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    (12 teams)

    Format: 2 pools of 6, classification games, semis and finals

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    MCMAHON AS FLAG BEARER BOOSTS DIAMONDS

    There was no shortage of motivation for the Australian netball team ahead of the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games. But Mo’onia Gerard admitted the appointment of team captain Sharelle McMahon as Australia’s flag bearer for Sunday’s opening ceremony had given the Diamonds an extra spring in their step in India.

    Two-time gold medallists Australia were gunning for revenge after falling five goals short of the Kiwis in the Games netball final four years ago, robbing them of a fairytale finish in Melbourne. And Gerard said McMahon’s historic appointment would only further motivate the Aussies after emerging recent 2-1 series victors over old foe New Zealand.

    McMahon will become the first netballer to carry the Australian flag at a Commonwealth Games opening ceremony when she leads the team out onto Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium.

    “She’s a great chick, a great ambassador for netball and I am glad that she has been acknowledged for the effort that she has put in,” Gerard said of McMahon. “I am really excited for her. I mean who gets asked to hold the flag at the Commonwealth Games?

    “It is crazy to think that she is doing it. We are all a little bit overwhelmed by it but she is an awesome girl and we will be out to show that she deserved it.”

    McMahon, 32, is the only member of the netball side to have played at all three previous Games, winning two gold medals. She will resume a bitter rivalry with the Kiwis in India. The trans-Tasman rivals have met in the final of every major netball tournament since the 1995 world championship.

    “I wasn’t really buzzing coming here, but now it is starting to sink in,” Gerard said after McMahon was unveiled as flag bearer. “This is my first year in the Commonwealth Games team. But once the comp starts I will start to realise where I am at.”

    Australia won’t have it all their own way at the Commonwealth Games. Before they even meet the Kiwis, Australia must emerge from a pool group boasting the likes of Samoa, India, tournament dark horses Jamaica, Malawi and Trinidad.

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    CARRYING THE FLAG
    By MATT RICHENS

    A “holey moley” was followed one of New Zealand’s most famous smiles and an “I’m flipping nervous” from van Dyk at the official team welcoming yesterday.

    The 38-year-old is in her fourth games – it would have been five if netball was at the Victoria Games in 1994 – and she already has silver (Manchester 2002) and gold (Melbourne 2006) medals to her name.

    She was described as the perfect candidate, and chef de mission Dave Currie said she fulfilled all the criteria. Of the other Kiwi athletes in attendance, only shooter Greg Yelavich could feel partially hard done by.

    “It is amazing, there’s not a lot of people that have this opportunity, I think my heart skipped a few beats,” van Dyk said. “You look around and see the most incredible athletes, the best of New Zealand are here.”

    Van Dyk had been shoulder- tapped by Currie the day before and was noticeably quiet and reserved before the announcement. Her team-mates yelped and screamed when their elder stateswoman was called up on stage by Currie. Van Dyk said she was looking forward to them being her lieutenants in the ceremony. “They will be like a force behind me,” she said.

    There’s little left in sport that van Dyk hasn’t done, but she’s adamant she’s still as driven as when she started playing and a still has a lengthy to-do list. “I’ve got heaps,” she said. “Another gold medal, winning world champs again, playing in the same team as my daughter, there’s heaps of things that I still look forward to.”

    Van Dyk was 26 and representing South Africa at her first Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur and thought her career was nearing a close then. She never expected to be a flagbearer, for any country. “No way. Hey, I can’t believe I’m still playing, so I’m stoked.”

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    FLAG-BEARER FORBES MOVED BY EXPERIENCE
    Andre Lowe

    As the words ‘Let’s now welcome Jamaica’ echoed throughout the cavity of the JN Stadium in Delhi, India, during the opening ceremony of the 19th Commonwealth Games on Sunday, one person sported a smile that could be spotted even from the second tier of the massive facility.

    As national netball captain Simone Forbes glided around the venue with a firm grip on the chrome-coloured flagpole which bore the Jamaican flag, followed by a trail of gold-clad teammates in tow and 60,000-strong cheering in support – it was clear that this was an experience that meant a great deal to her.

    It was not particularly a lifelong dream of her’s to carry the flag at a major meet, but the impact that the experience has had is without doubt.

    “I’m overwhelmed, it was such an honour to carry the flag,” said Forbes afterwards. “I really wasn’t expecting to be handed such an honour. At first I didn’t really feel any way, to be honest, I just thought well, I’m going to be carrying the flag.

    “But when I walked out with my nation’s flag andrealised that so many people behind me could have been carrying it and also to think that so many greats have carried our flag at major Games; to be given that opportunity really moved me.”

    Forbes, who later helped the team to a convincing 75-36 triumph over Trinidad and Tobago at the Thyagaraj Sports Complex, believes that being selected to carry the flag was a homage to the sport and shows that netballers are being recognised and appreciated.

