HISTORY OF THE NETBALL WORLD CUP2020-08-28T23:23:02+10:00


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    In this thread, we’ll be looking back at all the past editions of this great event, from the very start in 1963. Although countries had been playing against each other for 25 years prior to this, it wasn’t very organised. And there was no standard set of international rules. During an Australian tour of the UK in 1957, discussions took place about this, and it led to the formation of the International Federation of Women’s Basketball and Netball Associations. They drew up the first standardised set of rules, and decided that a World Championship should be held every four years, beginning with the 1st World Tournament, in Eastbourne, England in August 1963.

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    In the beginning, there was Joyce Brown and Lois Muir. It’s incredible to think that the two women who would later come to be regarded as netball royalty in Australia and New Zealand, were both right there in Eastbourne when major international netball took its first tentative steps.

    Joyce Brown was captain of Australia and Lois Muir was vice-captain of New Zealand, and in what was a sign of things to come in the ensuing 52 years, there was very little between the two sides. The Australian team prevailed by just one goal (37-36) when the two teams met in what was the decisive match of the fortnight, and they claimed the first ever world netball title.

    After her playing days, Lois Muir went on to coach the Kiwis in four straight world tournaments from 1975 to 1987, winning titles in 1979 and 1987. She has been involved in the game at various levels for decades and has a reputation unmatched in New Zealand netball.

    As for Joyce Brown, her record is simply astonishing. She holds a special place in world cup history, having been to one tournament as a player (1963) and three as coach (1975, 1983, 1991), winning the world title on each occasion, and never once tasting defeat in a match. She was part of 10 wins from 10 games as a player, and 29 wins and one draw from 30 matches as coach.


    From ournetballhistory.org.uk

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    1st – AUSTRALIA
    BROWN, Joyce (captain)
    CALDOW, Margaret
    EATON, Valerie
    FLEMING, Corrin
    FOLEY, Annette
    MCIVER, Jeanette
    NOSEDA, June
    RITCHIE, Wilma
    TOUGH, Ingrid
    WILSON, Madeleine
    Coach: Lorna McConchie

    2nd – NEW ZEALAND
    BAKER, Leslie
    BLAIR, Judy
    EDMONDS, Pamela (captain)
    FAULKNER, Rebecca
    MARTIN, Joan
    MCMASTER, Colleen
    MCNAMARA, Betty
    MUIR, Lois
    SIMPSON, Elva
    TE MOANANUI, Mirth
    Coach: Dixie Cockerton

    3rd – ENGLAND
    BAYS, Kathie
    BURKE, Betty
    CAIRNCROSS, Annette
    EVE, Margaret
    FIDLER, Blanche
    HEATH, Jean
    HIGGINS, Josephine (captain)
    HINDMARSH, Valerie
    IDDON, Judith
    SPRATT, Patricia
    WELLS, Pat
    Coach: Ellen Marsh

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    11 teams playing each other round robin.

    Australia’s matches:
    Aust 80 v Ceylon 12
    Aust 70 v West Indies 10
    Aust 44 v England 30
    Aust 94 v Wales 7
    Aust 52 v Jamaica 19
    Aust 37 v New Zealand 36
    Aust 34 v Trinidad & Tobago 12
    Aust 56 v Scotland 12
    Aust 93 v Northern Ireland 5
    Aust 67 v South Africa 28
    (10 wins, 0 losses)

    New Zealand’s matches:
    NZ 112 v Northern Ireland 4
    NZ 61 v Jamaica 31
    NZ 73 v West Indies 23
    NZ 89 v Ceylon 9
    NZ 56 v England 29
    NZ 51 v Trinidad & Tobago 23
    NZ 36 v Australia 37
    NZ 60 v South Africa 13
    NZ 85 v Scotland 7
    NZ 88 v Wales 15
    (9 wins, 1 loss)

    England’s matches:
    Eng 45 v Jamaica 42
    Eng 46 v Trinidad & Tobago 18
    Eng 72 v Ceylon 16
    Eng 30 v Australia 44
    Eng 29 v New Zealand 56
    Eng 49 v West Indies 21
    Eng 47 v South Africa 29
    Eng 63 v Scotland 17
    Eng 74 v Wales 7
    Eng 82 v Northern Ireland 15
    (8 wins, 2 losses)


    1. AUSTRALIA – 20pts
    2. New Zealand – 18pts
    3. England – 16pts

    4. Trinidad & Tobago – 14pts
    5. Jamaica – 12pts
    6. South Africa – 10pts
    7. West Indies – 8pts
    8. Scotland – 6pts
    9. Ceylon – 4pts
    10. Wales – 2pts
    11. Northern Ireland – 0pts

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    From INF
    Some excerpts from English newspapers during the 1963 World Tournament

    11 countries in netball
    Eleven countries are taking part in the first ever World Netball Tournament that starts at Chelsea College on Friday. The countries taking part are Australia, Ceylon, England, Jamaica, Trinidad, Wales, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, Scotland, South Africa and West Indies. Sessions are to be held at 10.30 a.m. and 3 p.m. each weekday (except August 3, 8 and 10 when the times are 10.30 and 5). Both BBC and ITV will be televising the event and the officials of each country will be the guests of the Corporation at a dinner at The Cumberland Hotel on Friday night. Enthusiasts who miss this unique event may not get another chance to see a tournament of this nature in this country.

