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    In 2003, the World Championships headed back to Jamaica for the 2nd time and it was New Zealand who came away with their 4th world title and their first in 16 years, as they beat Australia by 2 in the final. It was a great NZ team. Irene van Dyk and Temepara Clark were both terrific, but it was an all round team effort. There were several retirements in the Aussie team, including the coach Jill McIntosh. Just like 4 years earlier, the Australian captain spent the last quarter of the final on the bench.

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    1st – NEW ZEALAND
    CLARK, Temepara
    CLARKE, Sheryl
    COLLING, Belinda
    DALTON, Tania
    DAVU, Vilimaina
    DU PLOOY, Leana
    HARPER, Adine
    NICOL, Leslie
    ROWBERRY, Anna (captain)
    SCARLETT, Anna
    TE HUNA, Jodi
    VAN DYK, Irene
    Coach: Ruth Aitken

    2nd – AUSTRALIA
    BROADBENT, Alison
    CHOKLJAT, Natasha
    COX, Catherine
    ELLIS, Liz
    HARBY-WILLIAMS, Kath (captain)
    ILITCH, Janine
    MCMAHON, Sharelle
    NEELE, Cynna
    RICHARDSON, Nicole
    SANDERS, Rebecca
    SCHOLZ, Peta
    SOUTHBY, Eloise
    Coach: Jill McIntosh

    3rd – JAMAICA
    BRYAN, Nadine
    BYFIELD, Althea
    DAVIS, Elaine
    EVERING, Kasey
    FORBES, Simone
    FRANCIS, Connie
    GIBSON, Nichala
    GORDON, Georgia
    PITTERSON, Oberon (captain)
    WILES, Sharon
    WILLIAMS, Carla
    WOLFE, Tiffany
    Coach: Maureen Hall

    All team lists… https://www.netballscoop.com/forums/topic/team-lists-2003-world-championships/

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    24 teams. 2 rounds of preliminary games to form a top 12 with 2 groups of 6, the top teams then going on to 1/4 finals, semi finals and a final.


    Barbados, Niue, Samoa and United States progressed to the top 12. Antigua & Barbuda, Bermuda, Canada, Cayman Islands, Grenada, Hong Kong, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Sri Lanka, St Lucia, St Vincent & Grenadines and Wales played off for positions 13-24.

    (Teams 1-12)


    Jamaica 89 def Trinidad & Tobago 30
    South Africa 57 def Samoa 41
    Australia 84 def USA 28
    Australia 76 def Samoa 27
    Trinidad & Tobago 48 def USA 42
    Jamaica 54 def South Africa 33
    South Africa 55 def USA 38
    Jamaica 84 def Samoa 24
    Australia 80 def Trinidad & Tobago 28
    Samoa 50 def Trinidad & Tobago 35
    Jamaica 85 def USA 20
    Australia 64 def South Africa 37
    Samoa 52 def USA 44
    South Africa 51 def Trinidad & Tobago 49
    Australia 48 def Jamaica 43

    Group order:
    1. Australia
    2. Jamaica
    3. South Africa
    4. Samoa

    5. Trinidad & Tobago
    6. USA


    Fiji 55 def Barbados 49
    New Zealand 99 def Niue 11
    England 90 def Cook Islands 22
    New Zealand 84 def Barbados 45
    England 62 def Fiji 30
    Cook Islands 47 def Niue 37
    England 80 def Barbados 27
    New Zealand 107 def Cook Islands 17
    Fiji 59 def Niue 17
    Barbados 67 def Niue 31
    Fiji 67 def Cook Islands 40
    New Zealand 60 def England 41
    Barbados 56 def Cook Islands 39
    England 67 def Niue 21
    New Zealand 79 def Fiji 24

    Group order:
    1. New Zealand
    2. England
    3. Fiji
    4. Barbados

    5. Cook Islands
    6. Niue

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    England 44 def South Africa 41
    Australia 62 def Barbados 35
    Jamaica 74 def Fiji 38
    New Zealand 81 def Samoa 28



    23/24 Playoff: Hong Kong 39 def Cayman Islands 36
    21/22 Playoff: Canada 43 def Bermuda 33
    19/20 Playoff: Northern Ireland 49 def Grenada 39
    17/18 Playoff: Antigua & Barbuda 65 def Sri Lanka 60
    15/16 Playoff: St Lucia 51 def Wales 30
    13/14 Playoff: Scotland 39 def St Vincent & Grenadines 35
    11/12 Playoff: Cook Islands 49 def Niue 39
    9/10 Playoff: USA 52 def Trinidad & Tobago 49
    7/8 Playoff: Barbados 47 def Fiji 45
    5/6 Playoff: South Africa 56 def Samoa 47


    AUSTRALIA: 45 (McMahon 23/28, Neele 19/25, Cox 3/6)
    ENGLAND: 37 (Teare 22/32, Neville 11/15, Astle 4/7)

