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      Ellis blocks Boks to net title
      Heather Smith & AAP – Sydney Morning Herald

      The Australian team stormed through to retain their world title yesterday, ending South Africa’s dream comeback to top international netball. Australia won 68-48 in the final, successfully defending the crown won from New Zealand by one goal in Sydney in 1991. While the Australians proved they had the stamina to outlast the tiring South Africans – back at the world championship for the first time since 1967 – they also blocked out 190cm goalshooter Irene van Dyk with cleverly crafted centre-court play and a great performance by 183cm goalkeeper Liz Ellis.

      The South Africans had only 54 attempts at goal to Australia’s 77, with van Dyk posting a 91 per cent success rate with her 42 goals from 46 shots. Jenny Borlase landed 37 from 41 attempts for Australia, and Nicole Cusack supported strongly at goal attack with 31 goals. Elated Australian captain Michelle Fielke said there was nothing better than winning a second successive title.

      “When you’ve been in two you really realise the importance of four years apart; there’s just so much effort that goes into winning a world championship,” she said. “And it was a real team effort there today. “We played very tight defence all over the court and that forced the South Africans into more errors.”

      Ellis cut off many passes to van Dyk, but the whole team played strongly to keep the ball away from the opposition goal circle. “A lot of our centre-court players had great defensive games; it made it a lot easier,” Fielke said. “Liz’s elevation was incredible. She played a great game. She just cut Irene out and rebounded very strongly, and she’ll be there for a few years yet.”

      Australia boast a superb record of only one loss in five years. And while they revelled in sheer ecstasy after their one-goal defeat of New Zealand in the 1991 world final, the over-riding feeling yesterday was one of relief, according to Sydney’s Carissa Dalwood. “It was just so good to hear the final whistle blow because we couldn’t let up for a minute against the South Africans,” Dalwood said.

      A Sydney tickertape parade for the team will be considered by the State Government, Premier Bob Carr said. “This is I think the most popular sport in the country but it doesn’t get the status that other sports get,” Carr said yesterday. “I think these are real champions and they deserve a great deal of credit.”

      The team, which has won seven of the nine world titles held since 1963, ranks among this country’s most successful sporting sides. The women in green and gold have lost a mere 13 matches in 117 internationals in the past 11 years. Only New Zealand, Jamaica and Trinidad & Tobago have defeated them in that time.

      The 12-player national squad is performing under the tutelage of Jill McIntosh, but former coach Joyce Brown is considered responsible for Australia’s reign on the world scene. Brown, appointed national coach in September 1990, coached the side to 37 Test victories – 33 consecutively – as well as the 1991 world championship before her retirement last November. She instilled dedication, professionalism and sheer hard work into her players. The 1995 world championship team – selected by Brown just before stepping down – is largely a product of her making.

      While Australia’s leading netballers have progressed significantly from the days of asphalt courts and orange quarters at half-time, there are likely to be more changes before the next world tournament in New Zealand in 1999. An expanded national league competition and a move towards professionalism for national team players is underway.

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        A chance well taken – Borlase comes out of the shadows and into the spotlight
        Linda Pearce – THE SUNDAY AGE

        An incident from Jenny Borlase’s netball infancy says much about the determination that has characterised a dual world championship-winning career. She had barely reached her teens when her coach in small- town South Australia answered the reluctant defender’s repeated pleas to be switched to attack. It was an opportunity that young Jenny Kennett, as she was then, was not about to let slip.

        And so, each night, she could be found shooting 100 goals at the old asphalt courts in Cummins, a sheep and wheat farming community near the Western Australian border where her parents ran the local supermarket and raised three daughters. Although, admittedly, there may not have been a lot else to do in Cummins. “Girls played netball in winter and tennis in summer or else you’d go to church,” she recalls with a laugh. Borlase was unwittingly laying the foundations for a shooting career highlighted by a key on-court role at this year’s world titles after many years as a bit player.

