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    20 YEARS ON FOR THE 2000 MELBOURNE PHOENIX PREMIERSHIP TEAM https://melbournevixens.com.au/news/feature-articles/20-years-on-for-the-2000-melbourne-phoenix-premiership-team

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    2001 COMMONWEALTH BANK TROPHY

    ADELAIDE RAVENS
    Stephanie Chapman
    Alicia Claire
    Kelly Cotton
    Sharon Durbridge
    Trudy Gardner
    Rachel Gregory
    Kristen Heinrich
    Fiona Huppatz
    Sally Lampshire
    Peta Matthews
    Jaime McKinnon
    Brianne Pannach
    Jane Poole
    Leanne Reid
    Kerryn Truslove
    Alison Tucker
    Melissa Tump
    Rebekah Webster
    Natasha Westbrook

    ADELAIDE THUNDERBIRDS
    Anna Coldbeck
    Jacqui Delaney
    Demelza Fellowes
    Kathryn Harby
    Alex Hodge
    Nikki Kreig
    Amanda Martin
    Cassie Martin
    Leanne Oats
    Fiona Pointon
    Jacqui Roberts
    Rebecca Sanders
    Peta Squire
    Sarah Sutter
    Laura von Bertouch
    Natalie von Bertouch

    MELBOURNE KESTRELS
    Amanda Burton
    Kirsten Daley
    Narelle Garbutt
    Anne Harrison
    Janine Ilitch
    Cynna Neele
    Nicole Richardson
    Michelle Rossoukas
    Dani Smith
    Rebecca Strachan
    Abbey Teare
    Leah van Rensburg
    Melanie Vivian

    MELBOURNE PHOENIX
    Andrea Booth
    Bianca Chatfield
    Natasha Chokljat
    Ingrid Dick
    Wendy Jacobsen
    Sharelle McMahon
    Susan Meaney
    Eloise Southby
    Liz Taverner
    Kelly Vennus
    Christine Waller
    Elizabeth Walton
    Hayley Warne

    PERTH ORIOLES
    Sam Andrews
    Sally Browning
    Catherine Cox
    Catherine Devitt
    Tanya Edwards
    Rebecca Elborough
    Jenna McClure
    Fiona Mitchell
    Dianne Ring
    Waveney Seinor
    Jessica Shynn
    Anna Vidler

    QUEENSLAND FIREBIRDS
    Rebecca Chapman
    Karen Clarke
    Sascha Connell
    Sharon Finnan
    Amanda Jordan
    Vanessa Liccioni
    Kelly MacKenzie
    Melanie McKenzie
    Leanne Matthews
    Karen Miller
    Stacey Rosman
    Helena Saunders
    Peta Stephens
    Carla Stuart
    Karen Wright
    Kate Ziebell

    SYDNEY SANDPIPERS
    Natalie Avellino
    Sarah Barrett
    Kate Cramsie
    Samantha Dennis
    Kristy Doyle
    Megan Fleiner
    Mo’onia Gerrard
    Danielle Harvey
    Sarah Leach
    Katrina McCaffery
    Nicole McMahon
    Annika Menke
    Joanne Morgan
    Michelle Neville
    Paula Peralta
    Kimberley Purcell
    Amy Stevens
    Penny Wannop

    SYDNEY SWIFTS
    Kelly Adamson
    Jane Altschwager
    Shay Barley
    Susan Diver-Tuck
    Liz Ellis
    Michelle Gillett
    Kimberlee Gilmour
    Selina Gilsenan
    Raegan Jackson
    Hayley McKivat
    Natalie Sloane
    Julia Symons
    Briony Thornley
    Alison Williams

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    Round 1
    Phoenix 50 v Swifts 42
    Sandpipers 63 v Kestrels 52
    Thunderbirds 49 v Ravens 45
    Firebirds 43 v Orioles 51

    Round 2
    Swifts 58 v Sandpipers 45
    Orioles 45 v Thunderbirds 53
    Kestrels 49 v Firebirds 52
    Ravens 54 v Phoenix 69

    Round 3
    Sandpipers 55 v Orioles 42
    Firebirds 38 v Ravens 52
    Thunderbirds 54 v Swifts 40
    Phoenix 52 v Kestrels 48

