ESSO/MOBIL SUPERLEAGUE 1985-1996

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  • Ian HarkinIan Harkin
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    In 1985, Australia’s first national netball league was introduced, the Esso Superleague. It featured the AIS and a series of the top club teams from around Australia. Unfortunately I don’t have full information from every year, but here is what I do have…

    NETBALL GOES NATIONAL
    SIAN WATKINS
    The Age 30/1/1985

    Eight top Australian netball teams will take part in a National League competition in June, with television coverage of the finals. The competition, to be run along the lines of the mens’ National Basketball League,is the first womens’ sport to be organised on a national level.

    The All Australia Netball Association’s national coaching director Pam Barham, in Melbourne for the Australia Games netball competition, said yesterday that six top state clubs from NSW, Victoria, South Australia, Queensland and Western Australia, would be invited to compete, along with the Australian Institute of Sport team. A challenge competition will be held to fill the remaining two positions.

    The competition will run only for a month. Barham said it was seen as a pilot program and that many players would not be available for a long season. The national titles are held in May and a national team leaves for London in July for the World Games. Top state teams likely to take part in the league are Manly-Warringah (NSW), Melbourne Blues (Vic), Tango (SA), Valleys (Qld) and Royals (WA).

    The league was a shared idea between Barham and the Australian Institute of Sport which needed a good competition for its team. Previously, its women travelled overseas to play top teams. “The league, with ABC coverage, will be a great boost not only for the AIS but for netball generally,” Barham said.

    The league is sponsored by Esso, which also has provided funds for junior netball development programs, State coahing directors, and Australia’s participation in the Australia Games. TAA will help teams with airfares.

    Ian HarkinIan Harkin
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    1985 ESSO SUPERLEAGUE

    Zone 1:
    AIS 40 def East Doncaster 37
    Manly 55 def Valleys 41
    AIS 45 def Manly 44
    East Doncaster 45 def Valleys 43
    AIS ?? vs Valleys ??
    Manly?? vs East Doncaster ??

    1. AIS
    2. Manly

    3. East Doncaster
    4. Valleys

    Zone 2:
    Perth Royals 58 def Bayside 54
    Sutherland 34 drew with Melb Blues 34
    Perth Royals 52 def Sutherland 41
    Bayside 41 def Melb Blues 40
    Perth Royals ?? vs Melb Blue ??
    Bayside ?? vs Sutherland ??

    1. Perth Royals
    2. Bayside

    3. Melb Blues
    3. Sutherland

    SEMI-FINALS:
    Manly 71 def Perth Royals 50
    AIS 52 def Bayside 48

    3/4 PLAYOFF:
    Perth Royals 57 drew with Bayside 57

    GRAND FINAL:
    AIS 52 def Manly 46

    Ian HarkinIan Harkin
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    1986 ESSO SUPERLEAGUE

    Zone 1:
    AIS 40 def East Doncaster 39
    Randwick 41 def Tango 35
    AIS 56 def Randwick 42
    East Doncaster 46 def Tango 38
    AIS 57 def Tango 47
    East Doncaster 38 def Randwick 30

    1. AIS
    2. East Doncaster

    3. Ranwick
    4. Tango

    Zone 2:
    Manly 61 def Perth Royals 57
    Manly 63 def Valleys 54
    Perth Royals 65 def Matrics 48
    Valleys 26 drew with Matrics 26
    Manly 59 def Matrics 30
    Valleys 52 def Perth Royals 31

    1. Manly
    2. Valleys

    3. Perth Royals
    4. Matrics

    SEMI FINALS:
    East Doncaster 45 def Manly 42
    AIS 49 def Valleys 40

    3/4 PLAYOFF:
    Valleys 52 def Manly 49

    GRAND FINAL:
    AIS 61 def EAST DONCASTER 35

    Ian HarkinIan Harkin
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    1987 ESSO SUPERLEAGUE

