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THE WELLINGTONIAN, JUNE 30, 2011
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playing netball after a good summer
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Good news for club
Berhampore Bowling Club has
won a 12-month reprieve.
The Wellingtonian last week
highlighted the plight of the club,
whose Wellington City Council
lease was to expire on June 30.
The club faced closure and the
subsequent loss of an important
recreational amenity for its loyal
However, a four-strong del-
egation from the club met council
officers, including parks and gar-
dens manager Paul Andrews, on
Tuesday, and ended up getting the
club lease extended by a further
We were very happy with that,''
said club co-treasurer Mike Lever.
There is a reduced list of repair
requirements for us to fulfil, and
we'll be able to meet that easily.
Our members will be very happy.''
The Berhampore club's position
is to be reviewed in 12 months'
In the meantime, Mr Lever said
he hoped the club would gain new
members to relieve its precarious
Thrilling netball champs loom
History-maker: Silver Ferns captain
Casey Williams will be hoping to bury
ghosts of the past when the world
netball champs begin next week.
I've got my fingers crossed that
history doesn't repeat itself at
next week's world netball
The only other time the world
champs were held in Singapore was
in 1983, when New Zealand played
poorly and lost the final to Australia,
It was a forgettable match for New
Zealand's two senior players, Lyn
Parker and Yvonne Willering, and
the team lost its focus badly.
But it wasn't all bad news. From
the embers of that defeat was born
the burning desire not to muck it up
In 1987, Leigh Gibbs, Rita
Fatialofa, Tracey Fear, Waimarama
Taumaunu, Margharet Matenga and
Margaret Forsyth, all losers in
Singapore, made no mistakes
(helped by brilliant newcomer San-
They were ruthless and no team
got within 10 goals of them.
Casey Williams' Silver Ferns go
into next week's world championship
as knife-edge favourites over
defending champions Australia.
The world rankings put New Zea-
land at No 1, Australia No 2 and
daylight next. New Zealand's rating
is 174 points; Australia's, 173. Eng-
land is third, well adrift on 149.
There's little to separate the teams
using other measures, too. New Zea-
land won their last major clash, the
2010 Commonwealth Games final,
but only after double extra time. The
trans-Tasman rivals recently split
two tests in New Zealand.
Where Australia might struggle is
that they have lost pivotal goal
attack and captain Sharelle
McMahon and classy Queensland
wing attack Lauren Nourse to injury.
New Zealand have suffered no
such key injuries -- although coach
Ruth Aitken, who wanted to include
shooter Samoan Catherine Latu,
could not because of international
rules about players representing
more than one country.
For a decade, New Zealand's hopes
have centred around lofty goal shoot
Irene van Dyk. But van Dyk is a
declining force. She has just turned
39 and struggled in the Common-
wealth Games final.
In the two recent tests she was
sorely troubled by intimidating Aust-
ralian defender Susan Fuhrmann
( the Fuhrminator'').
An increasing amount of shooting
responsibility is falling to goal attack
Maria Tutaia -- which is fine if
Tutaia is having a good day.
I also have concerns that
Temepara George, a hero in 2003
when New Zealand last won the
world title, is past her best. George is
rising 36, long in the tooth for a
There's been a vast amount of talk
in New Zealand about the Rugby
World Cup, but I'm looking forward
to the netball at least as much.
The rugby final is inevitably a
dull, defence-minded affair with pen-
alties and often drop goals deciding
the issue. The netball finals, by con-
trast, are pulsating and close.
The problem with the netball is
that Australia and New Zealand are
so dominant. There are 16 teams
competing in Singapore (down from a
high of 27 in 1995).
In New Zealand's pool group are
Trinidad and Tobago, Fiji and Wales.
Three drubbings are guaranteed.
But the final, on July 10, will be a
This is the 13th world netball
championship, dating back to 1963.
Australia and New Zealand have
met in the final match 10 times and
Australia have won eight, four by a
The average winning margin for
the 10 games is just 2.8 goals.
Excitement is guaranteed.
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