    Round 4
    Kestrels 32 v Thunderbirds 61
    Swifts 62 v Firebirds 34
    Ravens 55 v Sandpipers 72
    Orioles 41 v Phoenix 58

    Round 5
    Phoenix 63 v Firebirds 40
    Orioles 44 v Ravens 58
    Thunderbirds 76 v Sandpipers 54
    Swifts 61 v Kestrels 43

    Round 6
    Sandpipers 54 v Phoenix 58
    Kestrels 54 v Orioles 43
    Ravens 37 v Swifts 49
    Firebirds 36 v Thunderbirds 68

    Round 7
    Phoenix 41 v Thunderbirds 57
    Ravens 47 v Kestrels 48
    Sandpipers 62 v Firebirds 39
    Orioles 41 v Swifts 54

    Round 8
    Swifts 46 v Phoenix 51
    Kestrels 54 v Sandpipers 60
    Ravens 39 v Thunderbirds 63
    Orioles 55 v Firebirds 45

    Round 9
    Sandpipers 45 v Swifts 67
    Thunderbirds 70 v Orioles 44
    Firebirds 42 v Kestrels 64
    Phoenix 73 v Ravens 47

    Round 10
    Swifts 51 v Thunderbirds 47
    Ravens 61 v Firebirds 34
    Kestrels 50 v Phoenix 49
    Orioles 51 v Sandpipers 63

    Round 11
    Thunderbirds 68 v Kestrels 47
    Sandpipers 65 v Ravens 56
    Firebirds 23 v Swifts 65
    Phoenix 66 v Orioles 44

    Round 12
    Ravens 59 v Orioles 47
    Firebirds 48 v Phoenix 60
    Sandpipers 67 v Thunderbirds 51
    Kestrels 40 v Swifts 69

    Round 13
    Thunderbirds 67 v Firebirds 35
    Phoenix 62 v Sandpipers 48
    Swifts 75 v Ravens 47
    Orioles 56 v Kestrels 48

    Round 14
    Thunderbirds 63 v Phoenix 45
    Swifts 70 v Orioles 37
    Firebirds 45 v Sandpipers 63
    Kestrels 57 v Ravens 52

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    LADDER

    TEAM . . . . . P . . W . . L . . D . . . F . . . A . . . .+/- . . . . % . . . . Pts
    T’BIRDS .. .. 14 . .12 . . 2 . . 0 . . 847 . . 621 . .+226 . . 136.39 . . 24
    SWIFTS .. .. 14 . .11 . . 3 . . 0 . . 809 . . 594 . .+215 . . 136.20 . . 22
    PHOENIX .. 14 . .11 . . 3 . . 0 . . 797 . . 682 . .+115 . . 116.86 . . 22
    S’PIPERS … 14 . .. 9 . . 5 . . 0 . . 816 . . 767 . . .+49 . . 106.39 . . 18

    KESTRELS . 14 . .. 5 . . 9 . . 0 . . 689 . . 775 . . .-86 . . . 88.90 . . 10
    RAVENS .. . 14 . .. 4 . 10 . . 0 . . 709 . . 783 . . .-74 . . . 90.55 . . .8
    ORIOLES … 14 . .. 3 . 11 . . 0 . . 647 . . 796 . .-149 . . . 81.28 . . .6
    FIREBIRDS. 14 . .. 1 . 12 . . 0 . . 555 . . 842 . .-287 . . . 65.91 . . .2

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    MAJOR SEMI FINAL – THUNDERBIRDS v SWIFTS
    ETSA Park, Adelaide

    SWIFTS WON 63-59 (extra time) (49-49)
    Swifts (Anderson 35, Altschwager 28)
    Thunderbirds (Delaney 40, C.Martin 12, Roberts 7)

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    MINOR SEMI FINAL – PHOENIX v SANDPIPERS
    State Netball Hockey Centre, Melbourne

    PHOENIX WON 75-48
    Phoenix (McMahon 48, Southby 27)
    Sandpipers (Morgan 24, Avellino 22, Doyle 2)

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    PRELIMINARY FINAL – THUNDERBIRDS v PHOENIX
    ETSA Park, Adelaide

