1991 – 8TH WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS (Sydney, Aust)

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    1991 was the year that changed everything. Such a breakthrough event, with a lot of firsts. The first time the event was called the World Championships, the first time there were semi-finals and a final, the first time the event was held indoors, the first time it was shown live on Australian TV. It captured the attention of Australia and climaxed with a brilliant final, won by Australia 53-52 over rivals New Zealand in front of over 10,000 fans.

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    1st – AUSTRALIA
    DALWOOD, Carissa
    DEVERY, Keeley
    FIELKE, Michelle (Captain)
    FINNAN, Sharon
    JENCKE, Roselee
    KENNETT, Jennifer
    KENNY, Sue
    MCKINNIS, Simone
    O’DONNELL, Shelley
    WAGG, Catriona
    WILSON, Vicki
    Coach: Joyce Brown

    2nd – NEW ZEALAND
    CARTER, Julie
    COX, Tanya
    DILLMORE, Robin
    EDGE, Sandra
    EYRL-SHORTLAND, Tracy
    HODSON, Joan
    LEAVER, Leonie
    NOUVAO, Ana
    TAUMAUNU, Waimarama (Captain)
    TOPPING, Carron
    WAITE, Sheryl
    WALL, Louisa
    Coach: Lyn Parker

    3rd – JAMAICA
    ALDRIDGE, Charmaine
    BLAKE, Valerie
    CLARKE, Karen
    FRANCIS, Connie
    FRANCIS, Janet
    HAMILTON, Karlene
    JOHNSON, Janet
    LINDSAY, Marva
    MCDONALD, Patricia
    PATTERSON, Marjorie
    PITTERSON, Oberon Jean
    TAYLOR, Sharon

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    COMPETITION FORMAT:
    2 groups of 10 teams with the top 2 from each group going to semi finals.

    GROUP A

    New Zealand matches:
    NZ 94 v Cook Islands 40
    NZ 86 v Ireland 26
    NZ 104 v Hong Kong 14
    NZ 86 v Canada 24
    NZ 78 v Namibia 44
    NZ 96 v Vanuatu 27
    NZ 91 v Papua New Guinea 29
    NZ 93 v Northern Ireland 21
    NZ 68 v Jamaica 63

    Group order:
    1. New Zealand
    2. Jamaica

    3. Cook Islands
    4. Canada
    5. Ireland
    6. Northern Ireland
    7. Namibia
    8. Papua New Guinea
    9. Hon Kong
    10. Vanuatu

    GROUP B

    Australian matches:
    Aust 84 v Fiji 19
    Aust 95 v Cayman Islands 24
    Aust 76 v Scotland 22
    Aust 113 v Singapore 12
    Aust 77 v Wales 31
    Aust 65 v England 38
    Aust 81 v Western Samoa 25
    Aust 76 v Malaysia 27
    Aust 107 v Sri Lanka 10

    Group order:
    1. Australia
    2. England

    3. Wales
    4. Western Samoa
    5. Scotland
    6. Fiji
    7. Sri Lanka
    8. Cayman Islands
    9. Singapore
    10. Malaysia

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    SEMI FINALS:
    New Zealand 53 def England 33
    Australia 68 def Jamaica 62

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    3/4 PLAYOFF:
    Jamaica 63
    def England 54

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    FINAL – AUSTRALIA v NEW ZEALAND

    AUSTRALIA WON 53-52
    (13-14, 26-27, 40-41, 53-52)

    AUSTRALIA:
    GS…. Wilson
    GA…. Wagg
    WA… O’Donnell
    C…… Dalwood
    WD… McKinnis
    GD…. Fielke
    GK…. Devery

    Changes:
    3rd Quarter.. Jencke GK (Devery).

    Shooting stats:
    Wilson……… 42/56 75%
    Wagg……….. 11/13 85%
    TOTAL……… 53/69 77%

    NEW ZEALAND:
    GS…. Eyrl
    GA…. Carter
    WA… Hodson
    C…… Edge
    WD… Wall
    GD…. Taumaunu
    GK…. Dillimore

    Changes:
    None.