    Starting lineups:
    AUSTRALIA: GS Neele, GA McMahon, WA Chokljat, C Sanders, WD Scholz, GD Harby-Williams, GK Ellis
    ENGLAND: GS Astle, GA Teare, WA Murphy, C Aspinall, WD Clarke, GD Newton, GK Mkoloma


    NEW ZEALAND: 56 (van Dyk 45/47, Colling 11/15)
    JAMAICA: 37 (Williams 25/36, Francis 7/12, Forbes 5/8)

    Starting lineups:
    NEW ZEALAND: GS van Dyk, GA Colling, WA Rowberry, C Clark, WD Nicol, GD Clarke, GK Davu
    JAMAICA: GS Williams, GA Forbes, WA Bryan, C Wiles, WD Gordon, GD Pitterson, GK Evering


    3/4 PLAYOFF:
    JAMAICA: 46 (Williams 41/47, Forbes 4/8, Francis 1/1)
    ENGLAND: 40 (Teare 18/27, Astle 16/25, Neville 6/7)

    Starting lineups:
    JAMAICA: GS Williams, GA Forbes, WA Bryan, C Wiles, WD Gordon, GD Pitterson, GK Evering
    ENGLAND: GS Astle, GA Teare, WA Aspinall, C Murphy, WD Clarke, GD Coulbourne, GK Mkoloma

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    (14-10, 27-22, 37-34, 49-47)

    GS…. van Dyk
    GA…. Colling
    WA… Rowberry
    C…… Clark
    WD… Nicol
    GD…. Clarke
    GK…. Davu


    Shooting stats:
    van Dyk…….. 41/43 95%
    Colling……….. 8/10 80%
    TOTAL………. 49/53 92%

    GS…. Neele
    GA…. McMahon
    WA… Chokljat
    C…… Sanders
    WD… Scholz
    GD…. Harby-Williams
    GK…. Ellis

    3rd Quarter.. Richardson C (Chokljat), Sanders to WA.
    4th Quarter.. Ilitch GD (Harby-Williams), Cox GS (Neele).

    Shooting stats:
    McMahon….. 24/28 86%
    Neele……….. 17/25 68%
    Cox……………… 6/7 86%
    TOTAL………. 47/60 78%



    2. Australia
    3. Jamaica

    4. England
    5. South Africa
    6. Western Samoa
    7. Barbados
    8. Fiji
    9. United States
    10. Trinidad & Tobago
    11. Cook Islands
    12. Niue
    13. Scotland
    14. St. Vincent & Grenadines
    15. Santa Lucia
    16. Wales
    17. Antigua & Barbuda
    18. Sri Lanka
    19. Northern Ireland
    20. Grenada
    21. Canada
    22. Bermuda
    23. Hong Kong
    24. Cayman Islands

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    Tide of tears finally turns for Ferns
    Julie Ash – New Zealand Herald

    It has been a long time coming but finally New Zealand can say they are the best netball side in the world. After heartbreaking losses to Australia at the 1999 world championships and last year’s Commonwealth Games, the tide finally turned as the Silver Ferns edged out the defending champions 49-47. In front of 3500 screaming Jamaicans and a sprinkling of Kiwi supporters, New Zealand – inspired by goal shoot Irene van Dyk and dynamic centre Temepara Clark – reclaimed the title they last won in 1987.

    Like the 1999 world championship and the Commonwealth Games, the match went down to a cliffhanger finish, but this time it was the Australians who were reduced to tears with the realisation they had failed to win their fourth consecutive world title. “You win some and you lose some,” said Australian coach Jill McIntosh, who with captain Kathryn Harby-Williams, Rebecca Sanders and Nicole Richardson is retiring from international netball. “We were beaten by a better side.”

    But it was Australia who started better. Newcomers Cynna Neele at goal shoot and Natasha Chokljat at wing attack – neither of whom had played against New Zealand – helped them to an 8-3 lead halfway through the first quarter. Their experienced defenders, Liz Ellis and Harby-Williams, were all over New Zealand shooters van Dyk and Belinda Colling, blocking the channels into the circle.

    But New Zealand slowly began to peg it back and with four minutes to go in the first quarter the score was locked at 9-all. Through some outstanding defence New Zealand went into the first quarter break 14-10 ahead. They maintained a narrow lead early in the second quarter but once again the Australians came back and midway through the second quarter levelled at 17-all.

    New Zealand defenders Vilimaina Davu and Sheryl Clarke knew they had to be on their game against super shooter Sharelle McMahon, and they did not disappoint. Neither did Temepara Clark, who was outstanding. New Zealand led 27-22 at half-time and Australia rang in the changes.

