night’s grand final against the Adelaide Thunderbirds, Melbourne Phoenix co-captain Eloise Southby quoted her coach who claimed she would make a fortune if the camaraderie of her players were bottled and sold. Having called on all their unity and commitment to win a second title in an epic encounter at the Glasshouse, the players could make Joyce Brown a multi-millionaire.

    The side snatched a 52-51 win after coming back from seven goals down to arrest the lead with only two minutes remaining on the clock. The brilliance of Sharelle McMahon in scoring the goals and Liz Taverner in defending them, dominated conversation as the close-knit group celebrated all weekend before leaving this morning on their end-of-season trip to Bali.

    The team emulated its triumph of the 1997 season, but this title is undoubtedly of extra significance since it ended Thunderbirds’ two year reign at the top of the netballing world. Phoenix now has the stocks to stamp its authority on the rest of the competition, but the Thunderbirds were by no means disgraced in defeat.

    The side that has played in the past four grand finals will no doubt bounce back from the heart-breaking loss after holding the lead from the eight-minute mark of the first quarter. And while the Thunderbirds were shattered as the returned to Adelaide on Saturday, the bruised and weary Phoenix players continued festivities at the MCG yesterday.

    All players, particularly co-captain Taverner, were still emotionally charged when reflecting on the win. “It’s unbelievable to wake up and know that you’re the champions,” Taverner said. “We’ve been having a ball and it’s just an amazing feeling.”

    McMahon won the player-of-the-match award and received the best possible birthday present on Saturday when she turned 23. She said it was a tough encounter but one that was different to the win of ’97 in her first year at the club.

    Brown, who coached her first premiership, admitted feeling the strain of the close contest on the sidelines. “I lost it with one minute to go, but I felt I was quite in control because there were still decisions to be made,” she said.

    South Australian Sally Browning said the win was extra special with her family travelling across the border to watch her play. “It feels fantastic. I was sitting on the sidelines, watching that last two minutes, which was heart-in-your-throat stuff. I just couldn’t believe it. I was just so glad it was us and not them,” she said.

    The only dampener of the night may be a possible serious knee injury to Southby, who will have an MRI scan to find out the extent of damage to her posterior cruciate ligament. But she is confident she will be fit to rejoin the group when pre-season training begins in October.

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