The English Roses have put in some incredible performances in the Netball World Cup this month, just narrowly missing out on a place in the final when they lost to New Zealand.
It may be some consolation to the English team that New Zealand went on to win the competition, beating long-time rivals Australia by a single goal in a thrilling final match that finished 52-51.
However, England’s Roses can walk away with their heads held high after an incredible run, capped by victory over South Africa in the bronze medal playoff.
The Roses triumphed 58-42 in a convincing win to finish their World Cup on home soil. Coach Tracey Neville is now set to step down from her role to allow her to concentrate on starting a family.
Speaking to the BBC, England captain Serena Guthrie said that they tried to give her the best possible send off.
“We almost feel like we won a gold medal because of how we have changed the game. These 12 athletes have been up against it from the beginning and I’m so proud of everyone,” she said.
For New Zealand, victory in this World Cup ended a 16 year wait for the trophy. Coach Noeline Taurua paid tribute to her veteran players, several of whom are expected to end their international careers following the win, noting that they played a vital role in the tournament.
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