    “I want to share this whole experience with the other members of my team. Of course, I play in a team sport and I couldn’t have done what I did without them, so really I was representing the netball team and it was an awesome honour, and awesome experience,” added Forbes.

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    AUSTRALIA
    BULLEY, Rebecca
    COX, Catherine
    FUHRMANN, Susan
    GEITZ, Laura
    GERRARD, Mo’onia
    GREEN, Kimberlee
    HALLINAN, Renae
    MCMAHON, Sharelle (captain)
    MEDHURST, Natalie
    NOURSE, Lauren
    PRATLEY, Susan
    VON BERTOUCH, Natalie
    Coach: Norma Plummer

    BARBADOS
    BISHOP, Lydia
    BLACKMAN, Latonia (captain)
    BLACKMAN, Nadia
    BROWNE, Laurel
    BROWNE, Samantha
    CLARKE, Makeba
    CRONEY, Damisha
    MARVILLE, Kizzy
    PIGGOTT, Nikita
    PUCKERIN, Lisa
    SEALY, Faye
    SMITH, Sabreena
    Coach: Alwyn Babb

    COOK ISLANDS
    ALI’IVA’A, Ritua (captain)
    BRUNTON, Celeste
    DAVIDA, Noeline
    GEORGE, Curly
    MATAPO, Kelani
    MATENGA, Luciana
    PITTMAN, Melissa
    SOLOMONA, Holly
    TAPUTU-CROMBIE, Eleanor
    TE HUNA, Patricia
    TE HUNA, Paula
    TUITUPOU, Ngatokoroa
    Coach: Ngatokoa Gifford-Kara

    ENGLAND
    ATKINSON, Karen (co-captain)
    BAYMAN, Sara
    BECKFORD-CHAMBERS, Eboni
    BROWNFIELD, Louisa
    CLARKE, Jade
    COOKEY, Pamela
    DUNN, Rachel
    FRANCIS, Stacey
    GREENWAY, Tamsin
    HARTEN, Jo
    MENTOR, Geva
    MKOLOMA, Sonia (co-captain)
    Coach: Maggie Jackson

    INDIA
    BAJAJ, Neha
    CHAUDHARY, Megha
    DAHIYA, Priya
    HESARAGHAT, Leela
    KANSAL, Neha
    KAUR, Harminder
    KAUR, Kiranjeet
    KAUR, Ramandeep
    KAUR, Rupinder
    LIMAYE, Shireen
    RATHORE, Manisha
    TEHLAN, Prachi (captain)
    Coach: Panchali Tatke

    JAMAICA
    AIKEN, Nicole
    AIKEN, Romelda
    BRYAN, Nadine
    BYFIELD, Althea
    EVERING, Kasey
    FORBES, Simone (captain)
    FOWLER, Jhaniele
    GORDON, Georgia
    GRIFFITHS, Anna-Kay
    HENRY, Sasher-Gaye
    THOMPSON, Paula
    TULLOCH, Kimone
    Coach: Connie Francis

    MALAWI
    KACHILIKA, Joana
    CHAWINGA-KALUWA, Peace (captain)
    KUMWENDA, Mwayi
    MAGOMBO, Linda
    MALENGA, Slyvia
    MPINGANJIRA, Beatrice
    MTUKULE, Caroline
    MWAFULIRWA, Grace
    NKHOMA, Ester
    SIMTOWE, Sindi
    VINKHUMBO, Towera
    WAYA, Mary
    Coach: Edith Kaliati

    NEW ZEALAND
    BARRETT-CHASE, Liana
    DE BRUIN, Leana
    GEORGE, Temepara
    GRANT, Katrina
    HENRY, Joline
    LANGMAN, Laura
    RASMUSSEN, Grace
    SCARLETT, Anna
    TUTAIA, Maria
    VAN DYK, Irene
    WILLIAMS, Casey (captain)
    WIPIITI, Daneka
    Coach: Ruth Aitken

    PAPUA NEW GUINEA
    BALDWIN, Tiata
    KASSMAN, Richanda-Leigh
    LEKA, Mona-Lisa (co-captain)
    MAVARA, Winnie
    NOPE, Raka
    OMI, Nisha
    OPINA, Alurigo
    OTTIO, Marie
    RAULA, Ravu
    RENAGI, Cheryl
    RIKIS, Lua (co-captain)
    ROBERTS, Maleta
    Coach: Pole Kassman

    SAMOA
    CHANG, Shirin
    FAASAVALU, Barbara
    FUIMAONO, Monica
    LANGI, Sepuita
    LIUAANA, Grete
    ROBERTSON, Sanonu
    SOLAESE, Alyce
    SOLIA, Frances (captain)
    TIPELU, Italia
    VAAI, Monique
    WATSON, Lee
    WILLIAMS, Brooke
    Coach: Linda Vagana

