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    Format: 2 pools of 5, qualification games, semis and finals

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    BROADBENT, Alison
    COX, Catherine
    DELANEY, Jacqui
    ELLIS, Liz
    HARBY-WILLIAMS, Kath (captain)
    HODGE, Alex
    ILITCH, Janine
    MCMAHON, Sharelle
    RICHARDSON, Nicole
    SANDERS, Rebecca
    SQUIRE, Peta
    SOUTHBY, Eloise
    Coach: Jill McIntosh

    ALLEYNE, Denise
    BLACKMAN, Latonia,
    BROWNE, Laurel
    FORDE, Stacy
    HARRIS, Linda
    HARRIS, Rhonda
    MARTINDALE, Sherry
    QUARLESS, Dionne
    SMALL, Don
    SQUIRES, Cheryl
    WALCOTT, Olivia
    WILSON, Linda

    BALDWIN, Zoe
    BURNS, Joanne
    BUTLER, Sharon
    CARLSON, Patricia
    GRAF, Dana
    HAGAN, Christine
    HARDWARE, Shawnette
    HOPE, Maralyn
    MCKENZIE, Shirley
    SUNG, Shelley
    THORPE, Sheryl
    WIND, Dulcina

    ASPINALL, Karen
    ASTLE, Alex
    GARLAND, Jess
    MENTOR, Geva
    MURTAGH, Fiona
    MKOLOMA, Sonia
    MURPHY, Olivia (captain)
    NEVILLE, Tracey
    NEWTON, Amanda
    SIDDALL, Naomi
    STEED, Jo
    TEARE, Abby
    Coach: Lyn Gunson

    BERESO, Maria
    MUNIVAI, Seforosa
    RABUKA, Bulou
    RABUKA, Mere
    RAMAFONO, Bernadette
    RARA, Taraima
    ROKOURA, Unaisi (captain)
    SHAW, Matelita
    TORA, Paulini
    TUISESE, Lanieta
    Coach: Margaret Corbett

    BRYAN, Nadine
    DAVIS, Elaine
    FORBES, Simone
    FFRENCH, Nadine
    GIBSON, Nichala
    GORDON, Georgia
    KENTISH, Kaydia
    MORGAN, Tasha
    PITTERSON, Oberon (captain)
    WATKINS, Sharmalee
    WILES, Sharon
    WOLFE, Tiffannie
    Coach: Maureen Hall

    CLARKE, Sheryl
    COFFIN, Jenny-May
    COLLING, Belinda
    DAVU, Vilimaina
    LOFFHAGEN, Donna
    NICOL, Leslie
    ROWBERRY, Anna
    SEYMOUR, Julie (captain)
    VAGANA, Linda
    VAN DYK, Irene
    VERONESE, Anna
    WIPIITI, Daneka
    Coach: Ruth Aitken

    BOCK-JONATHAN, Bronwyn
    GUMEDE, Sindisiwe
    JONKER, Adele
    MACHOGA, Martha
    MASOAHLE, Martha
    NTLAMA, Nomthandazo
    PELCHER, Tanya
    SENEKAL, Alicia
    VAN DER VYVER, Mable (captain)
    WELTHAGEN, Shani
    WIUM, Liezel
    Coach: Louise de Plessis

    DISSANAYAKA, Thushari
    JAYAKODY, Gishanthi
    JAYASURIA, Sandya
    JAYATHILAKA, Damayanthi
    KARAWITAGE, Arunika
    KULARI, Anjana
    LANKATILLEKE, Gayathri
    MALKANTHI, Dammika
    NALIKA, Prasadi
    WIJAYALATH, Harshanie

    BATTLE, Ceri
    BLANKS, Emma
    BOWERS, Ursula
    CASE, Helen
    DONOVAN, Dawn
    EDWARDS, Sian
    EVANS, Gemma
    GRIFFITHS, Joanne (captain)
    HALE, Sara
    HARRIS, Jamilla
    JONES, Mair
    MAYES, Anna
    Coach: Raewyn Henry

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    By Julie Ash
    NZ Herald

    The Australian side are on their way to Wales confident they have done enough to repeat their 1998 Commonwealth Games gold-medal-winning performance. The Australians flew to Cardiff yesterday, where they will spend the week practising against the Australian Institute of Sport team, who are travelling to Manchester as their training partners.