    Shooting stats:
    Eyrl………….. 34/40 85%
    Carter………. 18/20 90%
    TOTAL………. 52/60 87%

    Crowd 10,344

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    FINAL PLACINGS:

    1. AUSTRALIA
    2. New Zealand
    3. Jamaica

    4. England
    5. Cook Islands
    6. Canada
    7. Wales
    8. Western Samoa
    9. Scotland
    10. Ireland
    11. Fiji
    12. Northern Ireland
    13. Namibia
    14. Papua New Guinea
    15. Sri Lanka
    16. Cayman Islands
    17. Hong Kong
    18. Singapore
    19. Malaysia
    20. Vanuatu

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    Australia Rules
    Heather Smith – The Sun Herald

    Australia are the world netball champions for the sixth time. The brilliant Aussies defeated old rivals New Zealand 53-52 last night in a match so nerve-wracking that normally reserved national coach, Joyce Brown, was jumping up and down and screaming to her players to give that little bit extra. A sell-out crowd of 10,500 at the Sydney Entertainment Centre, including at least 5,000 New Zealanders who flew over for the tournament, screamed deafeningly throughout, creating even more tension as the minutes ticked by.

    The game everyone was waiting for exceeded expectations with an electric atmosphere, exciting skills and plenty of action. New Zealand led by one goal at all the breaks but the lead see-sawed so many times it wasn’t possible to pick the better team. At the final whistle tears rolled down the faces of the joyous Australians, who never gave in to the tremendous pressure exerted by the 1987 world champs. Australia trailed by a goal or two for most of the match but in the last few minutes they lifted for a last effort, which ultimately won them the game and the world crown.

    New Zealand, the defending champions, were gallant losers and could have won the match if not for some inspired netball from their opponents. In the last seconds of the game, replacement goal-keeper Roselee Jencke intercepted a pass heading for the New Zealand goal circle and sent it flying back up the court to the deafening cheers of the crowd. Australia’s champion goal-shooter, Vicki Wilson, potted the goal but the umpire had already signalled the end of the match and the celebrations began.

    An excited Australian captain, Michelle Fielke, said it was “probably the best match” Australia and New Zealand had ever played. “We’ve never had a closer match – the atmosphere was fantastic and that had a lot to do with us winning,” Fielke said. “The girls wanted it so badly and they had the guts and the confidence to get through it. This makes up for 1987, when New Zealand won.” Fielke said that even when Australia led by four goals at one stage, they knew the Kiwis wouldn’t give up. It was only the Australians’ belief in themselves and their desire to win which got them home, she said.

    A very proud Brown said that not only were the Australian players “great netballers”, but their experience in winning the world crown would help them in their later lives. “I’ll leave it to the girls to celebrate – it’s their moment,” she said. “This is a reward for their absolute dedication to the tasks I set them since last October. “Everyone split their last sinew trying to get to the ball, stretching that extra inch. That makes the difference between the good players and the champions.” Losing coach Lyn Parker was extremely disappointed for her players but said she was very proud of them. “They showed a great deal of character,” she said. “It was a credit to Australia, they played really well.”

    JAMAICA confirmed their growing status as one of the world’s best netball teams by defeating the No 3 seeds England 63-54 in the world championship play-off at the Entertainment Centre yesterday. The flamboyant Jamaicans can now boast a No 3 ranking after they out-played a spiritless English side in the match to decide the third and fourth placegetters. England, earlier beaten by world champions New Zealand in Friday night’s semi-final 53-33, could not maintain their good form and were thoroughly outplayed. Jamaica stole many hearts with their colourful and energetic play and can be well pleased with their performance throughout the 13-day competition.