        Indeed, Birmingham will not merely be remembered for Australia’s seventh crown from nine attempts but, in a personal sense, as the scene of Borlase’s coming of age. When Vicki Wilson, Queensland’s champion and long-time custodian of the Australian goal shooter’s bib, was cut down by a knee injury just before half-time in the crucial preliminary game against New Zealand, Borlase, 28, found herself answering a call she had somehow known would come.

        “In my preparation I’d been doing absolutely everything right,” the South Australian captain said during this week’s national championships at Waverley. You don’t know what could happen at world championships and I just had this feeling for some reason that I was going to get my opportunity. “I didn’t know how. Vicki has played so well over the past few years and really dominated that position, so it was just a matter of waiting, waiting, waiting. I was prepared to be patient. I didn’t know how or why it could happen but I just had this funny feeling, this sense that I would get a chance. And thankfully I was ready for that opportunity.”

        But first, Borlase says, she had felt sick as she watched Wilson carried from the court. Next, her Garville and Australian teammate Natalie Avellino dragged her on to a neighboring court for a warm-up and some words of encouragement. Then came the big moment, the one she had been waiting for since breaking into the national team in 1989 and sitting out as third-choice shooter behind Wilson and Catriona Wagg during the 1991 titles in Sydney. The pressure was immense in a tight contest eventually decided by one goal, but Borlase says she discovered an inner calm and confidence to respond with a percentage above her standard pass mark of 85.

        A week later, in a lop-sided decider against South Africa, she finished with 38 goals from 41 attempts, and no one was more excited to be on court to savour the final moment. “Jen made the commitment to herself at the beginning of the year that she was going to give it her utmost and make 1995 a very worthwhile year, and through circumstances beyond her control it’s worked out very well in the end,” says coach Jill McIntosh. “Who knows what would have happened if Vicki didn’t sustain the injury? I don’t know, but you’ve got to be ready for when an opportunity opens up, and I think Jen was primed.”

        Primed by years as an interchange player and the knowledge that she was far better equipped this time than in her bench- warming days of ’91. Primed by the fact that when she did finally get a chance to start in last year’s series in New Zealand, it had been out at her less-preferred position of goal attack. Primed by a hard-won reputation as one of the world’s most consistent shooters at club and national level. Primed to do justice to all the hard work it had taken to get this far.

        For when Borlase arrived in Adelaide in 1985 to study dental therapy, she had plenty of netball catching up to do. Basic skills like the dodge had to be taught by then Garville coach and leading umpire Chris Burton. She was tall and had an endurance base and the shooting skills honed back in Cummins, but by an age when many of her contemporaries boasted years of specialist coaching in state junior teams, Borlase was also raw and gangly with much still to learn.

        That she has done, while admitting her defensive skills, vision and passing could still improve to match her accuracy, strength, agility and aggressive attack on the ball improved with the help of former coach Joyce Brown. So, a decade on, she is happily married to Port Adelaide footballer Darryl Borlase, has been a member of two world champion teams and plans to be around for No. 3 in Christchurch in 1999.

        “It was like a dream come true to actually be on court when the whistle blew and to be part of the team that won back-to-back,” she says. “That was my dream and I guess that’s what happened for me. It’s just amazing and I couldn’t have been happier, really. Now I just basically want to enjoy the game. I’d perhaps have to say that in the past I’ve been really serious about it and perhaps too focused, but I really aim to have a great time and make the most of any more opportunities that come along.”

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                      1999 – 10TH WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS (CHRISTCHURCH, NZ)

                      The 10th World Championships were held in Christchurch, and after the shock of Birmingham, normal service was resumed as New Zealand met Australia in the final. But this was only after the Kiwis survived a giant struggle with Jamaica in the semi-final, eventually winning 55-53.

                      The decider was set to be the last game for two Australian champions, captain Vicki Wilson and Carissa Tombs (Dalwood). But the Kiwis dominated the first three quarters, and led 34-28. Wilson (15/26) was having a nightmare game, and that’s when coach Jill McIntosh made the decision to bench her.