    SOUTH AFRICA
    BOOTHA, Anna
    BURGER, Erin
    CWABA, Zukelwa
    GUMEDE, Sindisiwe
    HOLTZHAUSEN, Maryka
    MARKGRAAFF, Christine
    MDODANA, Zanele
    MOABI, Nthabiseng
    MTHEMBU, Nothando
    MYNHARDT, Amanda
    WIUM, Liezel (captain)
    ZACKEY, Leigh-Ann
    Coach: Carin Strauss

    TRINIDAD & TOBAGO
    BARKER, Janelle (captain)
    COOPER, Joelisasasha
    DUNCAN, Kemba
    GUERRERO, Candice
    JACK, Onella
    JOHN-DAVIS, Rhonda
    LA ROCHE, Anika
    OTTLEY, Angel
    SWIFT, Daystar
    WALLACE, Samantha
    WILSON, Anestacia
    WINCHESTER, Krista
    Coach: Bridget Adams

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    POOL A

    AUSTRALIA 76 def SAMOA 39
    (Cox 19/22, McMahon 15/17, Medhurst 17/17, Pratley 25/27)
    (Faasavalu 13/24, Fuimaono 9/9, Langi 17/21)

    JAMAICA 75 def TRINIDAD & TOBAGO 36
    (Aiken 37/43, Forbes 11/13, Fowler 20/23, Griffiths 7/11)
    (Barker 3/3, Cooper 9/13, Wilson 24/30)

    JAMAICA 71 def MALAWI 48
    (Aiken 10/11, Forbes 9/10, Fowler 47/55, Griffiths 5/6)
    (Kumwenda 31/38, Waya 17/23)

    AUSTRALIA 113 def INDIA 18
    (Cox 27/28, McMahon 22/23, Medhurst 25/26, Pratley 39/42)
    (H.Kaur 6/10, K.Kaur 7/8, Tehlan 5/5)

    MALAWI 82 def INDIA 26
    (Kumwenda 47/53, Magombo 12/15, Simtowe 6/7, Waya 17/21)
    (Bajaj 4/4, H.Kaur 5/9, K.Kaur 17/19)

    TRINIDAD & TOBAGO 52 def SAMOA 51
    (Cooper 26/29, Wilson 26/30)
    (Faasavalu 9/14, Fuimaono 11/15, Langi 31/37)

    TRINIDAD & TOBAGO 77 def INDIA 26
    (Barker 46/47, Cooper 16/18, Wallace 15/18)
    (Bajaj 10/13, H.Kaur 6/8, K.Kaur 4/8, Tehlan 6/8)

    AUSTRALIA 60 def JAMAICA 46
    (McMahon 26/30, Medhurst 34/35)
    (Aiken 25/26, Forbes 12/17, Fowler 6/6, Griffiths 3/4)

    JAMAICA 70 def SAMOA 46
    (Aiken 50/54, Forbes 7/9, Fowler 13/15)
    (Chang 4/6, Faasavalu 6/9, Langi 36/44)

    AUSTRALIA 74 def MALAWI 35
    (Cox 38/43, Pratley 36/39)
    (Kumwenda 21/26, Simtowe 4/5, Waya 10/18)

    MALAWI 61 def TRINIDAD & TOBAGO 50
    (Kumwenda 37/42, Waya 24/27)
    (Barker 7/7, Cooper 17/19, Wilson 26/30)

    SAMOA 69 def INDIA 26
    (Chang 14/16, Faasavalu 9/12, Fuimaono 25/29, Langi 21/24)
    (Chaudhary 3/6, H.Kaur 3/7, K.Kaur 14/19, Tehlan 6/9)

    JAMAICA 100 def INDIA 27
    (Aiken 40/42, Forbes 13/14, Fowler 38/41, Griffiths 9/12)
    (Chaudhary 0/1, H.Kaur 8/12, Tehlan 19/23)

    MALAWI 67 def SAMOA 41
    (Kumwenda 52/55, Simtowe 4/5, Waya 11/13)
    (Chang 4/6, Faasavalu 8/13, Fuimaono 17/19, Langi 12/14)

    AUSTRALIA 62 def TRINIDAD & TOBAGO 34
    (Cox 15/22, McMahon 18/24, Medhurst 12/12, Pratley 17/21)
    (Barker 16/17, Cooper 2/4, Wilson 16/22)

    POOL ORDER:
    1. Australia
    2. Jamaica
    3. Malawi
    4. Trinidad & Tobago
    5. Samoa
    6. India

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    POOL B

    NEW ZEALAND 102 def PAPUA NEW GUINEA 21
    (Rasmussen 15/16, Tutaia 33/43, van Dyk 33/35, Wipiiti 21/293)
    (Baldwin 2/4, Rikis 12/23, Roberts 7/12)

    ENGLAND 81 def BARBADOS 20
    (Brownfield 15/18, Cookey 26/30, Dunn 5/9, Harten 35/42)
    (Nadia Blackman 2/2, Bishop 5/7, Laurel Browne 6/9, Piggott 7/15)

