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From Channel Nine
World Cup Memory – 1987 – Glasgow, Scotland https://www.9now.com.au/netball-world-cup/2019/clip-cjwopp9mv000z0gp9cp6uxrzcIan HarkinModeratorMarch 31, 2020 at 9:15 pmPost count: 15086Ian HarkinModeratorApril 1, 2020 at 10:59 pmPost count: 15086
1991 – 8TH WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS (SYDNEY, AUST)
1991 in Sydney was the time and place when the whole perception of netball seemingly changed for the better. The competition went from being a quaint, amateur style event to something far more professional and popular. For a start, the name was changed and so this was now known as the 8th World Championships.
The event also moved indoors on a wooden floor for the first time, after 28 years of playing outside on asphalt and in all sorts of weather. And finally… a final. Incredible to think it took this long to introduce a final (and semi finals) to the world’s premier netball event, but that’s the case. And what a final it was. It was a match for the ages and a real turning point for the sport.
A then world record crowd of over 10,000 turned up to watch the final between Australia and New Zealand. The game was also shown live on television, a first in Australia. The Silver Ferns held a slight advantage for much of the game, and in fact led by one goal at every change.
The last quarter was gripping. Thanks to some nerveless shooting from Vicki Wilson, Australia grabbed the lead late in the game. New Zealand captain Wai Taumaunu, playing in her third and last world cup, then intercepted brilliantly and sent the ball toward the Kiwi shooting circle, only for Roselee Jencke to take an intercept of her own and seal the game for Australia 53-52.
It was an exciting climax to a groundbreaking tournament which raised the profile of netball in Australia, especially with Australia’s sports loving Prime Minister Bob Hawke in attendance. And it was another triumph for coach Joyce Brown who ended her world cup career undefeated.
Jamaica also played very well during the tournament and beat England 63-54 to finish third. One of their players, Janet Johnson, along with Northern Ireland’s Elizabeth Rodgers, played in their fifth and final world cup.
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1st – AUSTRALIA
FIELKE, Michelle (Captain)
Coach: Joyce Brown
2nd – NEW ZEALAND
TAUMAUNU, Waimarama (Captain)
Coach: Lyn Parker
3rd – JAMAICA
PITTERSON, Oberon Jean
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2 groups of 10 teams with the top 2 from each group going to semi finals.
New Zealand matches:
NZ 94 v Cook Islands 40
NZ 86 v Ireland 26
NZ 104 v Hong Kong 14
NZ 86 v Canada 24
NZ 78 v Namibia 44
NZ 96 v Vanuatu 27
NZ 91 v Papua New Guinea 29
NZ 93 v Northern Ireland 21
NZ 68 v Jamaica 63
1. New Zealand
3. Cook Islands
6. Northern Ireland
8. Papua New Guinea
9. Hon Kong
Aust 84 v Fiji 19
Aust 95 v Cayman Islands 24
Aust 76 v Scotland 22
Aust 113 v Singapore 12
Aust 77 v Wales 31
Aust 65 v England 38
Aust 81 v Western Samoa 25
Aust 76 v Malaysia 27
Aust 107 v Sri Lanka 10
4. Western Samoa
7. Sri Lanka
8. Cayman Islands
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New Zealand 53 def England 33
Australia 68 def Jamaica 62
Jamaica 63 def England 54
FINAL – AUSTRALIA v NEW ZEALAND
AUSTRALIA WON 53-52
(13-14, 26-27, 40-41, 53-52)
3rd Quarter.. Jencke GK (Devery).
Wilson 42/56 (75%)
Wagg 11/13 (85%)
TOTAL 53/69 (77%)
Eyrl 34/40 (85%)
Carter 18/20 (90%)
TOTAL 52/60 (87%)
2. New Zealand
5. Cook Islands
8. Western Samoa
12. Northern Ireland
14. Papua New Guinea
15. Sri Lanka
16. Cayman Islands
17. Hong Kong
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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.Ian HarkinModeratorApril 1, 2020 at 11:31 pmPost count: 15086
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.Ian HarkinModeratorApril 1, 2020 at 11:35 pmPost count: 15086
The epic final that brought netball to a wider audience https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/sport/414038/the-epic-final-that-brought-netball-to-a-wider-audience
From Netball NZ
Hallmarks of a New Zealand captain – Wai Taumaunu https://www.silverferns.co.nz/silver-ferns-2015/news/latest-news/279-world-championship/2015/4681-celebrating-nwc2015-50-days-to-go.htmlIan HarkinModeratorApril 1, 2020 at 11:36 pmPost count: 15086
England at the 1991 World Championships… https://www.ournetballhistory.org.uk/content/events/international-competition/world-cup/england-world-tournament-squad-1991Ian HarkinModeratorApril 1, 2020 at 11:37 pmPost count: 15086
From Netball Fan…
(pool games & semis)
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