England shock Australia to win netball gold

Category : UK News
Updated On : April 16, 2018 06:18 AM
By Indian Times Daily

England's netballers stunned favourites Australia to secure the greatest result in their history and win their first Commonwealth Games gold medal. Helen Housby scored in the final second to give England a 52-51 victory.

Having staged a dramatic comeback to beat Jamaica in the semi-finals, the Roses matched the hosts 25-25 at half-time of their first Commonwealth final.

And they shocked the home crowd by overturning a four-point deficit in the final quarter to claim a dramatic win. A full replay of the final will be shown on BBC Two from 09:25 BST on Sunday.

"It's my dream come true," said head coach Tracey Neville. "The girls have worked so hard over the last international phase. "Australia are the renowned, world number ones and to beat them at that time, I'm really, really proud - the feeling of that is amazing."

This was the first time since netball was introduced at the 1998 Games that the final did not feature both Australia and New Zealand. Australia knocked out New Zealand - who were beaten 60-55 by Jamaica in the bronze-medal match - in the semi-finals, but could not deny third-ranked England.

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