ESSO/MOBIL SUPERLEAGUE 1985-1996

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    Following on from the Esso Superleague (1985-1990), the Australian national league competition had a name change to the Mobil Superleague, but was run along similar lines.

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    1991 MOBIL SUPERLEAGUE

    Division 1:
    Syd Pulsars 46 def Melb Blue 39
    Adel Contax 36 def Melb Blue 35
    Melb Blue 47 def Adel Contax 46
    Syd Pulsars 50 def Adel Contax 42
    Melb Blue 57 def Syd Pulsars 41
    Syd Pulsars 41 def Adel Contax 38

    1. Syd Pulsars
    2. Melb Blue
    3. Adel Contax

    Division 2:
    A.I.S 59 def Brisbane 41
    A.I.S 54 def W.A.I.S Gold 44
    Brisbane 63 def W.A.I.S Gold 57

    1. A.I.S
    2. Brisbane
    3. W.A.I.S Gold

    SEMI FINALS:
    Syd Pulsars 54 def A.I.S 49
    Adel Contax 56 def Melb Blue 48

    GRAND FINAL:
    SYD PULSARS 59 def ADEL CONTAX 36

    Player of the finals: Nicole Cusack (Pulsars)

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    KENNY’S RETURN SETS UP IMPRESSIVE SHOW BY PULSARS
    HEATHER SMITH
    Sydney Morning Herald

    No-one could have beaten the on-fire Sydney Pulsars yesterday, according to Adelaide Contax Quit10 coach Marg Angove, whose side was beaten 59-36 in the Mobil Netball Superleague final at Canberra’s Bruce Stadium. The Pulsars avenged their 1990 third place finish in awesome style, shoving Adelaide out of the final in the third quarter. Further salt was rubbed into the Contax players’ wounds in the fourth quarter as Sydney did as they liked to extend their handsome lead to 23 goals at the final whistle. “I defy anyone to have beaten Sydney today,” Angove said. “They played really well. We couldn’t stop their shooters and Sue Kenny made a big difference.”

    Pulsars’ goal shooter Catriona Wagg hit top form to score 32 goals at an astounding 80 percent accuracy rate, while goal attack Nicole Cusack shot 27 from 39. In defence, Keeley Devery showed why she is the best goal keeper in the country by restricting top-class Adelaide shooter Julie Nykiel to 24 goals from 34 attempts.

    The Sydney side’s spark came from captain and wing attack Sue Kenny, who returned to the team yesterday after four weeks off with a shoulder ligament injury. The experienced international seemed to inspire confidence in the players around her, and Wagg in particular responded well. The 22 year old Wagg shot 100 percent in the first quarter, followed by 86 percent in the second and 85 percent in the third. It was only in the last quarter that tiredness crept in and her accuracy rate dropped to 64 percent.

    Kenny said after the match that she wasn’t sure whether to risk her shoulder at the weekend with the World Championships coming up in July. But her decision to play was obviously appreciated by her teammates and the tender shoulder was “absolutely fine”. “I think our fitness, concentration and experience was the difference,” Kenny said. “We definitely improved from the morning when we played the AIS. We wanted to put all our effort into winning the final and it came together well.”

    Mr Hawke presented the Prime Minister’s Cup to the Pulsars and a $1000 player of the finals series award to Cusack, who, surprisingly has been dropped from the Australian team for the world titles. Pulsars’ coach Carol Sykes was delighted with the way her team played to win the Superleague. “We’ve been having problems at the attacking end, but it came together today,” Sykes said. “Susie Kenny playing gave them a lot more confidence.”

    The Contax players, who had only completed a tough semi final match with Melbourne Adidas Blue, 1 1/2 hours before the final, seemed to suffer far more from tiredness than the Pulsars, who had a four-hour break. Angove commented that the fitness of her side, the top Adelaide club team, was always going to lag behind the Pulsars, made up mostly of Australian or former Australian international players. “Our first aim this weekend was to be competitive, and our next aim was to make the final, so I’m not disappointed in that regard,” she said. “Maybe at another time and on another day, we might have a chance to beat Sydney.”

    The Pulsars defeated the young Australian Institute of Sport side 54-49 in yesterday morning’s first semi-final, while Contax upset Melbourne. Sykes said she had prepared her players for a Melbourne-Sydney final but was only mildly surprised when Adelaide qualified. “I still reckon Melbourne would have been flat-out beating us had they made it, though,’ she said.