    Chokljat came off, Nicole Richardson went into centre and Rebecca Saunders wing attack. New Zealand held the lead throughout the third quarter but were never able to get more than five ahead. The Ferns went into the last quarter 37-34 ahead and stuck to their starting seven. Australia made further changes.

    Catherine Cox came on at goal shoot replacing Neele and, reminiscent of the 1999 event when captain Vicki Wilson was subbed off in the final, Harby-Williams was replaced by Janine Ilitch. Australia pegged back the score to two then disaster struck for New Zealand when Clark was sent off for persistent infringing. Clark was off for two New Zealand centre pass-offs, which allowed the Australians to draw level.

    Just when it looked as if the Australians were going to come through in the last minute and take the match yet again, New Zealand goal defence Sheryl Clarke pulled off a priceless intercept. And this time New Zealand kept their cool – and the ball. Leading 49-46 with less than a minute left, Australia landed one more goal before the end.

    New Zealand coach Ruth Aitken was ecstatic. “They kept on keeping on,” she said. “Aussie kept coming back and we sort of faltered for a while but then absorbed it and kept moving on. But for them to have responded so well after Bubby [Clark] got sent off was just outstanding. We thought no matter what gets thrown at us we are going to keep on powering on. It was amazing to see it happen. They were not going to be thrown by anything.”

    For Aitken the win is sweet after wide criticism over her appointment as coach in 2001. “This is our team, and our moment and people can do with it what they will but they can’t take it away from us.”

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    Victory sweet for Silver Ferns
    Julie Ash – New Zealand Herald

    Draped in a New Zealand flag, Belinda Colling’s beaming face said it all. Victory was sweet for a survivor of the agonising losses in the finals of the last world championships and the Commonwealth Games. “It has been a long, long time coming,” she said after the Silver Ferns beat Australia 49-47 in Kingston, Jamaica, to win their first world title since 1987.

    “But oh my God our defence were outstanding and Irene [van Dyk] was just incredible. I knew we could do it. I thought we would do it by more. But it just shows you how good Australia are when it comes to finals. It was invisible threads and huge connections,” said Colling, who plans to holiday with captain Anna Rowberry in Los Angeles and Turkey before returning home. “We had that connection as a team and we had our mates to back us up. If one of us made a mistake there was someone there to get it back for you.”

    With the Sunshine Girls out of the tournament, the Jamaican crowd at the final were on their feet chanting “New Zea-land, New Zea-land, New Zea-land”. And it seemed to help. With some controversial umpiring calls, including the sending off of Temepara Clark, the Silver Ferns could have fallen apart, but they held it together.

    “I am so proud … They were good girls, weren’t they,” said New Zealand coach Ruth Aitken. “They kept on keeping on. The last minute seemed to go forever, I must admit. They just like to keep me on my toes, I think.” She was delighted with how the team coped when Clark was sent off. “We had certainly planned for a lot of things. We went through all sorts of scenarios, we practised people being sent off. Just to go through it. I thought the way they adapted was phenomenal.” And Clark’s performance? “She was absolutely fantastic – the little pocket rocket that she is.”

    Sixteen years ago, when New Zealand last won the title, victory came with a win over Trinidad and Tobago in Scotland. Joan Hodson, a member of that team, was a nervous spectator yesterday. “I couldn’t sleep last night. It was just horrendous. I was thinking about the girls, hoping they got a good night’s rest,” she said. “I was right on the edge of my seat, holding my head in my hands, thinking here we go again.”

    Hodson, who played on the wing in 1987, said the New Zealanders “looked so much better than Australia” but with a history of last-minute losses she could not relax until the final whistle blew. “I think we were more desperate. That desperation was evident in ’87. The senior players [in 1987] made it clear to us young ones in no uncertain terms were we going to lose to Australia.”

    Former centre Sandra Edge, who watched the game from her Gisborne home, said the team had “that little bit of magic” that lifted them above the Australians. They had a combination of experienced players and new blood, working with experienced managers, the formula that worked in 1987. “I just think the girls looked like they were really engrossed and enjoying the sport. I liken it to the build-up in 1987. They are committed, they like each other and they are really passionate about netball.”

    She said the players and assistant coach Leigh Gibbs had been “put through the wringer” over their past performance but had stuck it out and fought back. In previous years, she said, “Aussie were playing some magic netball. I don’t think we got too down, I just think Aussie rose to it. That’s what makes it all the more pleasing for this one. “I couldn’t stop smiling. It took me a couple of hours to recover.”

    Annette Heffernan, a reserve in 1987, said she had been confident the Silver Ferns would pull it off and their “togetherness” was the key to their success. “I quite like seeing Australia come second.”

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    Kiwis stand tall to bring Australia’s 12-year run to an end
    The Age

    Australia’s netball team is headed for a revamp after New Zealand ended its 12-year reign with a 49-47 victory in the world championship yesterday. And high on the priority list for expected new coach Norma Plummer may be finding defenders tall enough to deal with 190-centimetre Silver Ferns ace Irene van Dyk, who hammered Australia with 41 goals from 43 attempts.

