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    PHOENIX HUNGRY TO MAKE HISTORY
    Daniella Miletic
    The Sunday Age

    Reigning dual premier Melbourne Phoenix came into the National Netball League finals an underdog, but will enter next Saturday’s grand final against the first-placed Swifts at the Sydney SuperDome with the intention of creating history. Last year Phoenix became the first team to win a grand final on the road, beating the Sydney Swifts on their home court in the championship game, 47-44.

    This year, after struggling to finish third on the national ladder, the Phoenix are determined to become the first team to achieve three consecutive national league premierships. Coach Lisa Alexander said yesterday the Phoenix “want it bad”. “We have already experienced it twice, and just because we have done it twice, doesn’t mean we are tired of it. I think that the Brisbane Lions would tell you that as well,” she said.

    She said the Phoenix, who slumped early on in the season as star players Sharelle McMahon and Eloise Southby-Halbish struggled with ankle injuries, had come into their best form late in the season.

    “We have come into the finals as the underdog, because we haven’t been consistent through the season. However, what we are doing is showing that when a competition gets more mature, we are going to have things that change precedents. They say that the teams that finish in the top two win the grand final. Our goal this week is to make sure that doesn’t happen,” she said. “We feel we are coming into our best form at the right time of the year, and that’s really what counts.”

    Phoenix, who have won four premierships titles, last defeated the Swifts in round 13 by just one goal, 48-47. The Swifts thumped the Phoenix earlier in the year, 63-46.Swifts coach Julie Fitzgerald yesterday said the game would be tough given the Phoenix’s ability to play under finals pressure.

    “Even though Phoenix struggled in the first rounds of the competition, I do still think they are the benchmark of the competition. They obviously have enormous success in finals, so you always knew in the back of your mind that they were going to step up. And you are always weary of the fact that you know they perform well under a finals situation,” she said. “This premiership means everything in the world. We have worked really hard this year … we really think we have got a chance of getting this and we deserve it and will be giving it everything.”

    Alexander said Sydney’s home court advantage would count for nothing. “Funnily enough, a home grand final is more exhausting for us than an away grand final. I know that sounds strange, but with girls who work full time and have study and other commitments, taking them away takes them from their busy lives and allows them to focus,” she said. “We don’t fear going to Sydney at all. Obviously we would love to play in Melbourne in front of a home crowd, but that’s just not the case.”

    Phoenix goal keeper Bianca Chatfield, who is preparing for her fourth grand final, said the fight to the finals was toughest the team had encountered. She said that winning the grand final from third place was always going to be a “tough struggle”. “This is definitely the hardest challenge we have had, going through this season. We all feel that we got this far, why can’t we go that little bit extra?”

    NATIONAL NETBALL LEAGUE GRAND FINAL

    SYDNEY SWIFTS v MELBOURNE PHOENIX
    4.30pm Saturday, Sydney
    Live on ABC TV
    Head to head: Swifts 10, Phoenix 8, draw 1

    MELBOURNE PHOENIX
    Coach: Lisa Alexander
    Captains: Sharelle McMahon, Eloise Southby-Halbish

    SYDNEY SWIFTS
    Coach: Julie Fitzgerald
    Captain: Liz Ellis

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    GRAND FINAL – SWIFTS v PHOENIX
    Superdome, Sydney

    SWIFTS WON 52-51
    (14-14, 27-29, 39-42 52-51)

    SWIFTS:
    GS . Cox
    GA . Anderson
    WA . Barrett
    C .. Green
    WD . Gilsenan
    GD . Broadbent
    GK . Ellis

    Changes:
    3rd Q – Akle WA (Green), Barrett to C.

    Shooting:
    Cox 36/41 (88%)
    Anderson 16/20 (80%)
    TOTAL 52/61 (85%)

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

    Changes:
    3rd Q – Curran GD (Prendergast).
    4th Q – Prendergast GD (Curran).

    Shooting:
    McMahon 33/42 (79%)
    Southby-Halbish 18/21 (88%)
    TOTAL 51/63 (81%)

    Player of the match: Catherine Cox

    Umpires: Stacey Campton, Clare McCabe

    Crowd: 5187

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    SWIFTS WIN TITLE IN A THRILLER
    Nabila Ahmed, Sydney
    The Sunday Age

    Sydney Swifts coach Julie Fitzgerald felt it was her team’s destiny to triumph in the National Netball League grand final yesterday. Her captain, star defender Liz Ellis, though, was well aware that destiny “does not quite pull on a skirt and play”. Still, when Ellis watched the Kookaburras defy the odds to beat the Netherlands to claim an Olympic gold in the early hours of yesterday as part of her news presenting shift for Channel Seven, she took some heart.

