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      Devastated Colling accepts blame for loss
      Richard Boock – New Zealand Herald

      Belinda Colling blames herself for New Zealand’s heart-breaking one-goal loss to Australia in the world netball championship final. The Silver Ferns captain cast a lonely figure long after Australia snatched a 42-41 win with the last shot of the match on Saturday night, successfully defending their title for the second time following a stunning fourth-quarter reversal.

      Still looking dazed after the last, dramatic moments of the game, when Australian substitute Sharelle McMahon nailed the winning goal on the stroke of fulltime, Colling suggested she would never forgive herself for not securing the title. “I thought I played appallingly,” she said after being presented with her runners-up medal. “I don’t think I had a good tournament at all, and it’s hard to say why. I obviously needed to be out there leading by example and I’m pretty disappointed that I wasn’t able to.”

      Runaway favourites to meet in the tenth championship final, the two teams mounted huge defensive games which took a toll on both sets of shooters, with Colling and Donna Loffhagen initially struggling no more than Vicki Wilson and Jacqui Delaney.

      If anything, the Ferns’ defence – led impressively by Bernice Mene and Lesley Nicol – was the most influential, with Delaney and then Wilson struggling for position and accuracy, allowing the hosts to maintain a small lead for most of the match. In front of a capacity, 7000-strong crowd New Zealand crept into a 23-21 halftime lead, and by the three-quarter mark had established a six-goal (34-28) cushion and a clear chance to knock over Australia.

      However, revitalised by new shooting blood, the defending champions stormed through the final quarter on the back of an eight-goal run, the more settled attack-end pouring intense pressure on their Kiwi counterparts – who were kept scoreless for six minutes.

      Loffhagen’s miss under the hoop with just seconds left allowed Australia to set up McMahon for the winner, but Colling was adamant her shooting partner should not be blamed. “Donna’s shot at the end could’ve put us one up,” she said. “But we shouldn’t have put her in that position in the first place. The game can’t be about one shot. For 60 minutes there’s heaps of things within our control – so we shouldn’t just focus on the last thing that happened.”

      Australia’s papers wasted no time in celebrating the win. “Best in the world” and “Oldies claim golden victory” were headlines that dotted the Sunday papers, with a photograph of the beaming victors dominating the back page of the Herald-Sun.

      They paid tribute to coach Jill McIntosh, who had the courage to change her shooting combination, including Wilson, when her side trailed. “The move paid huge dividends as the Kiwis choked at the death,” the Daily Telegraph reported.

      Although New Zealand centre Julie Seymour was named the official player of the tournament, the Telegraph named defender Kathryn Harby as its MVP. “We stole it,” Harby said. “If I was them, I’d be absolutely shattered, and we’re the extreme contrast, totally elated. This is just total euphoria, it’s what you dream about.”

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                  2003 – 11TH WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS (KINGSTON, JAM)

                  In 2002, Australia won a dramatic commonwealth gold in sudden death extra time, another dagger to the heart of Kiwi players and fans. So come 2003 and the 11th World Championships, there was almost a feeling of desperation among New Zealand fans. Surely this had to be the year that they finally added to their three world titles.

                  One of the key members of the team was none other than Irene van Dyk. The player who had tormented New Zealand eight years earlier as a member of the South African team, was now a Silver Fern, as was another former Protea, Leana du Plooy and a former Fijian, Vilimaina Davu.

                  During the tournament, Jamaica and England were both competitive, but it was no surprise to anyone when Australia and New Zealand found their way to the decider again. New Zealand, led by Anna Rowberry and coached by Ruth Aitken, held the upper hand for much of the contest, leading at every break.

                  Despite the best efforts of Liz Ellis, van Dyk dominated the shooting circle and centre Temepara Clark was in everything. Literally. She was dramatically sent from the court for a short time in the last quarter, which allowed Australia to equalise.

                  But thanks to some great defence, the Kiwis regained the lead and were able to hold on to claim a deserved win 49-47 in front of a very loud pro-New Zealand crowd. It was delight at last for the Silver Ferns who had missed out narrowly to the Australians on so many occasions.

