England win netball gold at the Commonwealth Games in a dramatic final


IT was a big day for Australia's team sports on day 10 of the Commonwealth Games with the Opals and Kookaburras each taking gold, while the Hockeyroos took silver and the men's rugby sevens were eliminated from medal contention.

It wasn't. A late contact penalty gave Housby a second attempt at goal and she slipped the ball through the net with apparent ease, securing a momentous win for England in the final second of the game to the giddy elation of the England fans in crowd. Every other Commonwealth final had taken place between Australia and New Zealand.

The boxers picked up three, the shooters added one, the wrestlers claimed a couple, while the paddlers and the track-and-field contingent picked up one each on a truly golden day for the country, which also yielded five silver and one bronze medal.

Yetunde Odunuga who showed a lot of promise in previous stages of the competition was eliminated by England's Paige Murney in the the semi-finals of the Women's 60kg at the Oxenford Studio in Gold Coast.

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But they came back and, with the scores at 51-51 with 20 seconds remaining, England took the final centre pass of the game.

Eight of England's 12-strong squad have experience playing down under - including attacker Chelsea Pitman, who won the World Cup with Australia in 2011 before switching allegiance to England in 2016.

Sunday's impressive result comes ahead of the netball world cup which is being held in Liverpool next year, and in which Neville's team are sure to be favourites.

Four-time Olympic rowing gold medallist Sir Matthew Pinsent: Netball - such an emblematic gold. The arena stunned as the English go wild.COMMONWEALTH CHAMPIONS. the team led by Tracey Neville and all her staff and players. you absolute beauty!