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By LS Paul Berry
THE ADF broke a 12-year Kiwi strong-
hold by winning a tough and competitive
three-game Anzac netball series against the
NZDF, taking the Trans-Tasman Trophy for
the first time since 1998.
After losing game one at Randwick
Barracks by two points on April 18, the ADF
rallied to post an eight-point victory in Albury
on April 21 and a convincing 11-point win in
the final game in Adelaide on April 24.
The final match was played as a curtain-
raiser for the ANZ Championship match
between the Adelaide Thunderbirds and
Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic at ESTA Park.
It is the first time the ANZ Championship
has had a curtain-raiser match, with the ADF
benefiting from some vocal crowd support as
the stadium filled for the main event.
About 800 people including national play-
ers from the Australian Diamonds and New
Zealand Silver Ferns watched the ADF win the
final game and the series trophy in Adelaide.
ADF team captain Lt Sally Williamson, 36
Water Tpt Tp, said although the matches were
very physical, good camaraderie was built
between the two sides after travelling together
and spending Anzac Day in Adelaide.
“It’s just a great opportunity for us, we
don’t get to do this very often and netball as
a sport is growing across Australia and across
Defence, so we’re very excited to have the
New Zealanders come over,” she said.
NZDF captain WO2 Waiheke Cross said
the experience had been great for the Kiwis.
“It’s been awesome. The ADF girls have
been fantastic. The travel, the uplifting, we’ve
had no problems at all,” she said.
“We are very friendly off the court, but we
get on the court and it’s all on.”
MVP was Able Writer Shivonne Kuita,
NZDF, with RAAF Cpl Rachael Gorton run-
Other strong ADF performers were Pte
Kerrie Pettit, Army Personnel Agency, and
Capt Jess Kibbey, 9FSB.
The two sides are looking forward to facing
off next year in NZ for what they hope will be
an annual event.
Final scores: Randwick – NZDF 48 beat ADF 46; Albury –
ADF 51 beat NZDF 43; Adelaide – ADF 49 beat NZDF 38.
on Magnetic Island
May 12, 2011
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On the attack: Pte
Kerrie Pettit, left, flies for
the ball despite some
close attention from the
NZ defence during the
first of three netball test
matches between the ADF
and NZDF at Randwick
Barracks in Sydney.
Photo by LS Paul Berry
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