HISTORY OF THE NETBALL WORLD CUP

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      Australia Rules
      Heather Smith – The Sun Herald

      Australia are the world netball champions for the sixth time. The brilliant Aussies defeated old rivals New Zealand 53-52 last night in a match so nerve-wracking that normally reserved national coach, Joyce Brown, was jumping up and down and screaming to her players to give that little bit extra. A sell-out crowd of 10,500 at the Sydney Entertainment Centre, including at least 5,000 New Zealanders who flew over for the tournament, screamed deafeningly throughout, creating even more tension as the minutes ticked by.

      The game everyone was waiting for exceeded expectations with an electric atmosphere, exciting skills and plenty of action. New Zealand led by one goal at all the breaks but the lead see-sawed so many times it wasn’t possible to pick the better team. At the final whistle tears rolled down the faces of the joyous Australians, who never gave in to the tremendous pressure exerted by the 1987 world champs. Australia trailed by a goal or two for most of the match but in the last few minutes they lifted for a last effort, which ultimately won them the game and the world crown.

      New Zealand, the defending champions, were gallant losers and could have won the match if not for some inspired netball from their opponents. In the last seconds of the game, replacement goal-keeper Roselee Jencke intercepted a pass heading for the New Zealand goal circle and sent it flying back up the court to the deafening cheers of the crowd. Australia’s champion goal-shooter, Vicki Wilson, potted the goal but the umpire had already signalled the end of the match and the celebrations began.

      An excited Australian captain, Michelle Fielke, said it was “probably the best match” Australia and New Zealand had ever played. “We’ve never had a closer match – the atmosphere was fantastic and that had a lot to do with us winning,” Fielke said. “The girls wanted it so badly and they had the guts and the confidence to get through it. This makes up for 1987, when New Zealand won.” Fielke said that even when Australia led by four goals at one stage, they knew the Kiwis wouldn’t give up. It was only the Australians’ belief in themselves and their desire to win which got them home, she said.

      A very proud Brown said that not only were the Australian players “great netballers”, but their experience in winning the world crown would help them in their later lives. “I’ll leave it to the girls to celebrate – it’s their moment,” she said. “This is a reward for their absolute dedication to the tasks I set them since last October. “Everyone split their last sinew trying to get to the ball, stretching that extra inch. That makes the difference between the good players and the champions.” Losing coach Lyn Parker was extremely disappointed for her players but said she was very proud of them. “They showed a great deal of character,” she said. “It was a credit to Australia, they played really well.”

      JAMAICA confirmed their growing status as one of the world’s best netball teams by defeating the No 3 seeds England 63-54 in the world championship play-off at the Entertainment Centre yesterday. The flamboyant Jamaicans can now boast a No 3 ranking after they out-played a spiritless English side in the match to decide the third and fourth placegetters. England, earlier beaten by world champions New Zealand in Friday night’s semi-final 53-33, could not maintain their good form and were thoroughly outplayed. Jamaica stole many hearts with their colourful and energetic play and can be well pleased with their performance throughout the 13-day competition.

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        Amid The Passion, We Show The World
        Heather Smith – Sydney Morning Herald

        Netball came of age on Saturday night as seven young Australians provided an epic ending to one of the greatest sporting spectacles Sydney has been privileged to witness. Any lingering doubts about netball’s ability to rouse spectator passions were obliterated in the deafening roar produced by 10,500 people packed into the Sydney Entertainment Centre. They were responding to Australia’s snatching of a heart-stopping one-goal victory over defending champions New Zealand in the final of the world championships.

        The world netball fraternity had waited impatiently for this clash, and all expectations were exceeded. Prime Minister Bob Hawke, a self-proclaimed connoisseur of sport, declared the final the most exciting sporting contest he’d seen. His colleague, Ros Kelly, the Federal Minister for Sport, Racing and Recreation, said the event surpassed the Rugby League Grand Final victory of her beloved Canberra Raiders in 1989. But the occasion needed no reassuring words from special guests and VIPs. It was a match which stood on its own, boasting two brilliant teams, a long tradition of sporting rivalry and the ultimate – the world crown – as the prize.

