Commonwealth Bank Trophy

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Commonwealth Bank Trophy
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Founded1997
Ceased2007
Replaced byANZ Championship
No. of teams8
CountryAustralia
Last
champion(s)
Sydney Swifts (4th title)
Most titlesMelbourne Phoenix (5 titles)
TV partner(s)ABC
Sponsor(s)Commonwealth Bank

The Commonwealth Bank Trophy, also referred to as the National Netball League, was the top level national Australian netball league between 1997 and 2007. The league was organized by Netball Australia. Its main sponsor was the Commonwealth Bank. Melbourne Phoenix were the competition's most successful team, winning five premierships. Sydney Swifts were the second most successful team, winning four premierships. Between them, Phoenix and Swifts played in every grand final, except in 1999 when Adelaide Thunderbirds won the second of their two premierships. In 2008, the Commonwealth Bank Trophy league was replaced by the ANZ Championship.

Teams[edit]

Locations of teams

The founding members of the Commonwealth Bank Trophy league included Adelaide Ravens, Adelaide Thunderbirds, Melbourne Kestrels, Melbourne Phoenix, Perth Orioles, Sydney Sandpipers, Sydney Swifts and Queensland Firebirds. The majority of the teams were named after native Australian birds including ravens, kestrels, orioles and sandpipers. Adelaide Thunderbirds were initially going to be named Adelaide Falcons but the name was changed at the request of the rugby union team.[1] In 2003 Ravens were replaced by AIS Canberra Darters [2][3] and in 2004 Sandpipers were replaced by Hunter Jaegers.[4][5][6][7]

In 2008, when the Commonwealth Bank Trophy league was replaced by the ANZ Championship, Thunderbirds and Firebirds became founders of the new league.[8] Several other Commonwealth Bank Trophy teams were transformed to form ANZ Championship teams. Swifts and Jaegers merged to become New South Wales Swifts,[9] Kestrels and Phoenix merged to become Melbourne Vixens [10] and Orioles were rebranded as West Coast Fever.[11][12] Meanwhile the Australian Institute of Sport and Canberra Darters ended their partnership and in 2008 entered two separate team in the Australian Netball League.[13][14]

2007 teams[edit]

Team Home venue/base State/Territory
Adelaide Thunderbirds ETSA Park South Australia
AIS Canberra Darters AIS Arena Australian Capital Territory
Hunter Jaegers Newcastle Entertainment Centre Hunter Region, New South Wales
Melbourne Phoenix State Netball and Hockey Centre Victoria
Melbourne Kestrels State Netball and Hockey Centre
Waverley Netball Centre
Victoria
Perth Orioles Challenge Stadium Western Australia
Queensland Firebirds Chandler Arena Queensland
Sydney Swifts Sydney Super Dome
Sydney Olympic Park Sports Centre
Wollongong Entertainment Centre
New South Wales

Earlier teams[edit]

Team Region Debut season Final season Replaced by
Adelaide Ravens South Australia 1997 2002 AIS Canberra Darters
Sydney Sandpipers New South Wales 1997 2003 Hunter Jaegers

Grand finals[edit]

Season Winners Score Runners Up Venue
1997 Melbourne Phoenix 58–48 Adelaide Thunderbirds
1998 [15] Adelaide Thunderbirds 48–42 Sydney Swifts Adelaide
1999 [15][16] Adelaide Thunderbirds 62–30 Adelaide Ravens
2000 [17] Melbourne Phoenix 52–51 Adelaide Thunderbirds
2001 [5][18] Sydney Swifts 57–32 Adelaide Thunderbirds
2002 [19] Melbourne Phoenix 49–44 Adelaide Thunderbirds Vodafone Arena
2003 [20] Melbourne Phoenix 47–44 Sydney Swifts Sydney
2004 [21][22] Sydney Swifts 52–51 Melbourne Phoenix Sydney Super Dome
2005 [23][24][18] Melbourne Phoenix 61–44 Sydney Swifts Vodafone Arena
2006 [5][25] Sydney Swifts 65–36 Adelaide Thunderbirds Sydney Olympic Park Sports Centre
2007 [5][26][27][28] Sydney Swifts 45–37 Melbourne Phoenix Acer Arena

Awards[edit]

Most Valuable Player[edit]

Season Player Team
1998 [5] Liz Ellis Sydney Swifts
1999 [16] Jacqui Delaney Adelaide Thunderbirds
2000 [17] Sharelle McMahon Melbourne Phoenix
2001 [16] Jacqui Delaney Adelaide Thunderbirds
2002 [5] Liz Ellis Sydney Swifts
2003 Sharelle McMahon Melbourne Phoenix
2004 [22] Cynna Neele Melbourne Kestrels
2005 [24] Sharelle McMahon Melbourne Phoenix
2006 [5][25] Liz Ellis Sydney Swifts
2007 [26] Sharelle McMahon Melbourne Phoenix