    A Shock Defeat at Netball
    A below-form England were soundly beaten 44-30 by Australia in one of the major shocks, so far, in the world netball tournament at Eastbourne, yesterday. Showing greater speed, understanding and determination, Australia attacked from the start and were always in front. At the end of the first quarter, they led 11-6, and though England hung on at 16-20 half time, all hopes of an English recovery were dashed by some poor shooting by Annette Cairncross and Valerie Hindmarsh.
    Australia 44 (M Caldow 31, J McIver 13), England 30 (A Cairncross 15, V Hindmarsh 15)

    A Beating for England
    England met New Zealand for the first time in netball history yesterday morning, when the world netball tournament entered its fourth day. England started well and could have ended the first quarter with a substantial lead instead of being 9-11 down, had their shooting been more accurate. They pulled up to 12 – 12 in the second period but fell away again to be 20-25 down at half-time and were never in the hunt again. Results of the morning were New Zealand 56 England 29, Jamaica 42 Scotland 20, Australia 94 Wales 7.

    Netball wins world rating
    The old mistaken idea that netball is a game only for children in the lower school from which they graduate to lacrosse or hockey is shattered finally this week by the class of play seen at Eastbourne in the first Netball Championship of the world. Eleven countries are competing. The enterprise, organised without the aid of any precedent, is that of All England Netball Association and the game, with its new international federation, which was only a vague dream 30 years ago, is now on a fresh basis. Australia started favourites, when the championship began on August 2nd, with New Zealand a close second and England, South Africa, Jamaica and Trinidad not far behind.

    Now that 40 of the 55 matches have been played, there can be no doubt that short of half their team falling ill, Australia will be the first world champions next Wednesday. With eight match victories and undefeated so far, they have Northern Ireland to play tomorrow and South Africa on Tuesday, and there is no one left with a hope of beating them. Only once have the Australians been in danger, when they beat New Zealand by one goal in the greatest netball match ever seen. Their co-ordination, placing, passing and shooting are superb; their main fault a tendency to obstruct. Australia’s girls, chosen from 70,000 players, are obviously fighting fit even after a hour’s strenuous play. As champions, they will set a world standard that will be hard to beat when the next meeting is held in four years time.

    More want to join the world netball “club”
    When the first world netball tournament ended at Eastbourne, it was announced that five more Commonwealth countries had joined the organising federation and that the United States of America were showing interest. The bronzed Australian team were the triumphant first world champions, having won all 10 of their matches to gain 20 points. New Zealand were second with 18 and England third with 16. At the closing ceremony, the 11 teams paraded in their smart uniforms behind their national flags. The national anthem was played and then the anthems of South Africa, who played against the coloured girls despite their doctrine of apartheid. The flags of the 10 remaining countries were held in an arch of honour as the Australians followed their flag through to the sound of “Waltzing Matilda”.

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    From Netball Australia

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    From Otago Daily Times

    From Netball NZ

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    From ournetballhistory.org.uk

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    From Sky Sport NZ

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    From British Movietone…
    “IN THE NET”
    (some footage of matches from the 1963 world tournament with no volume)

    Another piece of silent footage (England v N.Ireland) provided by the INF…

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    Wow Ian, this is just fantastic. Thank you.

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    The 2nd World Tournament was won by the Kiwis, captained by Judy Blair and well coached by another New Zealand netball legend, Taini Jamison. They sealed victory with a 40-34 defeat of Australia on the final day. Surprisingly, it was actually South Africa that came closest to defeating New Zealand when they went down 41-39 on the first day.

    The star of the show was goal attack Joan Harnett who was named player of the tournament. Netball’s first real glamour girl, she was far from just a pretty face. Harnett’s silky skills in the shooting circle were such that when Netball New Zealand celebrated its 75th anniversary in 1999, she was voted their best player to that point. She was made captain when she competed in her third and final world tournament in Kingston, Jamaica.


    From Netball Australia

    From NWC2015.com.au

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    1st – NEW ZEALAND
    BLAIR, Judy (Captain)
    BOELEE, Ann
    GARDINER, Margaret
    HAMILTON, Pamela
    HARNETT, Joan
    IRWIN, Billie
    JAMES, Sandra
    ROWLEY, Elizabeth
    SOLOMON, Mirth
    VERCOE, Tilly
    Coach: Taini Jamieson

    2nd – AUSTRALIA
    BURTON, Chris
    DAVEY, Lynette (Captain)
    GOLLAN, Stella
    HARRIS, Elsma
    KIRSANOVS, Maureen
    MCLEAN, Heather
    O’SHANNASSY, Ellen
    SUITER, Glenyse
    SWITCH, Gaye
    WHITE, Carole Ann
    Coach: Marg Pewtress

    3rd – SOUTH AFRICA
    CHARNLEY, Alet
    FERREIRA, Heloise
    GRANT, Margaret
    JOUBERT, Elbie
    KLUSMANN, Marina
    LAUBSCHER, Maudie
    LOUW, Tobianna
    OTTO, Doreen
    ROBERTS, Ellie
    WAGNER, Marlene

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