    Australia beat New Zealand 42-39 to win gold in Kuala Lumpur, the first time netball was included as an official sport. Less than two weeks out from the Games, they look on track to claiming gold medal No 2. While the New Zealand team were confirmed just over a week ago, the Australian side were named in late April. For the last 2 1/2 months they have been strengthening combinations and working on ways to combat Jamaica, the Silver Ferns and, in particular, Ferns shooter Irene van Dyk.

    The Silver Ferns, on the other hand, are still forming combinations and have a lot of work to do on eliminating errors and performing for a full 60 minutes. Luckily, the Ferns are in the easier of two pools – along with Canada, Sri Lanka, England and Wales – which will let them iron out any problems before they meet heavyweights Jamaica and Australia. Australia have a more challenging road to the semifinals, facing Barbados, Fiji, South Africa and Jamaica.

    Not that this bothers coach Jill McIntosh. “To win the gold you have to get past all the teams,” she said. “I don’t have a problem being in the harder side of the draw. I think it keeps everyone on their toes. Unlike some of the other sports, netball has all of its top nations there. It is like a world champs for us.”

    McIntosh expected a three-way tussle between Australia, New Zealand and Jamaica. “I don’t think England are quite at that level. They are not far away, but I don’t see them challenging for one of the top three places. I believe Jamaica are there already. They beat New Zealand in February. They were five goals away from us in 1999 and two goals away from New Zealand.”

    McIntosh was in New Zealand to watch the Silver Ferns crush Barbados and said although it was one-sided, she was able to take away “a bit” of information. “It was good to see the players out there and the combinations that were run. Although we know the players as individuals, it was good to see them together and live.”

    The Australian coach since 1994, McIntosh is familiar with all the New Zealand players apart from shooting sensation Daneka Wipiiti. “Daneka is a good back-up for Irene [van Dyk]. She is tall, she is accurate with her shots and not afraid to go to the post, which is a good attribute to have at such a young age. I think she’ll go from strength to strength.”

    Netball New Zealand had to apply through the National Olympic Committee for dispensation to select van Dyk, a former South African, and Fijian goal-keep Vilimaina Davu in their Manchester team, something Netball Australia believes should have been declined.

    “The rules were there and the rules were got around and Irene and Vilimaina were given the green light to play,” McIntosh said. “So be it. We have played against Irene for a while now so it is not as if it is anything new to combat. We have been working on that for a while now.”

    Along with a new coach, Ruth Aitken, the New Zealand team include four changes from the side who lost a three-test series to Australia 2-1 last October. “Apart from Daneka all of the players have played for the Ferns before,” McIntosh said, “so it is not as if Ruth is bringing in players that haven’t been there – I certainly don’t think she is losing anything.”

    One worry for McIntosh is the health of her captain, Kathryn Harby-Williams. Stricken by a virus which has kept her bedridden for the last week, she stayed at home when the team left for Britain, saying she felt as if she had been “hit by a truck.” The seasoned defender is expected to fly out tomorrow.

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    Liz Hannan
    Sydney Morning Herald

    They may be without a catchy moniker but Australia will be the team on everyone’s lips in Manchester. While arch-foes New Zealand have long been known as the Silver Ferns, Australia’s top netballers have resisted a push to acquire a tag with a recognition factor to rival the Hockeyroos or Opals, Wallabies or Kangaroos.

    If it’s good enough for the Australian cricketers to go without, it’s good enough for us, one senior official argued when the debate was reignited last year. After all, said another, why choose a tag when you already have one: world champions.

    Unlike some Commonwealth Games sports, such as track and field, swimming and hockey, which are diminished by the absence of the Europeans and Americans, the netball tournament could not be stronger. The powers of the game will all be there Australia, New Zealand, Jamaica, England, South Africa and the 10-day competition will be fierce.

    Australia left for Manchester on Sunday to defend the gold medal won in Kuala Lumpur in 1998. It is widely held that the final will be a repeat of the 1998 gold medal play-off, in which Australia shut out the Silver Ferns in a thriller, 42-39, but that Jamaica pose the greatest threat. Four years on, the trans-Tasman rivals will track towards the final from opposite sides of the draw, Australia in the tougher of the two pools with Jamaica.