    New Zealand showed the balance of netball power had finally tilted across the Tasman after a string of close calls in recent major finals. Retiring coach Jill McIntosh had no qualms in admitting the better team won with her side having to play catch-up for most of the match after losing an early 8-3 lead. Superbly fed by a slicker midcourt, former South African player van Dyk was unstoppable with her exceptional height and reach. Put simply, van Dyk allowed NZ to shoot at a 92 per cent success rate, while Australia battled with 78 per cent despite a 24 from 28 effort by Sharelle McMahon.

    McIntosh even substituted captain Kathryn Harby-Williams in her 95th and final Test with the taller Janine Ilitch in a late bid to counter van Dyk. She later admitted Australia’s vaunted senior defenders, Harby-Williams and vice-captain Liz Ellis – at 179 centimetres and 183 cm respectively – had their work cut out against the giant shooters emerging on the world scene. “We didn’t have enough height in our back line,” McIntosh said. “I am sure it’s something the new coach will look at. We need a little more height to counter the tall shooter we’re coming up against.”

    Up by margins of four, five and three points at the three breaks, NZ held on despite being narrowly outscored in each of the last two quarters. The final continued the tradition of recent cliff-hanger clashes between the two rivals. It was the 34th time in their 68 battles that fewer than five goals separated the two teams. It is the end of a long and highly successful era for Australia, with NZ claiming its first world crown since 1987.

    Harby-Williams, 34, and midcourters Nicole Richardson and Rebecca Sanders, both 33, are all retiring from international netball, along with McIntosh. It was McIntosh’s first loss in a major final as Australian coach after winning world titles in 1995 and 1999 and Commonwealth Games gold medals in 1998 and 2002. It was NZ’s third world title and ended Australia’s streak of three straight wins among its record eight championships.

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    From the NZ Herald…

    World-beating Silver Ferns – Kingston 2003 https://www.nzherald.co.nz/sport/news/article.cfm?c_id=4&objectid=10474864

    Temepara Clark’s sending off was the make or break moment in the 2003 final, recalls the winning Silver Ferns captain Anna Stanley, who was Anna Rowberry then. The New Zealand netballers broke a 16-year drought in Jamaica, beating Australia 49-47 in the final after being a player down for a two-goal penalty period. Clark, the Silver Ferns’ centre and player of the final, was dismissed during the final quarter for repeated infringements.

    Coaches Ruth Aitken and Leigh Gibbs had planned for that and many other possibilities but still, it was a rare event to deal with. “It was a huge moment and unheard of in netball. I’d never struck it in a game although it became a bit of an in-thing after the world champs,” says the 31-year-old Stanley. “It was huge to lose one of our stars and centre, but it didn’t ruffle any feathers and we didn’t lose our pass off while she was off.”

    “We’d planned for all sorts of things, including what to do should the lights go off, which actually happened while Jamaica were playing Australia. The Jamaicans are pretty laid back people, a bit unpredictable, and we had to prepare for a few scenarios. Lesley [Nicol] went from wing defence to centre as planned but I was going ‘oh my god, oh my god’ and trying to take my bib off to go to centre. It’s the pressure of the moment – you forget practical reasoning. The main thing is to stick to your job and not try and do a million and one things. We did that, Bubs [Clark] came back on, and we were away again.”

    The 2003 world champions had a few travelling supporters including Stanley’s parents and a sister. “It was quite special seeing the Kiwis in the crowd, thinking they had come all that way to support us,” she says. She remembers the Jamaicans as loud and friendly although the players were conscious of their security when leaving their motel.

    Inevitably, Bob Marley music loomed large although the tournament song The World’s Greatest by R. Kelly brings back fondest memories. It has become a retrospective theme for team members, although their campaign motto was “if you want something you’ve never had, you’ve got to do something you’ve never done”.

    A Vilimaina Davu intercept sealed the win in the final and the ball ended up with Stanley at the last whistle. “I threw it into the air and thought ‘holy hell, we’ve won’,” says Stanley. Next came the drug testing – an ordeal for the dehydrated Stanley and two teammates. Against the rules, they sent attendants for beer to help the process. “I have such wonderful memories of the tournament,” says Stanley, who lives in Tauranga with her husband Jeremy Stanley, the former All Black, and their one-year-old daughter Jaya. Stanley was jogging/pram pushing when the Herald called.

    She says: “I thought it might be quite hard when I retired but what I’ve learnt is that no one can ever take the memories away. Sometimes I have to remind myself that I did play netball and was a world champion. But I can look back and be really proud.”

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    From Silver Ferns TV

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    From Netball Fan

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    From Sebastian Luckai

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    Was the start of a great few years for the Silver Ferns, sooo good.

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