                  As had happened four years earlier, the Australian captain, in this case Kath Harby-Williams, spent the last quarter of her career on the bench. Meanwhile, Jill McIntosh ended her Australian coaching career with the incredible record of two world cup wins, two commonwealth games titles, and 88 wins from 94 tests.

                  Jamaica defeated England 46-40 in the playoff for third and one of their players, Connie Francis, bowed out having played in a record equalling fifth world cup. Meanwhile, for two of England’s players, Geva Mentor and Jade Clarke, this was their first.


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                    1st – NEW ZEALAND
                    CLARK, Temepara
                    CLARKE, Sheryl
                    COLLING, Belinda
                    DALTON, Tania
                    DAVU, Vilimaina
                    DU PLOOY, Leana
                    HARPER, Adine
                    NICOL, Leslie
                    ROWBERRY, Anna (captain)
                    SCARLETT, Anna
                    TE HUNA, Jodi
                    VAN DYK, Irene
                    Coach: Ruth Aitken

                    2nd – AUSTRALIA
                    BROADBENT, Alison
                    CHOKLJAT, Natasha
                    COX, Catherine
                    ELLIS, Liz
                    HARBY-WILLIAMS, Kath (captain)
                    ILITCH, Janine
                    MCMAHON, Sharelle
                    NEELE, Cynna
                    RICHARDSON, Nicole
                    SANDERS, Rebecca
                    SCHOLZ, Peta
                    SOUTHBY, Eloise
                    Coach: Jill McIntosh

                    3rd – JAMAICA
                    BRYAN, Nadine
                    BYFIELD, Althea
                    DAVIS, Elaine
                    EVERING, Kasey
                    FORBES, Simone
                    FRANCIS, Connie
                    GIBSON, Nichala
                    GORDON, Georgia
                    PITTERSON, Oberon (captain)
                    WILES, Sharon
                    WILLIAMS, Carla
                    WOLFE, Tiffany
                    Coach: Maureen Hall

                    All team lists https://netballscoop.com/forums/topic/team-lists-2003-world-championships-2/

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                      COMPETITION FORMAT:
                      24 teams. 2 rounds of preliminary games to form a top 12 with 2 groups of 6, the top teams then going on to 1/4 finals, semi finals and a final.

                      ELIMINATION ROUNDS:
                      Barbados, Niue, Samoa and United States progressed to the top 12. Antigua & Barbuda, Bermuda, Canada, Cayman Islands, Grenada, Hong Kong, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Sri Lanka, St Lucia, St Vincent & Grenadines and Wales played off for positions 13-24.

                      CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND:
                      (Teams 1-12)

                      GROUP A

                      Jamaica 89 def Trinidad & Tobago 30
                      South Africa 57 def Samoa 41
                      Australia 84 def USA 28
                      Australia 76 def Samoa 27
                      Trinidad & Tobago 48 def USA 42
                      Jamaica 54 def South Africa 33
                      South Africa 55 def USA 38
                      Jamaica 84 def Samoa 24
                      Australia 80 def Trinidad & Tobago 28
                      Samoa 50 def Trinidad & Tobago 35
                      Jamaica 85 def USA 20
                      Australia 64 def South Africa 37
                      Samoa 52 def USA 44
                      South Africa 51 def Trinidad & Tobago 49
                      Australia 48 def Jamaica 43

                      Group order:
                      1. Australia
                      2. Jamaica
                      3. South Africa
                      4. Samoa

                      5. Trinidad & Tobago
                      6. USA

                      GROUP B

                      Fiji 55 def Barbados 49
                      New Zealand 99 def Niue 11
                      England 90 def Cook Islands 22
                      New Zealand 84 def Barbados 45
                      England 62 def Fiji 30
                      Cook Islands 47 def Niue 37
                      England 80 def Barbados 27
                      New Zealand 107 def Cook Islands 17
                      Fiji 59 def Niue 17
                      Barbados 67 def Niue 31
                      Fiji 67 def Cook Islands 40
                      New Zealand 60 def England 41
                      Barbados 56 def Cook Islands 39
                      England 67 def Niue 21
                      New Zealand 79 def Fiji 24