        A film director could not have scripted it better. The pace was furious from the first whistle, the skill and ball control were exceptional, and to add extra spice, the difference between the sides was so slight that neither was able to draw more than four goals ahead for the entire hour of play. The drama of the occasion was amplified as the cheers from a vocal crowd -half of them New Zealanders – reached a crescendo in the final few minutes. It was ironic that the rock-steady New Zealand players, who had led -albeit narrowly – for most of the match, succumbed to the pressure induced by the electric atmosphere and the Australians’ desperation.

        The last 60 seconds of the game passed too slowly for the coaches and players biting their nails on the bench. Goal attack Catriona Wagg scored with less than a minute remaining to put the Australians ahead 53-51, but New Zealand stayed in touch with a goal from shooter Tracy Eyrl-Shortland. The Australians’ hearts were in their mouths as a few seconds later, Kiwi captain Waimarama Taumaunu came up with the ball and sent it flying towards the goal circle. But Victorian Roselee Jencke, who replaced starting goal keeper Keeley Devery, came to Australia’s rescue to make the most important intercept of her life.

        Jencke passed the ball to a teammate, and the relieved home side threw it around until the umpire’s whistle signalled full-time and a 53-52 victory for the joyous Australians. Tears mixed with laughter and screams of jubilation filled the Entertainment Centre as the sell-out crowd gave the new world champions a standing ovation. Australian captain Michelle Fielke said later the team lifted for a final effort in the dying minutes.

        “We’ve never had a closer match,” she said. “The atmosphere was fantastic -it had a lot to do with us winning. There were lots of Kiwi supporters out there, but in the final five minutes the Australian supporters took over. The girls wanted it so badly, and they had the guts and the confidence to get through it. The game swayed back and forward and it came down to the last five minutes, and who wanted to win more. This makes up for 1987.”

        Australian coach Joyce Brown lingered in the background, unwilling to claim any of her players’ glory. Throughout the tournament Brown said that Australia, although seeded second behind New Zealand, were the best team and would win their sixth world crown. Her belief in her players was vindicated as they stayed cool under tremendous pressure in the crucial stage of the match. “This is a reward for the absolute dedication to the tasks I had set them since last October,” she said.

        The only cloud in the Australian camp was the ankle injury which prevented the vice-captain and wing attack Sue Kenny taking the court. Kenny fell during the semi-final against Jamaica and scraped a piece of bone off her ankle. She also has some strained ligaments, and will see a specialist.

        For the New Zealanders, it was the end of an era, with both Taumaunu and veteran Sandra Edge announcing their retirements amid the disappointment of losing their coveted world title. Coach Lyn Parker said that “a little bit of experience, a little bit of knowing how to win the game at the end” cost the Kiwis dearly.

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                        1995 – 9TH WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS (BIRMINGHAM, ENG)

                        In 1995, the 9th World Championships headed to Birmingham, and we witnessed a huge upset. Back from over two decades in the sporting wilderness, the South African team caused a real boilover when they toppled New Zealand in their group game. The Kiwis simply had no answer to young South African goal shooter Irene van Dyk.

                        After a blistering third quarter, the Proteas led by six goals. The Silver Ferns fought back in the last period, but a crucial late error in attack allowed South Africa to clinch an amazing win, 59-57. The stunning result had a huge impact on the tournament, as it meant Australia and New Zealand would meet far earlier than expected, and due to a strange competition format, only one of them could make the final.

                        As it turned out, it was yet another trans-Tasman classic. After a tense battle, Australia just got over the line 45-44 and advanced to the final against South Africa. Sadly though, Vicki Wilson suffered a serious knee injury during the game and she had to miss the final.

                        Jennifer Borlase did a splendid job as Wilson’s replacement, while Australian goal keeper Liz Ellis in her first world cup, was tremendous in her battle with van Dyk, the first of many meetings the pair would have in major tournaments. The Australian defence of Ellis, Michelle Fielke (den Dekker) and Simone McKinnis was relentless.

