1979 – 5TH WORLD TOURNAMENT (Port of Spain, Trin)

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    The World Tournament headed to Trinidad & Tobago in 1979 and ended with a farcical result. A three way tie! Despite it being just a goal away from happening in 1975, no change was made to the competition format, so when New Zealand beat T&T on the final day, it meant those 2 teams and Australia all finished level with 8 wins and 1 loss each. With no tiebreakers in operation at all, not even goal difference, the result stood.


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    Eq 1st – AUSTRALIA
    BURTON, Sharon
    CALDOW, Margaret (Captain)
    CARROLL, Betty
    FRANCOU, Julie
    KENNEDY, Terese
    REDMOND, Pam
    SARGEANT, Anne
    TEEDE, Gaye
    WATERS, Yvonne
    Coach: Wilma Shakespear

    Eq 1st – NEW ZEALAND
    BLOMQUIST, Maxine
    FATHERS, Ruth
    FORSYTH, Margaret
    GUNSON, Lyn (Captain)
    HENDERSON, Janice
    KAMANA, Margharet
    KATAE, Geane
    MILLS, Leigh
    MUNRO, Marilyn
    PIETZNER, Christine
    WILLERING, Yvonne
    Coach: Lois Muir

    Eq 1st – TRINIDAD & TOBAGO
    BLACKMAN, Ingrid
    BURKE-BROWNE, Angela
    CASTANADA, Peggy
    CHARLEAU, Heather
    CHARLES, Cyrenia
    DIMSOY, Marcia
    NURSE, Jennifer
    PETERS, Sherril (Captain)
    PIERRE, Jean
    PRESCOD, Veryl
    THOMAS-LUCES, Althea
    WILLIAMS, Jennifer
    Coach: Lystra Lewis

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    Round 1 group matches sorted the teams into two final groups, teams 1-10 and 11-19 which then played each other in a round robin format.

    Group 1:
    1. Australia
    2. Scotland

    3. Grenada
    Kenya did not play

    Australia’s matches:
    Aust 55 v Scotland 15
    Aust 59 v Grenada 14


    Group 2:
    1. England
    2. St. Kitts & Nevis

    3. Uganda
    4. Canada


    Group 3:
    1. New Zealand
    2. Barbados

    3. Antigua & Barbuda
    4. Saint Lucia

    New Zealand’s matches:
    NZ 48 v St Lucia 27
    NZ 62 v Antigua & Barbuda 29
    NZ 41 v Barbados 24


    Group 4:
    1. Trinidad & Tobago
    2. Ireland

    3. Bermuda
    4. Bahamas

    Trinidad & Tobago’s matches:
    T&T 61 v Ireland 21
    T&T 63 v Bahamas 17
    T&T 71 v Bermuda 12


    Group 5:
    1. Jamaica
    2. Wales

    3. Northern Ireland
    4. St. Vincent & the Grenadines

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    FINAL GROUP (teams 1-10)
    1. Australia 16pts
    1. New Zealand 16pts
    1. Trinidad & Tobago 16pts

    4. England 12pts
    5. Jamaica 9pts
    6. Barbados 8pts
    7. Wales 6pts
    8. St. Kitts & Nevis 5pts
    9. Scotland 2pts
    10.Ireland 0pts

    Australia’s matches:
    Aust 64 v Barbados 14
    Aust 61 v Scotland 33
    Aust 76 v Ireland 17
    Aust 71 v Jamaica 22
    Aust 61 v Wales 17
    Aust 38 v New Zealand 36
    Aust 38 v Trinidad & Tobago 40
    Aust 59 v St Kitts & Nevis 21
    Aust 54 v England 37
    9 matches (8 wins, 1 loss)

    New Zealand’s matches:
    NZ 56 v Jamaica 28
    NZ 95 v Ireland 7
    NZ 58 v Scotland 17
    NZ 58 v St Kitts & Nevis 26
    NZ 53 v England 26
    NZ 36 v Australia 38
    NZ 60 v Barbados 28
    NZ 56 v Wales 23
    NZ 33 v Trinidad & Tobago 27
    9 matches (8 wins, 1 loss)

    Trinidad & Tobago’s matches:
    T&T 84 v Ireland 13
    T&T 51 v Barbados 26
    T&T 49 v England 45
    T&T 56 v Wales 20
    T&T 51 v Jamaica 20
    T&T 58 v St Kitts & Nevis 21
    T&T 40 v Australia 38
    T&T 46 v Scotland 21
    T&T 27 v New Zealand 33
    9 matches (8 wins, 1 loss)

    All 3 teams ended up with 8 wins and 1 loss from their 9 final group matches and as there were no finals or indeed any other means in the rules to separate them, they were declared equal winners.



