England's netball team wins historic Commonwealth Games gold after shock Australia win

Ruben Hill
April 16, 2018

The Commonwealth Games title had previously eluded the English side, who shrugged off their perennial bronze medallist tag with a last-gasp win in front of a partisan crowd inside the venue.

England edged Australia 52-51 in the Comm Games netball final.

Jamaica took the bronze medal with a season best of 38.35 seconds.

However, Australia struggled to get into the rhythm of the game and while they clawed their way back into at moments, it was ultimately England who were more dominant throughout the game.

Wood drained two long-range efforts towards the end of the third quarter to seize the momentum and put Australia up 38-36, with the Sunshine Coast product playing a vital role in attack in the last term.

England's men had won gold less than 20 minutes prior to the race, and a team of Asha Philip, Dina Asher-Smith, Bianca Williams and Lorraine Ugen ensured that they would also be standing atop the podium with a national-record time.

Coach Lisa Alexander shuffled her pack at half time, sending on Caitlin Thwaites and Steph Wood in a move that seemed to finally wake the Diamonds from their slumber.

"It's the best day of my life".

'The girls have worked so hard over the last global phase.

"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".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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