                        Believe it or not, this was actually the first time a trophy was presented to the winning team, and it was Australian captain Fielke who held it up gleefully after Australia won the final 68-48. Meanwhile, the New Zealand team was relegated to the third place playoff where they defeated England easily.

                        This was the biggest of all world cups with 27 nations competing, including for the first time Malawi, and fans got their first glimpse of the magical skills of Malawian shooter Mary Waya. Meanwhile, two more netball legends bowed out of world cups in Birmingham; Kendra Slawinski of England having been to four tournaments, and Jennifer Frank of Trinidad & Tobago who tied the record with five.

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                          1st – AUSTRALIA
                          AVELLINO, Natalie
                          BORLASE, Jennifer
                          CUSACK, Nicole
                          ELLIS, Liz
                          FIELKE, Michelle (Captain)
                          HARBY, Kathryn
                          MCKINNIS, Simone
                          MURPHY, Marianne
                          O’DONNELL, Shelley
                          SUTTER, Sarah
                          TOMBS, Carissa
                          WILSON, Vicki
                          Coach: Jill McIntosh

                          2nd – SOUTH AFRICA
                          BASSON, Johrina
                          HALGRYN, Tessa
                          HAMMON, Debbie (Captain)
                          HERVERSON, Dominique
                          HUGO, Rese
                          KEEVERY, Laurie
                          KOPPERS, Annie
                          KOTZE, Elize
                          ODENENDAAL, Rene
                          ROSSOUW, Estelle
                          VAN DYK, Irene
                          VAN ZYL, Benita
                          Coach: Marlene Wagner

                          3rd – NEW ZEALAND
                          BLAIR, Belinda
                          DAWSON, Julie
                          EDGE, Sandra (Captain)
                          GOLD, Sharon
                          JERRAM, Carron
                          MATOE, Deborah
                          MENE, Bernice
                          NICOL, Lesley
                          ROWBERRY, Anna
                          SHORTLAND, Tracy
                          TARINGA, Elisa
                          TAURUA-BARNETT, Noeline
                          Coach: Leigh Gibbs

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                            COMPETITION FORMAT:
                            Top 2 teams from each 1st round group go to the 2nd round, with the winners of the two 2nd round groups meeting in the final.

                            GROUP A

                            Australia’s matches:
                            Aust 90 v St. Vincent &Grenadines 23
                            Aust 84 v Papua New Guinea 26
                            Aust 82 v Sri Lanka 19

                            Group order:
                            1. Australia
                            2. St Vincent & Grenadines

                            3. Papua New Guinea
                            4. Sri Lanka

                            GROUP B

                            New Zealand’s matches:
                            NZ 87 v Namibia 22
                            NZ 114 v Cayman Islands 15
                            NZ 57 v South Africa 59

                            South Africa’s matches:
                            SA 110 v Cayman Islands 22
                            SA 71 v Namibia 28
                            SA 59 v New Zealand 57

                            Group order:
                            1. South Africa
                            2. New Zealand

                            3. Namibia
                            4. Cayman Islands

                            Group C order:
                            1. Jamaica
                            2. Malawi

                            3. Hong Kong

                            Group D order:
                            1. England
                            2. Barbados

                            3. Northern Ireland
                            4. Singapore

                            Group E order:
                            1. Cook Islands
                            2. Unites States

                            3. Ireland
                            4. Malaysia

                            Group F order:
                            1. Trinidad & Tobago
                            2. Canada

                            3. Scotland
                            4. Malta

                            Group G order:
                            1. Western Samoa
                            2. Antigua Barbuda

                            3. Wales
                            4. Bermuda

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                              ROUND 2:

                              GROUP Y

                              South Africa’s matches:
                              SA 69 v St Vincent & Grenadines 60
                              SA 77 v Malawi 53
                              SA 77 v England 54
                              SA 76 v USA 30
                              SA 58 v Trinidad & Tobago 49
                              SA 75 v Antigua & Barbuda 45

                              Group order:
                              1. South Africa

                              2. England
                              3. Trinidad & Tobago
                              4. Malawi
                              5. St Vincent & Grenadines
                              6. Antigua & Barbuda
                              7. United States

