ZEALAND ECLIPSE AUSSIES
IN THRILLING GRAND FINAL
Zealand raised the World
Youth Netball Championship trophy for 2013 by staging an immense display of
attacking and defending prowess, beating defending champions
Australia 52 goals to
It was a sparkling
grand final performance from both sides that had been anticipated all week, and
the arena was buzzing from the start.
Goal for goal
action mixed with stunning interceptions from both sides spelled out the opening
quarter, and the teams raced along at a speed of
three goals ahead before New Zealand's defenders went into overdrive, turning
over ball after ball, so that the shooters could add seven crucially
uninterrupted goals to their tally. The quarter belonged to the New
their momentum, only to be challenged closely in the third quarter, when the
ever resilient Australians threatened them to within two
It was a feat of
brilliance as the team in black continued to push to fortify their lead. Zoe
Walker at GK, one of many stand out players, gave an impressive performance
against Australia's 6 ft 5 tall Kristina
Zealand stifled any
notions of a comeback from the Australians in the final quarter, though there
were still moment's of sheer athleticism and skill from the Aussies, and the
pockets of Australian supporters in the crowd willed them on
were devastated. "It's been three years in the making" said captain Maddy Proud.
"We've dreamt about it for so long."
everything they had and New
Zealand were the better team on the day and I
congratulate them for that."
An elated Kiwi
coach Janine Southby said the players eased in to the game. "We did take a
little bit to adjust at the start… but when we did it was fast and
"They nailed it
when they needed to." she said.
Purvis, despite not taking to the court tonight said she was speechless. "It's
completely overwhelming, and I'm incredibly humbled by the
professional and heart-warming speech at the medal ceremony from Purvis summed
up the essence of the Championship. "To all our new friends on the other teams
that we've made - your support tonight was
Zealand return home with
the trophy for the third time in history, after a memorable victory over their
courtesy Harriet Millard, Planet Netball
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