    The Australian men’s hockey team had defeated a side going for its third consecutive title and the Swifts would be facing the same challenge against dual reigning premiers Melbourne Phoenix in a matter of hours. “I nearly missed my flight because I was watching the Kookaburras and I did take note that the Netherlands were going for their third gold medal in a row and I thought that’s a great omen for us,” said Ellis.

    But with little more than 11 minutes remaining in the grand final at Sydney’s SuperDome and the Phoenix leading by six goals, Ellis began to think that perhaps her unorthodox preparation – she trained away from her team at the Victorian Institute of Sport every afternoon after completing the midnight-to-dawn shift for Seven – had not been such a good idea after all.

    Then she remembered the e-mails that teammate Megan Anderson had sent around to the Swifts group during the week. “They were photos of 2001 when we won and then photos of last year when we lost. She said, ‘What feeling do you want on Saturday?’ It was the thing that drove us,” she said. So Ellis did what she does, and “stepped up a grade”, as Fitzgerald put it, pulling off a couple of brilliant intercepts to stem the flow of the Phoenix game and slowly turn the tide the Swifts’ way.

    The Phoenix, who crashed the home team’s party last year to become the first group to win a grand final away from home, were spent and tired after an intense three-and-a-half quarters, and could only watch as their lead was pared back. It was down to two when Swifts’ Alison Broadbent made a crucial intercept to allow teammate Catherine Cox, the competition’s leading goal scorer, to goal at the other end.

    Although Phoenix co-captain Sharelle McMahon managed to take the lead back out to two within 30 seconds, the Swifts soon drew level and with a minute left in the match, Cox put the home team in the lead. Eloise Southby-Halbish responded immediately for the Phoenix but with about 15 seconds left, it was Cox who found herself under the basket with the ball. Ellis knew then that the game was theirs. “I just had absolute confidence . . . I just thought it’ll go in,” she said later.

    As for Cox, who had already scored 557 goals this season, she was trying not to worry too much. “I didn’t think about anything, because as soon as I think about it, I will miss it. So I just got it and thought ‘this one’s going in and it did’,” Cox said .

    An emotional Fitzgerald said later she always believed her team would fight back. “I said to them before we came out tonight, ‘We led this for 13 rounds, we’re the minor premiers for the first time, if you ever deserve it, it’s now’.”

    Southby-Halbish said it was enough that the Phoenix had risen from the ashes of their worst season to come within a goal of glory. “We played pretty terrible earlier in the year. We started off OK but then we got a bit messy in the middle and there were a few injuries and other things happening in the team,” she said. “We’ve had a hard tussle in the last few weeks getting into this final and we just ran out of legs in the end. I’m really proud of my team, we gave it our best shot and we came slightly short, so I’m looking forward to next year already.”

    Phoenix coach Lisa Alexander said yesterday was Sydney’s day. “They gave their all out there and I don’t want anyone thinking or feeling that we didn’t give it all,” she said. “Everything was left out on that court this afternoon and a better team beat us on the day.”

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    A slight change to the draw in 2005 to be fair to the Canberra Darters team which contained most of the Australian team at the World Youth Cup in Florida.

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    2005 COMMONWEALTH BANK TROPHY

    Round 1
    Darters 46 v Jaegers 49
    Orioles 32 v Swifts 63
    Firebirds 36 v Jaegers 53
    Kestrels 47 v Thunderbirds 62
    Phoenix 75 v Darters 47

    Round 2
    Thunderbirds 66 v Orioles 50
    Darters 53 v Kestrels 61
    Jaegers 28 v Swifts 68
    Firebirds 52 v Phoenix 73

    Round 3
    Swifts 58 v Kestrels 39
    Jaegers 51 v Phoenix 57
    Darters 50 v Orioles 63
    Thunderbirds 64 v Firebirds 52

    Round 4
    Jaegers 42 v Thunderbirds 70
    Swifts 70 v Darters 47
    Orioles 53 v Firebirds 46
    Kestrels 52 v Phoenix 58

    Round 5
    Jaegers 59 v Kestrels 44
    Thunderbirds 49 v Swifts 60
    Phoenix 59 v Orioles 50
    Darters 54 v Firebirds 53