    THUNDERBIRDS WON 57-40
    (12-11, 24-21, 38-31, 57-40)

    THUNDERBIRDS:
    GS . Martin
    GA . Delaney
    WA . N.von Bertouch
    C .. Sanders
    WD . Squire
    GD . Harby
    GK . Sutter

    Changes:
    None

    Shooting:
    Delaney 41/53 (77%)
    Martin 16/23 (70%)
    TOTAL 57/76 (75%)

    PHOENIX:
    GS . McMahon
    GA . Southby
    WA . Jacobsen
    C .. Meaney
    WD . Chokljat
    GD . Chatfield
    GK . Taverner

    Changes:
    3rd Q – Taverner to GD, Chatfield to GK.
    4th Q – Vennus C (Jacobsen), Meaney to WA.

    Shooting:
    McMahon 21/26 (81%)
    Southby 19/21 (90%)
    TOTAL 40/47 (85%)

    Umpires: Sharon Kelly, Michelle Phippard

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    ELLIS TAKES A SWIFT RIDE TO THE TOP
    Linda Pearce
    The Age

    Anyone who tunes in for the replay of tonight’s national netball grand final might recognise the familiar figure in the colors of the Sydney Swifts.

    They might have seen the Sportsworld program on Sunday mornings, or caught an episode of The Fat one Monday night. Perhaps they have heard her voice on Triple J over the past three years, or watched the enthusiastic newcomer reading the autocue on the overnight shift of C7’s Olympic coverage.

    In other sports, such a bulging media schedule is as common as a Sam Newman excuse to get his gear off. But this is netball, where Anne Sargeant, who retired in the 1980s, is still almost as close as it gets to a household name. Thus the transformation of Liz Ellis, sportswoman, into Liz Ellis, very visible multi-media personality, is all the more unusual.

    People who see the grand final will probably think, What’s she doing playing netball?” Ellis said jokingly this week. They probably won’t recognise me because I haven’t been in make-up for an hour.”

    And her Swifts and Australian teammates? What do they think of all this newfound celebrity, which will soon include co-hosting a new Channel10 health and lifestyle series with George Gregan, Shane Heal, Brett and Shane Lee? They just think I’ve got far too much to say for myself sometimes.” Are they right? Oh, yeah. God, yeah.”

    Since 1993, the 183-centimetre Ellis has been the first-choice Australian goal keeper, a key member of the 1995 and 1999 world championship teams, and a gold medallist at the 1998 Commonwealth Games. She has also led the Swifts’ defence since the competition began in 1997, and twice won the netballer-of-the-year award.

    Off the court, too, all seemed in place. But although Ellis practised as a solicitor for four years, she soon discovered that the life of a lawyer was not the glamorous fight for truth and justice against evil that she had imagined. Nor did the long hours always fit in with her training commitments. And so the genesis for her career change came about three years ago when she met TripleJ drive host Adam Spencer during an appearance on the ABC’s Good News Week.

    That eventually led to a regular breakfast radio slot, while a chance at television arrived a few months after sitting next to Channel Seven executive Andy Kay at a netball dinner. I told him I didn’t want to practise law any more and that if they had anything, I’d be interested,” Ellis said. Then midway through last year he just rang me out of the blue and said, `Come in and read off the autocue and see if you want to be involved in the Olympic coverage’.”

    Right place, right time, or something more? Of all Australia’s elite netballers, why Ellis? I don’t know,” she cackles. I think I just prostituted myself around so much that it eventually paid off!”

    More seriously, Ellis also recognises the importance of timing, and of netball’s growing profile and professionalism. In the mid-90s, the grand total of the Ellis sponsorship stash was $2000 worth of footwear and clothing. Now she has a handful of sponsors, both personally and for her business running school holiday netball clinics, is a regular after-dinner speaker, government taskforce member, promotions consultant, and makes what she calls a quite comfortable” living through all of this plus her growing media work.

    For netball alone, which includes the national league and various international series, Ellis receives $9000 in match payments and allowances. It does not need a calculator to determine that ball skills alone are what have enabled the forthright 28-year-old to help buy the unit with views of Manly beach she shares with her husband of two years, Matthew Stocks. Indeed, Australia-wide, only Kathryn Harby-Williams shares the luxury of being a full-time netballer.