                      Once again, Jennifer Borlase was her replacement. She entered the game for the last quarter, joining youngster Sharelle McMahon who had come on during the third. The new combination worked well and it wasn’t long before the six goal margin had disappeared.

                      The match then developed into an intense goal for goal battle. With time running out, New Zealand goal shooter Donna Loffhagen, who had in fact been the most reliable shooter on court to that point, inexplicably missed a close range penalty shot that would have put the Kiwis in front.

                      The ball was rebounded by Liz Ellis who sent it down court. After a passage of passes, and a mad scramble for the ball on the floor, Shelley O’Donnell got the ball to McMahon, who sank the winning goal with not a single second to spare. Cue incredible scenes of jubilation from Australian players and total devastation for the New Zealanders. They couldn’t believe it.

                      During the 1990s, the Silver Ferns had lost to Australia three times in world cups and the margin on each occasion was one solitary goal. How different things could have been. They must surely have been wondering if they would ever claim the big prize again.


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                        1st – AUSTRALIA
                        BORLASE, Jennifer
                        DELANEY, Jacqui
                        ELLIS, Liz
                        FINNAN, Sharon
                        HARBY, Kathryn
                        ILITCH, Janine
                        MCMAHON, Sharelle
                        O’DONNELL, Shelley
                        SANDERS, Rebecca
                        SQUIRE, Peta
                        TOMBS, Carissa
                        WILSON, Vicki (Captain)
                        Coach: Jill McIntosh

                        2nd – NEW ZEALAND
                        CHARTERIS, Belinda
                        COLLING, Belinda (Captain)
                        HARDCASTLE, Sonya
                        HARPER, Adine
                        LOFFHAGEN, Donna
                        MENE, Bernice
                        NICOL, Lesley
                        ROWBERRY, Anna
                        SEYMOUR, Julie
                        SUAFOA, Lorna
                        TAIRI, Teresa
                        VAGANA, Linda
                        Coach: Yvonne Willering

                        3rd – ENGLAND
                        ASPINALL, Karen
                        ASTLE, Alex
                        CARPENTER, Lyn
                        CLARKE, Heather
                        LONSDALE, Helen
                        MANUFOR, Hellen
                        MKOLOMA, Sonia
                        MURPHY, Olivia
                        MURTAGH, Fiona
                        NEVILLE, Tracey
                        NEWTON, Amanda
                        SIDDALL, Naomi
                        STANLEY, Lisa
                        Coach: Mary Beardwood

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                          COMPETITION FORMAT:
                          26 Teams. 2 rounds of preliminary games to form a top 16 with 2 groups of 8 teams, with the top teams then going on to 1/4 finals, semi finals and a final.

                          ELIMINATION ROUNDS:
                          Fiji, Northern Ireland, Singapore and Wales progressed to the top 16. Cayman Islands, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Niue, Papua New Guinea, Scotland, Sri Lanka, Tonga, Vanuatu and Zambia played off for positions 17-26.

                          MAIN GROUPS ROUND:
                          (Teams 1-16)

                          GROUP A

                          England 63 def Fiji 33
                          Western Samoa 60 def Malawi 46
                          Australia 91 def Singapore 32
                          Jamaica 82 def United States 34
                          Fiji 68 def Malawi 45
                          England 90 def United States 39
                          Jamaica 76 def Singapore 40
                          Australia 74 def Western Samoa 38
                          Fiji 61 def Western Samoa 43
                          Singapore 75 def United States 50
                          England 76 def Malawi 38
                          Australia 47 def Jamaica 42
                          Fiji 71 def Singapore 44
                          Western Samoa 71 def United States 36
                          Australia 59 def England 44
                          Jamaica 84 def Malawi 36
                          Jamaica 61 def Western Samoa 39
                          Australia 69 def Fiji 39
                          England 77 def Singapore 42
                          Malawi 64 def United States 45
                          Jamaica 69 def Fiji 51
                          Australia 91 def United States 27
                          England 63 def Western Samoa 44
                          Singapore 65 def Malawi 57
                          Fiji 90 def United States 32
                          Western Samoa 61 def Singapore 53
                          Jamaica 62 def England 59
                          Australia 75 def Malawi 32