    Round 6
    Swifts 65 v Phoenix 54
    Firebirds 48 v Kestrels 52
    Darters 41 v Thunderbirds 80
    Orioles 48 v Jaegers 54

    Round 7
    Orioles 64 v Darters 42
    Firebirds 40 v Thunderbirds 63
    Phoenix 73 v Jaegers 47
    Kestrels 41 v Swifts 60

    Round 8
    Thunderbirds 54 v Phoenix 50
    Jaegers 58 v Darters 43
    Swifts 65 v Firebirds 39
    Kestrels 57 v Orioles 42

    Round 9
    Swifts 62 v Jaegers 50
    Darters 46 v Phoenix 62
    Orioles 47 v Thunderbirds 65
    Kestrels 58 v Darters 44
    Phoenix 76 v Firebirds 31

    Round 10
    Phoenix 63 v Kestrels 48
    Firebirds 41 v Orioles 60
    Darters 45 v Swifts 70
    Thunderbirds 57 v Jaegers 40

    Round 11
    Jaegers 54 v Firebirds 48
    Swifts 69 v Orioles 39
    Thunderbirds 50 v Kestrels 43

    Round 12
    Firebirds 46 v Swifts 64
    Phoenix 67 v Thunderbirds 41
    Orioles 49 v Kestrels 52

    Round 13
    Phoenix 57 v Swifts 40
    Jaegers 56 v Orioles 50
    Thunderbirds 77 v Darters 37
    Kestrels 65 v Firebirds 33

    Round 14
    Swifts 56 v Thunderbirds 62
    Firebirds 42 v Darters 59
    Orioles 50 v Phoenix 58
    Kestrels 59 v Jaegers 49

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    LADDER

    TEAM . . . . . P . . W . . L . . D . . . F . . . A . . . .+/- . . . . % . . . . Pts
    SWIFTS .. .. 14 . .12 . . 2 . . 0 . . 870 . . 628 . .+242 . . 138.54 . . 24
    PHOENIX .. 14 . .12 . . 2 . . 0 . . 882 . . 674 . .+208 . . 130.76 . . 24
    T’BIRDS .. .. 14 . .12 . . 2 . . 0 . . 863 . . 672 . .+191 . . 128.42 . . 24
    KESTRELS . 14 . .. 7 . . 7 . . 0 . . 718 . . 728 . . . -10 . . . 98.63 . . 14

    JAEGERS … 14 . .. 7 . . 7 . . 0 . . 690 . . 761 . . . -71 . . . 90.67 . . 14
    ORIOLES … 14 . .. 4 . 10 . . 0 . . 697 . . 778 . . . -81 . . . 87.34 . . . 8
    DARTERS .. 14 . .. 2 . 12 . . 0 . . 654 . . 882 . . -228 . . . 74.15 . . . 4
    FIREBIRDS. 14 . .. 0 . 14 . . 0 . . 607 . . 855 . . -248 . . . 70.99 . . . 0

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    MAJOR SEMI FINAL – SWIFTS v PHOENIX
    Wollongong Entertainment Centre

    PHOENIX WON 49-47
    (12-10, 26-23, 37-37 47-49)

    SWIFTS:
    GS . Cox
    GA . Anderson
    WA . Ware
    C .. Barrett
    WD . Gilsenan
    GD . Broadbent
    GK . Ellis

    Changes:
    Unknown

    Shooting:
    Cox 34/44 (77%)
    Anderson 13/19 (68%)
    TOTAL 47/63 (75%)

    PHOENIX:
    GS . Southby-Halbish
    GA . McMahon
    WA . Jacobsen
    C .. Dick
    WD . Chokljat
    GD . Curran
    GK . Chatfield

    Changes:
    Unknown

    Shooting:
    Southby-Halbish 25/28 (89%)
    McMahon 24/30 (80%)
    TOTAL 49/58 (84%)

    Penalties: Swifts 71-43
    Rebounds: Phoenix 9-7
    Turnovers: 26-26
    Intercepts: 11-11

    Umpires: Sharon Kelly, Nikki Boyd

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    MINOR SEMI FINAL – THUNDERBIRDS v KESTRELS
    ETSA Park, Adelaide

    THUNDERBIRDS WON 68-45
    (15-10, 35-19, 52-33, 68-45)

    THUNDERBIRDS:
    GS . Heinrich
    GA . Medhurst
    WA . L.von Bertouch
    C .. N.von Bertouch
    WD . Scholz
    GD . Fellowes
    GK . Reddy

    Changes:
    Unknown

    Shooting:
    Medhurst 37/40 (93%)
    Heinrich 31/36 (86%)
    TOTAL 68/76 (89%0

    KESTRELS:
    GS . Booth
    GA . Neele
    WA . O’Donnell
    C .. Nash
    WD . Cargill
    GD . Garbutt
    GK . Strachan

    Changes:
    3rd Q – Thwaites GS (Booth).

