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The World Netball Championships - a cup we can win?

Monday 12 November 2007

Yes, we all suffered the heartbreak and many of us are still in mourning following the All Blacks' defeat, but now is the time to throw your support behind the Silver Ferns.

The World Netball Championships 2007 are taking place in Waitakere at the Trusts' Stadium.

It's centre court for the Silver Ferns and their bid to take the title - go along and cheer them on!

All 16 teams have now arrived in New Zealand ready for the New World Netball World Championships that is likely to consume a lot of the sporting world over the coming week.

Those fighting it out for the title inclue Botswana, South Africa, Malaysia, Singapore, Samoa, Scotland, Wales, Trinidad & Tobago, England, Jamaica, Barbados, New Zealand, Cook Islands, Fiji, Malawi and Australia.

The World Netball Tournament was an early initiative by the International Federation of Women’s Basketball and Netball Associations (now IFNA), established at a 1960 conference called by the All England Netball Association (AENA). The Chelsea College of Physical Education, in Eastbourne on the south coast of England, had the honour of hosting the first World Championships in August 1963.

Eleven teams played each other in round-robin fashion over 13 days. In the title-decider, Australia beat New Zealand 37-36, so beginning a tradition of fierce trans-Tasman rivalry for netball’s premier championship.

The pressure is on the Silver Ferns after they beat Australia in Jamaica in 2003 to win the title - can they hold onto it? What do you think?