                          Group order:
                          1. Australia
                          2. Jamaica
                          3. England
                          4. Fiji

                          5. Western Samoa
                          6. Singapore
                          7. Malawi
                          8. United States

                          GROUP B

                          New Zealand 90 def Canada 22
                          Cook Islands 59 def Barbados 50
                          Trinidad & Tobago 78 def Canada 32
                          South Africa 88 def Northern Ireland 25
                          New Zealand 73 def Wales 27
                          Trinidad & Tobago 64 def Northern Ireland 40
                          South Africa 70 def Barbados 28
                          Cook Islands 51 def Wales 32
                          Canada 49 def Northern Ireland 34
                          Barbados 52 def Wales 34
                          New Zealand 74 def Cook Islands 43
                          South Africa 85 def Trinidad & Tobago 30
                          Wales 65 def Northern Ireland 39
                          Barbados 72 def Canada 31
                          Cook Islands 62 def Trinidad & Tobago 52
                          New Zealand 68 def South Africa 39
                          Cook Islands 64 def Canada 39
                          Trinidad & Tobago 47 def Barbados 46
                          New Zealand 92 def Northern Ireland 26
                          South Africa 80 def Wales 31
                          Cook Islands 91 def Northern Ireland 32
                          Trinidad & Tobago 70 def Wales 33
                          New Zealand 71 def Barbados 35
                          South Africa 84 def Canada 26
                          Barbados 51 def Northern Ireland 26
                          Canada 48 def Wales 43
                          South Africa 68 def Cook Islands 46
                          New Zealand 74 def Trinidad & Tobago 41

                          Group order:
                          1. New Zealand
                          2. South Africa
                          3. Cook Islands
                          4. Trinidad & Tobago

                          5. Barbados
                          6. Canada
                          7. Wales
                          8. Northern Ireland

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                            QUARTER FINALS

                            Jamaica 76 def Cook Islands 46
                            Australia 87 def Trinidad & Tobago 34
                            England 44 def South Africa 42
                            New Zealand 81 def Fiji 38


                            CLASSIFICATION MATCHES:

                            25/26 Playoff: Nuie 51 def Vanuatu 30
                            23/24 Playoff: Cayman Islands 42 def Hong Kong 32
                            21/22 Playoff: Sri Lanka 53 def Tonga 49
                            19/20 Playoff: Malaysia 48 def Scotland 37
                            17/18 Playoff: Zambia 57 def Papua New Guinea 44
                            15/16 Playoff: USA 62 def N. Ireland 39
                            13/14 Playoff: Canada 58 def Wales 57
                            11/12 Playoff: Malawi 62 def Singapore 52
                            9/10 Playoff: Samoa 67 def Barbados 42
                            7/8 Playoff: Cook Islands 64 def Trinidad & Tobago 54
                            5/6 Playoff: South Africa 57 def Fiji 49


                            SEMI FINAL 1:
                            AUSTRALIA 54 (Wilson 31, Delaney 19, McMahon 4)
                            ENGLAND 44 (Astle 32, Carpenter 7, Neville 5)
                            (20-10, 32-19, 44-31, 54-44)

                            Starting lineups:
                            AUSTRALIA: GS Wilson, GA Delaney, WA O’Donnell, C Tombs, WD Squire, GD Harby, GK Ellis
                            ENGLAND: GS Astle, GA Neville, WA Aspinall, C Murphy, WD Sidall, GD Mkoloma, GK Newton


                            SEMI FINAL 2:
                            NEW ZEALAND 55 (Loffhagen 44, Colling 11)
                            JAMAICA 53 (Davis 40, Francis 13)
                            (13-16, 28-25, 40-39, 55-53)