    Shooting:
    Neele 24/33 (73%)
    Thwaites 16/17 (94%)
    Booth 5/8 (63%)
    TOTAL 45/58 (78%)

    Penalties: Kestrels 80-49
    Rebounds: Tbirds 10-7
    Turnovers: Kestrels 33-22
    Intercepts: Tbirds 17-8

    Umpires: Stacey Campton, Jacqui Jashari

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    PRELIMINARY FINAL – SWIFTS v THUNDERBIRDS
    State Sports Centre, Sydney

    SWIFTS WON 63-43
    (14-8, 32-18, 47-31, 63-43)

    SWIFTS:
    GS . Cox
    GA . Anderson
    WA . Ware
    C .. Barrett
    WD . Gilsenan
    GD . Broadbent
    GK . Ellis

    Changes:
    Unknown

    Shooting:
    Cox 43/50 (86%)
    Anderson 20/24 (83%)
    TOTAL 63/74 (85%)

    THUNDERBIRDS:
    GS . Heinrich
    GA . Medhurst
    WA . L.von Bertouch
    C .. N.von Bertouch
    WD . Scholz
    GD . Fellowes
    GK . Reddy

    Changes:
    Unknown

    Shooting:
    Heinrich 32/38 (84%)
    Medhurst 8/10 (80%)
    Avellino 3/6 (50%)
    TOTAL 43/54 (80%)

    Penalties: Tbirds 69-60
    Rebounds: Swifts 14-6
    Turnovers: Tbirds 30-26
    Intercepts: Swifts 13-7

    Umpires: Sharon Kelly, Nikki Boyd

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    PHOENIX CHASING A SWIFTS VICTORY
    KAREN LYON
    The Age

    MIDWAY through this year, Eloise Southby-Halbish was left wondering how anybody was going to beat the Sydney Swifts. The Melbourne Phoenix had fallen to the Sydney champions by 11 goals in their round-six clash and as the Phoenix co-captain remembers, the Swifts hadn’t really played all that well. “At the start of the year the Swifts were flying and I thought. ‘How are we ever going to beat them?’,” Southby-Halbish said yesterday.

    Knowing they would face the reigning champions again this season, Phoenix coach Julie Hoornweg and her staff produced dossiers on all the Swifts players, including video highlights of all their performances. Those details have turned into positive results for the Phoenix, who finally inflicted the Swifts’ first loss of the year in round 13 with a blowout 17-goal victory, and then followed by winning the major semi-final by two goals in Wollongong a fortnight ago.

    The wins have given Melbourne the unexpected role as host of today’s national league final, the third straight year the Phoenix and Swifts play in the final, although Southby-Halbish is not convinced her team should be the punter’s favourite. Yes, she is confident Melbourne can claim its third title in four years. Yes, the two victories have changed all thoughts the Swifts are unbeatable. But favouritism? “I think its hard to tell,” she said. “It’s going to be pretty close, it is going to be a red-hot contest.”

    Swifts coach Julie Fitzgerald does not believe her team has given up its recent advantage over the Phoenix after being beaten twice by Melbourne in a three-week period. She believes their 20-goal win over Adelaide in the preliminary final restored any lost confidence. “It’s never occurred to me that they have the upper hand,” Fitzgerald said. “Last week’s game was really good for us, we really needed that match.”

    Today’s grand final presents several enticing match-ups, the Phoenix shooting combination of Southby-Halbish and goal attack Sharelle McMahon has been in excellent form recently and they will be pitted against national captain Liz Ellis and Alison Broadbent.

    For Melbourne to regain the title, goal keeper Bianca Chatfield will have to cut the influence of star Swifts goal shooter Catherine Cox. After being diagnosed with glandular fever in May, Chatfield was restricted in playing time during the early weeks of the season. Despite the illness she refused to stop playing and admits now it might have caused the effects to linger longer than necessary. “I just wanted to play and I didn’t want to let anyone down,” she said.