    ENGLAND 54 def SOUTH AFRICA 36
    (Brownfield 13/14, Cookey 14/16, Dunn 5/6, Harten 22/29)
    (Bootha 13/22, Gumede 23/29)

    NEW ZEALAND 87 def COOK ISLANDS 24
    (Rasmussen 6/8, Tutaia 30/34, van Dyk 37/39, Wipiiti 14/21)
    (George 17/27, Patricia Te Huna 7/10)

    BARBADOS 60 def COOK ISLANDS 46
    (Bishop 48/49, Piggott 12/18)
    (George 21/28, Patricia Te Huna 20/26, Tuitupou 5/6)

    SOUTH AFRICA 60 def PAPUA NEW GUINEA 46
    (Bootha 21/26, Gumede 24/27, Holtzhausen 7/10, Markgraaff 8/15)
    (RIKIS 32/41, ROBERTS 14/21)

    NEW ZEALAND 47 def ENGLAND 41
    (Tutaia 16/23, van dyk 31/34)
    (Cookey 22/26, Harten 19/27)

    BARBADOS 61 def PAPUA NEW GUINEA 55
    (Bishop 39/45, Piggott 22/28)
    (Baldwin 19/23, Rikis 26/30, Roberts 10/13)

    NEW ZEALAND 70 def SOUTH AFRICA 29
    (Rasmussen 21/35, Wipiiti 49/57)
    (Gumede 23/28, Margraaff 6/11)

    ENGLAND 81 def COOK ISLANDS 33
    (Brownfield 35/39, Cookey 25/27, Dunn 21/27)
    (George 17/27, Patricia Te Huna 16/24)

    SOUTH AFRICA 59 def BARBADOS 43
    (Gumede 42/49, Markgraaff 17/24)
    (Nadia Blackman 2/5, Bishop 28/33, Piggott 13/15)

    COOK ISLANDS 60 def PAPUA NEW GUINEA 58
    (Patricia Te Huna 23/26, Tuitupou 37/45)
    (Baldwin 7/9, Rikis 43/48, Roberts 8/8)

    ENGLAND 89 def PAPUA NEW GUINEA 31
    (Brownfield 30/33, Cookey 21/27, Dunn 26/33, Harten 12/15)
    (Baldwin 12/20, Rikis 15/17, Roberts 4/6)

    NEW ZEALAND 97 def BARBADOS 22
    (Rasmussen 18/22, Tutaia 22/25, van Dyk 41/45, Wipiiti 16/18)
    (Bishop 5/6, Laurel Browne 7/10, Piggott 10/12)

    SOUTH AFRICA 73 def COOK ISLANDS 40
    (Bootha 16/23, Gumede 53/64, Holtzhausen 4/6)
    (George 4/5, Patricia Te Huna 15/20, Tuitupou 21/28)

    POOL ORDER:
    1. New Zealand
    2. England
    3. South Africa
    4. Barbados
    5. Cook Islands
    6. Papua New Guinea

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    11th/12th PLAYOFF:

    PAPUA NEW GUINEA 78 def INDIA 41
    (Rikis 44/47, Roberts 34/39)
    (Bajaj 18/22, H.Kaur 1/1, Tehlan 22/26)

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    9th/10th PLAYOFF:

    SAMOA 68 def COOK ISLANDS 43
    (Chang 8/10, Faasavalu 3/5, Fuimaono 15/19, Langi 42/49)
    (Davida 5/7, George 8/10, Patricia Te Huna 17/22, Tuitupou 13/16)

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    7th/8th PLAYOFF:

    BARBADOS 60 def TRINIDAD & TOBAGO 59
    (Bishop 44/52, Laurel Browne 6/7, Piggott 10/12)
    (Barker 6/7, Cooper 20/24, Wilson 33/35)

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    5th/6th PLAYOFF:

    MALAWI 59 def SOUTH AFRICA 47
    (Kumwenda 37/38, Waya 22/23)
    (Bootha 11/15, Gumede 36/39)

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    SEMI FINAL 1 – AUSTRALIA v ENGLAND

    AUSTRALIA WON 51-45
    (12-12, 21-23, 35-34, 51-45)

    AUSTRALIA:
    GS . McMahon
    GA . Medhurst
    WA . Green
    C … von Bertouch
    WD . Hallinan
    GD . Gerrard
    GK . Geitz

    Changes:
    4th Q . Nourse WA (Green)

    Shooting stats:
    Medhurst . 31/33 (94%)
    McMahon . 20/23 (87%)
    Total . 51/56 (91%)

    ENGLAND:
    GS . Harten
    GA . Cookey
    WA . Greenway
    C … Bayman
    WD . Clarke
    GD . Mkoloma
    GK . Mentor

    Changes:
    3rd Q . Brownfield GS (Harten)
    During 3rd Q . Francis GD (Mkoloma)
    4th Q . Harten GS (Brownfield), Mkoloma GK (Mentor)