    4. England
    5. Jamaica
    6. Wales
    6. St. Kitts & Nevis
    8. Barbados
    9. Scotland
    10. Ireland
    11. Canada
    12. Antigua & Barbuda
    13. Saint Lucia
    13. Uganda
    15. Grenada
    16. St. Vincent & Grenadines
    17. Northern Ireland
    18. Bahamas
    19. Bermuda

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    Carribbean adventure forged lifelong friendship https://netball.com.au/carribbean-adventure-forged-lifelong-friendship/

    Australian squad

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    Calypso Girls fly the red, white & black flag proudly on world stage http://www4.guardian.co.tt/sports/2017-08-31/calypso-girls-fly-red-white-black-flag-proudly-world-stage

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    Trinidad & Tobago team

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    From the NZ Herald

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

    Yvonne Willering surveys the setting for the 2007 world netball championships and gets quickly into her stride. “England might not even get to play the Silver Ferns in this tournament which is sad,” she says, sitting in the Waitakere Trusts Stadium stands. “I like the idea of all the top countries playing each other. Maybe they need a two-tier tournament.”

    It’s a typically forthright statement from Willering, delivered with her fondness for the game which has been central to her life and made her a world champion in 1979. That Lois Muir-coached side shared the title with Australia and hosts Trinidad and Tobago. There was no final – the 19 teams played initially in groups with the top sides then fighting it out in a round robin. Willering is well placed to compare netball now and then.

    She was a medical microbiologist in 1979 but on returning home was soon working for Netball New Zealand. The great defender went on to become a great coach. Her CV includes four years in charge of the Silver Ferns and involvement with numerous international teams, and she is preparing for her latest club assignment with Auckland in the fledgling transtasman league.

    “The world championships are far more of an event now and the pressures are different. We were still playing for the pride of the country but we didn’t have the following you have now. Success means the Silver Ferns are under far more pressure now, as they are finding out,” says Willering. Thirty years ago, there were few training camps, players were amateur, tours might involve a host of non-test matches, and there weren’t even regular substitutions.

    There was also a greater emphasis on the different national styles. Willering believes the emphasis on winning has made the game more uniform and physical. Not that there wasn’t the odd incident in days past. Against Trinidad and Tobago, Willering sent the legendary Jean Pierre – “the dancing queen” – sprawling. Pierre, her country’s sports minister before her death from cancer in 2002, was a superstar in her country.

    “It was an accident but she milked it. The whole crowd went quiet, fearing she was badly injured. I blamed it on my goalkeeper Millie Munro,” says Willering, with a grin. “We had to be escorted by police out of the stadium after that. The crowd didn’t take kindly to losing and we were jeered and spat on. The crowd was more interested in a national cause than the netball. It was just wonderful – to face that and come through it as a team.”

    It was a tournament of eccentricities which began with players being splattered by pigeons released at the opening ceremony. Willering recalls giant moths interrupting night games on the outdoor courts. The New Zealanders were actually cheered to victory over the hosts by arch rivals Australia, a result which gave the Aussies a share of the title. And there was jostling for position among the three title winners as they crammed between a row of flags to collect their medals. That was followed by a coin toss to decide who kept the trophy first.

    Willering says: “It hasn’t quite got the same ring to it when you say joint world champions … but it was still great to know that we won.”

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    From ournetballhistory.org.uk

    England at the 1979 World Tournament http://www.ournetballhistory.org.uk/content/events/world-tournament/world-tournament-1979-trinidad

    England squad

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    Profile of NZ captain Lyn Gunson… https://www.silverferns.co.nz/silver-ferns/history/players/lyn-gunson.html

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