                            Starting lineups:
                            NEW ZEALAND: GS Loffhagen, GA Colling, WA Rowberry, C Seymour, WD Nicol, GD Charteris, GK Mene
                            JAMAICA: GS Davis, GA Francis, WA Watkins, C Bryan, WD Wiles, GD Pitterson, GK Gordon


                            3/4 PLAYOFF:
                            ENGLAND 57 (Astle 38, Neville 19)
                            JAMAICA 43 (Davis 24, Francis 19)
                            (12-15, 24-27, 44-37, 57-43)

                            Starting lineups:
                            ENGLAND: GS Astle, GA Neville, WA Lonsdale, C Murphy, WD Siddall, GD Mkoloma, GK Newton
                            JAMAICA: GS Davis, GA Francis, WA Watkins, C Bryan, WD Wiles, GD Pitterson, GK Gordon

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                              FINAL – NEW ZEALAND v AUSTRALIA

                              AUSTRALIA WON 42-41
                              (13-13, 23-21, 34-28, 41-42)

                              NEW ZEALAND:
                              GS Loffhagen
                              GA Colling
                              WA Rowberry
                              C Seymour
                              WD Nicol
                              GD Charteris
                              GK Mene


                              Shooting stats:
                              Loffhagen 30/42 (71%)
                              Colling 11/20 (55%)
                              TOTAL 41/62 (66%)

                              GS Wilson
                              GA Delaney
                              WA O’Donnell
                              C Tombs
                              WD Squire
                              GD Harby
                              GK Ellis

                              During 3rd Q. McMahon GA (Delaney).
                              4th Quarter.. Borlase GS (Wilson).

                              Shooting stats:
                              Wilson 15/26 (58%)
                              Delaney 12/18 (67%)
                              Borlase 9/13 (69%)
                              McMahon 6/8 (75%)
                              TOTAL 42/65 (65%)


                              FINAL PLACINGS:

                              1. AUSTRALIA
                              2. New Zealand
                              3. England

                              4. Jamaica
                              5. South Africa
                              6. Fiji
                              7. Cook Islands
                              8. Trinidad & Tobago
                              9. Western Samoa
                              10. Barbados
                              11. Malawi
                              12. Singapore
                              13. Canada
                              14. Wales
                              15. United States
                              16. Northern Ireland
                              17. Zambia
                              18. Papua New Guinea
                              19. Malaysia
                              20. Scotland
                              21. Sri Lanka
                              22. Tonga
                              23. Cayman Islands
                              24. Hong Kong
                              25. Niue
                              26. Vanuatu

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                                Euphoria as Australia grabs title
                                Linda Pearce – The Sunday Age

                                THE dominant team of the 1990s tonight won the last international of the century, Australia pipping New Zealand 42-41 in one of the great netball contests, to retain the world championship. Players who were supposedly too old, and vulnerable after so long at the top, proved themselves still capable of beating the next best there is.

                                The result was reminiscent of the great 1991 final Australia won 53-52 in Sydney against New Zealand. But the style was far different. The Australians trailed by six goals at three-quarter-time when captain Vicki Wilson was benched for the last quarter of her 99th and final Test and the cause looked all but lost.

                                But the new shooting combination of Jenny Borlase and Sharelle McMahon was better able to pierce the tight New Zealand defence, and a goal to McMahon with just seconds on the clock to capitalise on a rebound from gallant goal keeper Liz Ellis after Donna Loffhagen missed the sitter that might have sealed it for New Zealand, somehow pinched Australia’s third world title in a row.

                                We stole it,” said defender Kathryn Harby, perhaps Australia’s player of the tournament. If I was them I’d be absolutely shattered, and we’re the extreme contrast: totally elated and can’t believe it’s almost a repeat of ’91. I didn’t play in ’91, but if it feels like this it’s just total euphoria. It’s what you dream about.”

                                It was Australia’s eighth world title from the 10 played, although the 1979 title was shared with New Zealand and host nation Trinidad and Tobago. Their third victory was the last for both Wilson and her former deputy Carissa Tombs, who had announced their retirement earlier in the year. It may also see out the likes of Shelley O’Donnell and Jenny Borlase.

