Sunday, 15 April 2018

England's netball team stunned favourites Australia to take gold medal in a last-gasp victory at the Commonwealth Games



England's netball team stunned favourites Australia to take the gold medal in a last-gasp victory at the Commonwealth Games.
 
For the second successive match, the Roses scored in the final second to win by a single point, beating the overwhelming favourites 52-51 on the Gold Coast.


Helen Housby, whose score sealed their first victory in a major final, said afterwards on Instagram:
"The best day of my life. Winning goal in a Commonwealth Games Final. Better than I ever dreamed.
 Love this team and I love this game #GC2018 #TeamAndCountry #willneverstopcrying #HISTORY."


The 23-year-old Carlisle player admitted she could recall little of the critical goal.


"It's a blur. I just remember having the ball in my hands and then running away screaming," Housby said.

England's players cannot contain their delight after a dramatic finale in the gold medal match


Helen Housby netted in the final second for Tracey Neville's side to win the contest


"I don't really have any words. I've dreamed of this for a long time. This is the best day of my life," she added.


Victory in the final came after Jo Harten's last-second goal sealed their 56-55 semi-final win over Jamaica and coach Tracey Neville admitted the stress had got to her.
 
 
"Bloomin heck! I actually said to them, 'can you win by a few more goals because this isn't pleasurable on the bench?'"


Defeat proves too much for Australia's Joanna Weston



Neville, a Commonwealth bronze medallist in 1998, added: "What a moment! It was a dream as a player and I'm living it as a coach though these players' eyes."


The result was in the balance throughout, as the teams were level at 25-all at half-time and England were behind for much of the final quarter.


Their success is a timely boost for the sport before next year's world cup, being staged in Liverpool.


Team England celebrate at full time after beating Australia in the Commonwealth netball final





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