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    Amid The Passion, We Show The World
    Heather Smith – Sydney Morning Herald

    Netball came of age on Saturday night as seven young Australians provided an epic ending to one of the greatest sporting spectacles Sydney has been privileged to witness. Any lingering doubts about netball’s ability to rouse spectator passions were obliterated in the deafening roar produced by 10,500 people packed into the Sydney Entertainment Centre. They were responding to Australia’s snatching of a heart-stopping one-goal victory over defending champions New Zealand in the final of the world championships.

    The world netball fraternity had waited impatiently for this clash, and all expectations were exceeded. Prime Minister Bob Hawke, a self-proclaimed connoisseur of sport, declared the final the most exciting sporting contest he’d seen. His colleague, Ros Kelly, the Federal Minister for Sport, Racing and Recreation, said the event surpassed the Rugby League Grand Final victory of her beloved Canberra Raiders in 1989. But the occasion needed no reassuring words from special guests and VIPs. It was a match which stood on its own, boasting two brilliant teams, a long tradition of sporting rivalry and the ultimate – the world crown – as the prize.

    A film director could not have scripted it better. The pace was furious from the first whistle, the skill and ball control were exceptional, and to add extra spice, the difference between the sides was so slight that neither was able to draw more than four goals ahead for the entire hour of play. The drama of the occasion was amplified as the cheers from a vocal crowd -half of them New Zealanders – reached a crescendo in the final few minutes. It was ironic that the rock-steady New Zealand players, who had led -albeit narrowly – for most of the match, succumbed to the pressure induced by the electric atmosphere and the Australians’ desperation.

    The last 60 seconds of the game passed too slowly for the coaches and players biting their nails on the bench. Goal attack Catriona Wagg scored with less than a minute remaining to put the Australians ahead 53-51, but New Zealand stayed in touch with a goal from shooter Tracy Eyrl-Shortland. The Australians’ hearts were in their mouths as a few seconds later, Kiwi captain Waimarama Taumaunu came up with the ball and sent it flying towards the goal circle. But Victorian Roselee Jencke, who replaced starting goal keeper Keeley Devery, came to Australia’s rescue to make the most important intercept of her life.

    Jencke passed the ball to a teammate, and the relieved home side threw it around until the umpire’s whistle signalled full-time and a 53-52 victory for the joyous Australians. Tears mixed with laughter and screams of jubilation filled the Entertainment Centre as the sell-out crowd gave the new world champions a standing ovation. Australian captain Michelle Fielke said later the team lifted for a final effort in the dying minutes.

    “We’ve never had a closer match,” she said. “The atmosphere was fantastic -it had a lot to do with us winning. There were lots of Kiwi supporters out there, but in the final five minutes the Australian supporters took over. The girls wanted it so badly, and they had the guts and the confidence to get through it. The game swayed back and forward and it came down to the last five minutes, and who wanted to win more. This makes up for 1987.”

    Australian coach Joyce Brown lingered in the background, unwilling to claim any of her players’ glory. Throughout the tournament Brown said that Australia, although seeded second behind New Zealand, were the best team and would win their sixth world crown. Her belief in her players was vindicated as they stayed cool under tremendous pressure in the crucial stage of the match. “This is a reward for the absolute dedication to the tasks I had set them since last October,” she said.

    The only cloud in the Australian camp was the ankle injury which prevented the vice-captain and wing attack Sue Kenny taking the court. Kenny fell during the semi-final against Jamaica and scraped a piece of bone off her ankle. She also has some strained ligaments, and will see a specialist.

    For the New Zealanders, it was the end of an era, with both Taumaunu and veteran Sandra Edge announcing their retirements amid the disappointment of losing their coveted world title. Coach Lyn Parker said that “a little bit of experience, a little bit of knowing how to win the game at the end” cost the Kiwis dearly.

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    From Netball Australia

    The tournament that put netball on centre stage https://netball.com.au/the-tournament-that-put-netball-centre-stage/

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    From Sebastian Luckai

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