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    From NETBALL FAN

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    1992 MOBIL SUPERLEAGUE

    Division 1:
    Melb Pumas 46 def Syd Pulsars 45
    Adel Contax 43 def Melb Pumas 40
    Syd Pulsars ??? def Melb Pumas ???
    Adel Contax 57 def Syd Pulsars 47
    Adel Contax 40 def Melb Pumas 30
    Syd Pulsars 56 def Adel Contax 43

    1. Adel Contax
    2. Syd Pulsars
    3. Melb Blue

    Division 2:
    A.I.S 60 def Brisbane 36
    Bris Chevron 60 def W.A.I.S Gold 42
    A.I.S 63 def W.A.I.S Gold 44
    A.I.S 58 def W.A.I.S Gold 36
    Bris Chevron ??? v W.A.I.S Gold ???
    A.I.S 54 def Bris Chevron 48

    1. A.I.S
    2. Bris Chevron
    3. W.A.I.S Gold

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    ANGOVE NOW SAYS RIVALS AT UNIFORM LEVEL
    HEATHER SMITH
    Sydney Morning Herald

    For more than a month, Adelaide Contax threatened to run away with the Mobil Superleague national netball tournament. But coach Margaret Angove firmly believes the front-runners have come back to the field. The early advantage held by Adelaide has been nullified by six weeks’ competition, and according to Angove all this weekend’s semi-finalists have a good chance of winning the Prime Minister’s Cup.

    “We had a good start due to the fact that we are a team and that we’ve played together for three years,” Angove said. “We didn’t need time to settle in, like other teams did. We just needed our timing and decision-making fine-tuned. Knowing each other’s capabilities gave us a head start. But I don’t think that counts for anything now. The other teams have had time to catch up and I don’t think we have an advantage at all.”

    Adelaide, South Australia’s champion club side, had been criticised for sticking to their normal team line-up despite the Superleague rule which allows a team to “import” up to two players for the duration of the tournament. Rivals Sydney Pulsars and Melbourne Pumas, in particular, have needed time to settle players into their best roles and have lost matches because of it.

    From four games Adelaide lost one-at home to the Pulsars 56-43-during the preliminary rounds. Sydney won two matches and Melbourne only one. The fourth semi-finalists, Australian Institute of Sport, won all of their four matches against Brisbane Chevron and Western Australian Institute of Sport.

    Adelaide have also attracted the most publicity for their ground-breaking Lycra bodysuit uniforms. “The uniforms have created enormous comment,” Angove said. “I think we’ve made more publicity through that than the ability of the players.” The change in uniform was made because the Adelaide players complained that the traditional collared shirt and pleated skirt were uncomfortable.

    “Our captain, Karen Schultz, came up with the idea that aerobic outfits were very comfortable and after lots of discussion we came up with ideas for a uniform made of cotton Lycra,” she said. “We tried lots of combinations over a six-month period and Dynamic Bodywear eventually came up with what they are wearing now. We wanted to make sure everyone felt comfortable in the bodysuits. They have been very happy with them so far. The girls we have played against think they are fantastic, too.”

    Adelaide play AIS in one semi-final at the State Sports Centre, Homebush, tomorrow evening, while Sydney play Melbourne in the other. The final is on Sunday afternoon. Contax, who have never won the Prime Minister’s Cup, are “very confident” after their performances.

    “To win the Superleague competition would probably be our greatest achievement,” she said. “We have received heaps of criticism from the press for staying with our club team and it would be a fantastic feeling, after winning the State championship, to become the best club team in Australia.”

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    SEMI-FINALS:
    Adel Contax 47 def A.I.S 42
    Syd Pulsars 44 def Melb Pumas 42

    3/4 PLAYOFF:
    A.I.S 50 def Melb Pumas 44

    GRAND FINAL:
    SYD PULSARS 59 def ADEL CONTAX 45

    Pulsars (Kaesler 35, Wagg 24)
    Contax (Nykiel 36, Angove 9)

    Player of the finals: Marianne Murphy (Pulsars)

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    PULSARS BOILOVER SINKS BOOM TEAM ADELAIDE
    JACQUELIN MAGNAY
    Sydney Morning Herald

    The Sydney Pulsars overcame the physically intimidating tactics of the Adelaide Contax to emerge convincing 59-45 winners in the Mobil Superleague series yesterday. Sydney had gone into the series as rank outsiders. The Sutherland-based team made full use of its two imported players, shooter Catriona Wagg and defender Keeley Devery, to deliver the stunning and comprehensive 14-goal win at the State Sports Centre, Homebush.