    Shooting stats:
    Cookey . 23/23 (100%)
    Harten . 18/25 (72%)
    Brownfield . 4/5 (80%)
    Total . 45/53 (85%)

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    SEMI FINAL 2 – NEW ZEALAND v JAMAICA

    NEW ZEALAND WON 59-43
    (17-17, 32-25, 43-36, 59-43)

    NEW ZEALAND:
    GS . van Dyk
    GA . Tutaia
    WA . George
    C … Langman
    WD . Henry
    GD . Williams
    GK . Scarlett

    Changes:
    2nd Q . de Bruin GD (Scarlett), Williams to GK
    During 4th Q . Barrett-Chase WA (George)

    Shooting stats:
    van Dyk . 32/32 (100%)
    Tutaia . 27/36 (75%)
    Total . 59/68 (87%)

    JAMAICA:
    GS . R.Aiken
    GA . Forbes
    WA . Bryan
    C . Thompson
    WD . Henry
    GD . Evering
    GK . Byfield

    Changes:
    2nd Q . N.Aiken GD (Evering)
    During 4th Q . Gordon WD (Henry), Evering GK (Byfield), Fowler GS (R.Aiken)

    Shooting stats:
    R.Aiken . 36/44 (82%)
    Forbes . 4/8 (50%)
    Fowler . 3/4 (75%)
    Total . 43/56 (77%)

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    3rd/4th PLAYOFF – ENGLAND v JAMAICA

    ENGLAND 70 def JAMAICA 47
    (15-14, 33-23, 50-38, 70-47)

    ENGLAND:
    GS . Harten
    GA . Cookey
    WA . Greenway
    C … Atkinson
    WD . Bayman
    GD . Mkoloma
    GK . Mentor

    Changes:
    During 1st Q . Clarke WD (Bayman)
    2nd Q . Bayman C (Atkinson)
    3rd Q . Atkinson C (Bayman)

    Shooting stats:
    Cookey . 33/39 (85%)
    Brownfield . 31/34 (91%)
    Harten . 6/9 (67%)
    Total . 70/82 (85%)

    JAMAICA:
    GS . R.Aiken
    GA . Forbes
    WA . Bryan
    C … Tulloch
    WD . Gordon
    GD … Evering
    GK . Byfield

    Changes:
    2nd Q . Thompson C (Tulloch)
    During 2nd Q . N.Aiken GK (Byfield), Henry WD (Gordon)
    3rd Q . Tulloch C (Thompson)
    During 3rd Q . Byfield GK (N.Aiken)
    During 4th Q N.Aiken GD (Evering), Thompson C (Tulloch)

    Shooting stats:
    R.Aiken . 23/26 (88%)
    Forbes . 24/26 (92%)
    Total . 47/52 (90%)

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    ENGLAND WIN BRONZE IN NETBALL.
    BBC

    England cruised past Jamaica 70-47 to win the bronze medal at the Commonwealth Games on Thursday. It was a convincing win for England, who were inspired by a superb display from goal shooter Louisa Brownfield. Maggie Jackson’s side took a 12-point lead into the final quarter and never looked like surrendering it.

    Victory over Jamaica was some consolation for England, who saw their gold medal hopes ended by Australia, courtesy of a 51-45 defeat in Tuesday’s semi-final. Sara Bayman, celebrating England’s bronze, said: “It was a fantastic match. We were devastated when we lost against Australia but at least we made third position.”

    Stand-out defender Sonia Mkoloma said: “When we played New Zealand and Australia we thought we had them but we let ourselves down in the last six minutes of each game so we took a lot away from those games and gained composure for this match.”

    England led 15-14 at the end of a tight opening quarter, but quickly began to exert their authority on the match to open a gap. England held a 33-23 lead at half-time thanks to the defensive agility and athleticism of Mkoloma and the attacking accuracy of Brownfield.

    Jamaica initially rallied at the start of the third quarter to cut the deficit to eight but there was only brief respite for the Sunshine Girls as England reasserted their dominance to lead 50-38 heading into the final quarter.

    England continued to impose themselves until the end to claim a deserved bronze medal. The England players celebrated on court, holding a St George flag with “thank you India” written on it.

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    FINAL: NEW ZEALAND v AUSTRALIA

    NEW ZEALAND WON 66-64 (Sudden death extra time)
    (9-10, 20-23, 35-33, 47-47 / 58-58, 66-64)

    NEW ZEALAND:
    GS . van Dyk
    GA . Tutaia
    WA . George
    C … Langman
    WD . Henry
    GD . Williams
    GK . Grant

    Changes:
    3rd Q . Barrett-Chase WA (George), Scarlett WD (Henry)
    During 4th Q . Henry WD (Scarlett)
    Extra time . George WA (Barrett-Chase), Scarlett WD (Henry)

    Shooting stats:
    Tutaia . 41/50 (82%)
    van Dyk . 25/29 (86%)
    Total . 66/79 (84%)