    Just five of the 12 Australians defending gold in Manchester were in Kuala Lumpur when it was won Kathryn Harby-Williams, who will captain the team, Liz Ellis, her vice-captain, goaler Sharelle McMahon, centre Rebecca Sanders and defender Janine Ilitch. Versatile attacker Jacqui Delaney has come into the team that dominated the Test series against Barbados and England in March. Delaney, who has a young child, was given the nod ahead of Sydney Swift Megan Anderson because of her ability to play in several positions.

    If one thing stands in the way of Australia and gold it may be the 191-centimetre frame of Silver Ferns import Irene van Dyk. The goalshooter, who defected to New Zealand from her native South Africa two years ago, looms large in the Ferns’ attack and on Australian minds. Last October, when New Zealand and Australia met, coach Jill McIntosh exchanged harsh words with New Zealand counterpart Yvonne Willering.

    McIntosh declared the Silver Ferns wouldn’t be anywhere near the standard they are now without having Irene in their team”. Willering hit back, warning the Australians they were becoming obsessed” with van Dyk. I have a team full of very good players,” said Willering. Having Irene on the team doesn’t make us unbeatable.” It didn’t. Australia won the series 2-1.

    “Irene is a force to be reckoned with, sure,” McIntosh said last week. “But she is one of seven players on the court at any time. You don’t beat the player, you beat the team. I was in New Zealand last week and it is quite interesting Irene has become the focal point.”

    For McIntosh, the gold medal seems to be a race between three teams Australia, New Zealand and Jamaica, ranked fourth in the world. Australia and Jamaica are in the same pool and will meet in the rounds. You can’t forget Jamaica,” McIntosh said. We met them at the rounds in the world championships in 1999 and that was a good thing. I would rather meet them there than have to meet them in the semi-final.

    “We have not played them since those world championships. We have not been able to get there they really have shut the doors a bit. New Zealand played them early this year and Jamaica won one game. They are a force to be reckoned with. They have some high-quality athletes.”

    Harby-Williams agreed. She said Jamaica were “an unknown quantity and, at their best, they’re very, very good”. The skipper said familiarity would be a major factor when playing the Silver Ferns. We know them like the back of our hand and we just hope that we put in the performance that is required at the time,” she said. Australia will spend a week at the Wales Institute of Sport playing practice matches against an Australian Institute of Sport team.

    McMahon the goalscoring machine

    Sharelle McMahon grabbed headlines on October2, 1999, when she shot the winning goal to deliver Australia the world championship ahead of arch-rivals New Zealand. It was the second time the then-youngest member of the Australian team had performed a sporting miracle to deliver victory, the other being in the deciding Test against Jamaica on the 1998 Caribbean tour. In 1998, McMahon was also the youngest member of the Commonwealth gold medal-winning team. Now 24, she has proved herself a worthy successor to Australian shooting star and captain Vicki Wilson, who dominated the Australian ring throughout the 1990s. McMahon’s recent Commonwealth Bank Trophy form for the Melbourne Phoenix she has been shooting with up to a 95 per cent success rate guarantees her close attention from opposition defenders in Manchester.

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    POOL A

    WALES 48 def SRI LANKA 47
    (Jones 31, Harris 13, Edwards 4)
    (Samarasinghe 28, Jayakody 19)

    ENGLAND 87 def CANADA 26
    (Astle 30, Steed 22, Teare 18, Garland 17)
    (Wind 14, Hope 12)

    NEW ZEALAND 101 def CANADA 17
    (Wipiiti 39, Loffhagen 34, van Dyk 20, Colling 8)
    (Hope 10, Carlson 7)

    ENGLAND 75 def SRI LANKA 34
    (Astle 31, Garland 25, Steed 19)
    (Samarasinghe 13, Nalika 12, Jayakody 8, Sriyakanthi 1)

    ENGLAND 81 def WALES 18
    (Astle 42, Teare 39)
    (Edwards 8, Jones 6, Harris 4)

    NEW ZEALAND 116 def SRI LANKA 26
    (van Dyk 58, Loffhagen 23, Colling 21, Wipiiti 14)
    (Nalika 14, Samarasinghe 6, Jayakody 6)

    WALES 49 def CANADA 42
    (Jones 37, Edwards 12)
    (Wind 23, Hope 19)

    (van Dyk 44, Loffhagen 15, Colling 8)
    (Teare 22, Astle 13)

    CANADA 52 def SRI LANKA 49
    (Wind 30, Hope 22)
    (Samarasinghe 27, Jayakody 12, Nalika 10)