    From the opening whistle, Sydney forged ahead, and only during a brief stint near the end of the first quarter did Adelaide get back in touch. The Pulsars, with just one win in the Superleague preliminary games (beating Adelaide in Adelaide by 13 goals) were not expected to match the tight team-oriented game of their opponents, especially after a 44-42 semi-final hard hit-out against Melbourne Blues on Saturday night.

    Ecstatic Pulsars coach Margaret Corbett said her team had a lot to prove and went out and showed up its detractors. “There were a lot of knockers at the beginning who didn’t think the girls could do it,” Corbett said. “I’m so proud of the girls. There were a lot of faces out there who, once given the chance in this type of competition, have really shown what they are capable of. Karynne Lindwall was a second-grade State League player two seasons ago and Carolyn Digby is another quiet achiever.”

    Corbett implemented player-on-player strategies for the match, switching wing defence Lisa Wilson to the centre court and player-of-the-series Marianne Murphy to wing attack. With Digby at wing defence, Lindwall at goal defence and import Devery in goal, Adelaide’s notorious short feeds to the shooting circle were effectively stifled.

    Adelaide goal shooter Julie Nykiel, a former Olympic basketball representative, shot 76 percent, but her partner Sarah Angove was restricted to just nine shots from 16 attempts. The experienced Devery consistently intercepted passes and pressure on the two shooters forced umpires Maureen Boyle and Nola Calnon to award a succession of turnovers to Sydney.

    Sydney enjoyed a glut of possession, particularly in the vital third and fourth quarters, and were able to dictate the momentum of the game. Clearly frustrated, Adelaide players adopted behind-play elbow and shoulder charges but were unable to disturb Sydney’s concentration. In one 10-minute period, four players hit the court without possession of the ball and in the third quarter Lindwall was flattened by her opposition.

    Earlier, Adelaide’s tight marking and fast down-court play had Sydney scrambling, yet their inability to convert opportunities meant Sydney were never really worried. “I thought we had it by the start of the fourth quarter,” Corbett said. “Once the third quarter was over and we were ahead by eight goals, I thought we would have it from there.”

    Sydney goal shooter and former Adelaide player Lyn Kaesler was dynamic in the goal circle, complementing superbly the outstanding skill of Australian shooter Wagg. Both shooters potted 77 percent, Kaesler missing just 10 goals from 45 attempts.

    Adelaide coach Marg Angove said: “The ball just kept on coming in and coming in to the Sydney circle. Kaesler must have nearly been the player of the finals, she’s a real club girl and all the games I’ve seen her play, she’s played really well. But I’ve never seen the Sydney team play better. I’d like to make excuses for us, but there are none. We simply struggled from the start and we were never on top.”

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    1993 MOBIL SUPERLEAGUE

    ADELAIDE CONTAX
    Sarah Angove
    Audine Cobb
    Monica Dinan
    Julie Halliday
    Kathryn Harby (captain)
    Julie Nykiel
    Vicki Neale
    Tania Obst
    Shelley O’Donnell
    Sharon Purser
    Karen Schulz
    Emma Sutter
    Sarah Sutter
    Nicky Washington
    Coach: Marg Angove

    ADELAIDE GARVILLE
    Sheridan Abbott
    Natalie Avellino
    Jenny Borlase (vice-captain)
    Julie Brereton
    Michelle Fielke (captain)
    Robyn Gill
    Danielle Grant
    Michelle Kelso
    Josie Koch
    Karen Jemson
    Karen Johnson
    Cassie Mogg
    Leah Torzyn
    Coach: Pat Mickan

    A.I.S
    Vanessa Chapman
    Karlie Clark
    Stacey Crane
    Fiona Doran
    Lyndall Evans
    Yvette Fong
    Emma Ganley
    Bree Hodges
    Kerri Holben
    Janine Lynch
    Joanne Morgan
    Victoria Saywell
    Waveney Seinor
    Alex Wheeler
    Robyn Wren
    Coach: Gaye Teede

