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    This was an event that netball participated in just three times during the 80s and 90s.



    1985 – NEW ZEALAND
    1989 – NEW ZEALAND
    1993 – AUSTRALIA

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    1985 WORLD GAMES
    London (6 teams)

    Dianne Cleveland
    Michelle den Dekker
    Keeley Devery
    Julie Francou
    Sue Hawkins
    Roselee Jencke
    Monica Pukallis
    Anne Sargeant (captain)
    Jane Searle
    Vicki Wilson
    Debbie Johnson
    Coach: Pam Barham

    Javadne Anglin
    Valerie Balke
    Pauline Burton
    Janet Guy
    Janet Johnson
    Brenda Khouri
    Marva Lindsay
    Patricia McDonald
    Joan Oldacre
    Karlene Roese
    Sharon Taylor

    Rita Fatialofa
    Tracey Fear
    Margaret Forsyth
    Leigh Gibbs
    Annette Hefferman
    Karen Henrikson
    Sandra Mallet
    Margharet Matenga
    Rhonda Meads
    Lyn Parker (captain)
    Waimarama Taumaunu
    Julie Townsend
    Coach: Lois Muir

    New Zealand’s matches:
    NZ 35 v Jamaica 31
    NZ 34 v England 29
    NZ 39 v Scotland 8
    NZ 52 v N.Ireland 15
    NZ 39 v Australia 37

    Australia’s matches:
    Aust 34 v England 27
    Aust 44 v Jamaica 38
    Aust 39 v N.Ireland 20
    Aust 58 v Scotland 18
    Aust 37 v New Zealand 39

    2. Australia
    3. Jamaica

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    1989 WORLD GAMES
    Karlsruhe (6 teams)

    Nicole Cusack
    Carissa Dalwood
    Keeley Devery
    Michelle Fielke (captain)
    Sally Ironmonger
    Jennifer Kennett
    Sue Kenny
    Jennie Longhurst
    Lisa Wilson
    Vicki Wilson
    Coach: Wilma Shakespear

    Joan Bryan
    Sheila Edwards
    Sandra Fairweather
    Karen Fenlon
    Alison Keyle
    Kendra Lowe
    Fiona Murtagh
    Trudy Papafio
    Jesslyn Parkes
    Alison Paton
    Lucia Sdao
    Sally Young

    Sharon Burridge
    Julie Carter
    Robin Dillimore
    Tracy Eyrl
    Rita Fatialofa
    Annette Heffernan
    April Ieremia
    Sandra Mallet
    Anna Noovao
    Waimarama Taumaunu (captain)
    Julie Townsend
    Louise Wall
    Coach: Lyn Parker

    New Zealand’s matches:
    NZ 32 v England 24
    NZ 58 v Scotland 9
    NZ 67 v Fiji 17
    NZ 58 v Cook Islands 19
    NZ 33 v Australia 29

    Australia’s matches:
    Aust 62 v Fiji 18
    Aust 49 v Scotland 13
    Aust 41 v England 29
    Aust 62 v Cook Islands 22
    Aust 29 v New Zealand 33

    2. Australia
    3. England

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    1993 WORLD GAMES
    The Hague (6 teams)

    Jennifer Borlase
    Nicole Cusack
    Carissa Dalwood
    Keeley Devery
    Liz Ellis
    Michelle Fielke (captain)
    Kathryn Harby
    Sue Kenny
    Simone McKinnis
    Shelley O’Donnell
    Cariona Wagg
    Vicki Wilson
    Coach: Joyce Brown

    Samantha Bird
    Maggie Farrell
    Sharon Fogarty
    Kendra Lowe (captain)
    Leigh McManus
    Tracy Miller
    Fiona Murtagh
    Lucia Sdao
    Pat Sweeney
    Lisa Topliss
    Sally Young
    Coach: Liz Broomhead

    Charmaine Aldridge
    Angeline Campbell
    Karen Clarke
    Connie Francis
    Ann-Marie Grant
    Karlene Hamilton
    Marva Lindsay (captain)
    Jennifer McDonald
    Patricia McDonald
    Oberon Pitterson
    Natalie Tucker
    Andrea Watson
    Coach: Maureen Hall

    Julie Carter (captain)
    Tanya Cox
    Robin Dillimore
    Margaret Foster
    Sheryl George
    Sonia Hardcastle
    Joan Hodson
    Bernice Mene
    Leilani Read
    Teresa Tairi
    Carron Topping
    Linda Vagana
    Coach: Lyn Parker

    Australia’s matches:
    Aust 84 v Wales 18
    Aust 74 v Canada 17
    Aust 64 v England 25
    Aust 61 v Jamaica 53
    Aust 62 v New Zealand 36

    New Zealand’s matches:
    NZ 76 v Canada 22
    NZ 85 v Wales 23
    NZ 57 v England 29
    NZ 60 v Jamaica 47
    NZ 36 v Australia 62

    2. New Zealand
    3. Jamaica

    Netball women strive for their most elusive goal
    Linda Pearce
    The Age

    Question: How does a coach maintain team motivation when her players have not tasted defeat in three years and have won 29 lopsided internationals? Answer: Bring them to the World Games and throw down a challenge to claim the only title to elude them.