    NEW ZEALAND 81 def WALES 23
    (Loffhagen 35, Colling 23, Wipiiti 23)
    (Harris 7, Edwards 7, Jones 9)

    1. New Zealand
    2. England
    3. Wales
    4. Canada
    5. Sri Lanka


    POOL B

    SOUTH AFRICA 52 def FIJI 42
    (Gumede 43, Welthagen 5, Jonker 2, Senekal 1, Geldenhuis 1)
    (Shaw 22, Tora 20)

    JAMAICA 65 def BARBADOS 20
    (Forbes 37, Davis 28)
    (Squires 10, Walcott 10)

    (Davis 46, Forbes 20)
    (Gumede 49, Jonker 3, Welthagen 2, Machoga 1)

    (Mcmahon 24, Cox 22, Southby 18, Delaney 11)
    (Squires 16, Walcott 12)

    (Gumede 49, Jonker 6, Welthagen 1)
    (Squires 21, Walcott 16)

    AUSTRALIA 83 def FIJI 32
    (Cox 29, Mcmahon 26, Southby 18, Delaney 10)
    (Shaw 14, Rara 10, Tora 8)

    (Cox 39, McMahon 18, Southby 17)
    (Gumede 27, Jonker 4, Machoga 7)

    JAMAICA 84 def FIJI 33
    (Davis 58, Forbes 18, Wolfe 8)
    (Shaw 14, Tora 12, Rara 7)

    BARBADOS 46 def FIJI 44
    (Squires 30, Walcott 16)
    (Rara 19, Shaw 19, Tora 6)

    (McMahon 23, Southby 20, Cox 17)
    (Davis 22, Forbes 11)

    1. Australia
    2. Jamaica
    3. South Africa
    4. Barbados
    5. Fiji

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    SRI LANKA 41 def BARBADOS 40
    (Samarasinghe 22, Jayakody 19)
    (Walcott 13, Alleyne 11, Squires 11, Harris 5)

    FIJI 75 def CANADA 39
    (Rara 30, Shaw 23, Tora 16, Bereso 6)
    (Hope 22, Wind 17)



    (Teare 29, Steed 16, Astle 10)
    (Gumede 28, Machoga 12)

    JAMAICA 72 def WALES 32
    (Davis 42, Forbes 19)
    (Jones 24, Edwards 5, Harris 3)


    9th/10th PLAYOFF:

    BARBADOS 64 def CANADA 30
    (Squires 39, Walcott 21, Browne 3,Harris 1)
    (Wind 18, Carlson 7, Hope 5)


    7th/8th PLAYOFF:

    FIJI 80 def SRI LANKA 42
    (Tora 25, Rara 22, Shaw 22, Bereso 11)
    (Samarasinghe 24, Jayakody 15, Nalika 3)


    5th/6th PLAYOFF:

    SOUTH AFRICA 71 def WALES 21
    (Gumede 56, Jonker 10, Machoga 5)
    (Harris 17, Edwards 8, Jones 2)

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    (17-10, 34-25, 49-39, 69-51)

    GS . van Dyk
    GA . Lofhagen
    WA . Rowberry
    C … Seymour
    WD . Nicol
    GD . Clarke
    GK . Davu

    4th Q . Vagana GK (Davu)

    Shooting stats:
    van Dyk . 41/48 (85%)
    Loffhagen . 28/33 (85%)
    Total . 69/81 (85%)

    GS . Davis
    GA . Forbes
    WA . Watkins
    C … Bryan
    WD . French
    GD . Pitterson
    GK . Gordon


    Shooting stats:
    Davis . 28/??
    Forbes . 23/??
    Total . 51/??