    BRISBANE CANONS
    Patrice Bourne
    Liz Ellis
    Rachel Farnsworth
    Rhonda Fedrick
    Nikki Klatt
    Kerry Leech (vice-captain)
    Sally Lovell
    Carmen Mallett
    Leesa McMahon
    Kirsten Moore
    Emma Romagnoli
    Danielle Taylor
    Michelle Tollenaere
    Danielle Wheeler
    Vicki Wilson (captain)
    Coach: Jan Maggacis

    MELBOURNE PUMAS
    Michelle Benison
    Leigh Dixon
    Jennie Fallet
    Cathy Gillespie
    Chris Harris
    Diane Honey
    Susan Howie
    Marne James
    Roselee Jencke (captain)
    Katrina Latour
    Nicole Marshall
    Simone McKinnis (vice-captain)
    Coach: Norma Plummer

    PERTH BULLETS
    Deanne Clarke
    Carol Davidson (captain)
    Leith Fradd
    Sharon Jarrott
    Jenny Keen
    Jodie Merralls
    Karen Mitchell
    Susan Nicholas
    Andrea Parker (vice-captain)
    Lia Pike
    Deanne Quartermaine
    Julie-Anne Sloan
    Michelle Worland
    Coach: Annette Simper

    SYDNEY ELECTRICITY
    Tina Anderson
    Maxine Brannelly
    Cathy Cassidy
    Nicole Cusack
    Carissa Dalwood
    Keeley Devery (vice-captain)
    Sharon Finnan
    Gillian Hynd
    Pamela Illidge
    Sue Kenny (captain)
    Dimmie Kosyfas
    Coach: Carole Sykes

    SYDNEY PULSARS
    Sue Brown
    Tracey Evry
    Nicole Foster
    Lenore Furze (vice-captain)
    Lyn Kaesler
    Karynne Lindwall
    Lisa Moore
    Raelene Mullaney
    Justine Wakeling
    Jenni Urquhart
    Catriona Wagg
    Lisa Wilson (captain)
    Coach: Marg Corbett

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    COACH MAKES UNPLANNED COMEBACK TO NETBALL
    JULIE MURTAGH
    The Age

    Longevity in coaching at the elite level of sport demands a total commitment of body and soul. Veteran coach Norma Plummer is returning to the national netball scene after a four-year break in the Quit State League. Her return resumes a 30-year association with Victoria’s reigning premiers, Melbourne.

    Plummer, 48, has had a colorful netball career, representing Australia in the 1970s and assuming the role as Melbourne’s playing coach. She is delighted with the network of professionals supporting her role as head coach.

    “My comeback wasn’t planned,” Plummer said. “Coaching used to be a multi-faceted role because you acted as the club administrator, the trainer, the dietitian and the psychologist. Netball at the elite level now demands a structure within the club to split the workload.” Plummer encourages the netballers to be self-disciplined in their approach to training.

    “Our fitness adviser Lindy Murphy has individualised the pre-season programs for the girls and they are required to do additional fitness work,” she said. You either want it or you don’t – it’s up to the individual to put in the extra work.” Netball Victoria’s programs coordinator, Lindy Murphy, has incorporated Plyometrics into the skills program, to improve court speed.

    “Plyometrics involves jumping repetitions which become progressively more difficult,” Murphy said.

    “We focus on a netball-specific program, so the athletes are gaining maximum benefit.” Melbourne have recruited two Victorian Institute of Sport players, Emma Gleeson and Liz Taverner. Goaler Nicole Marshall and centre player Ingrid Dick have also been included in the talented line-up.

    The Pumas have an abundance of talent, with Australian players Roselee Jencke, Simone McKinnis and Chris Harris in their squad. Plummer believes Melbourne will be competitive for the new State League and Super-league (national league) seasons, but is concerned that the previous recruiting program failed to foster junior development within the club.

    “We have a shortage of key positional players in the club,” she said. “If we strike a major injury in the shooting area, we may struggle due to the lack of depth.”

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    Ladder:
    Syd Electicity
    Adel Garville
    Melb Pumas
    Adel Contax

    Syd Pulsars
    Bris Canons
    A.I.S
    Perth Bullets

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    SEMI-FINALS:
    Syd Electricity 38 def Adel Contax 36
    Adel Garville 64 def Melb Pumas 35

    3/4 PLAYOFF:
    Adel Contax 42 def Melb Pumas 40

    GRAND FINAL:
    ADEL GARVILLE 56 def SYD ELECTRICITY 49

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    ADELAIDE WIN NETBALL TITLE
    The Sun Herald

    ADELAIDE Garville won the Netball Superleague, beating Sydney Electricity 56-49 in the final at the State Sports Centre last night.