    AUSTRALIA:
    GS . McMahon
    GA . Medhurst
    WA . Nourse
    C … von Bertouch
    WD . Hallinan
    GD . Gerrard
    GK . Fuhrmann

    Changes:
    During 4th Q . Green WA (Nourse), Cox GS (Medhurst), McMahon to GA
    Extra time . Bulley GD (Hallinan), Gerrard to WD

    Shooting stats:
    McMahon . 30/34 (88%)
    Cox . 20/26 (77%)
    Medhurst . 14/18 (78%)
    Total . 64/78 (82%)

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    FINISHING POSITIONS:

    1 NEW ZEALAND
    2 Australia
    3 England

    4 Jamaica
    5 Malawi
    6 South Africa
    7 Barbados
    8 Trinidad & Tobago
    9 Samoa
    10 Cook Islands
    11 Papua New Guinea
    12 India

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    TOURNAMENT SHOOTING STATS:

    KUMWENDA, Mwai (Malawi) . 225/252 (89%)
    AIKEN, Romelda (Jam) . 221/246 (90%)
    GUMEDE, Sindisiwe (SA) . 201/236 (85%)
    VAN DYK, Irene (NZ) . 199/214 (93%)
    RIKIS, Lua (PNG) . 172/206 (83%)
    BISHOP, Lydia (Barb) . 169/192 (88%)
    TUTAIA, Maria (NZ) . 169/211 (80%)
    COOKEY, Pamela (Eng) . 164/188 (87%)
    LANGI, Sepuita (Samoa) . 159/189 (84%)
    MEDHURST, Natalie (Aust) . 133/141 (94%)
    MCMAHON, Sharelle (Aust) . 131/151 (87%)
    BROWNFIELD, Louisa (Eng) . 128/143 (90%)
    FOWLER, Jhaniele (Jam) . 127/144 (88%)
    WILSON, Anestacia (T&T) . 125/147 (85%)
    COX, Catherine (Aust) . 119/141 (84%)
    PRATLEY, Susan (Aust) . 117/129 (91%)
    HARTEN, Jo (Eng) . 112/147 (76%)
    WAYA, Mary (Malawi) . 101/125 (81%)
    WIPIITI, Daneka (NZ) . 100/125 (80%)
    TE HUNA, Patricia (Cook Is) . 98/128 (77%)
    COOPER, Joelisasasha (T&T) . 90/107 (84%)
    FORBES, Simone (Jam) . 80/97 (82%)
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    TUITUPOU, Ngatokoroa (Cook Is) . 76/95 (80%)
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    #1106025
    Ian
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    GOLDEN FERNS WIN THRILLER AGAINST OZ
    By David Leggat and Dylan Cleaver

    The Silver Ferns brought New Zealand’s Commonwealth Games to a golden conclusion last night, beating Australia in the most dramatic fashion possible. In one of the great displays of clutch shooting, Maria Tutaia nailed victory on the two-goal rule after the scores were deadlocked following extra time.

    Time and again Irene van Dyk, the best shooter in the history of the game, deferred to the ice-cool 23-year-old and every time she hit nothing but net. “I’m just lost for words. We knew it was going to be a game like this,” a jubilant Tutaia said. “I’m just so stoked. My calves were cramping up, that’s why I was getting a bit worried,” she said. “I’ll tell you what: I can’t even talk.”

    The Aucklander admitted to nerves as the pressure mounted, though she never showed it.

    The Silver Ferns – defending the netball gold they won four years ago in Melbourne – have been on the end of plenty of tear-jerking losses to Australia. But this would have topped the lot after they blew a seven-goal lead in the final quarter.

    The first quarter was not much of an advertisement for the sport, with countless penalties and several errors – not unusual in matches of such importance between the two great rivals. Australia led 10-9 at the first break, and had extended that to 23-20 at halftime.

    New Zealand, who seemed to have the lion’s share of neutral support at Thyagaraj Stadium, were nowhere near hitting their straps. In midcourt there was no rhythm – Langman and George seemed to be playing to different instructions – so it came as no surprise when Aitken shuffled her cards.

    Anna Scarlett came on in place of Henry at wing defence, and Liana Barrett-Chase took George’s bib. Immediately the pair added a sense of urgency and, in Barrett-Chase’s case, some coherence through the attacking third.

    But Australia looked in desperate need of fresh legs as New Zealand clawed back the three-goal deficit and then some, leading 35-33 into the final quarter.

    The roll they established in the final minutes of the third quarter continued in the fourth. Suddenly, with Australia captain Sharelle McMahon calling for treatment, New Zealand had what looked like a near-unbeatable lead.

    But never count out a wounded Australian. Catherine Cox came on in place of Natalie Medhurst and immediately the lead was reduced to two. Cox can have her off days; this wasn’t one of them. She came out red hot and stayed hot until, twice, she had a shot to win at the death.