    Winner: MELBOURNE BLUE

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    1988: Competition not held

    Ian HarkinIan Harkin
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    1989 ESSO SUPERLEAGUE

    AIS
    Tina Anderson
    Natalie Avellino
    Jodie Clark
    Frances Duiker
    Sharon Finnan
    Susan Gill
    Marni James
    Julie Ann Sloan
    Clare Smallacombe
    Alison Wheatley
    Zelda Yates
    Coach: Gaye Teede

    BRISBANE KQs
    Janet Bothwell
    Janelle Derrington
    Patti Elmer
    Tracey Foran
    Cathy Lalor
    Sally Lovelle
    Leesa Moar
    Janelle Petersen
    Megan Pittiford
    Annette Smith
    Maria Smith
    Vicki Wilson
    Coaches: Jan Magaccis & Elizabeth White

    SYDNEY TIGERS
    Debbie Curry
    Nicole Cusack
    Carissa Dalwood
    Keeley Devery
    Kate Englert
    Wendy Etherington
    Sue Kenny
    Cheryl McCormack
    Maxine Peebles
    Kellianne Ruddy
    Catriona Wagg
    Lisa Wilson
    Coach: Anne Sargeant

    DONCASTER KEAS
    Kylie Aggiss
    Julie Gibbs
    Yolanda Hearn
    Michelle Jones
    Shelley O’Donnell
    Wendy O’Donnell
    Nicole Richardson
    Rosie Richmann
    Danielle Silvagni
    Jenny Sparkman
    Cathy Spottiswood
    Michelle Werner
    Coach: Robyn English

    ADELAIDE CONTAX
    Sarah Angove
    Julia Blackwell
    Leanne Bottril
    Kim Delaney
    Kathryn Harby
    Vicki Neale
    Julie Nykiel
    Karen Schulz
    Leanne Smith
    Sarah Sutter
    Nicole Washington
    Coach: Marg Angove

    PERTH ROYALS
    Tracey Cameron
    Helen Carter
    Donna Cocking
    Carol Davidson
    Maree De Haas
    Sue Gerrard
    Bev Howard
    Julie Neville
    Sue Nicholas
    Lori Patterson
    Amanda Wheeler
    Bronwyn White
    Coach: Bette Allison

    Ian HarkinIan Harkin
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    TIGERS ARE POISED TO SPRING
    LOUISE EVANS
    Sydney Morning Herald

    The Sydney Tigers go into their first Esso SuperLeague netball game tonight billed as the strongest side in the national league and with the added advantage of having former NSW and Australian captain Anne Sargeant as their coach.

    It is Sargeant’s first non-playing coaching position since retiring from competition last year. She admits to being a “touch nervous” about tonight’s game, in which the Tigers face the Doncaster Kea’s, one of the toughest teams in the competition, in the first round in Melbourne.

    “I’m nervous but that is not such a bad thing,” she said yesterday. “I’m really pleased with the way the players have been shaping up. We’re being billed as the star team but there is a danger in that. This is sudden-death competition. You have to go in hard and play hard to get the points.”

    The Esso SuperLeague is the first major competition on the netball calendar and features the top teams from NSW, Queensland, Victoria, South Australia, Western Australia and the Australian Institute of Sport. They will play three preliminary rounds with the final scheduled for April 16.

    On paper, the Sydney Tigers boast the strongest line-up of all the States with five members from the Australian team selected last week for the coming Milo Cup against New Zealand next month and the Johnson & Johnson Cup against the West Indies in May.

    The Tigers’ vice-captain, Keeley Devery, returns to the national team after full knee reconstruction surgery which kept her off court for a year.

    After four weeks of hard training with the Tigers, Devery said the squad of 12 was keen to take the court against Doncaster, the side she predicted the Tigers would face again in the final.

    “We’re a highly competitive side,” she said. “With Anne coaching us we have a great advantage.”

