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


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    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)
    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
    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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    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.

    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.

    (Teams 1-16)


    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


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



    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


    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


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

    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%)



    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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    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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