السبت , يونيو 13 2020

England win bronze at World Cup

England beat Jamaica 66-44 to take bronze as hosts Australia retained the Netball World Cup in Sydney.

Tracey Neville’s England, who finished third at the last tournament in Singapore in 2011, found themselves five goals adrift at the end of the first quarter on Sunday.

But the Roses produced a stunning turnaround to end the first half 28-23 ahead and saw the game out with ease.

Australia overcame rivals New Zealand 58-55 to win their 11th title.

The Silver Ferns had come into the final unbeaten after a shock win over Australia in the group stages, but a nine-goal deficit from the first quarter left New Zealand unable to catch the Commonwealth champions.

The final was played in front of a world-record netball crowd of 16,752 at the Olympic Park.

England avenge Commonwealth heartbreak

England v Jamaica

England have met Jamaica in the third-place play-off at the last five World Cups

England sit third in the world rankings, one place ahead of Jamaica, but it was the Sunshine Girls who claimed

bronze at the Commonwealth Games

in Glasgow last year.

Neville’s team battled to a

54-50 win over Jamaica

in the group stages in Sydney, but they got off to a laborious start in the third-place play-off.

However, the introduction of experienced defender Sonia Mkoloma, playing in her fifth World Cup, helped settle the Roses.

And wing defence Serena Guthrie played a starring role in their second-quarter revival as they produced a 10-goal swing to go five points ahead.

England got stronger in the second-half with shooter Jo Harten dominating under the posts as they brushed their rivals aside to take the bronze in style.

Their medal-winning performance came off the back of a tough defeat by

New Zealand in the semi-finals

and coach Neville told BBC Sport: “It was hard to get them motivated, but we got behind each other.

“They’ve always had my back, and I’ve always had their’s. I think we showed that today.

“It clicked. They seemed to find that drive that they’ve been lacking. They did me proud.”

Wales claim best finish since 1991

Wales

ended the competition in seventh after winning their play-off 64-41 against
Uganda

to claim their best finish at a World Cup since 1991 – when it was also hosted in Sydney.

Scotland

ended the tournament 12th after losing their 11th-place play-off 51-41 against
Fiji.

South Africa

narrowly beat
Malawi

48-46 to secure fifth spot, while
Trinidad and Tobago

ended ninth after beating
Samoa

64-51.

Meanwhile
Barbados

ended 13th with a 53-38 win over
Zambia

and
Sri Lanka

finished last after losing 59-32 to
Singapore.

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