    Following the match with Doncaster tonight the Tigers will meet the Brisbane KQ’s tomorrow. Their first match in Sydney will be on April 1 against the Perth City Royals.

    The Tigers team is: Sue Kenny (c), Keeley Devery (v-c), Nicole Cusack, Lisa Wilson, Deborah Curry, Carissa Dalwood, Kellianne Ruddy, Catriona Wagg, Cheryl McCormack, Wendy Etherington, Kate Englert, Maxine Peebles.

    Ian HarkinIan Harkin
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    Results:
    Bris KQs 42 def AIS 36
    Syd Tigers 48 def Melb Keas 31
    AIS 45 def Melb Keas 40
    Syd Tigers 61 def Bris KQs 39
    Perth Royals 55 def Adel Contax 30

    AIS 37 def Adel Contax 36
    Syd Tigers 68 def Perth Royals 39
    Melb Keas 46 def Bris KQs 42
    AIS 48 def Perth Royals 44
    Syd Tigers 56 def Adel Contax 34

    Adel Contax 46 def Bris KQs 44
    Melb Keas 55 def Perth Royals 54
    Syd Tigers 64 def AIS 44
    Bris KQs 66 def Perth Royals 57
    Melb Keas 43 def Adel Contax 20

    Points table:
    Sydney Tigers 10
    AIS 6

    Doncaster Keas 6
    Brisbane KQ’s 4
    Perth Royals 2
    Adelaide Contax 2

    AIS and Keas finished equal on points, but AIS qualified for the final having beaten Keas 45-40 in the rounds.

    Ian HarkinIan Harkin
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    A PRIME REASON WHY TIGERS WILL SHOW AIS LITTLE MERCY
    LOUISE EVANS
    14/04/1989
    Sydney Morning Herald

    There appears to be as much chance of the Sydney Tigers not winning tomorrow’s Esso SuperLeague netball final as the Prime Minister not turning up to hand out the trophy and be photographed with the victors.

    While Australia’s greatest sporting groupie will be at the State Sport Centre to witness the final act in the Tigers’ unbeaten season, Mr Hawke will also be casting an interested eye on their opponents, the Australian Institute of Sport, who are funded by taxpayers.

    It was suggested to Mr Hawke’s minders that his attendance at the netball final would be a good public relations exercise, and not being one to dodge a great sporting event, the Prime Minister readily accepted the invitation from the All Australian Netball Association to perform the official honours on Sunday.

    It would appear, however, that the only chance the AIS have of taking the trophy back to Canberra is if the Tigers don’t turn up tomorrow.

    The AIS are a young, aggressive side who have done exceedingly well to reach the final. They have shown guts and determination in their lead-up matches, which have all been closely fought contests, except for their last-round game in Canberra which the Tigers won by 20 points.

    In the first quarter of last week’s clash the AIS matched the Tigers in possession but were unable to convert their opportunities into much needed points. Once they slipped into the chase position they struggled to maintain form.

    Compared with the raw aggression of the AIS, the Tigers’ greatest asset is their control and experience. Their side boasts five national players and is coached by former Australian captain Anne Sargeant.

    They have won all their games by large margins and all their players are injury-free for the final. And while both teams play a similar style of short, fast netball, the younger AIS players are clearly intimidated by the strength of their opposition.

    AIS coach Gaye Teede said her team would be having a light run at the State Sport Centre tomorrow morning to adjust to the environment and help settle pre-game nerves.

    “There will be a lot of pressure,” Teede said. “It will be a day of reckoning. The girls are very toey. They faced the Tigers last week and found out just how hard it is earn the ball. It’s tough to have to back up again so soon for the final.

    “We had a good look at the video of last week’s game and identified two areas we have since worked on. We have to capitalise on our attack while holding back theirs.

    “We want to take the game to them and not allow them to dictate the pace. We did it in the first quarter last week, though we played very patchy netball in the remaining three quarters.”

