1987 – 7th WORLD TOURNAMENT (Glasgow, Scot)

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    In 1987, the World Tournament went to Scotland. It was won by a great New Zealand team who were undefeated and beat all of their opponents by at least 10 goals. Some of the players in the kiwi side are regarded amongst the all time greats of NZ netball. Australia and Trinidad & Tobago finished equal 2nd.


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    1st – NEW ZEALAND
    EYRL, Tracy
    FEAR, Tracey
    FORSYTH, Margaret
    GIBBS, Leigh (Captain)
    HEFFERNAN, Annette
    MALLET, Sandra
    MATENGA, Margharet
    PULE, Angela
    SOLIA, Joan
    TAUMAUNU, Waimarama
    TOWNSEND, Julie
    Coach: Lois Muir

    Eq 2nd – AUSTRALIA
    BEEHAG, Lisa
    DEVERY, Keeley
    ELLA, Marcia
    HARRIS, Chris
    JENCKE, Roselee
    JONES, Michelle
    KENNY, Sue
    PETERSON, Janelle
    SARGEANT, Anne (Captain)
    WILSON, Vicki
    Coach: Wilma Shakespear

    Eq 2nd – TRINIDAD & TOBAGO
    ADAMS, Bridget
    BAILEY, Jeanne
    BLACKMAN, Sherry Ann
    CASTANADA, Sharon
    CHARLEAU, Heather
    FRANK, Jennifer
    HART, Hyacinth
    HERBERT, Cheryl
    HUTCHINSON, Annette
    MITCHELL, Muriel
    OUTRAM, Erica
    TAYLOR, Hazel

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    Round 1 group matches sorted the teams into 4 final groups with teams 1-4, 5-8, 9-12 and 13-17.

    Group A:

    Australia’s matches:
    Aust 90 v Papua New Guinea 17
    Aust 86 v Fiji 30
    Aust 85 v Sri Lanka 3
    Aust 63 v Canada 15
    Aust 69 v Northern Ireland 9
    Aust 64 v Jamaica 54
    Aust 50 v Trinidad & Tobago 51

    Group order:
    1. Trinidad & Tobago
    2. Australia

    3. Jamaica
    4. Fiji
    5. Northern Ireland
    6. Canada
    7. Papua New Guinea
    8. Sri Lanka

    Group B:

    New Zealand’s matches:
    NZ 53 v Barbados 28
    NZ 78 v Cook Islands 27
    NZ 89 v Bermuda 8
    NZ 78 v Malaysia 9
    NZ 94 v Wales 13
    NZ 67 v Scotland 15
    NZ 45 v England 30
    NZ 81 v Ireland 16

    Group order:
    1. New Zealand
    2. England

    3. Cook Islands
    4. Barbados
    5. Bermuda
    6. Scotland
    7. Ireland
    8. Malaysia
    9. Wales

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    FINAL GROUP (Teams 1-4)

    New Zealand 39 def Australia 28
    Trinidad & Tobago 42 def England 33
    Australia 46 drew with Trinidad & Tobago 46
    New Zealand 47 def England 37
    Australia 47 def England 43
    New Zealand 49 def Trinidad & Tobago 37

    New Zealand . 6pts
    Australia . 3pts
    Trinidad & Tobago . 3pts

    England . 0pts



    2. Trinidad Tobago
    2. Australia

    4. England
    5. Jamaica
    6. Barbados
    6. Cook Islands
    8. Fiji
    9. Scotland
    10. Northern Ireland
    10. Bermuda
    10. Canada
    13. Wales
    14. Papua New Guinea
    15. Ireland
    16. Sri Lanka
    17. Malaysia

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    From the NZ Herald

    World Beating Silver Ferns – Glasgow 1987 https://www.nzherald.co.nz/sport/news/article.cfm?c_id=4&objectid=10474864

    Brutally honest sports team meetings are all the rage these days, especially when the chips are down. A ground-breaking New Zealand netball team meeting occurred in London 1987, during 10 days of preparation for the World Championships in Glasgow. This was no rescue mission, more a fine tuning for an already fine machine.

    The 1987 team stands as our greatest, legends virtually unchallenged as the best in the world, many of them driven by defeat against Australia in the 1983 tournament final. The squad was coached by Lois Muir and included captain Leigh Gibbs, Tracey Fear, Margaret Forsyth, Sandra Edge, Margharet Matenga, Waimarama Taumaunu, Rita Fatialofa, Julie Townsend and Tracey Earl. Enough said, although New Zealand had a rocky 1986, losing five of six games to Australia.

    Fear, the lean defender of Australian origin who came to New Zealand in her late teens, readily recalls the London team showdown. Yet it cut so deeply she is still reluctant to provide specific details. “We divulged our inner secrets, about what each of us found really difficult. You were really letting your innermost secrets to your team- mates,” says Fear. She and husband Terry live in Cambridge with their sports-mad kids, 17-year-old daughter Robbie and 15-year-old son Joel, who has represented New Zealand in BMX.

    “I had this overwhelming sense of ‘oh my God, it’s hanging out there and woe betide us when we play in the domestic competition because we will all know our innermost secrets’. But it was a character-building moment. The hallmark of great teams is honesty that challenges each other. Only when the brutal facts are revealed can players make their games better.” Fear’s technical weakness was against attackers’ fakes, something her team-mates had already sussed. Beyond this revelation, she would say no more.

    The 1987 team blitzed all-comers by at least 10 goals in the bleak Glasgow conditions and on strangely silent rubberised courts. Remarkably, they kept Australia’s shooting aces to three goals in the third quarter of their clash, then pulled away from Trinidad and Tobago in the last final before moving indoors. These great players propelled netball into a high-profile era. But the hallmarks of days gone by remained.

    Rather than a grand return, Fear – netball’s high performance manager these days – and other players travelled. The Fears and Leigh and Steve Gibbs went around Europe in a van. Various team members arranged meets in Paris and New York. “The supporters in Glasgow really made it special for us but the sport was only just gaining a profile and there wasn’t anything like the incredible reception for the 2003 team,” says Fear.

    But there was an unusual sequel, a 1997 Dunedin rematch against their Australian world championship adversaries. Fear’s ultra-competitive nature meant she had sworn never to play after her 1988 retirement. She trained like mad for the rematch. “There was no way I wanted to lose. The game was fiercely competitive,” she says.

    “We looked anything but champions in the warm-up and we were concerned. It was very close but we won – Sandra Edge was spectacular. “I have fantastic memories of 1987. People say it was a team of legends, but you only appreciate the value of the players afterwards.”

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    Pack your bags Lisa, you’re heading to Glasgow https://netball.com.au/pack-bags-lisa-youre-heading-glasgow/

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