    Tutaia didn’t miss, sparking scenes of jubilation, players rolling on the floor and embracing in ecstasy. There were tears too, but for all the right reasons. Australia’s tears would have tasted much more bitter.

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    Ian
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    SILVER FERNS REAP MARIA TUTAIA’S REWARDS
    MATT RICHENS in Delhi
    Waikato Times

    How do you solve a “problem” like Maria?

    When that “problem” is a lack of confidence in New Zealand netball goal attack Maria Tutaia you tell her you have faith in her ability and give her the time to find her rhythm. That’s what the Silver Ferns’ coaches did and they reaped the rewards overnight as the 23-year-old shot the Ferns to an epic 66-64 win and Commonwealth Games gold.

    Tutaia was electric and deadly accurate from long range, landing the Ferns’ last seven shots in the double overtime, then sudden death win. The game was New Zealand’s to lose when they had a seven-goal lead midway through the final quarter, but lose it they nearly did.

    Both Irene van Dyk and Australian Catherine Cox had chances to win it in the final minute, but the fulltime whistle blew at 47-47. Cox had another chance in overtime, but bottled that one too.

    With the Kiwis up by one, Cox missed a third shot to hand possession back to the Silver Ferns and after 82 minutes of netball, the ball fell to Tutaia. Calm as you like, she swivelled and landed the most important shot of her career then tackled Temepara George in joy.

    Ferns captain Casey Williams said the difference between the teams in the final was obvious. “I think, personally, [the difference was] Maria, she is a match winner for us, she was shooting hoops from anywhere.”

    But Tutaia said she was just doing her job. “My strength is to turn and shoot and I had to do it for my team,” she said.

    So what was going through her mind with a gold medal on the line and ball in her hand?

    “Nothing, I had to shoot it. I’m wearing the goal attack bib, my calves are cramped up, [but] there was no way I was going to miss that opportunity. I knew I had to sink that one. When it went in, I saw Temepara and I just attacked her.”

    Tutaia said there were always nerves in tough games, but she wasn’t going to let them get the best of her. “We’ve been trained to be in these situations and especially against a team like Australia,” she said.

    By her own admission, she’d not been shooting as well as she would have liked in Delhi and was the unlikeliest of heroes. Tutaia had what even her best fan might call an inconsistent ANZ Championship and her international form had been far from its best. She looked reasonable against Jamaica in the semifinal, but there was still little hint of such a brilliant finals display.

    But she picked the right game to fire, the Tokoroa-born Tutaia landing 41 of her mammoth 50 attempts. And of the nine she missed Irene van Dyk rebounded four of them, outjumping Australian defender Susan Fuhrmann.

    Ferns assistant coach Waimarama Taumaunu couldn’t speak highly enough of the Ferns’ heroine. “I don’t even know how people do that under that sort of pressure,” Taumaunu said.

    She conceded Tutaia hadn’t been shooting – or playing – as well as the Ferns management would have liked, but they gave her the opportunity to recapture her confidence, then form. “Ruth and I have had faith in Maria, all the team, but in particular with Maria. “She was absolutely focussed today. On that last one, she took a breath, she knew what it meant and she landed it. That’s the sort of stuff when we absolutely need Maria, that’s when she does it. That’s the sort of stuff you just can’t bottle.”

    #1106033
    Ian
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    SILVER FERNS PINCH GOLD FROM AUSSIE DIAMONDS IN NETBALL CLASSIC
    Jon Ralph
    News Limited

    DOES defeat get any more painful than this? Australia’s champion netball team slumped to a second consecutive loss in a Commonwealth Games final, a two-goal double overtime heartbreaker against New Zealand. Worse still, defeat came in the last event of the Delhi Games against the arch enemy who inflicted that Melbourne 2006 loss on home turf.

    This might have been international netball’s finest hour, but the scenes of Australian desolation proved that will mean nothing to Norma Plummer’s Diamonds.

    Full time could not split the two sides after an Australian fightback from seven goals down, and they remained locked after 15 minutes of extra time. Then New Zealand and Australia went goal for goal in double overtime for as many as 10 minutes in search of the winning two-point lead required.

    Finally the Diamonds cracked. Where Cath Cox’s shot to win minutes earlier had bounced off the rim, Silver Ferns shooter Maria Tutaia’s sweet shot dropped to give New Zealand a classic 66-64 win. Four more years for revenge might as well be eternity.

    It was a reminder that even in these most golden of Games for Australia, nothing comes easy when netball’s two superpowers rumble.

    Veteran shooter Cox fought back tears after a brilliant performance as a substitute that was marred by shots in both overtime and normal time that would have won the title.

    “They always feel like they are always going to go in, but it’s heart wrenching to know that I had another opportunity beside that one to win the game,” Cox said. “Half the players were about to die by extra time and then that two-goal advantage seemed to go for about 10 minutes. To not win it is gut-wrenching.”