    For her part, Sargeant is looking forward to, rather than feeling anxious about, her first non-playing final.

    “We’re all keyed up for the event but I have been stressing that it will not be an easy job,” she said. “Our past record is a comfort but you’re only as good as your last victory.

    “I have also been stressing that the AIS have everything to win and nothing to lose on Sunday. They will be throwing everything they have at us and we’ll have to maintain the pressure.

    “I have every confidence in them. They are well prepared and more than ready to take on the task ahead.”

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    GRAND FINAL:
    SYD TIGERS 57 def A.I.S 36

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    CUSACK ON TARGET FOR THE TIGERS
    LOUISE EVANS
    Sydney Morning Herald

    The Sydney Tigers won the Esso SuperLeague grand final yesterday with the same calculated precision and casual charm the Prime Minister used to woo the cheering crowd at the State Sport Centre.

    The only member of the Tigers’ camp who didn’t seem to be revelling in the festivities at Homebush was coach Anne Sargeant, but then she had good reason. It was her first non-playing grand final as coach and the nerves in her stomach were only made worse by nausea she was suffering with her first pregnancy.

    The Australian Institute of Sport arrived looking hesitant and nervous. They were the underdogs and they were on unfamiliar territory. In their final round clash last week, the AIS had gone down by 20 points to the Tigers and few expected the young side to edge any closer yesterday.

    The Tigers took a quick 5-1 lead virtually before the AIS realised the game had begun. The visitors rallied quickly, however, and struck with a determination that took the complacent Tigers by surprise.

    AIS goal attack Tina Anderson saved a wayward pass in the circle, flicked it around the post to Zelda Yeates who netted the point. A few more quick points saw the AIS go into the break trailing by two points at 9-7.

    In the second quarter the Tigers came out firing and a series of short, fast passing sequences increased their lead to 16-8. The stunned AIS players went into retreat, a position they maintained until their defence finally combined midway through the second quarter to wrest a rebounding ball from the Tigers’ goal and channel it down the court for a goal.

    The crowd was momentarily hushed when the Tigers’ fiery wing defence, Lisa Wilson, accidentally smacked AIS centre Allison Wheatley in the mouth. Play was halted while a stunned Wheatley regained her composure.

    Wilson, who is not known to stop for anyone, also set umpire Jan Cross off balance later in the game when she dared cross her path.

    Some spectacular shooting from Nicole Cusack saw the Tigers continue to pile on the points.

    At half-time the home side led 26-13 and throughout the rest of the game Cusack continued potting points from all around the circle.

    To try and halt the Tigers’ charge at half-time, AIS coach Gaye Teede replaced shooter Yeates with Claire Smallacombe. Yeates netted only four attempts out of 17. In her absence Smallacombe clocked 13 out of 18.

    Ian HarkinIan Harkin
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    Thanks to Netball Fan…

    Ian HarkinIan Harkin
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    1990 ESSO SUPERLEAGUE

    AIS
    Sheridan Abbott
    Tina Anderson
    Natalie Avellino
    Michelle Benison
    Frances Duiker
    Sharon Finnan
    Nicole Foster
    Sue Gill
    Danielle Grant
    Amanda Grassick
    Marne James
    Tania Newsome
    Nicole Richardson
    Clare Smallacombe
    Nerida Spindler
    Jenny Urquhart
    Alison Wheatley
    Coach: Wilma Shakespear

    BRISBANE KQs
    Debbie Abbott
    Janet Bothwell
    Patrice Bourne
    Janelle Derrington
    Patricia Farrell
    Cathy Lalor
    Leesa Moar
    Megan Pittiford
    Kim Richardson
    Vicki Wilson
    Coach: Jan Magaccis

    SYDNEY PULSAR PANTHERS
    Cathy Cassidy
    Nicole Cusack
    Carissa Dalwood
    Keeley Devery
    Sue Gill
    Michelle Guy
    Sue Kenny
    Maxine Peebles
    Kellianne Ruddy
    Catriona Wagg
    Lisa Wilson
    Coach: Anne Sargeant

