England shocked overwhelming favourites Australia to document the best consequence of their historical past and win a primary Commonwealth Video games netball gold medal.
Helen Housby scored within the closing second to present England a 52-51 victory.
Having staged a dramatic comeback to beat Jamaica within the final 4, the Roses matched the hosts 25-25 at half-time of their first Commonwealth closing.
However they shocked the house crowd by overturning a four-point deficit within the closing quarter to assert a dramatic win.
“It is my dream come true,” mentioned head coach Tracey Neville. “The women have labored so exhausting over the past worldwide section.
“They [Australia] are the famend, world numbers ones and to beat them at the moment, I am actually, actually proud – the sensation of that’s superb.”
It was the primary time since netball was launched on the 1998 Video games that the ultimate didn’t function Australia, the world’s top-ranked group, and New Zealand.
Australia knocked out New Zealand – who have been overwhelmed 60-55 by Jamaica within the bronze medal match – within the semi-finals, however couldn’t cease third-ranked England claiming a shock gold.
England come from behind once more
England recovered from a six-goal deficit of their semi-final in opposition to Jamaica and, having trailed by two at three-quarter time, they fell to a four-goal deficit early within the closing interval in opposition to the hosts.
However they got here again and, with the scores at 51-51 with 20 seconds remaining, England took the ultimate centre cross of the sport.
Harten – England’s hero within the semi-final win – did not sink a rushed try at aim with the clock down to 5 and Housby’s effort additionally fell quick.
However a late contact name noticed Housby given a second probability, and he or she slotted the winner on the buzzer.
“There was restricted sleep final night time so it is actually spectacular we managed to show the happiness of yesterday round,” mentioned England captain Ama Agbeze.
“I believe Australia have felt underneath strain this entire match. I had confidence after coming from six down in opposition to Jamaica and we felt snug.”
Mentor dominates with world-class efficiency
England had solely overwhelmed Australia 5 occasions of their historical past earlier than the last-gasp win on Sunday – however not since 2013 and by no means at a serious match.
However having made a primary main closing of their historical past, England performed with confidence all through and it was hosts Australia who did not ship underneath strain.
Australia head coach Lisa Alexander was compelled into 4 modifications on the break and moved aim shooter Caitlin Bassett to the bench after she was dominated by England aim keeper Geva Mentor, enjoying in her fifth Video games.
Mentor – Bassett’s captain at Sunshine Coast Lightning – matched as much as the 6ft 3in shooter as England’s expertise within the Australian home league undoubtedly fuelled their astonishing victory.
Eight of England’s 12-strong squad have expertise enjoying down underneath – together with attacker Chelsea Pitman who received the World Cup with Australia in 2011, earlier than switching allegiance to England in 2016.
It’s the greatest lead to England’s historical past, having beforehand received silver on the 1975 World Cup in a round-robin format, and Neville’s facet will probably be assured of constructing extra historical past in 2019 when Liverpool hosts the World Cup.
Revealed at Solar, 15 Apr 2018 05:45:43 +0000