                      Group order:
                      1. New Zealand
                      2. England
                      3. Fiji
                      4. Barbados

                      5. Cook Islands
                      6. Niue

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                        QUARTER FINALS

                        England 44 def South Africa 41
                        Australia 62 def Barbados 35
                        Jamaica 74 def Fiji 38
                        New Zealand 81 def Samoa 28


                        CLASSIFICATION MATCHES:

                        23/24 Playoff: Hong Kong 39 def Cayman Islands 36
                        21/22 Playoff: Canada 43 def Bermuda 33
                        19/20 Playoff: Northern Ireland 49 def Grenada 39
                        17/18 Playoff: Antigua & Barbuda 65 def Sri Lanka 60
                        15/16 Playoff: St Lucia 51 def Wales 30
                        13/14 Playoff: Scotland 39 def St Vincent & Grenadines 35
                        11/12 Playoff: Cook Islands 49 def Niue 39
                        9/10 Playoff: USA 52 def Trinidad & Tobago 49
                        7/8 Playoff: Barbados 47 def Fiji 45
                        5/6 Playoff: South Africa 56 def Samoa 47


                        SEMI FINAL 1:
                        AUSTRALIA: 45 (McMahon 23/28, Neele 19/25, Cox 3/6)
                        ENGLAND: 37 (Teare 22/32, Neville 11/15, Astle 4/7)

                        Starting lineups:
                        AUSTRALIA: GS Neele, GA McMahon, WA Chokljat, C Sanders, WD Scholz, GD Harby-Williams, GK Ellis
                        ENGLAND: GS Astle, GA Teare, WA Murphy, C Aspinall, WD Clarke, GD Newton, GK Mkoloma


                        SEMI FINAL 2:
                        NEW ZEALAND: 56 (van Dyk 45/47, Colling 11/15)
                        JAMAICA: 37 (Williams 25/36, Francis 7/12, Forbes 5/8)

                        Starting lineups:
                        NEW ZEALAND: GS van Dyk, GA Colling, WA Rowberry, C Clark, WD Nicol, GD Clarke, GK Davu
                        JAMAICA: GS Williams, GA Forbes, WA Bryan, C Wiles, WD Gordon, GD Pitterson, GK Evering


                        3/4 PLAYOFF:
                        JAMAICA: 46 (Williams 41/47, Forbes 4/8, Francis 1/1)
                        ENGLAND: 40 (Teare 18/27, Astle 16/25, Neville 6/7)

                        Starting lineups:
                        JAMAICA: GS Williams, GA Forbes, WA Bryan, C Wiles, WD Gordon, GD Pitterson, GK Evering
                        ENGLAND: GS Astle, GA Teare, WA Aspinall, C Murphy, WD Clarke, GD Coulbourne, GK Mkoloma

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                          FINAL: NEW ZEALAND v AUSTRALIA

                          NEW ZEALAND WON 49-47
                          (14-10, 27-22, 37-34, 49-47)

                          NEW ZEALAND:
                          GS van Dyk
                          GA Colling
                          WA Rowberry
                          C Clark
                          WD Nicol
                          GD Clarke
                          GK Davu


                          Shooting stats:
                          van Dyk 41/43 (95%)
                          Colling 8/10 (80%)
                          TOTAL 49/53 (92%)

                          GS Neele
                          GA McMahon
                          WA Chokljat
                          C Sanders
                          WD Scholz
                          GD Harby-Williams
                          GK Ellis

                          3rd Quarter.. Richardson C (Chokljat), Sanders to WA.
                          4th Quarter.. Ilitch GD (Harby-Williams), Cox GS (Neele).