    Centre Natalie von Bertouch, who played with Cox in that 2006 loss, was just as distraught. “It’s still giving me tears. A few times we thought we had it, and we are definitely shattered,” she said. “I think it’s probably one of the worst losses I have been in. To lose a Commonwealth Games in Melbourne … and now to lose that is a lot worse.”

    Captain Sharelle McMahon: “That extra time seemed to go for a million years, goal for goal. We put everything into it but just couldn’t get there. The girls are devastated. We put everything into this.”

    Goal attack Tutaia was immense for New Zealand, and revealed her final shot had a hint of desperation. “That’s the longest game I have ever played. I would hate to be a spectator … I wonder if my dad’s still alive,” she said. “What can you say about that last goal. My calves were cramping up and there was no way I was going to pass it and then run after it, so that’s definitely a turn and shoot mindset, and I had to do that for the team.”

    Was this match ever going to be anything other than a classic? In another of the epics that have come to define this entire sport, the match truly had everything. First Australia surged to a five-goal second term lead, and then looked without hope.

    Seven goals down with 10 minutes remaining, they mounted a characteristic surge from nowhere. With last-term substitute Cox pouring in goals from everywhere, scores were somehow tied with 60 seconds remaining.

    Single overtime saw 14 more minutes of pulsating netball, but again scores were locked. But Australia, who beat the Silver Ferns in double overtime in the 2002 final, could never get the two-goal break.

    Cue scenes of utter desolation as Tutaia’s shot dropped in, especially for the six members who had gone through the pain of 2006.

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    Ian
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    LATEST EPIC JUST ANOTHER CHAPTER IN NETBALL’S MOST FAMOUS RIVALRY
    Paul Kent in Delhi
    News Limited

    SUSAN Fuhrmann hurt so deep she could barely talk after the match. Whatever she had was left on the court, as it often is with the good ones, the cost being that it leaves them terribly vulnerable in the moments afterwards.

    “You just,” she said, her voice fragile, “feel gutted.”

    Australia and New Zealand had just played out another of the great finishes in their rivaly, a game of dwindling times and tortured breaks. Nobody ever really gets on top. The clock just ends with somebody in front.

    At 1:29 to go, Catherine Cox scored to draw Australia to within one, 47-46. She did it again at 1:01, levelling at 47-47, when the clock froze at a minute left. Under such pressure, Irene van Dyk and then Cox both missed what would have been gold medal-winning goals, sending the match into overtime.

    And so it went, until they went into sudden death and large parts of the crowd, quite literally, stood in their seats because they couldn’t bear to sit any longer.

    All over the court the two teams were each in their own private battles, and none tougher the Diamonds’ goalkeeper Fuhrmann and Silver Ferns goal shooter van Dyk.

    They had started the game in the manner their rivalries always play out. Fuhrmann ran toward the southern end of the court where van Dyk, as big a name as there is in the sport, was waiting.

    Fuhrmann smiled and van Dyk held out her arms and the two women embraced with a familiar warmth and kissed each other on the cheek. “She’s lovely,” Fuhrmann said later. “Awesome to play against.”

    They are so familiar to each other they are like Sam the Sheepdog and Ralph E. Wolf in the old Looney Tunes cartoons.

    “Mornin’ Susan.”

    “Mornin’ Irene.”

    Clock on together for work, then spend the shift trying to kill each other. Whenever the ball passed the centre ring, Fuhrmann and van Dyk started colliding hips together and shouldering each other for position.

    Fuhrmann is 24 and stands 195cm, which is 6ft 5in in the old scale. She spends most of the game wishing her eyes were positioned where her ears are, because she is trying to keep one eye on the ball coming down court and another on van Dyk positioning behind her. Van Dyk is five centimetres shorter.

    They both had their victories. Fuhrmann would bump van Dyk off with her hip and next play van Dyk was shooting one over the top of her. It was a wonderful rivalry and it told the story of these two teams.

    Australia won the very first Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur in 1998 and then again in Manchester four years later, a game that went into double overtime. But then the Silver Ferns took the gold in Melbourne, Australia’s turf.

    The rivalry – at least for most of us – harks back to the 1991 World Championships in Sydney, the final of which then Prime Minister Bob Hawke labelled the best sporting contest he had seen and which awoke Australia to the rivalry on the netball court.

    It had all the Bledisloe had. Beamed into prime time on television, the two teams went at it like two good heavyweights. They’ve hardly been able to be split them since.

    Last night, the Silver Ferns scored the two-point break to win 66-64 in sudden-death overtime, collapsing in celebration. When they rose, Fuhrmann and van Dyk came together, shook hands, and that was it. Fuhrmann’s eyes were already red with tears.

    #1106041
    Ian
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    BBC

    Netball NZ

    #1106042
    Ian
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    Thanks to Lavina69, the coverage from Foxtel.

    #1106080
    Marksa7
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    Thanks Ian.  Very much enjoying these drip feeds of Commonwealth Games past.  They serve as a fan warm up for the Gold Coast.

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