    (12-6, 22-17, 35-29, 49-38)

    GS . Southby
    GA . Delaney
    WA . Hodge
    C … Sanders
    WD . Squire
    GD . Broadbent
    GK . Ellis

    3rd Q . McMahon GA (Delaney)

    Shooting stats:
    Southby . 28/35 (80%)
    McMahon . 15/19 (79%)
    Delaney . 6/12 (50%)
    Total . 49/66 (74%)

    GS . Astle
    GA . Teare
    WA . Neville
    C … Murphy
    WD . Murtagh
    GD . Newton
    GK . Mkoloma


    Shooting stats:
    Steed . 19/25 (76%)
    Teare . 17/25 (68%)
    Astle . 2/6 (33%)
    Total . 38/56 (68%)

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    JAMAICA WON 55-53
    (13-14, 29-27, 41-40, 55-53)

    GS . Davis
    GA . Forbes
    WA . Watkins
    C … Bryan
    WD . Wiles
    GD . Pitterson
    GK . Gordon


    Shooting stats:
    Davis . 42/49 (86%)
    Forbes . 13/17 (76%)
    Total . 55/66 (83%)

    GS . Astle
    GA . Teare
    WA . Neville
    C … Murphy
    WD . Murtagh
    GD . Newton
    GK . Mkoloma


    Shooting stats:
    Astle . 32/38 (84%)
    Teare . 21/??
    Total . 53/??



    England failed to repeat their achievement of four years ago as they lost a thrilling bronze medal play-off against Jamaica 55-53. The hosts led early in the first quarter and scores were even for most of the second until Jamaica opened up a five-point lead in the third. Backed by a capacity home crowd, England responded with five quick-fire goals to level it at 40-40, before Jamaica notched one to take it to 41-40 going into the fourth quarter.

    The crowd erupted when England, bronze medallists in Kuala Lumpur, took the lead for the first time in the fourth quarter with seven minutes left on the clock. But Jamaica led by one point in the final minute and a missed goal by England cost them the chance of a draw. Afterwards, England performance director Wai Taumaunu congratulated Jamaica, but admitted she was “devastated” her side had not won a medal. “The players are very disappointed because losing like that is hard to take, ” she said.

    The Jamaicans, ranked fourth in the world coming into the tournament, surpassed themselves in the tournament. “It was just a great performance from all the girls,” said Jamaica captain Oberon Pitterson. “I can’t single anyone out for special praise.

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    The Sunday Age

    RUTH AITKEN has never coached against Australia’s all-conquering netball team previously, but the New Zealand coach believes that after today’s Commonwealth Games final she could have a 1-0 record against the world champion.

    Both teams moved comfortably enough into the final, New Zealand beating Jamaica 69-51 after withstanding a spirited comeback in the third term. Australia dominated the opening five minutes of the final term to put away a determined England 49-38. Now it comes down to the final all expected, though Australian captain Kathryn Harby-Williams said they had drawn a lesson from the experience of the women’s hockey team, beaten in the semi-final by England. “Commonwealth Games are all about upsets. No matter how much people look to an Australia-New Zealand final, that’s not a given.”

    It is a reality – and Aitken thinks an upset is a distinct possibility. “Australia is an old foe, we’ve had our ups and downs with them.” Mostly down, actually, but Aitken added: Any team can be beaten.” Certainly, New Zealand qualified the more impressively, bouncing out to a commanding lead over Jamaica and never letting it into the game apart from the brief and exciting flurry after half-time. But New Zealand steadied, scoring the next eight goals, and was not put under scoreboard pressure again. “We let them back,” said Aitken. Though that did not please her, the response of her team did. “The crowd got behind them, but we kept our composure. Really, we ground them down in the end.”

    Irene van Dyk, the former South African who is now the Silver Ferns’ goal-scoring machine, scored 41 goals but got them at only 85 per cent. “I had a shocker,” she said later, adding “trust me” when asked if it was really all that bad.

    Australia, by contrast, played in fits and starts, or rather was forced to by a tenacious England. The game looked to be going to plan when the world champion led 12-6 at quarter-time, but the introduction of Jo Steed to replace Alex Astle at goalshooter turned the game around. She scored nine from nine as England, within a goal at one stage, got back into the match.

    Australian coach Jill McIntosh was forced to make changes at half-time. Off the bench came ailing goalshooter Sharelle McMahon (ankle) and Harby-Williams (slight ankle and ill). McMahon had an immediate impact, finding space under the post where Eloise Southby and Jacqui Delaney had struggled in the first half. England goalkeeper Sonia Mkoloma, who matched Steed’s impact in the second quarter, was forced into a more defensive role.

    Still, England clung on and the half-time lead of five was extended by just one during the third quarter. Now, Australia stepped up. McMahon opened the scoring in the last quarter before Liz Ellis grabbed an important rebound from a rare Steed miss at the other end. That set Australia up on a run of five unanswered goals, the third, fourth and fifth successively establishing the game’s biggest lead.