                          Shooting stats:
                          McMahon 24/28 (86%)
                          Neele 17/25 (68%)
                          Cox 6/7 (86%)
                          TOTAL 47/60 (78%)


                          FINAL PLACINGS:

                          1. NEW ZEALAND
                          2. Australia
                          3. Jamaica

                          4. England
                          5. South Africa
                          6. Western Samoa
                          7. Barbados
                          8. Fiji
                          9. United States
                          10. Trinidad & Tobago
                          11. Cook Islands
                          12. Niue
                          13. Scotland
                          14. St. Vincent & Grenadines
                          15. Saint Lucia
                          16. Wales
                          17. Antigua & Barbuda
                          18. Sri Lanka
                          19. Northern Ireland
                          20. Grenada
                          21. Canada
                          22. Bermuda
                          23. Hong Kong
                          24. Cayman Islands

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                            Tide of tears finally turns for Ferns
                            Julie Ash – New Zealand Herald

                            It has been a long time coming but finally New Zealand can say they are the best netball side in the world. After heartbreaking losses to Australia at the 1999 world championships and last year’s Commonwealth Games, the tide finally turned as the Silver Ferns edged out the defending champions 49-47. In front of 3500 screaming Jamaicans and a sprinkling of Kiwi supporters, New Zealand – inspired by goal shoot Irene van Dyk and dynamic centre Temepara Clark – reclaimed the title they last won in 1987.

                            Like the 1999 world championship and the Commonwealth Games, the match went down to a cliffhanger finish, but this time it was the Australians who were reduced to tears with the realisation they had failed to win their fourth consecutive world title. “You win some and you lose some,” said Australian coach Jill McIntosh, who with captain Kathryn Harby-Williams, Rebecca Sanders and Nicole Richardson is retiring from international netball. “We were beaten by a better side.”

                            But it was Australia who started better. Newcomers Cynna Neele at goal shoot and Natasha Chokljat at wing attack – neither of whom had played against New Zealand – helped them to an 8-3 lead halfway through the first quarter. Their experienced defenders, Liz Ellis and Harby-Williams, were all over New Zealand shooters van Dyk and Belinda Colling, blocking the channels into the circle.

                            But New Zealand slowly began to peg it back and with four minutes to go in the first quarter the score was locked at 9-all. Through some outstanding defence New Zealand went into the first quarter break 14-10 ahead. They maintained a narrow lead early in the second quarter but once again the Australians came back and midway through the second quarter levelled at 17-all.

                            New Zealand defenders Vilimaina Davu and Sheryl Clarke knew they had to be on their game against super shooter Sharelle McMahon, and they did not disappoint. Neither did Temepara Clark, who was outstanding. New Zealand led 27-22 at half-time and Australia rang in the changes.

                            Chokljat came off, Nicole Richardson went into centre and Rebecca Saunders wing attack. New Zealand held the lead throughout the third quarter but were never able to get more than five ahead. The Ferns went into the last quarter 37-34 ahead and stuck to their starting seven. Australia made further changes.

                            Catherine Cox came on at goal shoot replacing Neele and, reminiscent of the 1999 event when captain Vicki Wilson was subbed off in the final, Harby-Williams was replaced by Janine Ilitch. Australia pegged back the score to two then disaster struck for New Zealand when Clark was sent off for persistent infringing. Clark was off for two New Zealand centre pass-offs, which allowed the Australians to draw level.

                            Just when it looked as if the Australians were going to come through in the last minute and take the match yet again, New Zealand goal defence Sheryl Clarke pulled off a priceless intercept. And this time New Zealand kept their cool – and the ball. Leading 49-46 with less than a minute left, Australia landed one more goal before the end.

                            New Zealand coach Ruth Aitken was ecstatic. “They kept on keeping on,” she said. “Aussie kept coming back and we sort of faltered for a while but then absorbed it and kept moving on. But for them to have responded so well after Bubby [Clark] got sent off was just outstanding. We thought no matter what gets thrown at us we are going to keep on powering on. It was amazing to see it happen. They were not going to be thrown by anything.”

                            For Aitken the win is sweet after wide criticism over her appointment as coach in 2001. “This is our team, and our moment and people can do with it what they will but they can’t take it away from us.”

