Commonwealth Games: England shock hosts Australia 52-51 in netball final

Annette Crawford
April 17, 2018

The England women's basketball team, including a student from Whitworth, won silver at the Commonwealth Games in Australia.

With the scores level at 51-51, England clinched the gold with a decisive penalty shot on the siren.

Harten's last-gasp goal in Saturday's defeat of Jamaica sent the Roses into a first global final since 1975, after last-four appearances at all five prior Commonwealth Games, three of them bronze.

"As a shooter you dream of that moment - a Commonwealth Games final, last-second goal, but you never believe it's really going to happen", Housby said. "This is the best day of my life", she added. "While Team England have apologised, I'm still gutted not to have the opportunity to represent my country after all the hard miles I've put in".

"The older you get the more you are unsure it could be your last Commonwealth Games so you have to take advantage but the bigger pitch is we bounce back for this summer and make sure we are better".

"Their performances were outstanding and next year they have a World Championships which we're supporting", she said.

"All I remember was having the ball in my hands and then running away screaming because the final whistle had gone".

A Commonwealth bronze medallist in 1998, the victory fulfilled a long held dream for coach Neville.

"We saw the impact that London 2012 had on women's sport, we saw the impact that Rio had on the hockey, obviously the World Cup with the cricket".

Australia led by four goals in the final quarter, but England - who included Barking Abbey alumni Kadeen Corbin in their side - wrested the initiative and Housby delivered when the pressure was at its height.

Geva Mentor, playing at her fifth games, said: "I hope this lifts our profile..."

"Australia are the renowned, world numbers ones and to beat them at that time, I'm really, really proud - the feeling of that is wonderful".

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

Corbin took to Twitter to post her delight, saying: "Words can not describe this feeling.WE ARE COMMONWEALTH CHAMPIONS!"

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