    MELBOURNE CITY
    Sue Dickinson
    Chris Harris
    Paolina Hearn
    Roselee Jencke
    Deanne Lindsay
    Jennie Longhurst
    Simone McKinnis
    Shelley O’Donnell
    Wendy O’Donnell
    Cathy Spottiswood
    Coach: Norma Plummer

    ADELAIDE CONTAX
    Sarah Angove
    Marlene Barratt
    Sandra Caon-Parsons
    Michelle De Meo
    Michelle Fielke
    Kathryn Harby
    Rachel Jones
    Jennifer Kennett
    Sarah Sutter
    Karen Schulz
    Coach: Julie Francou

    WAIS GOLD
    Denise Abordi
    Justine Burns
    Erin Cummins
    Karen Hollands
    Wendy Horton
    Jodie McGowan
    Leona Muenchow
    Julie Neville
    Peta Simeon
    Julie-Ann Sloan
    Coach: Colleen Ranger

    Ian HarkinIan Harkin
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    Results:
    Adel Contax 44 def Syd Panthers 43
    Syd Panthers 69 def Bris KQs 39
    Melb City 48 def WAIS Gold 27
    AIS 58 def Bris KQs 49
    Adel Contax 53 def Bris KQs 29

    Melb City 59 def Adel Contax 32
    Syd Panthers 60 def WAIS Gold 33
    Melb City 57 def Syd Panthers 42
    AIS 52 def WAIS Gold 34
    Melb City 56 def Bris KQs 32

    Adel Contax 53 def WAIS Gold 32
    Melb City 56 def AIS 41
    Syd Panthers 56 def AIS 30
    WAIS Gold 50 def Bris KQs 37
    Adel Contax 44 def AIS 39

    Points table:
    Melbourne City 10
    Adelaide Contax 8

    Sydney Panthers 6
    AIS 4
    WAIS Gold 2
    Brisbane KQs 0

    Ian HarkinIan Harkin
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    CITY DON’T EXPECT EASY FINAL
    Sydney Morning Herald

    Favourites Melbourne City will be ready for anything when they meet Adelaide Quit 10 in the Superleague netball final at Homebush State Sports Centre today, coach Norma Plummer said last night.

    Plummer said she would not be relying on her awesome attacking power which tore Adelaide’s defence to pieces last time they met. Melbourne thrashed Adelaide 59-32 before a home crowd on March 18 to move into the finals with an unbeaten record during six weeks of preliminary rounds.

    “We’re not taking the game as a piece of cake,” Plummer said. “We may have won by 27 goals but Adelaide were at the other end of a tired leg during a two-day run.

    “They would have worked on areas which weren’t good last time.”

    However, Adelaide coach Julie Francou said her team, although underdogs, would be no pushover. Francou said that last time her team met Melbourne they did not perform to the best of their ability.

    “We were at the end of a double header but we expect the match in Sydney to be very close,” she said. “Our defence line got torn to pieces, their attackers were extremely fast -this time we hope to be a lot tighter.

    “They’ve gone through undefeated, they’re a fully settled side, but they had an advantage with the home crowd last time.”

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    GRAND FINAL:
    MELB CITY 52 def ADEL CONTAX 42

    (played in Sydney)

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    MELBOURNE CITY WINS NETBALL CUP
    Sydney Morning Herald

    Melbourne City last night beat Adelaide Quit 10 to win the inaugural Prime Minister’s Cup in the final of the Esso Superleague netball competition.

    Melbourne, the favourites to take out the Cup, beat Adelaide 52-42 at the NSW State Sports Centre, Homebush.

    Melbourne goal attacker Chris Harris shot 29 from 39 and Deanne Lindsay shot 23 from 29 to give the Victorian side victory.

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    Thanks Ian, all very interesting reading!

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