                              GROUP Z

                              Australia’s matches:
                              Aust 45 v New Zealand 44
                              Aust 75 v Western Samoa 32
                              Aust 60 v Jamaica 51
                              Aust 79 v Cook Islands 45
                              Aust 69 v Barbados 33
                              Aust 82 v Canada 27

                              New Zealand’s matches:
                              NZ 44 v Australia 45
                              NZ 77 v Barbados 44
                              NZ 70 v Jamaica 52
                              NZ 60 v Western Samoa 31
                              NZ 81 v Cook Islands 49
                              NZ 78 v Canada 37

                              Group order:
                              1. Australia

                              2. New Zealand
                              3. Jamaica
                              4. Cook Islands
                              5. Western Samoa
                              6. Barbados
                              7. Canada

                              GROUP Z ROUND 2 MATCH – AUSTRALIA v NEW ZEALAND

                              AUSTRALIA WON 45-44
                              (15-15, 24-23, 34-31, 45-44)

                              AUSTRALIA:
                              GS Wilson
                              GA Cusack
                              WA O’Donnell
                              C Dalwood
                              WD McKinnis
                              GD Fielke
                              GK Ellis

                              Changes:
                              During 2nd Q. Borlase GS (Wilson).

                              Shooting stats:
                              Cusack 19/23 (82%)
                              Wilson 13/14 (92%)
                              Borlase 13/15 (87%)
                              TOTAL 45/52 (84%)

                              NEW ZEALAND:
                              GS Shortland
                              GA Taurua-Barnett
                              WA Edge
                              C Dawson
                              WD Nicol
                              GD Blair
                              GK Mene

                              Changes:
                              4th Quarter: Jerram GS (Shortland).

                              Shooting stats:
                              Taurua-Barnett 27/33 (82%)
                              Shortland 10/13 (77%)
                              Jerram 7/8 (87%)
                              TOTAL 44/54 (81%)

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                                Wilson injury mars win over New Zealand
                                Liz Ellis – THE SUNDAY AGE

                                THE sweet taste of Australia’s one goal victory over New Zealand on Thursday night has turned sour in the light of a serious injury to key shooter Vicki Wilson. Unfortunately for Wilson and for our world title defence, she has snapped the anterior cruciate ligament in her right knee, an injury that requires a full reconstruction. Yet despite Wilson’s injury there were several positives to emerge from the match, including Jennifer Borlase’s ability to slot in as goal shooter in Wilson’s absence.

                                Borlase is an experienced player and this showed through when she stepped on the court in the dying stages of the second quarter. We were only two goals up and we needed cool heads and steady hands precisely what Borlase provided. The match was also one where our teamwork and commitment to each other came to the fore. This was essential in the last five minutes of the match as we were down by a goal with just under two minutes to go.

                                Before we left Australia there were some question marks about our ability to pull together as a team when things got tough. I think that these can now be removed. I had all the faith in the world that we would pull through. Thankfully, we did, not quite with flying colours. But that doesn’t matter: a win is a win, whether by one goal or 100.

                                In the middle of our elation we did have time to feel sorry for the Silver Ferns. The way the draw is structured, the match was a do-or-die effort with the winning team virtually assured a place in the grand final. The losing team was merely assured six more games with little hope of a final berth. All the signs now point to an Australia-South Africa final.

                                Despite our three-Test drubbing of South Africa at home earlier this year they cannot be underestimated. Following their surprise two-goal victory over New Zealand, the Proteas look hungrier than ever. Shooter Irene Van Dyk has improved her skills and, more than ever, is the danger player in the South African line-up. It is this along with a better full-court defensive effort that has led to the South African resurgence.

                                I am confident of our chances should we both win through to the final. Even without Wilson, our attack end is a force to be reckoned with. Borlase and Natalie Avellino are both great back-ups and the speed and cunning of goal attack Nicole Cusack is enough to confuse the most astute defence. Centre Carissa Dalwood is producing the best netball of her career and Marianne Murphy and Shelley O’Donnell are both playing error-free netball. Coach Jill McIntosh also has a wealth of talent to choose from in the defence and with Sarah Sutter and myself standing at 186 and 183cm respectively and the athleticism of Michelle Fielke, Kath Harby and Simone McKinnis, virtually any combination will be effective.