    So, fittingly, the Adelaide-based national captain and her outspoken deputy will be opposing captains in the showpiece domestic game of the year, tonight at Sydney’s State Sports Centre. The star-studded Thunderbirds, who have never missed a grand final, won the first 13 matches between the teams, but the Swifts have won the past two, and this year earned the important home-court advantage through an overtime semi-final win in Adelaide.

    As much as the team is what counts, it is also personal for Ellis, who has won everything else there is to win. Except this. It’s been gnawing at me for years,” she said. Every year you sort of console yourself and say, `Next year, next year’, but I’d love not to have to say that at the end of this season.”

    Certainly, a victory speech would be far preferable. And if, by some chance, Liz Ellis is stuck for a word, it will surely be for the first time.

    Sydney Swifts v Adelaide Thunderbirds
    State Sports Centre, Sydney, 8pm tonight

    TV: ABC replay tomorrow, 5pm
    Head to head: Swifts 2, Thunderbirds 13
    Last five meetings: Swifts 2, Thunderbirds 3
    Last time: Swifts 63 d Thunderbirds 59 (in overtime in the major semi-final in Adelaide
    two weeks ago)

    Coaches: Julie Fitzgerald (Swifts), Marg Angove (Thunderbirds)

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    GRAND FINAL – SWIFTS v THUNDERBIRDS
    State Sports Centre, Sydney

    SWIFTS WON 57-32
    (13-13, 26-20, 44-25, 57-32)

    SWIFTS:
    GS . Anderson
    GA . Altschwager
    WA . Akle
    C .. Jackson
    WD . Gilsenan
    GD . Williams
    GK . Ellis

    Changes:
    During 4th Q – Sloane GS (Altschwager), Anderson to GA.

    Shooting:
    Anderson 28/35 (77%)
    Altschwager 27/32 (84%)
    Sloane 2/2 (100%)
    TOTAL 57/69 (83%)

    THUNDERBIRDS:
    GS . Martin
    GA . Delaney
    WA . N.von Bertouch
    C .. Sanders
    WD . Squire
    GD . Harby
    GK . Sutter

    Changes:
    3rd Q – Colbeck GS (Martin).
    4th Q – Roberts GA (Delaney), L.von Bertouch WA (N.von Bertouch).

    Shooting:
    Delaney 20/33 (61%)
    Colbeck 7/10 (70%)
    Roberts 3/6 (50%)
    Martin 2/5 (40%)
    TOTAL 32/54 (59%)

    Player Of The Match: Liz Ellis

    Umpires: Sharon Kelly, Michelle Phippard

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    SWIFT JUSTICE: THE TITLE IS OURS
    Jessica Halloran and Michael Bradley
    Sydney Morning Herald

    The sweetness of a premiership was something the Sydney Swifts had not tasted until last night. The Swifts denied the Adelaide Thunderbirds their third premiership and humiliated them in the process, 57-32.As the final whistle was blown, the Swifts’ ecstasy was clear the National Netball League trophy was finally coming to Sydney. The Swifts had played in every finals series yet had never tasted title glory.

    “If you want something bad enough, the universe has to give it to you eventually,” Swifts captain and player of the grand final Liz Ellis said. Even she was surprised by the huge margin. “I thought it would be a one- or two-goal affair but we were so determined and wanted it so badly. It might have looked easy from the sideline but in the third quarter we were really sucking in the deep breaths.”

    The loss left Adelaide Thunderbirds coach Marg Angove shattered. “Whatever we tried, it just didn’t work. They were very focused and they played the game very positively, and apart from the first quarter we were hardly ever in it,” she said.

    The Swifts shed tears of joy as they celebrated their historic win. An emotional Ellis was held aloft by her fellow goal defender Alison Broadbent to cut the net from the ring she had waited so long to do this. “It’s fantastic, it’s been an unbelievable year,” Swifts goal attack Jane Altschwager said.

    It was an even first quarter, although the Swifts struggled to deliver the ball smoothly to their goalers. However, Altschwager dominated the goal square, shooting 10 goals from 11 attempts in the quarter as Raegan Jackson and Briony Akle delivered the ball smoothly to the 192cm shooter. Ellis and Broadbent combined to form a tough defence in a game that produced some feisty encounters with the Thunderbirds goalers.