    Sydney led by eight goals mid way throught the second quarter and had a two-goal lead going into the final 15 minutes. But Adelaide’s defence forced errors while shooters Jennifer Borlase and Natalie Avellino did not miss. Sydney dominated the centre court with a brilliant game from Test netballer Carissa Dalwood while Keeley Devery was exceptional in defence.

    Earlier Adelaide Contax won the battle for third beating Melbourne Pumas 42-40.

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    FINALS HIGHLIGHT VICTORIA’S WEAKNESSES
    LINDA PEARCE
    The Age

    If the capacity Sydney crowd, dramatic netball and gritty triumph by Adelaide Garville distinguished the weekend’s superleague finals, then, more parochially, the climax of the national club competition also served to highlight the apparent Victorian decline.

    Friday night’s 29-goal pounding of the Melbourne Pumas by Garville was one of the heaviest defeats inflicted on a Victorian team in recent interstate competition, while an improved effort against Adelaide Contax in Saturday’s playoff for third fell two goals short of salvaging some of the lost respect.

    So, barring another major format change next year, the state with the most registered netballers and one of the proudest competitive histories will again be restricted to a single superleague entry, while New South Wales and South Australia exercise their right to submit their leading two teams for 1994.

    And, coupled with the poor showing at last year’s nationals, at which Victoria lost to Queensland for the first time on its way to third place and its lowest finish in six years, the short-term picture appears unusually grim.

    To examine why is to note first that, with the Melbourne club having traditionally provided the bulk of the state team, the two inevitably share common ailments. On the weekend, lack of shooting depth was again shown to be chief among Melbourne’s problems.

    Then there is the issue of junior and rural development, which has only recently been addressed by beefed-up talent identification programs such as those which have long been in operation north of the border.

    As well, there has been a failure to translate continuing individuals and team success at under-17, 19 and 21 levels.

    Melbourne and former Victorian coach Norma Plummer described the shooting situation as “desperate”, admitted to concerns about the present value of the state league and called for a round-table discussion on the continuing failure to convert under-age success to senior level.

    “I know how the players feel about being the bridesmaid and they know themselves they haven’t had the extra one player that might have been able to put the ball through the hoop or pull that one in,” she said.

    “They are all working their hearts out but we haven’t had that ability to finish it off. We didn’t penetrate the circle (against Garville), and if you don’t get it in the ring and get the shots up, it kills the rest of the team.” Indeed, a feature of Saturday night’s grand final upset was the performance of Garville’s dynamic shooting duo Jenny Borlase and Natalie Avellino, who helped retrieve what had seemed a lost cause when Sydney Randwick stretched its lead to eight in the third quarter.

    The SA state league champion’s 56-49 triumph earned it the Prime Minister’s Cup in its first year in the competition. For years Garville has played second fiddle to bitter rival Contax, but with its envied strength in goals, the defensive skills of national captain Michelle Fielke and a talented young midcourt, the Greys are worthy successors to 1992 champion Sydney Sutherland.

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    1994 MOBIL SUPERLEAGUE

    ADELAIDE CONTAX
    Sarah Angove
    Audine Cobb
    Monica Dinan
    Kathryn Harby (captain)
    Vicki Neale
    Tania Obst
    Sharon Purser
    Sarah Sutter (vice-captain)
    Karen Whelan
    Vicki Wilson
    Coach: Marg Angove

    ADELAIDE GARVILLE
    Sheridan Abbott
    Natalie Avellino
    Jennifer Borlase (vice-captain)
    Michelle Fielke (captain)
    Robyn Gill
    Danielle Grant
    Karen Jenson
    Michelle Kelso
    Simone McKinnis
    Josie Pearce
    Cassie Mogg
    Leah Torzyn
    Coach: Pat Mickan

    A.I.S
    Megan Anderson
    Kylie Chamberlain
    Stacey Crane
    Fiona Doran
    Lyndall Evans
    Julie Harrison
    Rebecca Hayes
    Bree Hodges
    Susan Howie
    Natalie Read
    Victoria Saywell (captain)
    Waveney Seinor
    Peta Squire
    Kirsten Wheeler
    Coaches: Gaye Teede and Sue Hawkins-McLeod.

