England cemented their position as the third best netball team in the world by claiming bronze at the World Cup in Sydney this month. We are incredibly proud of our partner’s efforts throughout the competition and will be supporting the girls when they host the World Cup in 2019.
With an experienced squad and Tracey Neville as coach, the team wowed crowds with their strong centre court and defensive performances. The likes of Eboni Beckford-Chambers and Geva Mentor gave the squad the experience to overcome tough challenges on their way to the semi-finals.
Serena Guthrie was one of the Roses stand out performers, with England’s ANZ Championship players helping to close the gap between England and the top two, a point the players were eager to make when we met up with them before the start of the tournament. Australia and New Zealand, however proved too strong for the rest of the competition and they played out the final in front of 19,000 spectators, with Australia claiming the World Champions title.
England suffered two defeats on their way to claiming bronze, losing to Australia during the qualification groups and New Zealand in a tense semi-final. Tracey Neville showed grit and determination in the face of personal tragedy to coach the Roses to a third place finish, after her father, Neville Neville, sadly passed away when in Australia to support his daughter.
The passion and commitment of the entire squad could be seen during an emotional rendition of the national anthem as the girls faced Scotland in a tough opening fixture, but the girls composed themselves to kick start their campaign and eventually claim bronze against Jamaica with a 66-44 win.
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