Players' Player of the Year[edit]

Season Player Team
2001 Jacqui Delaney Adelaide Thunderbirds
Catherine Cox Perth Orioles
2002 Liz Ellis Sydney Swifts
2003 Cynna Neele Melbourne Kestrels
Natalie Sloane
Mo'onia Gerrard
2004 [22] Janine Ilitch Melbourne Kestrels
Raegan Jackson Hunter Jaegers
2005 Natasha Chokljat Melbourne Phoenix
2006 [25] Caitlin Bassett Perth Orioles
Caitlin Thwaites Melbourne Kestrels
2007 [26] Leah Shoard AIS Canberra Darters

Grand final MVP[edit]

Season Player Team
1999 [16] Jacqui Delaney Adelaide Thunderbirds
2000 [17] Sharelle McMahon Melbourne Phoenix
2001 Liz Ellis Sydney Swifts
2002 Sharelle McMahon Melbourne Phoenix
2003
2004 Catherine Cox Sydney Swifts
2005 Bianca Chatfield Melbourne Phoenix
2006 Liz Ellis Sydney Swifts
2007 Selina Gilsenan Sydney Swifts

Best New Talent[edit]

Season Player Team
1998 Natalie Sloane Queensland Firebirds
1999 Mo'onia Gerrard Sydney Sandpipers
2000 Cynna Neele Melbourne Kestrels
2001 Jane Altschwager Sydney Swifts
2002 Mandy Edwards Adelaide Thunderbirds
2003 Carla Dziwoki Queensland Firebirds
2004 [22] Julie Prendergast Melbourne Phoenix
2005 [24] Clare McMeniman AIS Canberra Darters
2006 [25] Madison Browne Melbourne Kestrels
2007 [26] Ashlee Howard Melbourne Kestrels

Coach of the Year[edit]

Season Player Team
2004 [22] Julie Fitzgerald Sydney Swifts
2005 [24] Julie Hoornweg Melbourne Phoenix
2006 [25] Julie Fitzgerald Sydney Swifts
2007 [26] Julie Fitzgerald Sydney Swifts

Margaret Pewtress Team of the Year[edit]

Season Team of the Year
2002 GS Eloise Southby GA Sharelle McMahon; WA Laura von Bertouch C Rebecca Sanders WD Peta Squire; GD Kathryn Harby-Williams GK Liz Ellis
2003 GS Catherine Cox GA Sharelle McMahon; WA Susan Meaney C Rebecca Sanders WD Peta Scholz; GD Liz Boniello GK Bianca Chatfield
2004 [22] GS Catherine Cox (Sydney Swifts) GA Sharelle McMahon (Melbourne Phoenix); WA Laura von Bertouch (Adelaide Thunderbirds) C Sarah Barrett (Sydney Swifts) WD Peta Scholz (Adelaide Thunderbirds); GD Alison Broadbent (Sydney Swifts) GK Liz Ellis (Sydney Swifts)
2005 [24] GS Catherine Cox (Sydney Swifts) GA Sharelle McMahon (Melbourne Phoenix); WA Laura von Bertouch (Adelaide Thunderbirds) C Natalie von Bertouch (Adelaide Thunderbirds) WD Natasha Chokljat (Melbourne Phoenix); GD Johannah Curran (Melbourne Phoenix) GK Bianca Chatfield (Melbourne Phoenix)
2006 [25] GS Catherine Cox (Sydney Swifts) GA Sharelle McMahon (Melbourne Phoenix); WA Laura von Bertouch (Adelaide Thunderbirds) C Natalie von Bertouch (Adelaide Thunderbirds) WD Natasha Chokljat (Melbourne Phoenix); GD Mo'onia Gerrard (Sydney Swifts) GK Liz Ellis (Sydney Swifts)
2007 [26] GS Catherine Cox (Sydney Swifts) GA Sharelle McMahon (Melbourne Phoenix); WA Laura von Bertouch (Adelaide Thunderbirds) C Natalie von Bertouch WD (Adelaide Thunderbirds) Peta Scholz (Adelaide Thunderbirds); GD Julie Prendergast (Melbourne Kestrels) GK Liz Ellis (Sydney Swifts)

Television[edit]

ABC were the Commonwealth Bank Trophy league's official broadcast partner.[22][26]

References[edit]

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