    The World Championship, regained by the Australians in Sydney two years ago, is the one that counts most. But the World Games crown, worn by New Zealand in London in 1985 and Karlsruhe, Germany, in 1989, runs a clear second.

    The challenge for the all-conquering Australian netballers is to beat Wales, Canada, England, Jamaica and New Zealand over the next five days.

    “They’ve never won the World Games,” says coach Joyce Brown.

    “It’s us against the world because we’ve won a lot of matches and the other countries probably will be relieved for us to be beaten.

    “It’s very good psychologically for us.

    It seems a foregone conclusion that Sunday’s final round-robin encounter will be between Australia and New Zealand. And tournament organisers have had problems with poor ticket sales and a leaking stadium roof.

    The Australians arrived on Monday morning after downing third-ranked Jamaica in the final Test of the Milo Cup series last Wednesday.

    They were expected to have their first training session later today.

    In contrast, the New Zealanders have spent two weeks playing warm-up matches in Scotland and England under new captain Julie Carter – one of only three players from the seven who took the court in the last World Championship final.

    Brown believes Australia’s chances will hinge on its damaging mid- court of Victorian pair Simone McKinnis and Shelley O’Donnell and the NSW duo Sue Kenny and Carissa Balwood.

    The key players should again be captain Michelle Fielke in defence and Vicki Wilson.

    “We are fitter and more skilled than we were in 1991 and we’re disciplined and we’ve done our homework on tactics,” said Brown.

    “It’s always been with New Zealand in the back of our minds. We don’t care whether we play New Zealand on tar, grass, cork or whatever. The surface of the court is not what’s going to win or lose it for us.

    After the opening ceremony at the Houtroust Indoor Hall, Australia will meet Wales.

    Draw: New Zealand v Canada; Australia v Wales; England v Jamaica.


    AUSTRALIA World ranking: 1.

    Comment: Unbeaten in the past three years and a warm favorite to claim its first World Games title. Nicole Cusack joins the Milo Cup 10 as the fourth shooter, while former under-21 captain Liz Ellis makes her debut as the extra defender. New Zealand appears the only team capable of mounting any real challenge.

    NEW ZEALAND World ranking: 2.

    Comment: Without regular shooter Leonie Leaver, but expected to rebound hard from last year’s Test whitewash in Australia. Dillimore is the pick of a tall and experienced defence. Hodson quick through the midcourt, and team leaders Carter and Topping keys to the attack.

    Having lost the world title, they will be desperate to hang on to this one.

    JAMAICA World ranking: 3.

    Comment: If only they could better utilise “Cricket” Patricia McDonald, and reduce their unforced errors, the physical Jamaicans would be a force to be reckoned with. As it is, they will again be competitive but can expect to finish third at best.

    ENGLAND World ranking: 4.

    Comment: Unlikely to trouble the top two seeds, but boasts an 18-4 record against the Jamaicans, including a 3-0 series win in the Caribbean earlier this year. While that was without Patricia McDonald propped under the host’s post, England claims to have developed in “strength and confidence” since the 1991 world championships, from which only five players remain.


    CANADA World ranking: 6.

    Comment: One of the younger netball countries and, as the Australian under 21s discovered on their tour last year, one that struggles for both participants and recognition. It is the Canadians’ first World Games invitation but, like Wales, they are there really just to make up the numbers.

    WALES World ranking: 7.

    Comment: Replaced the fifth-ranked Cook Islands in the draw but will be well out of its depth against the title contenders. Drawn from a pool of fewer than 2000 registered players, the Welsh team’s best (read only) chance of a win will come against Canada on Saturday.

    Sydney Morning Herald

    THE HAGUE, Thursday: Australia will reassess their netball participation in future World Games if substantial improvements in profile, format and facilities are not guaranteed before the 1997 Games in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.

    Netball Australia president Margaret Pewtress, distinctly underwhelmed by the opening to the 45th World Games in the Netherlands, said yesterday that the value of Australian netball’s continuing participation would be debated.