    Ellis was outstanding, and she and Harby-Williams will need to be again to contain van Dyk in the final. The Australian team line on the ex-South African’s move across the Tasman seems to be one of contempt for what they see as opportunism, but she is looking forward to the test of the meeting the world’s best. “I rate Liz Ellis and Kathryn Harby-Williams as among the best defenders in the world,” van Dyk said. Their skill and flair is outstanding. Just to play against the best in the world is special.”

    With Nicole Richardson (ankle) and Catherine Cox (ill) unable to play in the semi, Australia will take some injury concerns into the final, though McIntosh was confident she would have a full list to choose from. Both teams planned light training sessions before the final and a mix of team commitments. The final that everyone wanted can turn out the way only one of the teams wants. Given recent history, if it is merely an excellent match, it will be a bit of an anti-climax.

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    AUSTRALIA WON 57-55 (Sudden death Extra time)
    (13-16, 23-25, 37-37, 46-46 / 54-54, 57-55)

    GS . Southby
    GA . McMahon
    WA . Sanders
    C … Richardson
    WD . Squire
    GD . Harby-Williams
    GK . Ellis

    3rd Q . Cox GS (Southby)

    Shooting stats:
    McMahon . 33/41 (81%)
    Cox . 15/25 (60%)
    Southby . 9/13 (69%)
    Total . 57/79 (72%)

    GS . van Dyk
    GA . Loffhagen
    WA . Rowberry
    C … Seymour
    WD . Nicol
    GD . Clarke
    GK . Davu

    3rd Q . Coffin WA (Rowberry)
    4th Q . Rowberry WA (Coffin)

    Shooting stats:
    van Dyk . 35/49 (71%)
    Loffhagen . 20/21 (95%)
    Total . 55/70 (79%)



    2 New Zealand
    3 Jamaica

    4 England
    5 South Africa
    6 Wales
    7 Fiji
    8 Sri Lanka
    9 Barbados
    10 Canada

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    Len Johnson
    The Age

    When Sharelle McMahon scored to give Australia victory over New Zealand in sudden-death extra time in the Commonwealth Games netball final, the Australian bench exploded into joyous celebration.

    Liz Ellis’ Australian teammates came rushing towards her. But Ellis put her hands up, ready to play on. “The umpire hadn’t blown full-time, I wasn’t stopping,” she said. When Ellis realised it was all over, “I ran 20 metres in world record time”.

    “I thought nothing would ever compare to 1999,” said Ellis, recalling the world championships final when Australia, playing NZ in Christchurch, came from seven goals down to snatch victory with a McMahon goal scored with two seconds left.

    The finale to a dramatic final was played out in circumstances bordering on the bizarre. Few knew the rules governing tied scores after normal time; few players had experienced them. “It’s the first time I’ve ever played sudden-death,” said Ellis, one of the veterans of the team. “I don’t ever want to do it again.”

    With the scores tied at the end of normal time, the teams played extra time, consisting of two halves of seven minutes. A goal from Irene van Dyk with four seconds of extra time left tied the scores 54-54 and sent the game into sudden-death.

    Complicating matters is that standard netball practice is for the clock to cease display the last minute of extra time, just as it does in the final minute of each quarter. Only when it starts counting do teams get an indication they are in sudden-death. In sudden-death, the team to get two goals ahead wins.

    Cath Cox scored for Australia one second into sudden-death; before anyone had realised the game had entered a new phase. Just over a minute later, Donna Loffhagen equalised for the Silver Ferns, while everyone thought it was a very long final minute of extra time.

    Cox put Australia ahead again and a minute later, McMahon was awarded a penalty shot. NZ goalkeeper Vilmaina Davu had gone to the ground in a desperate attempt to take the ball. The umpire called for the towel to wipe the floor.

    McMahon scored and for the second time drove a dagger deep into NZ netball hearts. It was McMahon who scored the last-second winner against NZ in the 1999 world championships final.

    Australian captain Kathryn Harby-Williams said after the game: It’s like fantasy world. I can’t believe we can beat New Zealand so many times in so many situations.”

    Ellis said she thought Australia was “gone for all money” when it trailed late in normal time. When Australia came back and hung on through extra time, she said she became determined they would not lose.