    BRISBANE DOWNEY PARK
    Tracey Bruce (vice-captain)
    Kaylene Carmody
    Amanda Grassick
    Anne-Marie Hill
    Tracey Leaso
    Marne James
    Melissa McDonald
    Patricia McDonald
    Tracey Chapman
    Maria Smith (captain)
    Rosie Sprinkart
    Paula Stuart
    Coach: Liz White

    MELBOURNE KEAS
    Manda Atta
    Narelle Eslick
    Sue Gaudion
    Peta Kennedy
    Diane Honey
    Leanne Mackie
    Shelley O’Donnell (captain)
    Nicole Richardson (vice-captain)
    Liz Taverner
    Lee Spreadborough
    Yolanda Wightman
    Coaches: Leanne Mackie and Robyn English.

    PERTH BULLETS
    Leith Fradd
    Vanessa Hall
    Sharon Jarrott
    Karen Mitchell
    Susan Nicholas
    Philipa O’Connel
    Andrea Parker
    Lori Patterson (captain)
    Julie-Ann Sloan
    Amanda Wheeler
    Michelle Worland
    Coach: Sue Gerrard

    SYDNEY ELECTRICITY
    Tina Anderson
    Maxine Brannelly
    Nicole Cusack
    Carissa Dalwood
    Keeley Devery (vice-captain)
    Sharon Finnan
    Gillian Hynd
    Sue Kenny (captain)
    Dimi Kosyfas
    Rachael Morton
    Coach: Carole Sykes

    SYDNEY CENOVIS KU-RING-GAI
    Joanne Babington
    Laverne Daniels
    Liz Ellis
    Reagan Gilmour
    Marianne Murphy
    Jenny O’Keeffe (vice-captain)
    Tracey Pearce
    Nerida Spindler
    Catriona Wagg (captain)
    Sharn Wheatley
    Alison Williams
    Coach: Julie Fitzgerald

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    SEMI-FINALS:
    Adel Contax 50 def Syd Cenovis 40
    Adel Garville 65 def Melb Keas 54

    3/4 PLAYOFF:
    Melb Keas ?? def Syd Cenovis ??

    GRAND FINAL:
    ADEL CONTAX 61 def ADEL GARVILLE 58 (extra time)

    Contax (Wilson 45/59, Obst 16/??)
    Garville (Borlase 35/45, Avellino 23/31)

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    CHAOS OVER NETBALL FINAL
    LINDA PEARCE
    The Sunday Age

    ADELAIDE Contax finally claimed the major interstate prize it has sought for so long with a controversial 61-58 overtime win over hometown rival Adelaide Garville in last night’s netball Superleague grand final at the Powerhouse. While Garville officials believe a scoring discrepancy had robbed them of a one-goal victory, the official score sheet had scores tied at 47- 47 after regular time, and play was extended for 14 minutes.

    Garville coach Pat Mickan said the team would lodge a protest but had been told already that the result would stand. “We believe in our hearts in the fact that we won the game,” she said. Garville captain Michelle Fielke refused to sign the scorecard.

    Garville, the defending champion, grabbed the early overtime break and held a two-goal lead at the final change of ends, Contax having lost goal attack Tania Obst two minutes earlier with a leg injury. But Contax lost nothing with the substitution of regular feeder Sarah Angove who failed to score a goal but, more importantly, channeled the ball to champion import Vicki Wilson.

    Wilson’s battle with Fielke, Australia’s captain, was one of the high points of an absorbing and physical match, which ended with emotional scenes and a crowd invasion of the court. It has taken Wilson nearly a decade as one of the netball world’s leading shooters to finally break through for a major domestic win. She had to leave her home state of Queensland to do it, but was the key player in last night’s triumph.

    Despite missing the final shot for goal in regular time, Wilson scored a match-high 45 goals at 76 per cent under fierce pressure, including the last three of the match. If the missing ingredient for Contax has been a class shooter, then this has proven to be an inspired recruiting choice.

    Yet Garville was also a gallant runner-up and worthy finalist. Shooters Jenny Borlase (35 goals at 77 per cent) and Natalie Avellino (23 goals at 74 per cent) were an exceptional combination at the other end, while the mid-court match-ups were typically tight between these two regular and fierce foes.

    It will be a pity if such a fine and desperate exhibition of netball is soured by a scoring controversy but many in the stadium were bewildered when the scoreboard was amended five minutes into the last quarter from a 42-40 Garville lead to 41 goals each.

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