1967 – 2ND WORLD TOURNAMENT (Perth, Aust)

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    In 1967, the World Netball Tournament came to Perth in Australia and it was New Zealand who claimed their first title by beating Australia 40-34.


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    BURTON, Chris
    DAVEY, Lynette (Captain)
    GOLLAN, Stella
    HARRIS, Elsma
    KIRSANOVS, Maureen
    MCLEAN, Heather
    O’SHANNASSY, Ellen
    SUITER, Glenyse
    SWITCH, Gaye
    WHITE, Carole Ann
    Coach: Marg Pewtress

    BANNISTER, Janice
    BOWLEY, Jackie
    CHARLES, Eunice
    DAVIES, Ann
    DAY, Judy
    EDWARDS, Phil
    GREEN, Pat Green
    KELLY, Liz
    LOFTHOUSE, Marion
    MARTINDALE, Isobel
    MILES, Anne
    WHEELER, Joyce
    Coach: Mary French

    BLAIR, Judy (Captain)
    BOELEE, Ann
    GARDINER, Margaret
    HAMILTON, Pamela
    HARNETT, Joan
    IRWIN, Billie
    JAMES, Sandra
    ROWLEY, Elizabeth
    SOLOMON, Mirth
    VERCOE, Tilly
    Coach: Taini Jamieson

    CHARNLEY, Alet
    FERREIRA, Heloise
    GRANT, Margaret
    JOUBERT, Elbie
    KLUSMANN, Marina
    LAUBSCHER, Maudie
    LOUW, Tobianna
    OTTO, Doreen
    ROBERTS, Ellie
    WAGNER, Marlene

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    8 teams playing each other round robin.

    New Zealand’s matches:
    NZ 41 v South Africa 39
    NZ 76 v Scotland 14
    NZ 50 v England 24
    NZ 51 v Jamaica 20
    NZ 53 v Trinidad & Tobago 28
    NZ 74 v Singapore 5
    NZ 40 v Australia 34
    (7 wins, 0 losses)

    Australia’s matches:
    Aust 60 v Scotland 13
    Aust 35 v South Africa 29
    Aust 40 v Jamaica 33
    Aust 31 v England 22
    Aust 54 v Singapore 17
    Aust 33 v Trinidad & Tobago 22
    Aust 34 v New Zealand 40
    (6 wins, 1 loss)

    South Africa’s matches:
    SA 39 v NZ 41
    SA 29 v Aust 35
    SA ?? v Trinidad & Tobago ??
    SA 50 v Scotland 17
    SA 26 v Jamaica 19
    SA 30 v England 29
    SA 68 v Singapore 10
    (5 wins, 2 losses)

    England’s matches
    Eng 37 v Singapore 2
    Eng ?? v Trinidad & Tobago ??
    Eng 24 v NZ 50
    Eng 22 v Aust 31
    Eng 57 v Scotland 13
    Eng 29 v South Africa 30
    Eng 48 v Jamaica 26
    (4 wins, 3 losses)

    Final match: Australia v New Zealand
    Aust 34 (C. White 27, H. McLean 7)
    NZ 40 (M. Solomon 27, J. Harnett 13)


    1. NEW ZEALAND – 14pts
    2. Australia – 12pts
    3. South Africa – 10pts

    4. England – 8pts
    5. Trinidad & Tobago – 6pts
    6. Jamaica – 4pts
    7. Scotland – 2pts
    8. Singapore – 0pts

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    Australia welcomes the world for the first time http://netball.com.au/australia-welcomes-world-first-time/

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    England v NZ

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    Australia v NZ

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    Profile of Joan Harnett (NZ), player of the tournament https://www.silverferns.co.nz/silver-ferns/history/players/joan-harnett.html

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    World Beating Silver Ferns – PERTH 1967 https://www.nzherald.co.nz/sport/news/article.cfm?c_id=4&objectid=10474864

    Joan Harnett-Kindley was the original glamour girl of New Zealand netball, but there was far more to her than met the eye. Her aesthetics and athleticism led the sport into a new era. When New Zealand claimed its first world netball title in Perth in 1967, Harnett – as she was then – turned the crucial match against Australia with her peerless shooting. The Cantabrian, New Zealand’s premier netballer, was the official player of the tournament, contested by eight teams in a round robin.

    These were days when snippets of local netball tests might be squeezed in at half-time during the televising of club rugby, and Harnett says there was no coverage from Perth. “Our win was very obscure and women got very little recognition in sport then. It was my passion to sort that out,” she says. The national team had to raise some of their own funds. “Once we took our raffle tickets down to the Lyttelton wharves on pay day, all the pretty young girls in the team,” she says. “We picked up quite a bit of money that day from the wharfies. I had to keep an eye on the team, though, to ensure everything was A1.”

    Netball’s amateur code didn’t help and could, quite literally, shoot itself in the foot. Footwear providers Skellerup wanted Harnett in television commercials. Netball said it was the whole team, or none at all. A shot of Harnett’s unidentified shoe-clad foot was used instead. “I should have written JH on my shoe. The rules were absolutely pathetic,” she says. “I was a pioneer and I had a bit of God-given luck (looks-wise). I could achieve things for netball because of that. I got netball extra recognition which I was very pleased about.”

    Harnett had been in the 1963 side which, after six weeks of boat travel, contested the first world tournament in England, where they lost by a point to Australia. A core of the 1967 team was spurred on by that loss. They were fighting fit in Perth after a 10-day build-up in Christchurch, including sessions with a national rowing trainer. One Perth report declared that Harnett’s “five glorious goals in rapid succession” got New Zealand home by 40-34 after they trailed Australia by one going into the last quarter. Harnett says interceptions by team mates were the basis for victory.

    The young Harnett was a bank worker who practised shooting in lunch breaks. She became a real estate operator, and now lives in Wanaka with her husband Don Kindley. Harnett-Kindly, 64, is out of the real estate business, but on the licensing board. Tennis is her active sporting love, although netball remains her passion.

    “Perth was a great coming together of countries and people. I still correspond with players from the other teams,” she says. “It seems a long time ago, and yet I can see it all in my mind’s eye. When you win a world championship for the first time, you never forget. That team was as good, if not better, than the 1987 team. If they had played each other, it would have been the best game of netball ever.”

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    Profile of NZ coach Taini Jaimison from Netball NZ

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    From NNZ in 2017, on the 50th anniversary…

    Celebrating 50 years: New Zealand wins GOLD for the first time https://www.silverferns.co.nz/silver-ferns/news/latest-news/6183-celebrating-50-years-new-zealand-wins-gold-for-the-first-time.html

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    From Suzanne McFadden

    When they were Queens – the 1967 world champion Silver Ferns reunite https://www.newsroom.co.nz/@lockerroom/2017/09/12/47425/when-they-were-queens-the-1967-world-champion-silver-ferns-reunite

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