    The second quarter saw the Thunderbirds midcourt initially out-muscle the Swifts, who were having trouble feeding the ball to their goal circle. Thunderbirds centre Rebecca Sanders and wing attack Alex Hodge were efficient in their delivery to Thunderbirds goaler Jacqui Delaney.

    Yet, with seven minutes to go, the momentum swung the Swifts’ way and the Sydneysiders went out to a six-goal break. They were not headed. The precise shooting of Altschwager was a major contributing factor, as she shot six goals from eight attempts.

    Angove swapped her goal shooters in the third quarter. Cassie Martin, silenced by Ellis, was sent to the bench and Anna Coldbeck debuted in an attempt to lift the visitors. It failed to ruffle the Swifts’ defensive combination as the Thunderbirds’ goal efficiency slipped to 42per cent.

    Some roughing-up of Altschwager by Kathryn Harby did little to unsettle the Swift, who continued her dominance of the goal ring. Megan Anderson found the ball more easily and her accuracy increased. Thunderbirds goal attack Delaney was dragged in the final quarter, with Jacqui Roberts coming on, but it was no use. It became a goal-fest for the Swifts as they finished off the Thunderbirds easily. Altschwager shot 29 goals for the game and Anderson 26.

    The premiership is a fitting finale to a stellar year for the Swifts. After a slow start with a loss to 2000 premiers Melbourne Phoenix, a round-10 win over their long-time nemesis the Thunderbirds set the ball rolling for an improved second half of the competition. Ellis paid tribute to the quality of the Thunderbirds in their fifth consecutive grand final. “You can measure how good your team is by the quality of the teams they defeat,” she said.

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    Thanks to Sebastian Luckai…

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    ALSO IN 2001…

    There was a controversial ruling by Netball Australia in June. NA decided to ban pregnant players from taking part in all netball games under their control, due to the risk of injury, and the possible legal consequences that could arise from that injury. The player initially affected was Adelaide Ravens’ captain, Trudy Gardner.

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    PREGNANT NETBALLER IS DELIVERED COURT VICTORY
    Penelope Debelle
    19 Jul 2001

    Pregnant netballer Trudy Gardner will be back on the national league court in Sydney tomorrow night after a federal magistrate ruled yesterday she was fit to play. “I’m very excited and it’s a big relief,” Ms Gardner said outside the court in Adelaide before training with her team last night. “I think I’ve done the right thing.”

    Netball Australia banned pregnant players in mid-June because of the risk and potential consequences from injury to pregnant players. Ms Gardner, 28, who is 15-weeks pregnant, sought the injunction so she could play four more games with the team she captains, the Adelaide Ravens. She had not sought to play after her pregnancy reached 20 weeks, even if her team made the semi-finals.

    During a video conference linking parties in Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney, magistrate Mr Murray McKinnis found the concerns of netball Australia were “understandable, but exaggerated” and Ms Gardner should be allowed to compete at the elite level. “Pregnancy is not an illness,” Mr McKinnis said. “At this stage, there is not a sufficient basis to justify restrictions on her participation in netball.

    The national executive director of Netball Australia, Ms Pamela Smith, said last night the body had not changed its mind about the ban, and the issue of the risk to pregnant players still had to be resolved. It would be up to the Human Rights and Equal Opportunities Commission to decide whether discrimination had occurred. “the judge did not order us to lift the ban,” Ms Smith said. “All he indicated was that based on Trudy’s doctor’s evidence, there were minimal risks and we should allow her on court.”

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    This case led to the Federal Government introducing guidelines in 2002 clearing the way for pregnant players to continue playing sport. Then in 2003, Trudy Gardner was awarded damages after the Federal Magistrates court found that Netball Australia had discriminated against her.