    The goal keeper started to feel well again after the mid-season break. She played her first full game against cross-town rivals the Kestrels in the second of the year’s derbies and celebrated her 100th game with a best-on-court performance against Cox in round 13. “Everything just seemed to be falling into place and I was enjoying myself out there and I was just feeling really, really good,” Chatfield said.

    She knows a similar performance against Cox will go a long way to securing the title but expects Sydney to come out smarting after its past two matches against Melbourne. “The Swifts are a great team, with awesome players, and we really have to be conscious that they are going to come out and hit us hard,” she said. Shutting down Cox – who leads all scoring for the season with 602 goals at a career best 87 per cent – is one of the big challenges.

    THE FINALISTS

    Played 23
    Melbourne Phoenix 10
    Sydney Swifts 12
    Drawn 1

    This year’s meetings:
    Round 6: Sydney d Melbourne 65-54.
    Round 13: Melbourne d Sydney 57-40.
    Major semi-final: Melbourne d Sydney 49-47.

    Premierships
    Phoenix 4: 2003, 2002, 2000, 1997.
    Swifts 2: 2004, 2001.

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    GRAND FINAL – PHOENIX v SWIFTS
    Vodafone Arena, Melbourne

    PHOENIX WON 61-44
    (15-12, 28-25, 45-33, 61-44)

    PHOENIX:
    GS . Southby-Halbish
    GA . McMahon
    WA . Jacobsen
    C .. Dick
    WD . Chokljat
    GD . Curran
    GK . Chatfield

    Changes:
    None

    Shooting:
    Southby-Halbish 33/40 (83%)
    McMahon 28/30 (93%)
    TOTAL 61/70 (87%)

    SWIFTS:
    GS . Cox
    GA . Anderson
    WA . Ware
    C .. Barrett
    WD . Gilsenan
    GD . Broadbent
    GK . Ellis

    Changes:
    None

    Shooting:
    Cox 29/38 (76%)
    Anderson 15/23 (65%)
    TOTAL 44/61 (72%)

    Penalties: Swifts 73-51
    Rebounds: Phoenix 10-9
    Turnovers: Phoenix 25-24
    Intercepts: Phoenix 16-9

    Player Of The Match: Bianca Chatfield

    Umpires: Sharon Kelly, Nikki Boyd

    Crowd: 6503

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    VENGEFUL PHOENIX SOAR TO TITLE
    KAREN LYON
    The Sunday Age

    LAST year’s lost opportunity has become this year’s premiership for the Melbourne Phoenix, who gained their revenge on the Sydney Swifts to claim the Commonwealth Bank Trophy with an emphatic 17-goal victory at Vodafone Arena. The victory last night secured the Phoenix their fifth premiership since the national league began in 1997 and cemented Melbourne’s place as the country’s most successful team.

    The final 61-44 scoreline reflected the Phoenix’s second-half domination. Leading by only three goals at half-time, the Phoenix surged in the second half to secure the massive win, the third-biggest margin recorded in a grand final. Last season, the Phoenix led by six goals in the final quarter of the grand final before losing the match by a goal. With the trophy again within their grasp yesterday, there was no final-quarter fade-out.

    But last season’s heartache was a moment Phoenix co-captain Eloise Southby-Halbish used at three-quarter-time to inspire her teammates. “It is certainly sweet to win like that,” Southby-Halbish said. “I said that, going into the huddle in the last. I said remember that feeling (from last year), we were up, and I thought it can happen again to us if we didn’t focus on what we had to do and never give up for one second.”

    Melbourne had threatened to blow the game open late in the second quarter. After a torrid physical start, the Phoenix gradually wore the Swifts down. They cut supply to Sydney’s goal combination of Catherine Cox and Megan Anderson, and gradually through Ingrid Dick at centre gained control of the midcourt. The margin had increased to six goals shortly before the break and then Sydney called a time-out to steady the ship, and cut the lead to three.

    In the third term, Melbourne had all the run. Dick, along with Wendy Jacobsen at wing attack and Natasha Chokljat at wing defence, increased the pressure on the Swifts midcourt, and Southby-Halbish and fellow captain Sharelle McMahon hit all 17 of their attempts for the quarter.

    At the other end, Bianca Chatfield was again the general in defence, along with Johannah Curran at goal defence, and they placed massive pressure on Cox and Anderson. The Swifts managed just eight goals from their 13 attempts and Melbourne was on its way to victory.