    Ellis fought a match-long duel with van Dyk and Loffhagen. Conceding height and weight to each, she just kept on jumping against the pair. In the end, Ellis’ spring held, the shooters’ nerves cracked. Van Dyk, who started with nine shots without a miss, fell to 71 per cent in the end. She missed a chance to give NZ a two-goal lead in extra time, then took three attempts to score another goal.

    The result must have left NZ coach Ruth Aitken and her team wondering whether they will ever beat Australia again. They last did it in an international tournament in 1987.

    Aitken, who took over the team only in the past 12 months, was positive. It was her first match against Australia. “For me, it’s the first loss against them, so I just have to make sure it’s the last.”

    NZ had an edge for most of the game and Aitken thought her side might have started extra time on the back foot. Australia scored the first goal of extra time and three of the first four. NZ hit back to lead by two with only two minutes of extra time to go and it seemed a win was there for the taking. Again, the chance was not taken.

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    Being involved in one of netball’s greatest matches meant little to the Silver Ferns, vanquished at the death once more by old foes Australia 55-57 in the Commonwealth Games final today. After 75-1/2 exhilarating minutes, the two teams were finally split when Australia moved two goals ahead, breaking a double extra-time deadlock to defend their Games crown and demote New Zealand to their second silver.

    Tied at 45-45 after extra time and 54-54 after two seven-minute halves of extra time. The game was decided by which team could move two goals clear. The winning goal was shot by goal attack Sharelle McMahon, igniting memories of her world championship matchwinner in 1999 in Christchurch and her influential role in the 1998 Games final.

    Victory was in New Zealand’s grasp on several occasions but, as has been the case in their previous heartbreaking losses, crucial errors crept in as the clock ticked down.

    Coach Ruth Aitken, in charge for her first test against Australia, remained composed and positive afterwards. “I believed we could do it and I still believe we had enough opportunities to do it,” Aitken said. “We were in charge of our own destiny but we just let it slip. I thought at the end of ordinary time we had the taking of it and that possibly didn’t help us going back out on court.”

    “I thought there was a feeling of ‘damn, we should have nailed it the first time’ and it took us a couple of minutes to get into that next phase.”

    Aitken denied the New Zealanders had a mental block against Australia and was confident her team were more than capable of reversing the result. Their next significant chance will be next year’s world championships in Jamaica.

    Although every player had moments to forget when the heat went on today, two moments stood out. With less than a minute left in ordinary time, New Zealand were a goal up and in possession before wing attack Anna Rowberry threw a lobbed pass over the head of shooter Donna Loffhagen. Australia swept downcourt and New Zealand-born shooter Catherine Cox drilled a long-range shot to level.

    And over the closing stages of the match, normally reliable goal shoot Irene Van Dyk missed a succession of close shots. After halftime she sunk just 22 from 34 attempts under intense pressure from veteran Australian circle defenders Liz Ellis and Kathryn Harby-Williams.

    “It’s always easy to say you should be sinking those ones but there’s a lot going on,” Aitken said. “Certainly she’ll be kicking herself but there were little things that happened all through the court at different times.”

    Van Dyk was distraught after the match, not wanting to discuss her shooting problems. “Who wouldn’t be?” she said, when asked if she was disappointed. She was stunned by the deafening roar of 8000 people throughout the game at the giant MEN Arena and said netball was as much the winner as Australia. “It was amazing, did you hear the crowd? It was something to live for. But you have to credit Australia, they were exceptional.”

    New Zealand’s attacking end has been their strength at these Games and goal attack Donna Loffhagen completed a fine tournament with 20 from 21, suffering her share of bumps and bruises along the way. But Aitken saved most plaudits for her defence, led by two debutants against Australia, goal defence Sheryl Clarke and goal keep Vilimaina Davu.

    The match swung dramatically throughout normal time. Both teams had a turn leading by a maximum of seven goals; New Zealand midway through the first quarter and Australia midway through the third.

    New Zealand captain Julie Seymour said it was physically and mentally draining playing Australia and was sure her team couldn’t have given any more. “It felt like the hardest game I’ve ever played in, in all my netball,” she said. “Physically they’re so tight at marking that to get free you have to work and work and work. The last of those normal 60 minutes are just so exhausting. You’re just pulling yourself along. So to suddenly face another 14 minutes is quite a daunting prospect I guess.”

    Australian opposite Kathryn Harby-Williams described the winning feeling as ‘like being in fantasy land’. “I can’t believe we’ve had so many ups and downs in one game in such an important event. We are the happiest girls in the world right now. It’s just fantastic.”

