7 Results for month: 08/2015

Blog #6 – Bronze Medal Match vs Jamaica

England netball recorded a resounding 66-44 win over Jamaica in the bronze medal match at the Netball World Cup.The victory ensured the Roses banished the horrible memories of defeat to the Sunshine Girls at the same stage at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow last year.The performance was one of guts, tenacity and resilience as the victory came less than 24 hours after their 11-goal semi final loss to New Zealand.  The first quarter was an even contest but a flying intercept from star wing defence Serena Guthrie - and the introduction of Sonia Mkoloma at goal defence -  was the catalyst for a blistering period of play from England.They scored nine without reply and never looked back, standing tall in defence and dominating the centre court, with Mancunian Jade Clarke at centre, leaving her best performance of the tournament until last. England's attack was also effective and fluid, with Tamsin Greenway offering excellent support to fired-up shooting duo Jo Harten and Pamela ... More

Blog #5 – Semi Final Match Report

England slipped to a disappointing 50-39 loss to New Zealand in the semi final of the Netball World Cup.The roses found themselves chasing the game from the outset, as the Silver Ferns raced into a four-goal unanswered lead in the opening minutes.Skipper Geva Mentor completed her first full game of the tournament and led from the front, as England put in a strong defensive display. But as has been the story of the competition so far, the game was lost in the mid-court and attacking third.England failed to create enough fluidity through the centre and attacking third. Coach Tracey Neville put faith in young Manchester Thunder shooter Helen Housby, who had earned her starting place with solid performances against Jamaica and Wales especially.But the 20-year-old's inexperience was exposed as the Ferns' defence suffocated her movement and now the Cumbrian is facing a fight to win her 19th England cap in the bronze medal match on Sunday.The introduction of Wigan's Sara Bayman at ... More

Tracey’s bravery and beating Jamaica

The word 'brave' is thrown around a little too often when it comes to sporting achievements.But what Tracey Neville did on Saturday was, undoubtedly, brave.Standing in front of the glare of the world's cameras to lead her team, just hours after her beloved father Neville had died, in an arena with thousands of eyes fixed on her, was one of the most courageous things I've ever seen.But Tracey had a job to do and that steely determination and focus we've seen as she barked orders at her Thunder players during her time in Manchester, was ever present as England took on rivals Jamaica on Saturday.It was a pulsating game. Jamaica led for the whole of the first half as England struggled to cut out errors and create some fluid attacking play.It was the type of match crying out for a player to come on and change the game.And that player was Black and Yellows shooter Helen Housby.England needed more height in the shooting circle alongside Jo Harten, with Pamela Cookey not able to influence the ... More

Blog #4 – Into the Semi-Finals

England brushed themselves off after that 10-goal loss to Australia and produced some tidy netball, with plenty of flair and intensity, to record wins over Wales and South Africa in the round robin stage of the tournament. And now, this is it. We're at the end of another four-year World Cup cycle and for some members of this team, it will likely be their last. Has this squad, that's brimming with talent, experience, tenacity and flair, got enough in its locker to see-off the Silver Ferns and put that agonising one-goal loss in Glasgow to bed?Of course it has, but every single Roses player that takes to the court on Saturday will need to play to their absolute potential, anything less will not be enough.England will need a number of factors - such as treasuring possession and consolidating turnovers, crystal clear on-court communication and individual brilliance - to come together at the same time. Something they have not managed to achieve so far in the tournament.Some ... More

Blog #3 – Crunch Match vs Australia

As England's crunch match with the Aussies wasn't until late evening, I ventured with my friends over to Manly Beach.Itis the first time this trip I truly felt 'on holiday' as the waves of the ocean splashed over my feet.I do have a tip for you all though. If you're planning on eating on the beach - don't. As you will be stalked and harrassed by about 4,000 seagulls (no, I'm not exaggerating) which then will result in you abandoning your food and running away at Usain Bolt-speed. Apart from the seagull incident, I would highly recommend Manly. The fast-paced start to the England match  meant my seagull drama was soon a distant memory as both sides began with intensity, with the score going goal for goal. But it was England who cracked first. Australia played to their own pace, double-marked and defended superbly but it was England that effectively got themselves beaten. Putting it bluntly, England's errors cost them victory over Australia. Misplaced passes and ... More

Blog 2 – Competition Day 1 

Today was the first day of the tournament ini Sydney, and it threw up very few surprises.The big hitters - Australia, England, Jamaica and New Zealand - all recorded comfortable wins at the AllPhones Arena.Scotland - ever the physical team -  were plucky and worked hard but they were no match to England's power and skill.Manchester City's Toni Duggan said in a recent interview that the England Lionesses had more 'passion' when playing for their country, compared to their male counterparts.And over the past year or so, we've seen that passion run through the national women's rugby team and now the England Roses netball team.The Roses may have lacked some of that passion during the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow last August especially as their tournament petered out to a flat and disappointing conclusion, but coach Neville has brought it back with a bite since she stepped into the fold earlier this year.England's performance may well have been a little flat, with the Scottish ... More

Blog 1 – Hello from Sydney

Ah jet lag, oh how I haven't missed you. But being awake at 6am on my first morning in Sydney has its advantages when the sunrise is as glorious as it was.The flight was far less painful than I'd feared, with only a cut thumb from the plane seatbelt and a 30-second panic when I realised I'd left my passport next to the hand-dryer in Hong Kong airport to contend with.Disappointingly, there was no fanfare for England, or even netball fans when our Cathay Pacific flight landed in Sydney.Do they not know netball is kind of a big deal!?I'm staying in Hyde Park, which is a short metro ride to the heart of the city and with more fellow Roses fans expected over the next two days, the buzz and excitement for the next 10 days of world-class netball at the Allphones Arena is very much real. I'm writing this on the eve of England's opening match against the Scottish Thistles. From the little we have seen and heard from the players in training, they look sharp and sound ready for the ... More