    Swifts captain Liz Ellis said that term had been pivotal to the result. “At half-time we were confident, but the third quarter is so often the championship quarter and we didn’t convert and we didn’t create opportunities. The few we did create we just let go and we had a really poor quarter and you can’t have 15 minutes off with Phoenix.”

    For Melbourne it was a premiership that had appeared improbable six weeks ago when the Phoenix were sitting in third place on the ladder behind the then undefeated Swifts and the Adelaide Thunderbirds. But first-year coach Julie Hoornweg was always confident her team would embrace the new game-plan and come through victorious.

    “That is sometimes the test of a good team, whether you can come through that. There is just too much athleticism and brilliance in this team to hold them down,” Hoornweg said.

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    PHOENIX ON THE RISE AS SWIFTS TAKE A TUMBLE
    By Melissa Woods
    The Sun-Herald

    Melbourne Phoenix reclaimed their title as the nation’s best team with a crushing 17-goal win over defending champions the Sydney Swifts yesterday. The 61-44 win was the third biggest in grand final history and gave Melbourne their fifth crown since 1997 and their first under rookie coach Julie Hoornweg.

    The victory eased painful memories of last year’s grand final defeat, when the Swifts fought back from six goals down in the final quarter to snatch a one-goal win. This year there was no such fightback from the Sydney side.

    Melbourne set up the win with a stunning third-quarter showing, as their lead blew out to 12 goals at the final break. Fired-up Phoenix co-captain Eloise Southby-Halbish was unstoppable in the goal circle, slotting 11 goals from 11 attempts in the third term while fellow co-captain Sharelle McMahon also posted a perfect total – six from six. Southby-Halbish finished the game with 33 goals, while McMahon slotted 28 to guide the Phoenix home.

    Southby-Halbish, who has played in all five grand final victories, said she was shocked by the winning margin. “I knew we were capable of doing that but I certainly didn’t think we would,” she said. “Our defensive unit was just on fire and made it easy for us. The winning quarter was the third one when we shot 100 per cent each and we were just determined and it opened up for us.”

    The Melbourne defence, led by goalkeeper Bianca Chatfield, starved the Swifts of scoring opportunities and wing defence Natasha Chokljat and centre Ingrid Dick dominated through the mid-court. The Phoenix got off to a good start to take a 15-12 lead at the first break, despite Sydney goal shooter Catherine Cox and goal attack Megan Anderson each landing six goals from six attempts.

    Melbourne extended their lead to six goals midway through the second quarter with McMahon and Southby-Halbish holding off some aggressive defence from Sydney’s Liz Ellis and Alison Broadbent. Ellis hurt her ankle during the preliminary final last week but the injury didn’t hamper the Australian captain’s play.

    The Swifts fought back to trail by only three, 28-25, by half-time and appeared to have the momentum. But Melbourne quickly put a stop to that, aided by a growing penalty count and turnover rate from the Sydneysiders and the home side took full control.

    Sydney skipper Ellis said her team was simply off its game and unable to match the Phoenix. “The Phoenix played a great game and we didn’t play well,” she said. “We felt great before the match and there was no reason not to come out and execute our game plan but I don’t want to take away anything from the Phoenix.”

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    2006 COMMONWEALTH BANK TROPHY

    DARTERS
    Sarah Ashmore
    Natalie Avellino
    Karyn Bailey
    Emily Beaton
    Lauren Berger
    Natalie Eden
    Susan Fuhrmann
    Laura Geitz
    Melissa Gorham
    Josephine Janz
    Megan Kelly
    Rachael Knight
    Janelle Lawson
    Clare McMeniman (captain)
    Brierly Parker
    Shannon Priestly
    Nikala Smith
    Kasey Stanaway
    Lauren Tscharke

    FIREBIRDS
    Alissa Castrisos
    Karen Clarke
    Belinda Dever
    Carla Dziwoki
    Michelle Hess
    Amanda Lucas
    Melanie McKenzie
    Joanne Morgan
    Simone Nalatu
    Lauren Nourse
    Jenny O’Connor
    Maleta Roberts
    Meegan Rooney
    Peta Stephens (captain)
    Keirra Trompf

    JAEGERS
    Jane Altschwager (captain)
    Katie Bradstock
    Narelle Eather
    Annabel Gazzoli
    Kimberlee Gilmour
    Alexandra Harding
    Danielle Harvey
    Raegan Jackson
    Emma Koster
    Sally Lampshire
    Sepi Langi
    Tiffany Lincoln
    Jane Menzies
    Cirsty Monaghan
    Kimberley Purcell
    Lara Welham
    Elly Willan

