Folau Family's Sweet Revenge On Australia
New Zealand beat Australia in the Netball World Cup final overnight, in proof that the sporting gods have a sense of humour.
It was a thrilling win for the Silver Ferns, who edged the Aussie Diamonds by just one goal, winning 52-51.
The top-scorer for New Zealand?
None other than goal shooter Maria Folau, who didn't have her most accurate night ever with 28 successful shots from 35 attempts, but who did enough to ensure New Zealand claimed their first World Cup since 2003.
So in a year when Maria's husband Israel Folau was sacked by Rugby Australia for controversial social media posts -- thereby ruining his chances of winning a Rugby World Cup with The Wallabies later this year -- the Folau family at least has one major international trophy to savour.
New Zealand's victory snaps Australia's streak of three World Cup wins, in what was the sixth consecutive final fought between the trans-Tasman rivals.
But it's hard to imagine the two netball superpowers will both be contesting the next six finals, as the netball world is getting more and more even.
South Africa were strong in this tournament, getting within two goals of Australia in the semi-final. Hosts England -- who won the 2018 Commonwealth Games gold medal -- were also strong before narrowly falling to the Silver Ferns in their semi.
Meanwhile rising power Jamaica finished fifth, while small African nation Malawi -- who famously beat New Zealand at the Commonwealth Games last year -- finished sixth.
But the main story of this tournament was Kiwi coach Noeline Taurua, who has led Sunshine Coast Lightning to the last two Super Netball titles, in Australia's (and the world's) premier domestic netball league.
Taurua, a former Silver Ferns player, took charge of the national team a year ago after new Zealand's Commonwealth Games failure, and the rest is nothing but netball history.