    The world champions thrashed Wales 84-18 yesterday.

    “We would be liking to have a bigger say in the way the World Games netball is structured,” Pewtress said.

    “If you can’t have stadiums where there are slotted-in posts, if you can’t get better than a chipboard floor … but I’m not criticising the Netherlands, they don’t know what netball is.

    “We’ve been unfortunate that the last two countries where the World Games have been held, here and Germany, are non-netball countries, so we have obviously been treated as a very minor sport.”

    For netball, how good is too good?

    SO THE Ashes are still ours and we spanked the Poms. Again. At least in the wider scheme of all things competitive they are not the best there is to beat. Lest we are tempted to pump too much air into the balloon of self-congratulation, let us not forget that more challenging opposition awaits.

    And so it used to be with netball, that quaintly feminine amateur sport whose similarly Commonwealth origins narrowed its worldwide participant base but not its appeal to the million Australians who slip on their positional bibs each week.

    But playing numbers are one thing; broader commercial popularity another. And the question now being asked is: after 31 consecutive international wins and four consecutive drubbings of nearest rival New Zealand, is this superb Australian team getting too good for its own good and that of a sport still fumbling for its key to the big time? The dull reality is that, internationally, it has rarely been more than even a two-horse race. Only once has a third country (Trinidad) won _ well, shared, in a three-way tie in 1979 _ a world title since the first in 1963, when fetching tunics were still de rigueur and the name still women’s basketball.

    But even though we had to sit through clashes between such giants of world sport as Hong Kong and the Cayman Islands every four years at the world championships, that was OK. Sort of. In the end it would come down to Australia against the Silver Ferns and, almost inevitably, it would be a ripper.

    Just, indeed, as it was on that Saturday in Sydney in 1991 that came to be regarded as the watershed in netball’s long quest for the credibility.

    Live national television exposure. A magnificent contest and thrilling one-goal result. Male viewers, even. Or, more importantly, male viewers who liked what they saw. The one-time province of pimply schoolgirls and chubby housewives had arrived as a force, if not one to be reckoned with then certainly to be recognised.

    Now, only two years on, the picture has changed a little. The stagnation and even deterioration of chief rivals New Zealand, Jamaica and England, the monetary problems of Trinidad and the continuing ban on South Africa has left the still-improving and settled Australians laps ahead of a paltry field.

    The recent World Games in the Hague, at which the top six eligible and financial teams gathered for a non-event that said as much about the inadequacies of the international federation as the understandable Dutch ignorance of a sport unknown in continental Europe, were little short of embarrassing.

    Even overlooking the pitiful crowds, masonite roller-skating floor, goal posts held in place by sandbags and queries over the size of the goal circles, Wales and Canada would have struggled to beat the Foozles, a motley Thursday night collection of social players whose idea of a warm-up is catching up on the previous week’s gossip.

    World No.4 England, a competitive outfit not so long ago, seemed more interested in repetitive soccer chants and after-match Heineken sessions than serious on-court activity. Jamaica, as it did in July’s well-attended but moderately rating Australian Test series, relied to an unhealthy degree on spearhead Patricia McDonald and did itself no credit with its crudely over-physical tactics.

    Even the Kiwis, whitewashed 3-0 in Australia last year but claiming before the World Games final to have advanced to the second of their rebuilding phases in preparation for the 1995 world titles, looked vastly inferior. Coach Lyn Parker was sacked last month for Leigh Gibbs, who masterminded the Kiwis’ 1992 World Youth Cup triumph.

    Apart from the cyclical nature of these things, the reason, to some degree, lies in sheer weight of numbers and dollars. Australia has more than three times the registered players of its closest challenger and receives substantial AIS-dominated government funding.

    So then, the answer to all this? That’s a tougher one. Perhaps, while the development work in Asia and elsewhere is stepped up, it lies in concentrating on the improved promotion and presentation of domestic netball, with the standard of matches between the leading states exceptional but the media and spectator interest something less.

    Coupled with the October national championships, the two-month Super League must surely be the forerunner to a full-scale national league before the decade is out. Dollars remain the reason for the conservatism, although as Randwick proved with its $40,000 cash sponsorship from Sydney Electricity, the potential is clearly there.

    The respective state leagues must also hold cautious hopes of better things to come. Given that only about 3000 people attended last week’s grand final at the Glasshouse, that leaves an official balance of 117,000 who would still rather play than watch anything much below the top international stuff to which the crowds still flock.

    But, the question remains, flock for how much longer? Where are the netball equivalents of Ambrose and Richardson when we need them? Linda Pearce is `The Sunday Age’ netball writer _ and plays for the Foozles.

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