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    2002 COMMONWEALTH BANK TROPHY

    Round 1
    Thunderbirds 56 v Kestrels 37
    Phoenix 60 v Ravens 47
    Swifts 56 v Orioles 36
    Firebirds 49 v Sandpipers 63

    Round 2
    Orioles 42 v Firebirds 44
    Ravens 35 v Thunderbirds 57
    Kestrels 33 v Swifts 50
    Sandpipers 54 v Phoenix 59

    Round 3
    Swifts 51 v Ravens 38
    Thunderbirds 70 v Sandpipers 48
    Phoenix 68 v Firebirds 36
    Kestrels 51 v Orioles 26

    Round 4
    Sandpipers 49 v Swifts 50
    Phoenix 58 v Orioles 37
    Ravens 44 v Kestrels 68
    Firebirds 26 v Thunderbirds 67

    Round 5
    Swifts 43 v Thunderbirds 46
    Ravens 45 v Firebirds 55
    Kestrels 45 v Phoenix 59
    Orioles 40 v Sandpipers 47

    Round 6
    Firebirds 35 v Kestrels 57
    Phoenix 59 v Swifts 51
    Sandpipers 48 v Ravens 35
    Orioles 28 v Thunderbirds 61

    Round 7
    Thunderbirds 43 v Phoenix 51
    Kestrels 49 v Sandpipers 50
    Swifts 56 v Firebirds 24
    Orioles 36 v Ravens 47

    Round 8
    Sandpipers 66 v Firebirds 42
    Ravens 44 v Phoenix 59
    Orioles 31 v Swifts 54
    Kestrels 54 v Thunderbirds 45

    Round 9
    Swifts 54 v Kestrels 45
    Firebirds 60 v Orioles 41
    Thunderbirds 50 v Ravens 31
    Phoenix 56 v Sandpipers 56

    Round 10
    Orioles 35 v Kestrels 42
    Sandpipers 37 v Thunderbirds 70
    Ravens 42 v Swifts 71
    Firebirds 49 v Phoenix 64

    Round 11
    Swifts 45 v Sandpipers 43
    Kestrels 57 v Ravens 43
    Thunderbirds 73 v Firebirds 31
    Orioles 31 v Phoenix 56

    Round 12
    Thunderbirds 61 v Swifts 47
    Firebirds 51 v Ravens 44
    Sandpipers 49 v Orioles 40
    Phoenix 64 v Kestrels 41

    Round 13
    Ravens 56 v Sandpipers 60
    Swifts 49 v Phoenix 46
    Thunderbirds 74 v Orioles 33
    Kestrels 61 v Firebirds 39

    Round 14
    Phoenix 60 v Thunderbirds 47
    Sandpipers 50 v Kestrels 55
    Ravens 51 v Orioles 48
    Firebirds 32 v Swifts 66

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    LADDER

    TEAM . . . . . P . . W . . L . . D . . . F . . . A . . . .+/- . . . . % . . . . Pts
    PHOENIX .. 14 . .12 . . 1 . . 1 . . 815 . . 630 . .+185 . . 130.61 . . 25
    T’BIRDS .. .. 14 . .12 . . 2 . . 0 . . 807 . . 548 . .+259 . . 147.26 . . 24
    SWIFTS .. .. 14 . .11 . . 3 . . 0 . . 743 . . 585 . .+158 . . 127.01 . . 22
    KESTRELS . 14 . .. 8 . . 6 . . 0 . . 712 . . 668 . . .+44 . . 106.59 . . 16

    S’PIPERS … 14 . .. 7 . . 6 . . 1 . . 720 . . 716 . . .. +4 . . 100.56 . . 15
    FIREBIRDS. 14 . .. 4 . 10 . . 0 . . 573 . . 813 . . -240 . . . 70.48 . . .8
    RAVENS .. . 14 . .. 2 . 12 . . 0 . . 602 . . 771 . . -169 . . . 78.88 . . .4
    ORIOLES … 14 . .. 0 . 14 . . 0 . . 504 . . 750 . . -246 . . . 67.20 . . .0

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    MAJOR SEMI FINAL – PHOENIX v THUNDERBIRDS
    State Netball Hockey Centre, Melbourne

    PHOENIX WON 53-38
    (10-6, 26-20, 40-30, 53-38)

    PHOENIX:
    GS . Southby
    GA . McMahon
    WA . Jacobsen
    C .. Meaney
    WD . Chokljat
    GD . Boniello
    GK . Chatfield

    Changes:
    Unknown

    Shooting:
    Southby 31/37 (84%)
    McMahon 22/30 (73%)
    TOTAL 53/67 (79%)

    THUNDERBIRDS:
    GS . Roberts
    GA . Delaney
    WA . L.von Bertouch
    C .. Sanders
    WD . N.von Bertouch
    GD . Harby-Williams
    GK . Squire

    Changes:
    2nd Q – Fellowes GK (N.von Bertouch), Squire to WD, Worthley GS (Roberts).