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                              Victory sweet for Silver Ferns
                              Julie Ash – New Zealand Herald

                              Draped in a New Zealand flag, Belinda Colling’s beaming face said it all. Victory was sweet for a survivor of the agonising losses in the finals of the last world championships and the Commonwealth Games. “It has been a long, long time coming,” she said after the Silver Ferns beat Australia 49-47 in Kingston, Jamaica, to win their first world title since 1987.

                              “But oh my God our defence were outstanding and Irene [van Dyk] was just incredible. I knew we could do it. I thought we would do it by more. But it just shows you how good Australia are when it comes to finals. It was invisible threads and huge connections,” said Colling, who plans to holiday with captain Anna Rowberry in Los Angeles and Turkey before returning home. “We had that connection as a team and we had our mates to back us up. If one of us made a mistake there was someone there to get it back for you.”

                              With the Sunshine Girls out of the tournament, the Jamaican crowd at the final were on their feet chanting “New Zea-land, New Zea-land, New Zea-land”. And it seemed to help. With some controversial umpiring calls, including the sending off of Temepara Clark, the Silver Ferns could have fallen apart, but they held it together.

                              “I am so proud … They were good girls, weren’t they,” said New Zealand coach Ruth Aitken. “They kept on keeping on. The last minute seemed to go forever, I must admit. They just like to keep me on my toes, I think.” She was delighted with how the team coped when Clark was sent off. “We had certainly planned for a lot of things. We went through all sorts of scenarios, we practised people being sent off. Just to go through it. I thought the way they adapted was phenomenal.” And Clark’s performance? “She was absolutely fantastic – the little pocket rocket that she is.”

                              Sixteen years ago, when New Zealand last won the title, victory came with a win over Trinidad and Tobago in Scotland. Joan Hodson, a member of that team, was a nervous spectator yesterday. “I couldn’t sleep last night. It was just horrendous. I was thinking about the girls, hoping they got a good night’s rest,” she said. “I was right on the edge of my seat, holding my head in my hands, thinking here we go again.”

                              Hodson, who played on the wing in 1987, said the New Zealanders “looked so much better than Australia” but with a history of last-minute losses she could not relax until the final whistle blew. “I think we were more desperate. That desperation was evident in ’87. The senior players [in 1987] made it clear to us young ones in no uncertain terms were we going to lose to Australia.”

                              Former centre Sandra Edge, who watched the game from her Gisborne home, said the team had “that little bit of magic” that lifted them above the Australians. They had a combination of experienced players and new blood, working with experienced managers, the formula that worked in 1987. “I just think the girls looked like they were really engrossed and enjoying the sport. I liken it to the build-up in 1987. They are committed, they like each other and they are really passionate about netball.”

                              She said the players and assistant coach Leigh Gibbs had been “put through the wringer” over their past performance but had stuck it out and fought back. In previous years, she said, “Aussie were playing some magic netball. I don’t think we got too down, I just think Aussie rose to it. That’s what makes it all the more pleasing for this one. “I couldn’t stop smiling. It took me a couple of hours to recover.”

                              Annette Heffernan, a reserve in 1987, said she had been confident the Silver Ferns would pull it off and their “togetherness” was the key to their success. “I quite like seeing Australia come second.”

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                                Kiwis stand tall to bring Australia’s 12-year run to an end
                                The Age

                                Australia’s netball team is headed for a revamp after New Zealand ended its 12-year reign with a 49-47 victory in the world championship yesterday. And high on the priority list for expected new coach Norma Plummer may be finding defenders tall enough to deal with 190-centimetre Silver Ferns ace Irene van Dyk, who hammered Australia with 41 goals from 43 attempts.

                                New Zealand showed the balance of netball power had finally tilted across the Tasman after a string of close calls in recent major finals. Retiring coach Jill McIntosh had no qualms in admitting the better team won with her side having to play catch-up for most of the match after losing an early 8-3 lead. Superbly fed by a slicker midcourt, former South African player van Dyk was unstoppable with her exceptional height and reach. Put simply, van Dyk allowed NZ to shoot at a 92 per cent success rate, while Australia battled with 78 per cent despite a 24 from 28 effort by Sharelle McMahon.