    KESTRELS
    Shae Bolton
    Andrea Booth
    Madison Browne
    Briony Cargill
    Bianca Franklin
    Narelle Garbutt
    Janine Ilitch
    Melanie Kitchin
    Kathleen Knott
    Sharni Layton
    Chelsey Nash (co-captain)
    Amy Steel
    Rebecca Strachan (co-captain)
    Brooke Thompson
    Caitlin Thwaites
    Leah van Rensburg

    ORIOLES
    Helen Aravidis(co-captain)
    Caitlin Bassett
    Emma Beckett
    Kirby Bentley
    Kate Beveridge
    Kodie Blay (co-captain)
    Catherine Devitt
    Melissa Johnston
    Jasmine Keene
    Kym Mitchell
    Stacey Rosman(co-captain)
    Jessica Shynn
    Karin Venter
    Larrissa Willcox

    PHOENIX
    Talei Bari
    Bianca Chatfield (co-captain)
    Natasha Chokljat
    Johannah Curran
    Ingrid Dick
    Renae Hallinan
    Wendy Jacobsen
    Cynna Kydd
    Sharelle McMahon (co-captain)
    Sophie O’Shea
    Lillian O’Sullivan
    Julie Prendergast
    Jessica Thomas
    Carmen Timms
    Sarah Wall
    Hayley Warne

    SWIFTS
    Erin Bell
    Alison Broadbent
    Catherine Cox
    Megan Dehn
    Liz Ellis (captain)
    Mo’onia Gerrard
    Selina Gilsenan
    Kimberlee Green
    Adelaide Johnson
    Samantha May
    Jackie Murphy
    Chelsea Pitman
    Susan Pratley
    Leah Shoard
    Joanne Sutton
    Vanessa Ware

    THUNDERBIRDS
    Mandy Edwards
    Demelza Fellowes
    Jessica Hazel
    Kristen Heinrich
    Felicity Lukeman
    Nadia Mapunda
    Amanda Martin
    Natalie Medhurst
    Kirby Mutton
    Fiona Pointon
    Bianca Reddy
    Peta Scholz
    Laura von Bertouch (captain)
    Natalie von Bertouch
    Carrie Worthley

    Ian Harkin
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    Round 1
    Kestrels 35 v Swifts 46
    Firebirds 46 v Phoenix 58
    Darters 37 v Thunderbirds 68
    Orioles 67 v Jaegers 38

    Round 2
    Swifts 71 v Firebirds 38
    Orioles 59 v Kestrels 53
    Thunderbirds 63 v Jaegers 28
    Phoenix 62 v Darters 30

    Round 3
    Firebirds 56 v Kestrels 50
    Thunderbirds 61 v Phoenix 56
    Swifts 52 v Orioles 36
    Jaegers 71 v Darters 35

    Round 4
    Firebirds 44 v Thunderbirds 56
    Darters 39 v Orioles 53
    Kestrels 61 v Jaegers 41
    Phoenix 40 v Swifts 53

    Round 5
    Jaegers 47 v Firebirds 68
    Kestrels 38 v Thunderbirds 68
    Darters 37 v Swifts 59
    Orioles 47 v Phoenix 72

    Round 6
    Jaegers 44 v Swifts 53
    Phoenix 67 v Kestrels 43
    Firebirds 53 v Darters 32
    Thunderbirds 74 v Orioles 44

    Round 7
    Swifts 46 v Thunderbirds 40
    Phoenix 60 v Jaegers 45
    Orioles 56 v Firebirds 59
    Darters 33 v Kestrels 60

    Round 8
    Thunderbirds 53 v Kestrels 47
    Swifts 60 v Darters 30
    Phoenix 66 v Firebirds 42
    Jaegers 55 v Orioles 62

    Round 9
    Firebirds 36 v Swifts 50
    Kestrels 65 v Orioles 52
    Thunderbirds 73 v Darters 27
    Jaegers 48 v Phoenix 49

    Round 10
    Jaegers 51 v Thunderbirds 49
    Kestrels 57 v Firebirds 49
    Darters 41 v Phoenix 70
    Orioles 56 v Swifts 64

    Round 11
    Firebirds 59 v Jaegers 53
    Thunderbirds 49 v Swifts 54
    Orioles 62 v Darters 40
    Kestrels 42 v Phoenix 53

    Round 12
    Firebirds 72 v Orioles 60
    Kestrels 59 v Darters 38
    Phoenix 51 v Thunderbirds 62
    Swifts 42 v Jaegers 38

    Round 13
    Darters 37 v Jaegers 59
    Swifts 57 v Kestrels 46
    Phoenix 71 v Orioles 45
    Thunderbirds 57 v Firebirds 45

    Round 14
    Orioles 48 v Thunderbirds 68
    Jaegers 43 v Kestrels 57
    Swifts 64 v Phoenix 43
    Darters 43 v Firebirds 65

    .

