World Championships

Australia v New Zealand
Grand Final Friday, October 2, 1999 - 8.30pm
Christchurch, New Zealand - WestpacTrust Centre

Australia 42
New Zealand 41
GS Vicki Wilson (C)
GA Jacqui Delaney
WA Shelley O'Donnell (VC)
C Carissa Tombs
WD Peta Squire
GD Kathryn Harby
GK Liz Ellis

Coach: Jill McIntosh

Jenny Borlase
Sharelle McMahon
Rebecca Sanders
Sharon Finnan
Janine Ilitch

Shooting Statistics:
Vicki Wilson 15/26 58%
Jacqui Delaney 12/18 67%
Sharelle McMahon 6/8 75%
Jenny Borlase 9/13 69%

GS Donna Loffhagen
GA Belinda Colling (C)
WA Anna Rowberry
C Julie Seymour
WD Leslie Nicol
GD Belinda Charteris
GK Bernice Mene

Coach: Yvonne Willering

Teresa Tairi
Adine Harper
Sonya Hardcastle
Linda Vagana
Lorna Suafoa

Shooting Statistics:
Donna Loffhagen 30/42 71%
Belinda Colling 11/20 55%



As to be expected the trans Tasman rivals went goal for goal from the first whistle. Australia's defence end worked overtime to win back plenty of ball. Australia jumped to a three goal lead mid way through the first quarter but through a couple of missed calls from the umpires, drew level at the first break.

Australia scored the first goal of the second quarter then stuggled to find space through New Zealand's tight zone defence. The margin see-sawed throughout the entire quarter but it was New Zealand who led 23-25 at the main break with the 7,100 strong home crowd spurring on every piece of Kiwi play.

The third quarter, known as the championship quarter was dominated by New Zealand. In an injury time out Australian Coach Jill McIntosh brought Sharelle McMahon on to replace Jacqui Delaney who was not showing her true form. Australia struggled to gain possession and play their renowned fast flowing game. New Zealand took an impressive lead - one would have thought an unbeatable six goal lead at the break.

In the final term Jenny Borlase replaced Australian skipper Vicki Wilson with the Australian team desperate to shutdown the scoring onslaught the Silver Ferns were dishing to them. When push came to shove, Australia's tough never say die attitude shone through enabling them to stage a remarkable comeback and repeat the 1991 victory with a final goal in the dying seconds from Sharelle McMahon.

This victory will be a fitting finish for Vicki Wilson and Carissa Tombs, two retiring veterans of the Australian team. Australia retain their number one world ranking for the next four years.

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