                                McIntosh even substituted captain Kathryn Harby-Williams in her 95th and final Test with the taller Janine Ilitch in a late bid to counter van Dyk. She later admitted Australia’s vaunted senior defenders, Harby-Williams and vice-captain Liz Ellis – at 179 centimetres and 183 cm respectively – had their work cut out against the giant shooters emerging on the world scene. “We didn’t have enough height in our back line,” McIntosh said. “I am sure it’s something the new coach will look at. We need a little more height to counter the tall shooter we’re coming up against.”

                                Up by margins of four, five and three points at the three breaks, NZ held on despite being narrowly outscored in each of the last two quarters. The final continued the tradition of recent cliff-hanger clashes between the two rivals. It was the 34th time in their 68 battles that fewer than five goals separated the two teams. It is the end of a long and highly successful era for Australia, with NZ claiming its first world crown since 1987.

                                Harby-Williams, 34, and midcourters Nicole Richardson and Rebecca Sanders, both 33, are all retiring from international netball, along with McIntosh. It was McIntosh’s first loss in a major final as Australian coach after winning world titles in 1995 and 1999 and Commonwealth Games gold medals in 1998 and 2002. It was NZ’s third world title and ended Australia’s streak of three straight wins among its record eight championships.

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                                  From the NZ Herald…
                                  World-beating Silver Ferns – Kingston 2003 https://www.nzherald.co.nz/sport/news/article.cfm?c_id=4&objectid=10474864

                                  Temepara Clark’s sending off was the make or break moment in the 2003 final, recalls the winning Silver Ferns captain Anna Stanley, who was Anna Rowberry then. The New Zealand netballers broke a 16-year drought in Jamaica, beating Australia 49-47 in the final after being a player down for a two-goal penalty period. Clark, the Silver Ferns’ centre and player of the final, was dismissed during the final quarter for repeated infringements.

                                  Coaches Ruth Aitken and Leigh Gibbs had planned for that and many other possibilities but still, it was a rare event to deal with. “It was a huge moment and unheard of in netball. I’d never struck it in a game although it became a bit of an in-thing after the world champs,” says the 31-year-old Stanley. “It was huge to lose one of our stars and centre, but it didn’t ruffle any feathers and we didn’t lose our pass off while she was off.”

                                  “We’d planned for all sorts of things, including what to do should the lights go off, which actually happened while Jamaica were playing Australia. The Jamaicans are pretty laid back people, a bit unpredictable, and we had to prepare for a few scenarios. Lesley [Nicol] went from wing defence to centre as planned but I was going ‘oh my god, oh my god’ and trying to take my bib off to go to centre. It’s the pressure of the moment – you forget practical reasoning. The main thing is to stick to your job and not try and do a million and one things. We did that, Bubs [Clark] came back on, and we were away again.”

                                  The 2003 world champions had a few travelling supporters including Stanley’s parents and a sister. “It was quite special seeing the Kiwis in the crowd, thinking they had come all that way to support us,” she says. She remembers the Jamaicans as loud and friendly although the players were conscious of their security when leaving their motel.

                                  Inevitably, Bob Marley music loomed large although the tournament song The World’s Greatest by R. Kelly brings back fondest memories. It has become a retrospective theme for team members, although their campaign motto was “if you want something you’ve never had, you’ve got to do something you’ve never done”.

                                  A Vilimaina Davu intercept sealed the win in the final and the ball ended up with Stanley at the last whistle. “I threw it into the air and thought ‘holy hell, we’ve won’,” says Stanley. Next came the drug testing – an ordeal for the dehydrated Stanley and two teammates. Against the rules, they sent attendants for beer to help the process. “I have such wonderful memories of the tournament,” says Stanley, who lives in Tauranga with her husband Jeremy Stanley, the former All Black, and their one-year-old daughter Jaya. Stanley was jogging/pram pushing when the Herald called.

                                  She says: “I thought it might be quite hard when I retired but what I’ve learnt is that no one can ever take the memories away. Sometimes I have to remind myself that I did play netball and was a world champion. But I can look back and be really proud.”

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