                                I’ve come to the conclusion that there is a conspiracy against all goal keepers. With Jamaica, Western Samoa, Canada, the Cook Islands and of course South Africa boasting shooters taller than 183cm, poor Sarah Sutter and myself have an awful lot of jumping to do. In the meantime, we are implementing our survival tactics to get through the remaining matches. These include sightseeing, plenty of messages from our doctor, Grace Bryant, and physio, Leanne Taig, and getting out when we can for meals. Of course, one of the most important tactics is reading the faxes we are receiving from our supporters.

                                Our final survival tactic is rest. The last three days included Jamaica, New Zealand and Western Samoa, all of whom are physical and who have caused us a couple of sleepless nights. This was especially so after the New Zealand match where us ‘newies’ to world championships got a taste of the pressure of performance and of how good it feels to win. While the pressure was great and the feeling was good, the ‘oldies’ assure us that both will only increase for the South African match. After Thursday I’m ready! Bring on South Africa.

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                                  CLASSIFICATION MATCHES:

                                  25/26 Playoff: Ireland 48 def Malaysia 39
                                  23/24 Playoff: Hong Kong 52 def Bermuda 42
                                  21/22 Playoff: Cayman Islands 48 def Scotland 47
                                  19/20 Playoff: Sri Lanka 63 def Singapore 53
                                  17/18 Playoff: Wales 59 def Northern Ireland 50
                                  15/16 Playoff: Papua New Guinea 69 def Namibia 45
                                  13/14 Playoff: Canada 62 def USA 42
                                  11/12 Playoff: Barbados 64 def Antigua 45
                                  9/10 Playoff: W.Samoa 63 def St. Vincent 58
                                  7/8 Playoff: Cook Islands 85 def Malawi 60
                                  5/6 Playoff: Jamaica 63 def Trinidad & Tobago 40

                                  3/4 PLAYOFF:
                                  New Zealand 60 v England 31

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                                  FINAL – AUSTRALIA v SOUTH AFRICA

                                  AUSTRALIA WON 68-48
                                  (17-9, 31-23, 51-35, 68-48)

                                  AUSTRALIA:
                                  GS Borlase
                                  GA Cusack
                                  WA O’Donnell
                                  C Dalwood
                                  WD McKinnis
                                  GD Fielke
                                  GK Ellis

                                  Changes:
                                  None

                                  Shooting stats:
                                  Borlase 37/41 (90%)
                                  Cusack 31/36 (86%)
                                  TOTAL 68/77 (88%)

                                  SOUTH AFRICA:
                                  GS van Dyk
                                  GA Keevey
                                  WA Hamman
                                  C Harverson
                                  WD van Zyl
                                  GD Kloppers
                                  GK Kotze

                                  Changes:
                                  3rd Quarter.. Halgran GK (Kotze).
                                  4th Quarter.. Hugo GA (Keevey).

                                  Shooting stats:
                                  van Dyk 42/46 (91%)
                                  Keevey 5/7 (71%)
                                  Hugo 1/1 (100%)
                                  TOTAL 48/54 (89%)

                                  Crowd: 7500

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                                  FINAL PLACINGS:

                                  1. AUSTRALIA
                                  2. South Africa
                                  3. New Zealand

                                  4. England
                                  5. Jamaica
                                  6. Trinidad & Tobago
                                  7. Cook Islands
                                  8. Malawi
                                  9. Western Samoa
                                  10. St. Vincent & Grenadines
                                  11. Barbados
                                  12. Antigua & Barbuda
                                  13. Canada
                                  14. United States
                                  15. Papua New Guinea
                                  16. Namibia
                                  17. Wales
                                  18. Northern Ireland
                                  19. Sri Lanka
                                  20. Singapore
                                  21. Cayman Islands
                                  22. Scotland
                                  23. Hong Kong
                                  24. Bermuda
                                  25. Ireland
                                  26. Malaysia
                                  27. Malta

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