    LADDER

    TEAM . . . . . P . . W . . L . . D . . . F . . . A . . . .+/- . . . . % . . . . Pts
    SWIFTS .. .. 14 . .14 . . 0 . . 0 . . 771 . . 568 . .+203 . . 135.74 . . 28
    T’BIRDS .. .. 14 . .11 . . 3 . . 0 . . 841 . . 616 . .+225 . . 136.53 . . 22
    PHOENIX .. 14 . .10 . . 4 . . 0 . . 818 . . 669 . .+149 . . 122.27 . . 20
    FIREBIRDS. 14 . .. 7 . . 7 . . 0 . . 732 . . 756 . . . -24 . . . 96.83 . . 14

    KESTRELS . 14 . .. 6 . . 8 . . 0 . . 713 . . 715 . . . . -2 . . . 99.72 . . 12
    ORIOLES … 14 . .. 5 . . 9 . . 0 . . 747 . . 822 . . . -75 . . . 90.88 . . 10
    JAEGERS … 14 . .. 3 . 11 . . 0 . . 661 . . 762 . . -101 . . . 86.75 . . . 6
    DARTERS .. 14 . .. 0 . 14 . . 0 . . 499 . . 874 . . -375 . . . 57.09 . . . 0

    Ian Harkin
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    MAJOR SEMI FINAL – SWIFTS v THUNDERBIRDS

    SWIFTS WON 52-42
    (13-11, 29-19, 46-26, 52-42)

    SWIFTS:
    GS . Cox
    GA . Pratley
    WA . Green
    C .. Gilsenan
    WD . Gerrard
    GD . Broadbent
    GK . Ellis

    Changes:
    4th Q – Bell GS (Cox), Murphy WD (Broadbent), Gerrard to GD, Ware WA (Gilsenan), Green to C.

    Shooting:
    Cox 29/32 (91%)
    Pratley 21/26 (81%)
    Bell 2/3 (67%)
    TOTAL 52/61 (85%)

    THUNDERBIRDS:
    GS . Heinrich
    GA . Medhurst
    WA . L.von Bertouch
    C .. N.von Bertouch
    WD . Mutton
    GD . Pointon
    GK . Reddy

    Changes:
    3rd Q – Mutton to WA, L.von Bertouch to C, N.von Bertouch to WD.
    4th Q – Edwards GD (Pointon), Fellowes GK (Reddy), Mutton to WD, L.von Bertouch to WA, N.von Bertouch to C, Medhurst to GS, Heinrich to GA.

    Shooting:
    Heinrich 23/31 (74%)
    Medhurst 19/21 (90%)
    TOTAL 42/52 (81%)

    Umpires: Jacqui Jashari, Kate Wright

    Ian Harkin
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    MINOR SEMI FINAL – PHOENIX v FIREBIRDS

    PHOENIX WON 58-56
    (18-7, 26-23, 41-39, 58-56)

    PHOENIX:
    GS . McMahon
    GA . Kydd
    WA . Jacobsen
    C .. Chokljat
    WD . Curran
    GD . Prendergast
    GK . Chatfield

    Changes:
    During 2nd Q – Kydd to GA, McMahon to GS.
    3rd Q – Dick C (Prendergast), Curran to GD, Chokljat to WD.
    During 3rd Q – Prendergast GD (Curran).

    Shooting:
    Kydd 32/42 (76%)
    McMahon 26/31 (84%)
    TOTAL 58/73 (79%)

    FIREBIRDS:
    GS . Morgan
    GA . Dever
    WA . Nourse
    C .. Clarke
    WD . Lucas
    GD . Stephens
    GK . McKenzie

    Changes:
    4th Q – Trompf WD (Lucas).

    Shooting:
    Morgan 45/54 (83%)
    Dever 11/21 (52%)
    TOTAL 56/75 (75%)

    Umpires: Sharon Kelly, Nikki Boyd

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