    McMahon was asked if she felt any sympathy for New Zealand’s continuous run of narrow defeats. “No, not at this stage,” she said. “We might look back and think that they were unlucky because they played really great netball. They really had us in a lot of trouble at quite a few stages throughout that match, even in the first quarter. The Aussie spirit came through. The girls never said die.”

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    David Leggat
    NZ Herald

    The head, not the body, got Australia the gold medal in a dramatic, white-knuckle final yesterday, according to their coach, Jill McIntosh. It took extra time, then netball’s version of soccer’s golden goal (a two-goal advantage) to separate the only contenders for the top two spots on the world ladder, before classy attacker Sharelle McMahon potted the crucial goal to give Australia a 57-55 win.

    McMahon is making a habit of crushing New Zealand hopes. She sank the winner in the 42-41 world championship decider in Christchurch three years ago on the final whistle. There were tears on that occasion among the Silver Ferns bench. Not so after yesterday’s gripping contest. They were probably too drained to give off any emotion as the Australians found a second wind and after the final whistle cavorted about the court as the Silver Ferns clustered in the middle. For McIntosh, durability of the mind, rather than the body, was the key factor.

    “At the start of extra time it just depended on who remained mentally the strongest,” McIntosh said. “Physically everyone just gave their all, so it came down to a mental battle.” And no worries your team would measure up on that count, Jill? “We’d done it before, so I had every confidence.” A glance down the recent history of these games backs her assuredness.

    Her counterpart, Ruth Aitken, also offered an insight which added an extra piece to the overall picture. Her team believed they should have won the game in normal time, she said. They were 46-45 ahead going into the last minute, and with the centre pass-off. “Australia were lucky to get back at the end of normal time, and they were on an upward roll [when extra time began],” Aitken said. The momentum had shifted and the Silver Ferns were left bemoaning a glorious chance to get one over their fierce rivals.

    The Manchester Arena was an Australasian oasis in old Blighty for the final, a sea of flags and banners proclaiming things which would mean nothing outside either of those countries. What probably hurt New Zealand was the knowledge that Australia were not the outstanding combination of recent years. They toiled hard, had experience at the back in Liz Ellis and Katherine Harby-Williams, and diligent workers through the court. New Zealand held a six-goal lead late in the first quarter, and a 53-51 lead with 1m 35s left in extra time, but blew it.

    While Donna Loffhagen was the game’s sharpest shooter, goaling 20 of 21 attempts, it was a bad time for Irene Van Dyk to have an off day. She managed just 35 out of 49 attempts, having bagged a 94 per cent success rate in the tournament going into the final. It is easy to point the finger at a high-profile player in a vital position after a team’s collective failure. Aitken was right to stress after the game that there was a shared responsibility for failing to grasp the initiative and hold onto it.

    The defensive combination of Vilimaina Davu and Sheryl Clarke, in their first game together against Australia, did a sterling job. But there were problems in midcourt, where Anna Rowberry and captain Julie Seymour were inconsistent in their feeding to the goal circle.

    “Certainly Irene will be kicking herself, but little things happened through the court at various times,” Aitken said.

    While fortunes tilted back and forth throughout a game rich in emotion but far from error-free, New Zealand led 16-13 at quarter-time, and 25-23 at halftime. Australia put on a seven-goal run to lead 30-26, but going into the last quarter it was 37-37. They went toe to toe in the final quarter, before the nerve-jangling conclusion.

    Aitken admitted she toyed with the idea of introducing fresh legs for the final stages, but “just felt [that with] the intensity and adrenalin it might have upset things. Those are the things coaches lose sleep about for a long time.”

    In the end, Australia were able to grasp the nettle. It could have gone either way. Is it in the players’ heads that they cannot beat Australia, Aitken was asked. “No, definitely not,” she replied firmly. The unsettling thing for the Silver Ferns is that is what seems to happen when it really matters.

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    Confused, exhausted but McMahon nails it for Diamonds https://www.qt.com.au/news/commonwealth-games-flashback-diamonds-deliver-in-f/3369749/


    From Netball Australia:

    Royal treatment for Harby-Williams https://netball.com.au/royal-treatment-for-harby-williams/

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    Video from Netball Australia
    (unfortunately no volume of the match)

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