The Roses didn’t go home empty handed in the first-ever Netball Nations Cup, winning the bronze medal, although they had hoped to make it to the final to be competing for silver or gold.
However, it wasn’t to be, with the England team losing to Jamaica in their semi-final, setting up a final clash between New Zealand and the Caribbean nation. England, meanwhile, played South Africa for bronze and were able to take the win in a close match where the final score was 65-63.
Speaking to the BBC, England defender Stacey Francis said that the whole team expected to do better in the contest.
“We’re ambitious and not making the final was an opportunity missed,” she said. Ms Francis added that winning gold in the Commonwealth Games in 2018 shows what the team is capable of.
There’s still work for the team to do to see them reach their full potential, she stated. “We don’t want to become a team that is happy with a 50-50 success rate as we want to win every time we step onto the court.”
Although England’s fans will no doubt be disappointed that the Roses weren’t able to make the final of the competition, it’s been an excellent showcase for the sport. New Zealand remained unbeaten throughout the competition and there were some excellent clashes between the teams.
England Netball revealed that ticket sales for both the Netball Nations Cup and the 2020 season of the Vitality Netball Superleague (VNSL) sold at their fastest and highest grossing rate ever, highlighting the sport’s increasing popularity.
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