Vitality Roses unable to repeat group-stage win over Australia as Diamonds draw back to triumph 61-45 and deny England a primary World Cup title; Australia bounce again from defeat to New Zealand in 2019 and can now be defending champions at house World Cup in 2027
Final Up to date: 06/08/23 6:55pm
Australia beat England to assert a record-extending twelfth Netball World Cup title and deny the Vitality Roses a primary.
England had defeated their opponents for the primary time in World Cups through the group stage, profitable 56-55, however have been unable to repeat the feat in Cape City on Sunday, overwhelmed 61-45 by the ruthless Diamonds.
Australia pulled away within the third quarter, opening up a 10-point benefit at 46-36 after main by simply 4 factors at half-time, after which managed the ultimate quarter-hour to finish a medical victory.
Jess Thirlby’s England have been showing of their maiden World Cup closing, with their second-placed end in 1975 secured when the occasion was round-robin.
For Australia, it was a ninth consecutive closing with their solely two losses within the earlier eight coming versus New Zealand in Jamaica in 2003 and final outing in Liverpool in 2019.
The Diamonds made certain they didn’t endure back-to-back defeats in finals and can now enter the subsequent World Cup in Sydney in 2027 as defending champions in addition to hosts and concentrating on title No 13.
The ultimate – set-up on Saturday after England beat defending champions New Zealand of their semi-final and Australia overcame Jamaica – was locked at 13-13 after the primary quarter.
England appeared nervy early on however grew into the sport, with Helen Housby starring – and levelling the scores on the buzzer – and Fran Williams making an affect after coming off the bench.
Australia seized the initiative from that time, with turnovers going towards England and errors starting to creep in for Thirlby’s group.
England endure first misplaced of spectacular match
England had been pressured to accept bronze within the final three World Cups and got here into this match after a fourth-placed end on the 2022 Commonwealth Video games in Birmingham – a contest they’d gained 4 years earlier on the Gold Coast after pipping hosts Australia 52-51.
They have been unable to topple the Diamonds on this closing however ought to be pleased with their efficiency all through the match, with their solely defeat coming towards probably the most dominant groups the game has seen.
The sport was the final in an England shirt for Geva Mentor, who was showing in her sixth World Cup.
The 38-year-old, who will proceed to play domestically for Leeds Rhinos, mentioned: “It’s a bit bittersweet. The final recreation in a pink costume is a loss.
“However to go the place no English group has gone earlier than and to come back away with a silver medal, I’m so pleased with this group and to be a part of this legacy.
“The second caught up with me listening to the environment – I’m not one for crying however I might undoubtedly really feel myself effectively up.”