    Shooting:
    Delaney 22/36 (61%)
    Worthley 14/18 (78%)
    Roberts 2/7 (29%)
    TOTAL 38/61 (62%)

    Umpires: Sharon Kelly, Stacey Campton

    Crowd: 2000

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    MINOR SEMI FINAL – SWIFTS v KESTRELS
    State Sports Centre, Sydney

    SWIFTS WON 55-47
    (15-13, 32-23, 43-33, 55-47)

    SWIFTS:
    GS . Cox
    GA . Altschwager
    WA . Akle
    C .. Anderson
    WD . Gilsenan
    GD . Broadbent
    GK . Ellis

    Changes:
    Unknown

    Shooting:
    Cox 36/40 (90%)
    Altschwager 19/22 (86%)
    TOTAL 55/62 (89%)

    KESTRELS:
    GS . Burton
    GA . Neele
    WA . Doyle
    C .. Richardson
    WD . Vivian
    GD . Garbutt
    GK . Ilitch

    Changes:
    Unknown

    Shooting:
    Neele 35/40 (88%)
    Burton 8/9 (89%)
    Doyle 4/?
    TOTAL 47/??

    Umpires: Michelle Phippard, Deb Farrelly

    Crowd: 3000

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    PRELIMINARY FINAL – THUNDERBIRDS v SWIFTS
    ETSA Park, Adelaide

    THUNDERBIRDS WON 46-42
    (14-12, 29-21, 41-29, 46-42)

    THUNDERBIRDS:
    GS . Worthley
    GA . Delaney
    WA . L.von Bertouch
    C .. Sanders
    WD . Squire
    GD . Harby-Williams
    GK . Fellowes

    Changes:
    None.

    Shooting:
    Delaney 28/39 (72%)
    Worthley 18/26 (69%)
    TOTAL 46/65 (71%)

    SWIFTS:
    GS . Cox
    GA . Altschwager
    WA . Akle
    C .. Anderson
    WD . Gilsenan
    GD . Broadbent
    GK . Ellis

    Changes:
    3rd Q – Altschwager to GS, Cox to GA. Ellis to GD, Broadbent to GK.

    Shooting:
    Altschwager 21/24 (87%)
    Cox 21/28 (75%)
    TOTAL 42/52 (81%)

    Umpires: Sharon Kelly, Michelle Phippard

    Crowd: 3300

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    THUNDERBIRDS ARE GO BUT PHOENIX SET TO RISE
    Jessica Halloran and AAP
    Sydney Morning Herald

    Melbourne Phoenix coach Lisa Alexander felt a pit of nervousness in her stomach as she drove home from yesterday’s netball grand final breakfast in Melbourne. After two hours on the Gippsland Highway she arrived at her home in the country and stared out on to the “rolling green hills” to relax and put aside of the task of steering her team to a third premiership trophy.

    But tonight pure determination will engulf Alexander’s mind as she attempts to plot the Adelaide Thunderbirds’ downfall. Adelaide have been uncharacteristically out of form and have lost to the Phoenix in their past two games, but Alexander and her players are expecting more from them in Melbourne tonight. “It will be a much closer encounter between the two teams,” she said. “We watched them carefully last week [against the Swifts in the preliminary final]. The Thunderbirds are a great outfit. They do their home work very well.”

    Phoenix co-captain and goal shooter Eloise Southby also believes the Thunderbirds will be a sharper team because of the occasion and said a great start” to the match was the key to victory. “I don’t think we can expect them to play how they have in the past. I expect them to give us their all,” Southby said. “I think the first quarter will be a bat out of hell. We will make sure we get off to a good start and play to their pace.”

    Southby believes the Thunderbirds’ centre court is their key weapon. “I think they’ve got different strengths all over the court, but their mid-court with Bec [Sanders] in centre and you have [to watch] Jacqui Delaney in that centre corridor. Southby also said Adelaide captain Kathryn Harby-Williams’s intercepting in defence was the key to Adelaide’s staunch defence.