                                Australia has lost just three matches since reclaiming the world crown from New Zealand in 1991, but the last was a 12-goal defeat by New Zealand on this court in February. It was far tighter this time, but in front of a super-charged pro-Kiwi crowd of more than 7000, the visitors capitalised on some New Zealand shooting nerves when the going got tight. Somehow, they escaped with an unlikely triumph.

                                I don’t know how we did it,” said Ellis. When we were six down it was just a feeling that we had to do it. We’ve got people in our team who will never be here again and we just knew what it had to do it and it happened.”

                                The only sour note was the manner of Wilson’s departure, dragged for Borlase at the last change after shooting a miserable 15 goals at 57 per cent, including just one from six as Australia fell behind in the third quarter.

                                It’s all over, we won and that’s all that counts,” Wilson said later. Me personally, it’s probably the worst I ever played, but the team did really well. What a great way to go out, with a world championship win. it was just reminiscent of 91, one goal to seal it, a pressure shot and Sharelle came through.”

                                New Zealand’s strength has been its defence, marshalled by Bernice Mene and executed in zone style down the court. Australia struggled from the start to get clear at the centre passes and waged a constant battle to thread the ball into its shooters.

                                Yet its own defence of rookie wing defence Peta Squire and circle pair Harby and Ellis helped it stick level 13-13 at quarter-time and keep within two at the half. Loffhagen was the big threat under the New Zealand post, with goal attack Belinda Colling held to 11 goals at 55 per cent.

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                                  Clinical Aussies all class in crunch
                                  Bill Casey – Newcastle Herald

                                  SHE was costing them the game, so they took her off. Who cares whether it was her last game? Who cares whether she has been the very guts of netball for years? A record-breaker. The captain. A super goal-shooter for 15 years in internationals. The be-all and end-all of the game, I suppose. Too bad. You’re having a bad game. Off. Benched.

                                  It won it for them. The very clinical professionalism of the callous indifference to Vicki Wilson’s feelings. The Australian women’s netball team is the most professional Australian team of them all. More professional than the rugby league Kangaroos, far more than our cricketers, and certainly more than the Wallabies.

                                  The netballers are a mighty team. They know winning is what it is all about. Not ‘doing the right thing’. It’s so easy to overlook the hard decisions. It’s just as easy to hide on the coach’s bench as it is to hide on the field of play.

                                  On Saturday night the Australians beat New Zealand 42-41 to win the world championship in Christchurch. That’s each championship of the ’90s. Three of them. They beat New Zealand by a point in 1991 and South Africa in Birmingham in 1995.

                                  So don’t think it’s only New Zealand. We don’t say ‘it’s only New Zealand’ when it’s the All Blacks. Think of the Australian celebrations when Australia beat the All Blacks. As many countries play netball as play cricket. Or rugby league. And hard-nosed coaching is what it is all about.

                                  It all started off with Joyce Brown, who in my opinion was the greatest achieving coach Australia has produced. Of anything. She had the team until 1994 and made the Australian netball team a superb unit. The present coach, Jill McIntosh, kept her nerve on Saturday night when Australia was six down and Gone to Gowings.

                                  Wilson had missed four easy shots in the third quarter. It was her last game but McIntosh couldn’t be motherly, matey. No. McIntosh had a job to do, a responsibility to not let down other people. Players, a country.

                                  She had already thrown the youngest girl on the bench, Sharelle McMahon, into the game and decided Adelaide’s established hardhead Jenny Borlase was the player to replace Vicki Wilson. She and McMahon did the job.

                                  Afterwards, they said it was a perfect way for Wilson to finish her career. They didn’t mention her faults in the game, but only her overall career. Wilson has always been part of the most professional team in Australia. She knew McIntosh had made the right decision.

                                  She made two comments afterwards. “One of our best wins. Probably my worst game.” She could have made a third. We’re not playing a game for mothers and daughters. We’re playing world-class sport.’ That’s how this Australian team has changed the face of netball.

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