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


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    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
    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
    Coach: Leigh Gibbs

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    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.


    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


    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:


    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


    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


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

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

    During 2nd Q. Borlase GS (Wilson).

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

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

    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.

    Ian Harkin
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    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



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

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


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

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

    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



    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

    Ian Harkin
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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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