    Southby labelled their clash in June last year “physical and bitter” after players from both sides finished with bloody noses and bruises. But Alexander said the rules had changed since and umpiring had become more vigilant. “I think the umpires now have got a lot more room to manoeuvre in terms of discipline on the court,” she said. “They are not putting up with any dissent and are not prepared to put up with it. They set the standard at the start of the game.”

    The vigilance of the umpiring was shown in their major semi-final when the Thunderbirds gave away a massive 106 penalties. But while the game may not be as physical as in the past, it should be just as intense. Phoenix co-captain Liz Boniello said her team was “pumped up and ready to go”. “The umpires have been controlling the game, especially in the recent weeks,” she said. I expect it not to be physical, but we expect to control [the play].”

    She said Adelaide’s preliminary final win showed how strong and tough they were. The rest of the season is so irrelevant now, what matters is [tonight]. They will be tough, they will want this grand final just as much as we do.”

    The odds favour the Phoenix. The Thunderbirds don’t have a great record in Melbourne winning only one-third of their 15 matches there, the grand final has always been won by the home team and the Phoenix have beaten the Thunderbirds in their two previous grand final clashes. But Harby-Williams said the Thunderbirds, fitter and more confident, were capable of vast improvement.

    Harby-Williams said Adelaide’s unflattering grand final record of successive losses in 2000 and 2001 and two wins from five title deciders also counted for little. “A lot of people will say, `Look, if you lose this one you’re under-achievers’, but we’re a lot happier to have reached the grand final than to have lost last week [in the preliminary final]. There’s no fear at all, our group is quite relaxed, we’ve exceeded our own expectations and we’re confident we can come over and be prepared to win the game.”

    Adelaide centre Sanders seems to have fully recovered from the dislocated ankle she suffered in the semi-final against the Phoenix two weeks ago and starred against the Swifts last week. And shooters Jacqui Delaney and Jacqui Roberts, who had been out of touch in recent times, showed better form last week. Thunderbirds wing defence Peta Squire, who has never missed a game with the side since the competition started in 1997, will play her 100th match tonight.

    THE FACTS AND FIGURES

    MELBOURNE PHOENIX:
    Coach: Lisa Alexander.
    Captains: Liz Boniello and Eloise Southby.

    ADELAIDE THUNDERBIRDS:
    Coach: Marg Angove.
    Captain: Kathryn Harby-Williams.

    HEAD TO HEAD:
    Played 19: Phoenix 12, Thunderbirds 6, Drawn 1.

    2002:
    Phoenix 51-43 (round seven).
    Phoenix 60-47 (round 14).
    Phoenix 53-38 (major semi-final).

    Grand finals: Phoenix 58-48 (1997), Phoenix 52-51 (2000).

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    GRAND FINAL – PHOENIX v THUNDERBIRDS
    Vodafone Arena, Melbourne

    PHOENIX WON 49-44
    (11-9, 26-14, 36-30, 49-44)

    PHOENIX:
    GS . Southby
    GA . McMahon
    WA . Doran
    C .. Meaney
    WD . Chokljat
    GD . Boniello
    GK . Chatfield

    Changes:
    3rd Q – Dick C (Meaney)
    During 3rd Q – Meaney C (Dick), McMahon to GS, Southby to GA.

    Shooting:
    McMahon 27/35 (77%)
    Southby 22/29 (76%)
    TOTAL 49/64 (77%)

    THUNDERBIRDS:
    GS . Worthley
    GA . Delaney
    WA . L.von Bertouch
    C .. Sanders
    WD . Squire
    GD . Harby-Williams
    GK . Fellowes

    Changes:
    3rd Q – Roberts GS (Worthley).
    During 3rd Q – Colbeck GS (Roberts).

    Shooting:
    Delaney 22/36 (61%)
    Colbeck 17/17 (100%)
    Worthley 5/7 (71%)
    Roberts 0/3 (0%)
    TOTAL 44/63 (70%)

    Player Of The Match: Sharelle McMahon

    Umpires: Sharon Kelly, Michelle Phippard

    Crowd: 5500

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